Monday, September 29, 2008

Wachovia Musings

I just wanted to make a quick note here about all the Wachovia stuff in the news since I've been getting a ton of calls and emails from all our friends and family about how it impacts me & my job.  Basically, Wachovia Bank was purchased by Citigroup for 2.2 billion in an all stock deal.  Wachovia Corp. will hold onto the Wachovia Securities brokerage business as well as the Evergreen investment management division.  So, at this point, Wachovia Securities will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Wachovia Corporation - WE WERE NOT SOLD TO CITIGROUP.  We will separate from Wachovia's troubled banking businesses once the transaction with Citigroup closes, probably at the end of this year.  What does this mean for me?  Who knows!  There is a lot of uncertainty right now in terms of the future of our business.  At this point, we're continuing business as usual until the next steps are determined.  It is my understanding that WSLLC remains a profitable and growing business.  My job is NOT at jeopardy at this point and I don't see it being at jeopardy in the foreseeable future.  I do NOT regret our decision to move to St. Louis in July.  In fact, I'm still certain that it was the right decision at the time & that there is a lot of opportunity for me here in St. Louis.  There will be a lot of changes to come but I've come to accept the fact that working in corporate America in today's world means accepting that change is the only constant.  There is a lot of change and chaos in the financial world right now so who knows what can/will ultimately happen.  It's a crazy, crazy time!  I'll keep you posted as I know more that I can share but, at this point, all is well for us here in St. Louis.

Oh, one last thing, my mom did a couple of very cool post about the kids school and their visit to St. Louis earlier in the month, if you want to see the photos etc - check it out HERE.  You can also see our new couch in some of the pictures - man, I love that couch.  Soon, I'll go through the house and take pictures to post here.  My camera just broke - argggggggh - you can imagine how UNHAPPY I am about it.  What am I going to do if I can't take pictures!?!?  We're trying to determine if we can get it repaired or if I need to just break down and buy a new one.  So, I won't have a ton of current pictures up for the next little while but I'll still add layouts as I finish them up!

Gotta run! Talk to you soon ...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Recent Scrapbook Pages

Sunday Musings

Wow, I've been so lax with the blog lately. It's been so crazy at work and at home that I just haven't gotten to it! So, I have lots to share tonight!

The kids are doing great. Learning so much at their new school (which we LOVE!!) and enjoying having a play room where they can go crazy with the toys! The kids are taking dance classes now which they are enjoying. Meighan loves the idea of being a ballerina and Alex just likes that he gets to wear shoes that make noise lol There was a carnival at their school last weekend which we went to and had a great time. Here are some pictures of their fun ...

Other than the fact that I put Paul's Mustang in a ditch (yes, I'm an idiot & no, there was no major damage besides my pride), it was a great night!

Earlier in the month, my mom and Dave came to visit and we had a great time hanging out for a long weekend. I can't wait til they come back for Halloween!

September has been pretty good. Lots going on at work (and no, I don't know anything about Wachovia or the possibility of another merger/buyout. All I know is what you know which is the reports in the media). Staying busy and continuing to try to finish unpacking with two 3 year olds who'd rather play! Football season has begun (go EAGLES!) so most of our Sunday's are spent with football on in the background. It's beginning to look like fall is coming to St. Louis so we had to stock up on cooler weather clothes for the kids this weekend. I'm soooooo excited for cooler weather although I know that its been pretty tame here this summer!

That's it for now - I have laundry to go fold and episodes of Dexter to watch (have you seen this show??? OMG it's wonderful! Great TV!) I have a lot of scrapbook pages to share but I'll do that in another post. I'll be back soon ...

Monday, September 01, 2008

Happy Labor Day! We're still feverishly getting unpacked and settled into our new home. It still feels like chaos and I have to let it go .... which isn't easy. We will eventually be all unpacked and settled in but it takes time. Especially with 2 toddlers and a full-time job! The long weekend helped a lot - we got amazing amounts done with our extra time! But, there is still much to be done!

I wanted to catch up on posting my recent layouts since its been awhile since I've shared. Here's what I have to show you tonight ... I'll be back with more commentary on the move and our new home but I just don't have the energy right now with everything else that's been going on!

That's it for now ... more to come!