Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Job

On October 29, 2015 I started a new job. After having a few months off from the working world, I decided I had had a good amount of time away and started applying for jobs, after about three weeks, I had a job! I was so surprised about how smoothly the whole process went. Honestly, I felt very directed to this position and I know I am supposed to have found this company.

That company is The Falls Event Center, and that position is the Administrative Assistant. Above is my First Day of Work picture, I was so nervous and excited. Below is my new home away from home.

Bethy sent me to work on my first day with a Congrats-on-the-new-job care package. It had the most adorable thermos for transportation of my favorite hot or cold beverages, a fun sparkly diamond pen that quickly became the envy of the office, and a cute, little shemergency kit that has tons of essentials in it such as nail polish remover, mouth wash, deodorant wipes, chapstick etc.

I couldn't wait to give my desk a little boost and found the most amazing gold office supplies at target. I got a sloth snow globe at a gift exchange and knew it was the perfect desk decoration, it's so silly and fun and I love see it everyday. 

And this is my boss, Paul, he is the company controller and has made my job amazing, he is a big reason why I love working in this office so much. He is a great boss, he is so fun and so good at what he does, I have learned so much from him already. He has created a safe space for me where I feel like my opinion matters and is wanted.

Paul gets our little accounting department Starbucks pretty often, which is pretty awesome.

Every Tuesday we get lunch from our sister company, Even Stevens. Our lunches come in these adorable little, brown lunch bags.

I was lucky enough to start working right before the annual, black tie share holders meeting! I have always wanted a job where I get to dress up for fancy events! The event was held at our newest location at Trolley Square in Salt Lake, and it was a great way for me to meet a lot of our out of state employees that I work with on a daily basis.

Such as. our wonderful General Managers of our different locations that are currently operating. 
From left to right:

Marianne, St. George; Samantha, Trolley Square; Tony, Elk Grove; Arleen, Fresno; Karen, Gilbert; Sam, our Vice President of Operations who works out of Fresno.

Me, Kim and Kacey the investor relations specialists 

Paul and the GMs

Steve Down, our CEO with his brother Dave Down who is in charge of acquisitions and construction.

I also was lucky enough to be able to attend the Grand Opening of the Trolley Square location. There was a day long party that continued late into the night. I only attended the ribbon cutting ceremony which was super exciting!

I also love that I work with a lot of other animal lovers, so there are often fuzzy friends in the office I get to play with, and I looooooove it! 

These are a couple of thank you gifts that I have received from thoughtful coworkers. Experiences like this make me want to cry I am so grateful for them, this is the first job that I have truly felt appreciated and loved.

This is also the first job that I have had that I can see turning into a career. Looking through my past work history, I haven't stayed at any job longer than 1.5 years. I don't see that happening here, I can see myself growing up with this young company. I love the product, I love my coworkers and I love the work. I can not wait to see where this job leads me and my future, it's super exciting!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Family Halloween Party 2015

I always look forward to our family Halloween party the Griffins host every year. It's always so fun to see what everyone has chosen to dress up as. Here is the Griffin family, Evie and Nora were vets, Sam was a cute little minion, Mike was Link and Jenny was Princess Zelda.

Dad was the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, and mom was an adorable, cuddly panda bear

This was Vienne's first Halloween! It's so fun and wonderful to be a part of all her "firsts." Bethy made her the most precious Tinkerbell costume.

Wendy with her baby Tinkerbell

You guessed it, Reece came as the mischievous Peter Pan

I came as Ozma of Oz, we grew up watching the surprisingly creepy Return to Oz movie as a child, and we were always enchanted with the child princess Ozma. I originially planned on coming as that version of Ozma, but her outfit in the movie was proving to be harder to recreate than anticipated. However, my mom owns the entire Oz book series and there is a book entitlted Ozma of Oz where she is wearing this outfit on the cover, so it came together rather nicely, I borrowed a beautiful green dress from Bethy, cut out a few Oz logos from some gold scrapbook paper (they turned out too big for my forehead, so I turned it into more of a pendant type piece) I already had the headdress (I saw it at Walmart a while ago and snatched it right up since I knew I would find a reason to use it) and I bough a couple of poppies from the craft store. So simple! I loved the way it turned out.

My inspiration 

Dorie was the cutest, little bat dog

Jenny comes up with such fun Halloween themed food every single year, she creates new masterpieces every year, she never repeats any recipes! 

How adorable are these mashed potato ghosts??

Nora made special name tags for everyone

Marolyn came as a witch. Mom had a cute Halloween back up outfit since her panda onsie was super warm

After dinner and games, jenny had a cute craft for us all to make! We could either make an autumn or mummy candle holder.

Sam acted like he hated my kisses but he held pretty still and didn't even try to run away when I started kissing him all over, so ... I'm pretty sure he secretly loved it.

Thanks so much for such a fun party Griffin family!!! You are always so fun to party with!

We had a mini second family halloween party/ movie night at the Madision's house a couple of days later. Bethy really wanted to share her Haunted Mansion themed decorations with the Griffin kids since they are just as big of Disney fans as their parents and aunts.

They loved the drink bar and creating their own unique concoctions

Bethy served up yummy warm drinks with a side of soft and chewy caramel popcorn as we all settled down to watch the movie, Hotel Transylvania II

Vienne was dressed as a mummy, and it made her sooooo squishy and cuddly and soft. I couldn't help squeezing her in nice and tight whenever I got the chance to hold her.

The perfect end to such a fun Halloween season!