Friday, July 31, 2009

My Husband the Student Doctor!!

So we are all setteled here in Colorado with almost everything unpacked. We are loving the area and the weather and pretty much everything else around us. Behind our building are a bunch of trails that you can go hiking on and they have wildlife around and it is beautiful. Also my favorite part was when I was walking the trail with Blake the other day and after fifteen minutes I ended up in front of Target. Could a girl ask for anything more?? I think not!!!

This past week Ryan has been going to orientation for school and has been learning more about what the next four years are going to be like. He starts school officially on Monday and has a quiz on the very first day with a case study also due. Now here is my question. CAN YOU SERIOUSLY HAVE HOMEWORK AND A TEST THE VERY FIRST DAY OF CLASS WHEN YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE BEFORE???? Apparently you can!!!!

Today was a very exciting day for both of us. This morning was the White Coat Ceremony where they give all the students their white coats and they take an oath and officially become student doctors. They do this to show the students that they respect them as peers and to let the students feel that they are already making a difference which I definately agree that they are. This ceremony was pretty big and it was really awesome to see Ryan go up there and introduce himself as a student doctor. In the video it is really hard to hear him because I was in back but when he goes to the microphone he says, ''Hi, I am Student Doctor and Second Lieutenent in the Air Force, Ryan West from Hawthorne, NV." After he introduced himself the professors coated the students to show that they are their peers.

I thought it was pretty awesome.
As soon as Ryan went up to introduce himself I started bawling like a little baby. Just a little emotional these days. All I could think about is the next four years and how hard it would be but on the other hand what a wonderful experience it will be. I know that it will take getting used to but I know what a hard worker Ryan is and he is fully capable. Me on the other hand....I have already made a few friends that are in the same situation thatI am and I will be able to hang out with. I am excited to get involved in the community and to figure this place out.

I am so excited for this chapter in our lives and I know that our relationship will grow more and more throughout this process. It will be hard but I know that this is the right thing for us to be doing right now. I love my husband so much and am so grateful that he is following his dreams and wants to give his family the best life he can give us. He is so strong and is my best friend. He is such a wonderful father and I am so lucky to have him.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Family Reunion, Walking, and Starting a New Chapter in our lives!!

So I havn't been good lately at writing but I know that I need to right now. A few weeks ago we had Ryan's family come to Utah and spend a few days with us. We had his Mom, Dad, Nicole, Brandon, Jared, Lacey and Brynlee all here. We were sad that Matt and Angie were not able to come. Also David who is on his mission was not here but we are excited to see him in 4 months. This was my first time hosting a weekend with family even though technically it isn't really my house but it was a lot of fun. I cooked all the meals and I think they turned out okay. We also went shooting, played the Wii, watched movies, played volleyball, rode 4-wheelers, and best of all we floating a freezing cold canal (Thanks to my mom for watching the babies). I am so bad and didn't take any pictures but my dad did manage to get one of all of us after we floated the Logan Canal. The water was freezing when you first got in but after about 5 minutes you bum got numb and it was perfect after that unless you hit a rapid and got splashed. We took inner tubes and sticks which was a brilliant idea of my dad's and started down. The canal took about 45 minutes to get to the end and everyone wanted to do it again. It was so much fun to go down together as a family and see everyone spinning and running into the trees and walls. All in all, no one got hurt and I think it was the highlight of the trip.

Blake has finally started to walk at the ripe age of 17 months. We were a little worried for a while but he is just stubborn and wanted to do it in his own time. He still wants to crawl a lot because he can go a lot quicker but he is getting the hang of it and pretty soon will be running around. We are so proud of him and he is growing so quickly. We were pretty sad when he took his first steps about 8 hours after Ryan's family had left. Here are a few of his first steps...

We are beginning a new chapter of our lives tomorrow. At about 7 o'clock Ryan, myself and my dad are headed out in three seperate vehicles to drive to Colorado. My mom will be flying out with Blake on Saturday so we don't have to worry about him and the long car ride there. We are moving there and Ryan is starting med school on August 3. I am so proud of him. Also, Ryan was sworn in as a Second Lieutenent in the Air Force a few months ago and he will be getting a full scholorship from them. That means we save about 400,000 dollars over the next 4 years and we don't have to go into debt. This is a huge blessing.

We have truly been blessed these past few months with everything that has gone on in our lives and we couldn't have done it without our families. I want to thank our families for everything they have done for us. We wouldn't have made it without them and I am excited to start our lives again and build our family in Colorado, at least for the next four years.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

To a Wonderful Mother On Her Birthday!!!

Today is my mom's birthday and I wanted to let her know how much I love and appreciate her. I know I don't tell her enough how much I love her and look up to her. My mom has always been there for me when I have needed her and I don't know where I would be without her. She is such a wonderful grandma to Blake and loves him so much.
My mom has such a great sense of humor and whenever I am down she can always cheer me up. Here are a few examples. I am terrified of people chasing me up stairs. I literally scream and can't run and fall in a ball in the middle of the stairs if someone starts chasing me up them. (Pathetic I know but I can't help it) My mother LOVES to chase me up stairs but I can't ever get mad at her. I just start screaming and then laughing as she starts chasing me and I fall to the floor. When I was in high school I came home one day in not such a great mood and the song Play that Funky Music (My mom's favorite song of all time) was blaring on the stereo speakers. When I found her in the Den and opened the door I couldn't help but start laughing hysterically as I watched her dancing around the room and singing this song at the top of her lungs. My mom will randomly show up in my room and jump on my bed just to come and talk with me and see how I am doing. She is so fun to be with and spend time with and I consider my mom one of my best friends.
My friends have often told me that they are jealous of how well my mom and I get along. Don't get me wrong, we have had our moments but don't we all. My mom is the most wonderful woman alive and I am proud to be her daughter and have her as my kids Grandma.
My mom is the most generous, loving, kind, compassionate woman I have ever known. She would do anything for her children and I have witnessed that these past 7 months as we have lived with my parents. I love her so much and hope she feels special on this wonderful day. Happy Birthday MOM!!! I LOVE YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!