Friday, September 12, 2014

A BBQ with Friends!

My blog posts have been so sporadic I feel like I might as well give a little update at the beginning of each one, sooo:

Med school is fabulous! Partially because I feel like I am treading water now instead of drowning in it (haha) and partially because we are learning the coolest things! 
Guys! The human body, it's awesome. 
I feel relieved that I am enjoying it -- that was always a tiny fear in the back of my mind, that once I actually got here I would hate it or feel like it was the wrong decision (although I am sure there will be those moments in the future haha).

Anyways, JP is also doing well - he has started back at his 3rd and final year of law school. Him and his friends all have severe cases of senioritis and us studying together is currently the most-popular date night activity.

BUT we also seem to find time for netflix and BBQ's with friends!
This one took place on Labor Day (I know, it was a million years ago, bear with me) and it was so much fun!
We had gourmet hot dogs, specialty drinks, and Kimmi's famous veggie skewers! 
We love living in Salt Lake, but we definitely miss our friends in Provo! 







Monday, August 25, 2014

It's Official:

When you matriculate in med school, they have this awesome thing called a "white coat ceremony" where they "cloak" you in your first white lab doctor coat (bet you didn't see that coming haha).

It was a really great day. It was sort of like all my years of hard work had paid off and were culminating in this amazing event that officially welcomed me into the medical culture. 
I'm really going to be a doctor!



 ^^^ hooray for new med-school friends!


The actual white coat ceremony was so inspiring, I was expecting more of a graduation ceremony type boredom, but instead I was riveted the entire time! Between the speaker (who was this fabulous pastor, loved him.) and the BAPTIST CHOIR they had come sing (that should be a requirement for any ceremony, AMAZING.) and they showed this video, and if that doesn't make you want to become a doctor I don't know what will. 
Also I was introduced to this quote about medicine and I really love it, because it gives such a nice perspective on the whole field:

Medicine is the most humane of sciences, the most empiric of arts, and the most scientific of humanities.
Edmund Pellegrino, MD (1979)

And now suddenly I'm two weeks into school and we already had our first test! Ah!

Snippets of our new place!

We love it up here! 
Below are some shots of our home, and then some of our neighborhood!
We live in the most beautiful area filled with huge old trees that line the streets and we're surrounded by houses that are a hundred years old and full of character, I love them so much!








^^^ JP bought me these gorgeous sunflowers to celebrate our 3-year anniversary!
We've been married for three years, but it seriously feels like we should still be classified as 'newly weds.'
Every day with him is so fun, and I truly don't think I could be doing this whole med-school thing without his support! Oh I love you to moon and back JP! 
Here's to three fabulous years, and a whole lot more to come.

Crawdad, Crayfish, whatever you want to call them:

On the last Saturday before studying filled all my free time, we went crawdad fishing
(we, meaning me, JP, Eric, Kimmi, my dad, brother, an uncle and cousins too! Quite the crew. Those crawdads didn't stand a chance.)

Using raw chicken legs attached to make-shift fishing poles and butterfly nets (we run a professional operation), we managed to catch over 200 of the little guys! 
Which we promptly took home and enjoyed at a big cook out all afternoon :)

see previous years here and here!


my little brother Max and Kimmi!


 Strawberry Reservoir is gorgeous this time of year!

 Basically a mini lobster. 


 ^^^ they're clearly friends. 

 The cooked crawdads turn a lovely shade of red, don't you think? ;)


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Grace and JP in the big city!

We've moved!! 

Yes, I've been completely MIA for like 2 weeks, but that's because boxing up your life, loading it onto a moving truck, unloading it into a brand new (to you) place, and then wondering why you have so much stuff as you are attempting to fit it all into new cupboards and bookshelves and closets takes up a lot of time. Leaving very little time for blogging. 

But I'm back! And hopefully I"ll be posting more regularly as I am getting back into more of a routine... because guess who starts medical school on Monday?! THIS GIRL!

I cannot wait. I feel like I have been waiting FOREVER to start and I am so excited I can hardly stand it. 

Other updates:
+ pictures of our new place are coming soon- it's a fabulous little basement apartment in Salt Lake City. It also has a washer and dryer, a luxury we are unaccustomed to. #parentlaundromatforlife
+ our car got broken into (we're definitely not in Provo anymore...) BUT they took everything out of the back that we were planning on throwing away or donating anyway so... jokes on them. #winning
+ JP still has 1 more year of law school at BYU in Provo so he will taking the train down south probably 2-3 times a week for class. (I won the "who should commute" battle). 
+ Best thing so far about living in Salt Lake City? THE FOOD. We haven't cooked yet because there are just too many new places to try!

Which leads me to the focal point of this post (and most of my posts...):

When in Salt Lake City and craving mediterranean street food, you must go to Spitz SLC and get anything on the menu (seriously it's all so good). JP loves the donor basket and I got the street cart donor but I truly I am going to order something different each time we go back because everything looks fantastic.

We are loving it up here already, I've been amazed at how much it already feels like home! 
Also - any SLC recommendations are much appreciated!




Monday, July 28, 2014

Root-root-root for the home team:


On our last night in California we tore ourselves away from the sand and water to go to an Angel's baseball game!
It was "Mormon Night" and seeing as we're Mormon (LDS, etc), and also seeing as they were giving away FREE HAWAIIAN THEMED ANGEL'S JERSEYS (see below) at the game, it was practically fate and we had to go. 

I haven't been to a professional baseball game in quite a few years, so I had forgotten how much fun they are (even when you are literally on the highest row -- in all the pictures you can see that we're up against the wall haha) and also how delicious ballpark food is.
I managed to down an icee, crackerjacks (had to), a pretzel, some nachos, and a chocolate vanilla swirl ice cream cone though out the game...  and also I bought a hat so that makes me an official Angel's fan, right?

Ooh and the Angel's won!







Saturday, July 26, 2014

If you're lucky enough to be at the beach, you're lucky enough:


JP and I have just returned from a fabulous week-long (and much needed) vacation at the beach!
Capistrano Beach, to be exact. In San Clemente, California. 

I've vacationed there every summer with my whole extended family since before I can remember and it's where JP proposed to me 3 years ago!
And what a fabulous week it was. As we were packing up to come back home we all agreed that we couldn't remember a week that has gone by so quickly or a vacation that was so hard to leave from. It was just such a wonderful little respite from real life!
We stayed in a beautiful beach house, right on the sand and steps away from the sea. We swam in the ocean, kayacked with dolphins (twice!), boogie-boarded for hours, read books on the sand, played games every night, laughed til we cried, and came away from it all with a renewed determination to own a beach house someday ;)

^^^me, JP, and my little brother!


^^^ There were many intense games of "Spikeball"






^^^ the house had this neon sign that we thought was pretty ironically humorous

^^^ my dad caught a 30lb tuna fish! That then got turned into the most delicious ceviche and seared tuna I have ever eaten, ever.









I am thoroughly convinced that if you're lucky enough to be at the beach, you are lucky enough.