Maryland

This last week Jordan had his very last interview for residency.  I haven't had the chance to go to any of them with him so we decided since we had family in Maryland to head up with him for his last two there. The night before interviews those interviewing go out to dinner with the residents in the program.  I got to go with him to those and it was so fun for me to see him in his element, talking about medicine and being so outgoing.  

On the two days Jordan was gone interviewing I stayed at Jordan's Uncle's house and we enjoyed their backyard.  

We have been living in apartments our whole married life (6 1/2 years) and now that we have kids running around we are both dying to have a backyard with a swing set and grass we can roll around on.  Hanging out in a backyard probably seems like not such a big deal to most people, but for me, its one of my very favorite things to do. 

I am so proud of Jordan and all his hard work the past four years!  He has poured his heart into making his CV good enough while also balancing a great home life.  I don't know another man in this world who works so hard to make sure his family feels first... That isn't an easy thing to do for a man in medicine.  How he maintains good grades, outstanding reviews from his superiors and excelling in the workplace while also giving so much energy to us, is beyond me. If I could buy him the world to show him my appreciation, I would (but gifts aren't really his love language so maybe I ought to rethink how I should go about showing him my appreciation ;)).

The places we may end up are (in no particular order):

Utah, Wake Forest (North Carolina), Vanderbilt (Nashville), Denver, University of Massachusettes, Georgetown, Orlando, Alabama, Penn State, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Christiana (Delaware), Regions (St. Paul), Maryland, MUSC (South Carolina), Baystate (Massachusettes), Hopkins (Baltimore), Washington University (St Louis). 

We would be thrilled with any of them!

The days he was off we got to hang out with family and also explore DC.  When I was in High School I took a painting class and was shocked when my teacher told me I had won a contest I had no idea I was entered in (she did it for me ;)).  I ended up winning a big trip to DC with my parents for free and my painting hung in the capital for a year there.  That trip was very special for me because of that and also because all the memories I have of that year, are good ones.  I think it was one of the best years of my life.  I was so full of confidence and happiness- one of those moments in time where you feel like everything is going right.  I have felt my whole life I was an artist but never felt I was defined that way by others and this really made me feel like I was finally who I felt I was deep down inside.  

 It just made me happy to be there because it took me back to that moment in time being there with my parents. DC is just beautiful! 

Love this life we have, and am thrilled for our next chapter.

Lunch with Daddio

This afternoon we headed to the med school to pick up some school apparel and eat lunch with Jordan.  We got some yummy food from the food trucks and enjoyed a little picnic on the grass together... Thankfully the COM has nice grass and not yucky, thick Florida grass.  Whenever I feel a need to lay down on some grass, I immediately think, "I need to go to the med school!" haha

I sat across from him eating and told him how much I am going to miss him when he leaves again.  BUT I am really excited for him to have a rotation in Pennsylvania because we would LOVE to end up there for residency.  I am hoping to head out there for a week while he is there so we can explore darling Hershey.  Light posts with Hershey kisses on top and Amish markets?  YES, PLEASE!  

I am going to reallllllly miss visiting him at the med-school once we leave.  I look back on the time we have had here and can't help but think, "Why did I not go there more often to meet him for lunch?  Why did I not take more advantage of that?"  I sure am glad I am having these feelings before we leave so that I can be sure to squeeze out every last ounce of wonderful Florida and soak it up with my heart before we leave so that I can have those wonderful memories with me instead of all regrets.