Parker started a new job on Monday at Venable LLP. Over the last year we have been talking about leaving the government and working for a private law firm. We were hoping to do this out west, closer to family, but things didn't turn out that way. About two months ago we got a job offer from Venable, which has offices in DC, Maryland, New York, and Los Angeles. Parker will be working primarily in DC but will travel to Baltimore as well. It was a very hard decision to make. Parker really liked working at the Securities and Exchange Commission. We both liked the hours and benefits and Parker enjoyed the work and the fact that his best friend worked there as well. However, with law school debt in mind, we knew we needed the pay increase that came with a law firm job. His hours will be crazy, he will probably be home around 8pm every night then continue to work from home. Weekends he will usually stay home but will probably work a couple hours. It will be very different from the past three years. I just have to change my mindset, I can no longer rely on Parker being home to help me with dinner, baths, and bedtime. We have talked to the kids about it and explained to them that daddy is doing this so we can save money and buy a house with a yard, that was enough explanation for them. I know there will be tough and lonely nights ahead for all of us but we feel that this is the right thing for our family right now. I am so proud of Parker, in this economy to be hired at a law firm is pretty impressive.
We went into DC today to visit him and see his new office. I am so proud of myself...I made it there, parked, and walked to the office without getting lost!!! If you've ever driven in DC you know what an accomplishment that is. Nevermind that parking was $21 for 1.5 hours!!! Geez!!!
Here's the boys outside by the sign...
I have already noticed a significant difference in Parker...he seems more confident and happy. So far, he loves his job and I am so happy for him!!! Congrats babe, I love you!!!