Thursday, July 10, 2008

And Yet Another Change

As some of you know, I've really been wrestling with my job. See this post to read more of the details. Aside from the ethical issues I've had with my current job, I've also been extremely overwhelmed. Every week I face drug dealers, drug users, a prostitute, and people who generally do not respect anyone (especially authority) or anything. This is evident by the amount of trash and vandalism that I regularly find at the property I manage. Add all of this together, and it's a recipe for disaster. So, I started looking for a new job. I interviewed at a few different places, but a company by the name of Miller-Valentine really caught my attention. Miller-Valentine is based in Dayton and Cincinnati, OH. However, they are building a new apartment community in Ada, a suburb of Grand Rapids, and it is going to be amazing. High end, luxury, expensive. Long story short is that after interviewing and negotiating, I've accepted the Assistant Manager position at Stone Falls of Ada. So, if you live in the Grand Rapids area and are looking for an amazing place to live, let me know. They are still building the apartments now, and the first buildings are slated to be done by Summer's end.

Needless to say, I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of a community like this being built from the ground up. And I'm excited to not be on a first-name basis with the Grand Rapids Police any more.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Favorite Night of the Year

I have decided that the 4th of July is my favorite night of the year. Heidi and I have a tradition of going downtown to the Pearl Street bridge and sitting in our lawn chairs or on blankets and watching the Grand Rapids fireworks. Earlier in the day we usually cook out with friends and enjoy the day off. This year was no exception to these traditions.

However, this year we took Ella to her first fireworks show. We were a little nervous because we weren't sure of the loud bangs would upset her. However, once the show started, she just kept right on sleeping...it didn't even phase her. About half way through the show, she woke up and watched them for a few minutes before she fell right back to sleep.

Then on Saturday, the parents came into town along with my grandmother on my Dad's side. She absolutely loved Ella...her 13th great grandchild...and it was a lot of fun for her to be able to meet Ella and hold her. That's all I really have to say right now.