Sunday, January 18, 2009

Business or Pleasure!

Well we made the 22 hour drive to Austin, Texas beginning early Wednesday morning and had a night in El Paso, Texas and then made the rest of the trip on Thursday. My sister and her family have been living here in Austin (actually Round Rock, a suberb of Austin) for nearly two years and we finally found the perfect time to come for a visit!

Part of the reason we came was for Lexi's 10th birthday and to see our family. The other part is so that Jimmy could apply for some jobs here in the Austin area, there seems to be a pletheria of Engineering firms here in Texas that are still doing ok. For those that don't know, Jimmy has been working as a Designer in the Civil Engineering field for the last 6 years. His schooling is actually with computers but when we got married he was hired on as an I.T guy and through some late nights he taught himself AutoCADD. Well for those that still have no idea what he does, I will try to explain it the best I can, he basically designs all the sewer, drainage, curbs, streets, setbacks, water, plans for a neighborhood or business complex. Since the residential side has been hit so heavily by the hault in the housing market it has put many Engineering firms out of business!

As we watched the slowing in the market we realized that there was a very real chance that if Jimmy wanted to continue working in the industry we would most likely have to leave Vegas and since Texas as a whole seems to be in a much better place economy wise it has been on our radar for sometime now. While we trust in "His" plan and that where ever we are supposed to be will present itself, after being here just a few days we have fallen in love with the area!! We were able to visit my nieces school and it was seriously AMAZING!!!! I have not been into a school that could even compare to it in Las Vegas, in fact Texas has some of the best schools in the nation! Anyway the coming week will be some days for Jimmy to look into some prospects as well as for us all to spend some good time with Lys and Chet and the kids!

This post has gone in a little different direction that originaly planned but I want to remember this time of our lives so we can look back one day and perhaps see why and how our lives changed. I truely believe that our family has a change coming, not sure what, but I guess we will see!



These pictures were taken on a train at one of the MANY parks near their house. It was so fun, it took us for a ride through and around the park all for only 10 bucks for all of us!!! I love cheap family fun!!












9 comments:

Heather & Greg said...

Looks and sounds like you guys are having a blast! Even though I would hate to see you leave us, I really am hoping for the best for you and sometimes the best is away from home. Good luck to your hubby and you and your family. A better school district sounds amazing all in its self.

Beverly B. said...

It's fun to get away. I'm hoping for the best. Good Luck!

Jill said...

I love what I hear about Texas. It sounds like it has a lot to offer.

Liz - Jess said...

I'm thinking Texas sounds nice. The schools definitely sound like a bonus. Let us know what you decide! Cute pictures! :-)

Kasey Eyre said...

Glad you're having a fun time. Hope the job search goes well!

Leah and Dustin said...

I know your friend probably isn't still interested but the kittens are fully baked now and we're looking for a good home for them! Let me know either way...

Heather B said...

Wow, what a trip. Texas would be really awesome (and housing there is just incredibly inexpensive I've heard!) but that's great news about the schools too! I know you'll keep us all posted, but we'll keep you guys in our prayers.

Jason, Lindsay, and Brooklyn said...

Texas! You lucky girl! Hope you're having a fabulous time and that the job search goes well. I miss you. Definitely call me when you get back in town; we'll play catch up.

Jessi McCall said...

hey, I was just in Oklahoma(close to Texas, kinda?) and I totally agree that the schools, people, and atmosphere is so much better than here. I love that part of the country; minus the tornados!