Sunday, September 28, 2008

Visit with Grandpa and Grandma

On Friday my parents came to visit us for a while. The boys have loved having them here with us. Matthew has just adored spending time with Grandpa. Matthew showed him how to pick just the right blackberries. I am glad that Grandpa does not mind being put to work his first full day here. He watched the boys while my mom and I went to my baby shower and for the women conference. We will post more about their visit as the days go on.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Working Together

Yesterday grandpa had Jason help him carry boxes that were left from the new furniture down to the fire pit. Matthew decided that he would help too. It was just so cute watching the boys work together. It reminded me of when I was growing up and my grandparents would call my mom and tell her that they needed our help to pick fruit in their orchard or to help them plant their new flowers. I am glad our boys are having this chance to help others. During the summer Jason and Matthew, mainly Jason helped grandpa with our garden. I know that he will remember these times and tell Matthew all about them, just like my older brother told us.
I guess fall is truly here the leaves are starting to fall and it is starting to get dark sooner, which makes is easy for the boys to go to bed. It was hard during the summer time when the sun did not go down until like 9.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Update from Brian

Well, now that I actually have some free time I thought I'd give everyone a little update on my life at school. We just finished our first module (Principles of Medicine) with two full days of exams last Thursday and Friday. It was a lot harder than I anticipated, and I'm still waiting to find out how I did. It was definitely a humbling experience--at the beginning of the term I thought I'd probably coast through the first few months of medical school, thanks to my background in health care. However, I learned that it does not matter what your background is... medical school is going to be tough anyway! Now I'm just hoping that I passed all of my exams! I'm confident that I did, but still, I can't be certain until my exam scores are released. The good news is that most of my classmates felt the same way I did about the exams. They say that trying to learn everything in medical school is like trying to drink water from a fire hose... I would say that's pretty accurate. They admit that it's impossible to know everything, but we are still held accountable for it.

Tomorrow we start our next module (Musculoskeletal). I anticipate I'll have a slight advantage over my classmates in this department, but then again, after what I experienced the first six weeks of school I'm not going to slack off in my studies.

One thing I still can't stand here is the heat. I don't like it. It makes me feel tired and lazy for one thing, plus whenever I drive my car in the afternoon I can't even grip the steering wheel. Thank goodness I don't have leather seats!

By the way, I'd like to take this opportunity to update some information on the previous post: as it turns out, Jason did not eat deer poop. It was a clump of dirt from what I understand... but I still don't know why Jason would eat that. Oh well, I remember doing strange things as a kid, too (and don't you dare mention any of those, MOM)!

Anyway, I just wanted everyone to know that I'm having lots of fun learning how to be a physician (even though studying all day isn't that much fun)--it's really a lot of fun when we discuss various cases as a small group and come up with diagnoses and treatments. This is really a great school and I'm proud to be a part of it!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

What a day!

I have decided that this blog should also include the trials along with the fun stuff. I am so glad that this weekend is OVER! Yesterday was so horrible. Jason and I had a rough day. It all started out early too. Jason and Matthew both woke up way too early 5:45 am. Later that morning we went to Albertson's to get some milk. My wonderful Jason thought it would be nice to clean the freezer doors with his tongue. Can you say gross!
Well, later that afternoon, I let him play some gamecube because he had not had an accident for a couple of days. We have been working on stopping what you are doing and going to the bathroom. Well, I guess he forgot why he was able to play the gamecube, because he had an accident. Brother!
Thank goodness for Grandpa. Grandpa had Jason go out to the garden and help him harvest the potatoes and pears. Well, there are some potatoes that grow with like these little ball like things on the plants. Matthew has tried to eat them before and they are hard as rock. Well, while Jason was out there with grandpa he decided he would try some deer poo. Double Yuk. He asked grandpa what deer poo would taste like and he was told like crap, but Jason thought he said like crab so he ate one. Deer are cute but they have so many diseases. I pray that he will be okay. I called his doctor and the doctor on call (who was very rude) told me that he should be fine if he just ate one.
One thing that both Jason and I learned from this wonderful day is that it is so important to say our family prayer in the morning. I realized we left the day without one and boy did we have a crazy day. I love my Jason he keeps me busy along with his little brother Matthew.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Summer is truly ending

On Friday the boys and I went to the grocery store and saw all the Halloween candy. As we were checking out the cashier commented that "you know summer is over when they start bringing out the Halloween stuff". She was right the weather is starting to get colder and the sun is going down earlier. Time just flies by.
If weather permitted I might have Matthew go as Spider-baby. Of course he would need some pants.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Day of School

Jason getting ready to leave for School (Matthew wants to go too)
On Tuesday Jason started his first day of school. He is now a big first grader. He went to school on Tuesday and Wednesday for like a little orientation then he will have the next two days off. The school is having them go in groups so it will not be too overwhelming. Jason is very proud of the fact that he gets to eat lunch at school
It seems weird to have Jason gone all day, I guess this will be a new thing for all of us. On Tuesday when we returned from dropping Jason off at school Matthew looked all over our house for him. He misses his big brother.
Thank goodness that Caleb came over yesterday to play and that Matthew was able to go to their house today for a little bit. They are the best buddies.
Matthew and Caleb playing light sabers