Saturday, March 16, 2013

Match Day

Yesterday was the BIG DAY our little family has been wating for for what seems forever now... Match Day!

For those of you not familiar with how medical school works I'll explain it a little bit.  All med students in their 4th year apply to residency positions for after graduation.  Everyone has to do a residency.  You pick a specialty and apply to as many schools as you want in that specialty.  Josh chose anesthesia.  Some specialties are more competitive and thereby more difficult to get into.  Anyway, after you apply, schools can invite you for an interview.  After all the interviews happen (it takes a few months) then you submit your rank list.  You rank the schools that you interviewed at and they rank you.  A fancy computer system thing uses the lists and matches you to a school for your residency.  Then on Match Day you find out where you matched and where you'll be spending the next X number of years.  (Different specialties have a different number of years required for residency- pediatrics is 3, anesthesia is 4, surgery is like 8 or something crazy)

{waiting to be called up on stage and find out where we matched}

So, Match Day is a pretty big deal for us in the 4th year of medical school!  It's the day that determines our life for the next few years.  There is also the possibility of not matching at all, which would be awful.  Anyways, we were fortunate enough to match and we matched at our #1 choice- University of Florida in Gainesville!  Woo-Hoo!  My honey is pretty much amazing. 


I do feel I need to say that we are NOT, nor will we ever be, Gator fans!  If you know about the Florida State and University of Florida rivalry then you understand my disclaimer.  My dad and sister went to FSU and my family are die hard FSU fans.  So we'll be sporting our Seminole gear around Gainesville, yesiree.  Hopefully we don't get spit on. ;)

 {Reese is nervously chewing on her fingers!}
 

So why did we choose UoF?  Well, to be close to family!  And FSU didn't have a anesthesia residency program.  My parents and youngest sister live about 1 hour from Gainesville, and my other 2 sisters live a couple hours away in different directions.  After 4 years of med school in Kentucky, Josh and I were ready to live near family!  Residency is hard and Josh will be really busy and have some long days and night.  I'm looking forward to having the support of so much family nearby.

{Josh up on stage opening his letter and reading where we matched)

{I took a video of Josh reading his letter.  The music you hear at the beginning is the song clip Josh chose for when he was walking up to the stage (Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody).  Each student got to submit a song clip.  It was fun to hear what people chose.}
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After they read their letter, the students put a pin with their name on the map where they matched so everyone could see how the class spread out.  It was pretty neat.



We had a great time at the Match Day banquet!  It was a lot of fun and of course we were happy with our results. 

{Reese was pooped out by the end and sleeping in Josh's arms}


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2 Things

1. We found out yesterday that Josh has definitely MATCHED!  We don't know where yet, be he did match somewhere for Residency, which is such a relief to know!  We will find out on Friday- Match Day, where it is that we matched and thus where we'll be living for the next 4 years.  Friday can't come fast enough!  Our top 3 choices that we ranked are 1. University of Florida in Gainesville, 2. Loma Linda University in Southern California, and 3. University of Kentucky (here, where we are now) in Lexington.  We also have Duke (North Carolina), Vanderbilt (Tennessee), and UC Irvine (S. California) in the mix too.  I'm so ready to know!

2. Miss Reese Mari decided to start laughing yesterday!  It is the most wonderful sound to hear and I loved making her laugh.  She hasn't repeated it yet, but I'm so glad she's laughing now! There's something about a baby's laugh that is just the best thing ever.  I got it on video a little bit.  She was laughing a lot more before I got the camera out, of course.  But at 0:47, 1:06, and 1:23 you can hear a couple little laughs. :)

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mostly Gray

Most of my recent posts have been about Reese so I thought I should do one about Grayson.  He is such an energetic, happy, full-of-life toddler!  He definitely gives me a run for my money every day!  I've mentioned to some friends lately that I think my toddler is probably more difficult right now than my little baby.  I think he's still just adjusting to our new life as a family of 4 and needing some extra attention. 

{Ps- did you notice my blog's new look?!  Click over and check it out if you're in a reader.  I just needed a change. The old look was done when Grayson was born, so it'd been 2.5 years. I love it!}

We got some Papa Murphy's pizza recently and they have this small personal sized kids pizza.  It's so cute.  It's a little pizza kit so the kid can make their own pizza.  Grayson loved it!  He was so proud of his pizza.


What he loved even more was the little pizza box that came with his pizza.  He played with that for days and days after our pizza night.  I eventually threw it away when he hadn't played with it recently and then he asked about it.  Whoops. :)



 Ok, I have to throw in a couple of Reese, she's too cute not to!
 

 I was throwing away some old canvases and Grayson had fun painting on them first.

Gray turned 2 and a half at the end of February and we celebrated his half birthday.  I've never done half birthdays before but I thought Gray deserved some special time just for him.  He loved it!  He loved blowing out the candles and talking about "mine cake."  

We were babysitting for his friend Abbi that night so she got to celebrate with us. :)


We love our little 2 and a half year old boy SO much!