Monday, July 13, 2015

That one time my husband graduated from MEDICAL SCHOOL!

Foreverrrr ago, we made the drive to Seattle for Stephen's final week of medical school and GRADUATION! It's all such a blur to me now, but I wanted these pictures recorded because it was truly one of the best, most momentous weekends we will ever experience. You guys, Stephen graduated from MEDICAL SCHOOL! I don't want to say "I can't believe it", because I totally can - Stephen is so smart, dedicated, passionate and determined, I never had any doubt that he couldn't do this, but still, I can't believe it!! Four years... Four years that dragged and yet flew by at the same time (time always seems to do that, no?). I was (am!) so, so proud of my husband. I cried during the speeches and bawled as he walked across the stage. I know how much time and effort he put into this. I know what he had to sacrifice. I know how hard he worked and how stressed he got. But he did it. We did it. And while this next part of our journey will be longer and harder, that in no way takes away from the accomplish of reaching this point. Congratulations, Dr. Stephen Wall, MD!

^^ Roadtrip! Ezra's first! It's just over eight hours to Seattle and it took us a little over ten - not too shabby! ^^
 ^^ Stephen had a pretty lax schedule the week we were in Seattle, so Uriah, Ezra and I spent our mornings outside at Greenlake and went back with Stephen after dinner. It will always be my favorite place in Seattle! ^^
 ^^ Thursday was a little hectic - we had to be out of one rental house, pick two people up from the airport (at different times), move into another rental house, my parents got in and we had a kitchen to fill with food! Still, plenty of time for play and snoozes! ^^
^^ The boys getting ready! ^^
^^ Ahhh! On our way! I sat in the back between two carseats, my mom was in the front, Stephen drove and my dad sat in the trunk handing out sandwiches! ^^
^^ Before the hood! Oh how much has changed since I stood with Stephen at his last graduation... ^^
 ^^ Waiting to go in - Just look at those baby blues!! ^^
 ^^ Looking for Stephen as the graduates enter the auditorium. I can't believe how big those boys are! They were four and six at our wedding...! ^^
^^ Waiting for the ceremony! Two sweet babies and two proud parents! ^^
^^ I was so worried about a three hour ceremony right in the middle of nap time, but once we saw daddy come in, he passed out on Papa's lap. We had to wake him up so he could see Stephen receive his hood...! He sat quietly and patiently with Papa through all the speeches after that. I was so pleased! ^^
^^ Dr. Stephen Lee Wall (!!!) Can you even believe it?! HE DID IT! WE did it! ^^
^^ Stephen by far had the biggest and loudest fan section! The two of us were so happy and honored that so many people came to celebrate this day with us! We felt so loved by you all - Thank you! ^^
^^ We met these friends before the first day of medical school even started and here we are four years and four babies later... (I'm actually tearing up typing this!) The Head family has meant so much to us and we are eternally grateful for their friendship! ^^
^^ You'd trust him with your care, right?! ;) ^^
 ^^ The after party included a lot of baby Ezra snuggles :) ^^
 ^^ And attention for this guy! He's so loved by our family and friends! ^^
 ^^ Cake! It was easily Uriah's favorite part of the day :) ^^
^^ The Wall brothers versus my dad, Keith and John ^^
^^ The aquarium! Uriah loved it all, of course, and was touching the sea anemones by the end of it!  (Sherri, Ezra and I were a little outnumbered over the weekend after my parents left - so many boys!) ^^
 ^^ This picture warms my heart so very much! These boys are Uriah's God siblings (is that a thing? - their parents are Uriah's God parents) The boys have wrestle time with Stephen every time we get together and this is them just carrying on the tradition (though I'm pretty sure Uriah started it!) ^^
^^ Sam, the baby whisperer! ^^
 ^^ A walk to Discovery Park! ^^
^^ Another Greenlake park date! Including Starbucks and game of soccer ^^
 ^^ Uriah and his cousin, James, tackling Catherine (his second cousin). I don't think she knew what was coming! ^^
^^ Chase! All. Day. Long...! ^^
 ^^ Impossible to believe these two have three grown sons and six grandkids! This looks like a picture of siblings! ^^
 ^^ A tour of UW! This part of the weekend I had to miss out on (along with a few others) due to babies and nap time. Sometimes being mom means missing some of the fun. Loved having these pictures from Sheila, though! ^^
 ^^ My heart could burst! I met Carson when he was just Uriah's age and now look at them...! I am so happy that my babies get to grow up with such great friends and examples! ^^
 ^^ Aunt Sheila and Uncle Lew treated us to an evening at The Four Seasons, pool and fire side. All you can eat blueberries, twisty straws and ice cream (yes, the way to his heart is through is stomach!), Uriah was in heaven! ^^
 ^^ My baby boy...! ^^
^^ A quick goodbye the day we flew out for Alaska (something else I had to miss out on!) ^^

1 comment :

  1. oh my goodness, how exciting! congratulations to your man (and to you!)