Monday, June 22, 2009

Princess Hair and Mathematics

Josh and I attended residency graduation Friday night. It was long, but we did get a fancy dinner. My neighbor did my hair. It looked so pretty. Lando said I had "princess hair."
I so seldom fix my hair, that this was pretty special!
So I started thinking that four years of med school and 1 year of residency put us at 5 with only 4 to go. Does that mean we are over the hump??
Or, I could look at it : 3 years undergrad, 4 years medical school, 1 year of residency puts us at 8 years with only 4 to go, that sounds pretty good: 2/3 of the way there!!
Or, is it 8 down plus 4 to go, plus a fellowship of up to 3 which case I feel about like my hair looked after I slept on it. LOL!!
I guess in the end it all equals the same: glad I married Josh, however the equation works out.

The Daddy Day

(Honestly, Father's day is hard for me.) I haven't had a grandpa since I was 14 and my dad died when I was 20. Still, I have many many many blessings and I know, I know, my life isn't very hard compared to many, but this day always makes me a bit nostalgic and perhaps moody. However, food helps. and I don't know how to celebrate if it doesn't include food. So, we went Asian. I totally forgot to take pictures, but we had lettuce wraps (yummy!) orange chicken, and crab rangoon. Then for both a project and dessert we made fruit pizza. Except we made them in the shape of ties. Really, everyone needs a new tie for Father's Day, right?

Oh, and Josh made a huge race track-one of the many talents of this dad! I'm glad my boys have such a wonderful dad. They are three lucky boys!


So Ivan's rehab Dr. has suggested martial arts. I'm loving it and so are the boys!! I milk it for all it is worth (and it's worth quite a bit according to the checkbook!) The threat of not getting to go or of Mr. P-the triple black belt instructor- being disappointed work to my advantage. Plus, they have homework--this week was "accomplishment" and I got to choose tasks around the house. LOVE IT!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

Friends. It is so good to have friends. The Mitchells (Carl, Griselda, Lil' Carl and William) just came to visit. We are so excited to have "old" friends in Ohio, even if they are two hours away. Carl was just a year behind Josh in medical school. We were in the same ward and I just feel like they know me and more of my history (if that makes sense). Anyway, Griselda and I are making all types of plans and we're thinking of Niagra, Kirtland, Cleveland, Palmyra, Circleville Pumpkin Festival, Cinncinnati, possibly Chicago, Lake Michigan, D.C. All of this while our hubbies slave away, but hey we gotta survive, right?
Both Griselda and I love to get out. And our kids are a good age to travel AND she is a civil engineer, so cities don't scare her. AND we can all fit in one van. AND I just happen to have a new van. AND our kids get along well. AND she will just live in Akron for a year, so we better get going. Lando said, "I remember you!!"
How to entertain 5 boys: Wear them out, trash the toy room, have an air mattress, popcorn and a movie of course!

Can't wait to get traveling, where to first, Griselda?

Giveaways Galore !!

If you've got some time head to Tip Junkie!! I've been following her blog for some time. She does great give aways and lots of good advice. It is one of my favorite sites. Plus, if you go today you can get in the .com birthday bash (they're moving from blogspot to a .com) give away and it ups your chances of winning. I'm in love with the LaBella jewelry and totally hope I'll win!
Have a happy blogging Monday!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I wasn't going to

I wasn't going to go. And I certainly wasn't going to get into it. Pre-school graduation. Come on people! We over do everything these days!! I got the invitation and thought: gee, one more thing.
But, I went. (Duty-mom called). I didn't have a sittter so I took the other two. Luckily it was low key and in their classroom. They had a cake and some fruit and the kids sang for us. We watched a DVD slide show of the kids and all they've learned. Lando got his cap and teddy bear diploma.
And then it happened.
A sudden rush of emotion.
He came over, sat down, obeyed everything his teacher said. He had friends, he was a good student, he's tested out of speech this year, he has learned and grown much.
Rushing over me filling me from head to toe. Mother's Love.
Look at this boy, with his "I did it" smile!

Yes, I went. Yes, I got into it. Yes, my son is a graduate. And YES! I am so happy to be his mom!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Oh, What do you do in the Summertime?

when all the world is green?

Parks and water play!!! That is what we do!

My First 5K

I am really grateful that I ran my first 5K. The furthest distance I had run before was a two mile run and that was back in Junior High. So, this was big for me. Not big for athletic people or exercise buffs. But for me, this was big. I've always enjoyed running but I've never done over 2 miles at a time. (exception cross country practice-again way long time ago).

So here is an after shot of me and Jimett who is a neighbor, friend, and running buddy. I'm so glad she had the courage to do this and encouragement to push me. Oh ya, and we got our best personal times!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Well, graduations are in the air.  Graduations and school years are how I count time.  Since I have been married to a student for almost 8 years and now a resident whose hospital contracts also begin in the summers, this is just the way it is.  

I guess it is time for the brag-blog.  You know the one.  The one where I oooh and ahhh you over our cute wonderful family who is loving Ohio, general surgery, and life with young children.  But, I thought I'd get a little down and dirty.  Just for fun.
So here it is:

Josh survived.  I survived.  The boys are thriving.  Josh has gotten very good reviews of his work and progress this intern year. (Remember that as you read on.)

THE BAD as quoted from a review
Clearly inappropriate terminolgy for medical documentation "butt pain"..."fell on butt"

Go ahead, laugh!  I did.  He was on one of the dreaded 30 hour shifts, and well, he just said what the patient did.  LOL!!

and the UGLY:
"Further, much of what you wrote is illegible.  Please solve this problem. . ."

No surprise there-at least for those of us that have had the opportunity to read the script of this wonderful man.

So, here's to one down, four to go....