PA School Graduation

The other weekend I celebrated one of the biggest achievements and moments of my life … my graduation from Physician Assistant school.  While we technically finished our program back in March and I have been actively working for a month and a half it was still a HUGE thing for me.  My university only does graduation ceremonies once a year so Chris and I flew back to Savannah for it over my birthday weekend.




The girls stayed in Missouri with my amazing mother-in-law so we enjoyed an amazing kid free weekend.  My mom, step-dad, and dad met us in Savannah to join in on the fun.  I can’t quite describe how I felt that whole weekend.  While it had started to set in that PA school is over and my life and career as a Physician Assistant had begun I feel like it was “official” once I was hooded.  I am now a Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies along with my PA-C.  And it feels amazing.

PA Madeline


At hooding I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was chosen to be in inducted into Pi Alpha … the honor society for PAs.  I also graduated with high honors which was super exciting!  Our hooding ceremony was pretty emotional for everyone.  The president of our university spoke and said how he always thought it was amazing that our hooding was the smallest of the graduate programs but took the longest because everyone had to hug everyone on stage.  And it’s true.  I have been so blessed to be part of this PA program with my particular classmates and our truly outstanding faculty.  God truly knew what He was doing when He brought us all together because I can’t imagine having been on this journey with anyone else.


SUPA Grads


I was particularly excited for this weekend because I was also reunited with my very best friend Jessica.  You might recognize her from periodic appearances on the blog but this woman is truly one of a kind.  She is more family now than friend and I know that we will be wrinkly old women one day and still as close as ever.  We are still adjusting to living in different states though and I have to admit it blows.


Best Friends


Having all my parents there (minus my step-mom who couldn’t make it) was so special too.  I got my love of medicine from my dad going on rounds with him in the hospital as a child.  I got my tenacity from my mom because she showed me that you can do anything you set your mind to even when you have children.  My step-dad always had an encouraging word for me when I needed it.

SAV Family

SAV Family 2


Most importantly I am glad that Chris was by my side for the whole thing.  It was as much as a celebration for him as it was for me.  I absolutely couldn’t have done it without his unwavering support, love, and encouragement.  It took a village but luckily I have the best village around.

Chris and Madeline


So there you have it!  Hooding is over and I can add some additional letters to my name … MSPA, PA-C.

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Rock’N’Roll Savannah // Medical Volunteer

Happy Monday friends!  Long time no chat, eh?  I was REALLY sick last week with horrible bronchitis and crashed the second I got home from work each day.  I lasted until Thursday when I finally called uncle and went to my doctor and got some antibiotics.  By Friday I started feeling human again and now I feel almost 100%.  Whew.


I have a different recap for you of the Rock’N’Roll Savannah today!  You might remember that last year I volunteered in the main medical tent and it helped remind me WHY I am going into medicine.  Well, I had so much fun that I went back for seconds!  I teamed up with two of my classmates and several from the class below us and hit up main medical once again.


Rock'N'Roll Savannah Medical Volunteer


If you’re local or ran the race than you know that we had unseasonably warm weather.  Temperatures at race start were around 70 degrees and 100% humidity at 7AM.  Race officials actually cut off the race at 9:45AM and started directing people to the finish.  Needless to say we were SLAMMED.  I thought last year was busy … this year takes the cake and was one of the roughest in terms of patient volume that Rock’n’Roll has seen at ANY of their races.  We had IV fluids running left and right and were constantly juggling beds.  People were severely dehydrated and the humidity was a butt kicker.  I didn’t sit down from 8AM-3PM.  And unfortunately there was one fatality this year confirmed by Rock’n’Roll on the course so thoughts and prayers go out to that family.


Once again I realize that my heart is in Emergency Medicine.  I love the chaos, acuity, and not knowing what’s coming next.  I feel like (and was told by the nurses there) that I stay calm under pressure.  I felt more confident this year and it gave me that kick in the pants to say YOU CAN DO THIS!  It’s incredibly frightening getting ready to graduate and truly practice medicine so moments like these where I feel confident and capable help calm those fears.  My why has never been stronger.


The rest of the weekend was spent gearing up for another week and soaking up time with my babies.  Fortunately Bryn hasn’t gotten into more diaper cream so we are on good terms 😉  We colored, played dress up with the dogs, and chowed down on steak and scallops.  I would say it was a pretty great weekend.



Weekend 2

Weekend 3


I am off to another full week in primary care!  I will have a recap up soon about my surgery rotation.  I hope you have a great Monday!


What did you do this weekend?

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Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

Happy Tuesday!  I am getting a bit of a late start to the week … the weekend went by way too fast and I had a to-do list that seemed never ending.  However, we did manage to fit in some family fun so that is always a good thing.  This past weekend was the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival here in Richmond Hill, GA.  It happens every October and is a huge event for the Savannah area.  The last time Chris and I went though was when I was 8 months pregnant with Bryn!


