Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spring Baseball

Danny finished another season of little league with Brighton Baseball. He was on a team with 3 of his good friends, Isaac Neal, Adam Sponsel, and Gavin Nilsson. Daniel was probably more excited about the uniform and hanging out with his friends than actually playing baseball, but we loved watching him anyway. 

Frank, Cindy, Elyse, and Ryan came up for a weekend this past June. They watched him play in a game and then that night we all went to a Red Wings game where his team was able to walk on the field.

 Danny and Adam Sponsel

 James felt like he was part of the team
 How cute is this little team!?

 Instead of practicing, this is the type of shenanigans that often went on during practice
 And the probably the highlight of the season for Danny...
Getting the trophy! (of course) 

Monday, July 15, 2013


Bryson graduated. What has been a very good, but an extremely long 5 year residency is now over. Well, not fully over as Bryson is doing an additional 1 year of training at the Cleveland Clinic, but the worst is behind us!
Rochester has been wonderful to us. We have fallen in love with the city, the people, and I even have taken a liking to the abundance of beautiful white winter snow. 
It was so hard to leave behind our home and friends. I loved our home and it did feel like home. I moved there with a baby and brought home two others. We spent holidays, birthdays, and held parties in that home. It is where all 3 of my boys took their first steps. 
Leaving friends was also very difficult. I would occasional tear up while driving or sitting in my bed when I thought about not being able to see certain people on a day to day basis. That entire part of my life, my life with them, would be over. Our relationships would become long distance and those are never anywhere near as gratifying or close. 
But we are moving on to new things. A life where (hopefully) Bryson is home more and we can someday live closer to our families, and these things make me very happy and excited. 

I will say that I have left Rochester better as a result of the experiences I had there and the people whom I was blessed to know. 

The graduation was held at an old country club downtown Rochester. My parents and Bryson's parents came out for the graduation (which was so wonderful!). It was a perfect summer night and everyone in his program had wonderful things to say about his skills as a surgeon and his character as a person. I enjoyed getting dressed up and cheering Bryson on throughout the night. He was also given an award for being having done the best research over the entire year (and awarded $1000 dollars!). 

I am so proud of Bryson. These past 5 years have not been easy. He has sacrificed so much time, sleep, energy, time with family and friends to complete this training. And it was not glamorous. There was a lot of grunt and low level work (especially at the beginning) but Bryson really never complained. He worked hard and has always been so enthusiastic about his profession. 

Bryson's entire Plastic Surgery program

I am with the other 2 pregnant wives.

I have missed my blog!

Do you know what happens when you get pregnant and have to move all in a matter of a few months? Well, for me it meant a sudden halt to blogging. I was so sick for quite a few months. Much more than I had been with my previous pregnancies. I knew it meant one thing- A GIRL! And I was correct. We are all so excited for this new addition to our family :)
Instead of trying to catch up, I am going to start from our current events and work backwards. Who knows if I will ever fully catch up, but hopefully I will!

Andrew turned 2 last week. So bittersweet. He has been my easiest, most mellow baby. He could stay a baby forever, and I would be just fine with that! He was so cute on his special day and seemed somewhat oblivious to party that was in his honor. I think the older boys enjoyed the festivities even more than he did, but I know he still had a great day.

He loves Nemo, so we had that as our theme for his 2 year old celebration. And since we are very new to Cleveland, our party guests consisted of only family members (which was great!). 

The Cake

Birthday kisses from his adoring brothers :)

Opening his new Nemo toys

Did I mention this kid loves to give kisses? He is so scrumptious!

Despite appearances, James had a great time at the party too. 

It was a fun party! We love you Andrew!