How long has your husband been in this field and where is Mommy living?

Danette - posted on 11/02/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My husband just started in this field as a developement manager. He is going to be traveling to ohio and penn. I am home with 2 kids in NJ ages 5 and 3 a boy and a girl. Fill me in, I don't know much about the industry.

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Amber - posted on 01/27/2009

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No problem, it was expensive in New York. I do totally get the idea.  My husband grew up down in GA and the people are totally different.

Danette - posted on 11/04/2008

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Thanks for the info on the states. Just like to get oppinions from people who travel. i would love to move but want o keep my kids close to the one set of grand parents they have left. I'm looking for a better way of life all around and hope someday to find it. I have a girlfriend who moved out to Wash. one that moved to Tx . We had bought property in Fl where my parents used to live and then decided to sell it to buy something here. It is so expensive in NJ for everything. People are so much nicer out of the try state area and religion is def. lacking around here. It's almost like it is shamed or something, very sad. Not like the south where people are open and proud of who they are. Not that I want people to constantly preach to me but you get the idea. Well gotta go take the garbage out. I'm letting hubby sleep in. We were sap. to go to breakfast but thats ok. Talk soon.

Amber - posted on 11/03/2008

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My husband worked as a welder for 9 years before getting into the union as a Millwright 5 years ago. He worked as a Millwright at taconite plants, car plants, paper mills etc (big factories) for 3 years doing the apprenticeship program through the union. Once he finished his apprenticeship he was able to work on the turbines (which is what he was working towards from day one).

Our daughter didn't start having seizures until she was 5 (almost 6) months old, so we really don't know if it was with her from birth or what. It started after she had some immunizations, so sometimes I think that caused her issues. We won't give her or any of our present or future kids immunizations anymore after that! It doesn't really effect our traveling anymore - it used to but after a year its just a part of it you know. We have had her to childrens hospitals/genetic drs in TX, MN, NY and ped dr's in CA & WA and nothing, no answers or clues so far. I am from Minnesota, where our forever home will be and my husband was born & raised (till age 22) in Goergia. When we go to MN we go to the same doctor and get check ups and such things and they don't really know what to do for he either. So we kinda go it alone, if we are in a place where there is a good Doctor/hospital we get her in and go through it all. We usually move an average of every 2-3 months, it really varies and we don't know much ahead of time that we will be moving, but since we live in a move-able home, that doesn't matter much.

So far I like UpState New York the best, nice people, nice climate & pretty. I thought Washington was the most beautiful but met lots of "bad apples" and wouldn't want to live there. Texas was the plainest but had the greatest people. California was in the MAJOR fire season, but we went to see the Sequois and Yosemite and that was AWESOME although I would NEVER live there, visit but not live.

You had great questions to ask me, I can't think of any right now, maybe its because its so late and I should quit & go to bed. It is great to talk to you!

Danette - posted on 11/03/2008

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Yes his benefits seem great. Full insurance, dental, eyes. 401, 4wks vacation, sick, holiday pay.

They do pay for his plane tickets and hotel accom. even all his meals when he is on the road and parking when he parks at the airport. They wont pay for my flight to Texas if i decide to go to the X-mas party.

I started to home school back in Nov. when i first became a SHM (stay home mom) stopping my career as an Mammography Tech. I took the summer off just enjoy ther outdoors. My kids go to a program at the H. school called teens n tots 3 days a week so I just started to do some HS on Mon and will try some project in the afternoon with them.

What did your husband do before he got into this field? My husband was a project director for a wireless telecom. comp. He was in the industry for about 8 yrs and was just burnt out. I'm sure he would eventually like to be a part of the construction phase since that is what he is used to managing. So happy we can talk, even if we are the only two who belong to this site.

So sorry to hear about your daughter seizures. Is it a disorder that she was born with. How does this affect travling and Dr.'s? How long are in one given state before you have to move to the next? What state are you originally from and which do you like the best?

Amber - posted on 11/03/2008

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Yes, I home school. Right now we only have one in school. Brooke is 8 and in the 4th grade. Then we have a 3 year old, Savannah, and we are just introducing school to her & she LOVES it. Then we have Topanga, who has been having seizures since 5 months old and now she is almost 2. I was a teacher for 3 years, up until I was VERY pregnant with baby #3, so naturally I love homeschooling. I love having all my girls together every day, they are very bonded because of this.

Your husbands travel schedule is pretty good, I would have to agree! It is great to meet someone who's husband works on pretty much the totally opposite end of the turbine field as mine. I always wonder who does that and how they decide where to put the towers, when you find more out about it, let me know if you don't mind, I find this stuff interesting. Neat! Yes, since they got in while the gettin' was good (as they say) they should have a GREAT future.

My husband works for MA Mortenson through the local union 1348 in Virginia Minnesota. He has awesome benefits ( health insurance for all of us, retirement, vacation pay, guaranteed pay for 40 hours a week, pension, travel pay, weekly living expenses check ) Out of curiosity what kinds of benefits does yours get? Do they pay for his plane tickets ( we never get to fly )? We are very blessed to have this opportunity.

Anyhow, Enjoy your weekend with him!

Danette - posted on 11/03/2008

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So far his travel schedule is mon-thurs. Today he flew to Chic. and will be home tonight, tom. and then goes to Penn. Wed-Thur. and then home Fri.-Sun So it doesn't seem that bad for now. He is working for E-On finding the land and securing the lease agreements to have them built. He is hoping for quite a future with this comp. This is an upcomeing industry and it looks like since they both got in early, they should have a nice future ahead of them. Do you home school? How old are your kids? Talk soon.

Amber - posted on 11/02/2008

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Well, my husband traveled for about 6 months before we started going with him. He has been doing turbines for 18 months now. He was gone for weeks to months at a time and we all missed daddy lots! One thing about this job, at least for my hubby, is that it keeps him working long hours, so if we are not with him at his jobs, we don't get to see him much. He has worked in Minnesota, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, New York, California and now we are in Missouri. That is a lot of places in such a short period of time, and he was sent to SD 3 times! So it moves you around lots.

We own a house in MN. About a year after he started this job we bought 40 acres out in the country that we plan to build on some day when we get tired of traveling. We found a renter when we started traveling with daddy, someday hope to sell that house because it is in town and we want to live out of town.

At first when we started traveling with him we stayed in motel rooms (bad bad idea with 3 kids!). Then we tried an apartment, that was bad too cause finding a nice one that is furnished is nearly impossible on short notice! That is when we bought our 5th wheel! WE LOVE IT! When we move we pull our house right behind us and the kids love that!

It took a while to get used to it but now its home. Just like anything it has its ups and downs.

My hubby is a working erection foreman (puts up the towers).

Have you thought about traveling with him?

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