Wednesday, January 28, 2009

(Almost) Four Weeks Down

Putting the blades on a wind turbine with a crane.

Travis 280 feet up in the air on a wind turbine.

I finally got my computer up and running again and wanted to update everyone. We made it through the first two weeks of Travis being gone for job training. It was a long couple weeks (especially for Madeline who cried every day for her Papa)! Thankfully my family kept us busy.

Luckily, Travis got to come home and do his first site training in Ventura. We are so thankful to have him home! I literally couldn't stop smiling for the first couple days and the girls were overjoyed!

He leaves on Saturday for another two weeks in Portland. Although it will be hard to say goodbye, we know he gets to come home Feb. 14th for a four day break in training. He might be coming back to Ventura for future site training, but we don't know yet. We are just so thankful that they made an exception for him and let him come home these last two weeks. They must have taken pity on an emotional 8 1/2 month pregnant woman! Thank goodness!

He learned a lot during his first two weeks in Portland. He is training with 15 other managers and they get along well which is nice. He was definitely getting tired of hotel living and eating out every day but enjoyed everything he was learning.

During his site training he has been job shadowing different people, including the lead technicians who actually go up in the wind turbines to fix them. Yesterday he climbed another wind turbine (as you can see from the pictures above).

We want to thank everyone for being so supportive! This 90 days of job training is obviously not at the best time for us with a new baby coming, and he really couldn't have accepted this position without the help of everyone. So thanks especially to my family and friends who have pitched in and helped me/us out. We are so thankful!

I'll try to update more!