Saturday afternoon we decided spontaneously to brave the crowds and take the girls up there.  I am SO glad we did because the whole family had a blast.  We started the afternoon off with some rides and I was pleasantly surprised how many the girls could go on.  They rode a choo-choo train, a mini ferris wheel, and the merry-go-round.  Poor Bryn never wanted to leave the train though!  Seeing my girls laughing away fills my heart enough to last me until the next weekend :)  We also chowed down on seafood, beer, and fried oreos.  And it was entirely worth it.
We ended the day with ice cream and running around in the grass.  Overall it was the perfect afternoon!  If you’re a local make sure to check it out next year :)


Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival 2
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival 3
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival 4

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival 5

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival 6

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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Weekend Recap // 10.12.15

Happy Monday friends! Before getting into a weekend recap I have to say a very special happy birthday to my nephew MJ!  He turns 16 today and I am so sad I am not there to celebrate with him.  Le sigh.


Anyway, this past weekend was one full of family and fun.  And it’s not over yet because Chris and I are both off of work today!  My mom and step-dad came into town last Tuesday and were with us until Saturday so we squeezed as much family time in as possible before they left.  Friday was a training holiday for Fort Stewart so Chris and I were off work.  We kept the girls home from school and headed in to Savannah for lunch and park time.  It only took us three years but we finally made it to Zunzi’s, a local favorite and home of the 2nd best sandwich in America according to Food Network.  I got the chicken wrap and it was seriously amazing.  If you’re ever in Savannah you MUST visit Zunzi’s … it’s take-out mainly so don’t be fooled by the tiny store front.  Everyone was absolutely thrilled with their food!  We took our meals to go and ate a picnic at Forsyth Park before letting the girls run loose.  Em had a blast and Bryn climbed on everything.  Overall it was perfect.




Dad and Daughter



Mimi and Pop Pop

Spider Girl



We are keeping the girls home again today to hang out with Chris parents since they got in to town yesterday.  The girls are over-the-moon thrilled to have back-to-back grandparents and are being sufficiently spoiled :)


I hope your weekend was full of FUN and that your Monday is off to a great start!


What did you do this weekend?

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Yesterday was a great day.  Let me start from the beginning though.


This summer was a hard summer for us.  Chris was gone the entire month of June and missed my 1 week break between clinicals.  When he came back I was in the Emergency Room and working bizarre hours and our family time was limited.  He left again for another 3 weeks and didn’t come back until mid-August.  Essentially our summer was completely missed.


We knew that I had some time off in September and so we planned ahead for Chris to take leave during my breaks and by the grace of the Army it was approved.  Cue the happiness.  Yesterday was Chris’ first official day of leave and we decided to make it ours.  We dropped the girls off at school and spent the entire day together.


Our day started off with a crazy sweaty workout in our garage.  I recently started Ashley Horner’s Valor (more on that another day!) and convinced him to join me in the trainer.  Let’s just say we almost died.


Couple Sweat Session

After we picked ourselves up off the floor and showered we headed to Tybee Island for an afternoon of fun.  We have been wanting to go to the Crab Shack since we moved here.  That was three years ago.  We finally made it yesterday and it did not disappoint.

Crab Shack

The Crab Shack is mainly an outdoor restaurant that has a very eclectic feel to it.  If you hate cats you may want to avoid it though because the roaming cats are kind of a thing for the restaurant.  The weather in Coastal GA was absolutely perfect with a nice breeze and mild temperatures.  Basically it called for a nice cold beer.

Beer Me

When we go out to new places Chris and I are big about sharing meals so we can taste more.  We split the she crab soup, creekside nachos, and local blue crab.

Crab Shack Food

Everything was SO good!  The she crab soup just tasted fresh and had huge chunks of crab in it.  The nachos had a delicious BBQ sauce on top that took it up a notch.  The crab was horrible messy and definitely not for a first date.  I guess it’s a good thing we’ve been married over 6 years 😉


After stuffing our faces we did the next most logical thing … put on bathing suits to strut our stuff on Tybee Beach. HA.

Tybee Island
Don’t get me wrong … I love taking my girls to the beach.  But there was something insanely relaxing about not having to worry about a little one drowning or running away.  I was able to shut my eyes which never happens any more.  We also only carried our beach chairs and a bag rather than enough stuff to go camping.  Pure bliss.  I even managed to study a bit.


By the time we went to get the girls from school I felt refreshed.  I have blogged a few times about how important it is to make your marriage a priority and I am proud of Chris and I for continuing to do that.  Our realator told us today that our marriage must be strong to survive Army life and PA school and I was able to smile and truthfully say YES.  It is strong.  It’s strong because we work hard at it.  But yesterday proved that it can be the most fun kind of work.


How often do you “date” your spouse?  When was the last time you went to the beach?


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