Raise your virtual hand if you love free vacations! We got to experience our first ever all expense paid "business trip" to New Orleans 2 weekends ago.. Ok, I'm not being completely honest.. gas, food, and hotel were free, but we did have to pay for my Southwest flight back to Bham, since I had to leave early. Regardless, we had so much fun being away from work/school for a couple of days. Matthew had a poster accepted back in January to the the American Thoracic Society Conference, and Ed had been asked to give a talk on the last day, so the whole lab headed down for a little get-away... and I got to tag along :) My guess is that New Orleans didn't know what to with itself, having so many nerds in town at one time. I have never seen so many MD's and PhD's in one place in my entire life. And I'm allowed to say that, because Matthew said it first. We overindulged ourselves on food, hey it was free! And, I'm more than a little embarrassed to say that I definitely had my fair share of beignets. How could you not love anything made of fried dough and powdered sugar? Unless it's a funnel cake...gross. And guess what. The Conference is in Denver next year.. So Matthew, start working on a new poster now!
New Orleans bound!
"Dad are we there yet?"
Cafe Du Monde.. AKA Best Beignets EVER
Worth every calorie
This past weekend we went to Memphis for my Granny's (mom's mom) 87th birthday and the Kobeck reunion. On Saturday night, we spent the night with Mimi and Papaw (dad's side) and then went to the birthday party on Sunday afternoon at my Aunt Waverly's house.
On Saturday night, Mimi and I went bowling while the boys watched the basketball game. My Mimi is an incredible bowler. She bowls in a league on Thursdays, and her average is above 150. I usually never break 100. She's also 78 and still throwing a 10 pound ball... the same size I use.
Apparently, Mimi was my good luck charm. 111!
Sunday morning, Lexi came in from being outside with Papaw looking like this...And with a tick on her back.
Love them :)
Happy Birthday Granny!
Granny with her children. (2 missing, mom's sister Linda passed away a couple of years ago, and Aunt Tiny left before the pic) Mom is the baby of 10. Yes, 10.
And a pic with the grandchildren. Missing A LOT. Obviously with 10 kids, there's bound to be more grandkids than this. We counted up with my Aunt Peggy while we were at the party, and all the siblings either had 1 or 2 kids. My mom is the only one with 3. Also, it is hilarious to note, that my cousin Tony (the one in front of me) has a child little Matthew's age. And my cousin Wendy next to me has a child that was born before little Matthew. ha
We had a lot of fun at the party. It was good to see family that I haven't seen in a VERY long time. Also, I was glad that Matthew was finally able to meet Granny.
Headed to Smith Lake for Hardison Family Get-Away this weekend. But more importantly, Samuel David Hardison (Sam) is due in less than 5 weeks. Hurry up! :)
We have had a full but fun last couple of weeks. We moved, I finished exams and started a new job, Matthew graduated, and I traveled 6 hours and back to Louisville in 24 hours!
My worst nightmare. No organization.
Goodbye 417 Oaks Drive! You were a great first home! I may or may not have cried when we left for the last time :)
Right after we moved, I decided I did NOT want another piece of brown furniture in our place... So, I decided that we should paint and distress our old table... M did most of the work.
The finished project! Didn't he do a fabulous job! And it looks even better in person.
I promise I will upload the rest of the pictures from the new place. We're almost completely done. We just have a few more things to hang, get organized, etc...
Ed and Shawn had a party on Friday night... with the 4th of July food menu!
This is Akash, Amit's (the MD, PhD in M's lab) son. He was loving on Lexi all night.
Graduation Day! Ed and Matthew
I'm SO proud!
Yup, K was 33 weeks pregnant in this picture... She still looks AMAZING!
Louisville We took a mini pledge class trip to Louisville this past weekend. Our good friend Emily (pledgesister) and my old roomie was getting hitched!
Carol and Heath packed the exact same t-shirt.
Beautiful Emily! She was gorgeous!
The house in the background was where the reception was located. The ceremony was outside in a courtyard. Perfect day.
Completely worth all the traveling to see my good friend so incredibly happy. It was also a blast being able to catch up with old friends. There are some stories that never get old.
That about sums it up. I just got my assignment for my preceptorship this semester. Neuro ICU. I'm pretty excited about it. First day is Thurs! No weekends or nights :) Also congrats to Benjamin who also graduated this past weekend with his Masters in Accounting! Way to go bro :)
I took my last final of 4th semester today, and I am PUMPED!
1 more semester of constantly studying 13 more weeks of wearing those heinous white uniforms (which will be burned upon graduation) 3 more months of paying tuition to work a job that I will get paid to do in Aug/Sept. 94 more days of trying to hold back tears when I feel like I can't do it anymore (dramatic, I know) while wondering if I should be on anti-anxiety medications :)
Just 1 more. After that, I promise to my husband that I will be fun again.... until grad school (hopefully) ;)
*We moved this past weekend to a charming little townhouse in Hoover. We LOVE it! Post and pictures of the move are to come later on this week. E-mail me if you need our new address!