Sunday, August 29, 2010

Family Practice Conference

So we headed to SC this weekend for a Family Practice Residency thing. I don't know what it was called. I didn't really care. All I cared about was the free hotel, free food we were going to get, and having a "weekend getaway". We went with our friends, Katie and Adam. (We go most places with them). While Kurt and Adam were in workshops Katie and I hit up the free shuttle bus and went out in the blazing heat to a River Walk first of all and then downtown Columbia to a Latin Festival. Sweat was pouring off of us as Katie had to carry her little girl everywhere b/c she forgot the stroller. I got the sweaty back from carrying the backpack. We met the guys back at the hotel for dinner and then hit up the hot tub and then watched a movie. Woke up to have a great breakfast with made to order omelets and then headed back home.

So, now we are back getting ready for Kurt to start his surgery rotation tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. This also means I have to start riding the scooter to work since I don't have my bike yet. So, I will also need to have another practice run this evening. I'm really thankful for our little trip this weekend. It was so nice to have a little time with Kurt. There is something about staying in a hotel that makes the time fun. It makes me feel special in a way.

Well, looking forward to this week and seeing what life will look like this next year...
Let 3rd year begin!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


My parents left today from a 4 day stay. I'm always sort of bummed when they go. Also thinking about Kurt going back to school. Life is going to be back to "normal" and I'm anxious to know what this year will be like. Kurt has had 2 months off...I've been totally spoiled!!!!! The last 2 years of med school have been the same and now we are moving onto a new phase (rotations) for the next 2 years. Who knows what this year is going to bring...kind of excited...kind of scared!

I'm reminding myself of Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
Also Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything but in everything with prayer and petition with thanksgiving in your heart present your requests to God and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

I love praying those verses and reminding myself that God is in control. I'm also really thankful for a husband who cares about me and how I feel.

So for the next 4 days I'm going to really treasure my time with Kurt. I'm not going to take having him for granted and I'm going to be the best wife possible.

I'm praying TONIGHT about peace for this upcoming year!!

Camping in NC

I got some unexpected time off of work so we decided to go camping in NC with our friends. Kurt's break is over soon and we will all be back to "normal" life before we know it. We loaded the car and set out on a 6 hour drive to Carolina Beach and State Park for 2 nights. We picked up boogy boards and beach chairs from a friends grandpa on the way. We were packed in tight.

We headed straight to the beach when we got there. It was BLAZING hot!!! Mac got to experience his first ocean swim. He liked it alright. He jumped the waves and got his head crashed on by a few too. He LOVED to roll in the sand and dig until he could find cooler sand to lay in. Good thing there was a hose at the parking lot to rinse him off.

After we spent a few hours at the beach we headed to the state park to set up camp and have dinner. Little did we know that this would be the worst night for us. We were all in a 7 man tent, 4 adults, one 90 lb dog, and 1 baby. It didn't get below 80 degrees with 100% humidity and NO breeze. Oh and lots of bugs. Mac was up most of the night standing as close to the screen part panting like he just got back from running a marathon. It was horrible. We were all sticky and sweaty. I could keep describing it but you can just imagine it!

We got up pretty irritated. It was kind of comical. We were so annoyed that it was funny. We tossed back and forth the idea of driving back to VA that night just to avoid having to spend another night at the State Park. We made breakfast and went on a little nature hike looking for Venus fly traps (supposedly they only grow in that area) and headed to the beach for the day. We had so much fun boogy boarding and walking the beach. While there we found out you could camp on the beach, so Katie and Adam went back and took down camp. We would take anything over another night at the Park. At least at the beach there would be a breeze.

Since camp was all packed up and it was sooooo hot we made dinner in the only shade available...right next to the bathrooms at the beach. It was pretty funny. We showered in the outdoor showers and packed up for the night.

We carried only what we needed for the night on the beach. It was so beautiful sitting by the ocean as the sun went down. There was heat lighting in the distance. We fell asleep to the sound of the crashing waves. I won't say I slept great but better than the night before for sure.

We woke up a little more refreshed, not quite so hot, and very sandy to a beautiful sunrise!
That concludes our NC camping trip. Of course we stopped at DD for ICED coffee and bagels on our way home...always a great way to end a vacation.

Friday, August 13, 2010


We needed to get a 2nd car since Kurt will be having to drive up to 40 minutes for his rotations. Instead we decided to get a scooter and 2 road bikes. We'll see if this was a good choice come winter time. Oh yeah and also on rainy days.

I decided I needed to practice driving the scooter before I HAVE to drive it, so today was the day. I made Kurt follow me in the car while I "scooted" to work. It only took me a little over 20 minutes. (note the sarcasm). Kurt's only advice when I reached my destination was "you can go a little faster." Well, I did it and I feel good about it. I'm ready to try it on my own next time. Hopefully our bikes will get here soon so I can bike most days to work. I love accomplishing 2 things at once...getting to work and back home + exercise!!

Can't you just see me know...cruisin down the streets of Blacksburg!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

We're back now

That's a common phrase that Jack (the little boy I take care of) yells out to his mom or dad whenever we get back home from the park or pool. It's pretty cute. Anyways,with saying "we're back now" I was referring to being back in Blacksburg. We were gone for 3 weeks on vacation. We went to WI, Canada, NY, and PA all visiting family and friends. It was a blast and soooooooooooo nice to be away from "normal" life for a little while. It was so refreshing and exactly what we needed. Our time was spent bike riding, swimming, hiking, boating, tubing, having game nights, making campfires, eating, and catching up with family and friends.

So now, we're back and getting back to "normal". I'm working but Kurt has off till the 30th still, so our evenings are spent doing as many fun things as possible. So far we've gone to the river, went out for pizza, went to a driving range, gone on scooter rides, and hung out with friends. It's great being back and Kurt still having time off. Kurt has some projects he is doing like re-doing the top to a free table we got (pictures to come soon).

The 30th will come to quickly and Kurt will be back to school, rotations to be exact. He starts his first month in surgery. I can't believe he has been through 2 years of med school. Looking forward to the next 2 and where life will take us.

So for now, we're enjoying the rest of the summer and savoring every last minute of it. Oh, and eating lots of tomato mayonnaise sandwiches with fresh tomatoes from friends gardens.