Vacation to Maine!

It's been a long time since we've updated! Probably that's because residency fell into full swing and Kyle started traveling to Charlotte, NC on a weekly basis... 

Olivia completed rotations in the Peds ED, Newborn Nursery, and survived round one of the Labor and Delivery floor on both days and nights. Her vacation was a much needed break, and we took the opportunity to go to Maine for a week! Having never been there, we decided to go to Portland and Acadia. Here are some highlights. 

SEAFOOD: we ate a lot of Lobster, clams, and clam chowder. Thank you to our friends who provided various restaurant recommendations and Yelp :) We didn't have a bad meal during our entire week in Maine. 

HIKING: It's a good thing we did a lot of hiking to make up for all of the yummy food we ate! Acadia was beautiful in October with the foliage still around and cooler temperatures for hiking. Our favorite hikes included the Beehive Trail and the Precipice Trail - both had a lot of obstacles, rocks to climb up, iron rungs, ladders, etc. to overcome before getting to the top! We were unaware that the Precipice is considered one of the more dangerous national parks trails that exists....but we made it just fine! :) Look up a Youtube video if you want to see exactly what climbing it entails! It's definitely unique! We also took an easy stroll along the Acadia Ocean Path Trail. 

THE FARM BY THE SEA: An adorable Air BnB that we stayed at that had oceanfront property and a hobby farm. You could walk out to an uninhabited island during low-tide and look at the all the tide pools. It was magical. 

LOBSTER CATCHING: We decided to be touristy and ride a lobster boat - it was a lot of fun learning how they catch lobster, regulate the industry, etc. and a unique way to see Portland. We enjoyed helping bait traps, measuring lobsters, and throwing back crabs. 

It was a week full of food, hiking, and enjoying God's creation! The rest of Olivia's vacation has included a visit from her parents and relaxing at home. We will hopefully update again and remember to post some favorite recipes we've been making this Fall :) 

Thrifty Thursday? Transformation Thursday?

This probably falls under "Made it Monday" - but this post wasn't ready on Monday, nor was it ready for Transformation Tuesday, so it's getting shared today since I work a later shift in the Peds ED :) 

As I get used to seeing the maize and blue M everywhere throughout the hospital and all of the Michigan-ified hospital slogans... (Cancer needs Victors! Depression needs Victors! Research needs Victors!)... Kyle and I have made several trips to the M Den to increase our closet of Michigan stuff, because you can never have enough Michigan stuff, right? 

They had these really adorable dresses that were tastefully maize and blue, but they didn't get any smaller than a small - so I figured I would have to make my own if I wanted a spirited dress. However, my sewing time has been more limited these days, so I didn't want to start anything crazy ambitious (I still have enough ongoing crazy ambitious projects...). 

Fortunately, because the school has switched brands, there was an entire rack of adidas things on major clearance! And there happened to be loads of 2XL basketball jerseys just waiting for someone to buy them, which got me thinking about how I could turn one into a dress. It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought:

This is the before photo. 2XL shirt seems to be the right length of dress for me ;) 

This is the before photo. 2XL shirt seems to be the right length of dress for me ;) 

I remembered to grab an in process photo

I remembered to grab an in process photo

Modifications: It was pretty simple to turn the jersey into a dress - it involved trying it on, pinning down the sides, carefully taking off the dress with all of the pins in it, cutting off the excess and using the cut off piece as a template to take off the same amount on the other side. I left all of the bottom hems, neck band, and sleeves in tact. I contemplated changing up the shoulder sleeves to make them thinner, but they almost looked like flutter sleeves, so I left them as is and serged up the sides! and Voila! A dress:

Kyle has informed me that this basketball jersey/number is that of Glenn Robinson III (he now plays for the Indiana Pacers, you might have seen him win the 2017 Dunk Contest) - I'm sure he'd be thrilled that there's potential to make a line of women's dresses out of his college basketball jerseys. 

Photo source:

So that's all! A quick and easy fix to turn a 2XL basketball jersey into a dress for a very petite lady :) 


who wore it best? just kidding. 

who wore it best? just kidding. 

Catching Up

It has been a while since we last posted! Sitting here in our new apartment in Ann Arbor, it is hard to believe that just two months ago we were in coming back from our (almost) comprehensive tour of California. Two graduations, an engagement, a lot of packing, a long-distance move, a lot of unpacking, and a new job later, we have finally found a minute to settle in.

Celebrations Galore

The end of May was an exciting time for our family! Olivia's graduation took center stage, as both sets of parents plus sisters and grandparents voyaged up to Syracuse to celebrate an event a long four (plus 16) years in the making. It has taken time to sink in, but Olivia is finally Dr. Yost (although remembering to say this to patients will take a while...)!

All of the medical school festivities were only the start to the busy week. A few days later, we celebrated the engagement of Marissa and Alan in Ithaca with lots of family and friends! A few days later we went back down to Ithaca to watch Sammy graduate, making it our third Cornell Commencement experience in five years! It was sad knowing that we won't be able to visit Cornell so easily anymore - so we took this photo on our way out of town. 


Saying Goodbye

Once our busy week of celebrations subsided, we quickly turned to the task of packing up our apartment. Many (MANY) boxes and rolls of packing tape helped us close our home of three years. It was sad to say goodbye to our friends from church, school, and work and we fit in as many lunches and dinners as we could. We also went to Wegmans a bunch of times knowing it would be a while before we could visit again. Syracuse was the first place we lived together as a married couple and will always be home to so many memories.

We are so thankful for the Blackmans' early morning help as we moved out!! 

We loaded up a moving truck and our two cars with all of our things, and Kyle's dad flew out to help us caravan from New York to Michigan. The move went pretty smoothly, and in about 48 hours we had everything loaded, driven across four states, and unloaded!

The Working World

The highly attractive and intelligent family medicine interns! 

The highly attractive and intelligent family medicine interns! 

Moving to Michigan has been a big change, but even bigger is Olivia's first real job as a family medicine resident! July is filled with certifications, trainings, simulations, and lectures - but also an abundance of outpatient clinic to get used to the flow of the office. She will officially start her hospital rotations in August. 

Kyle was able to stay at EY and transfer to the Detroit office. Thankfully, he has spent most of the past two months working from home, making the move much easier. Travels are likely to come, but this little stretch has been a nice break for both of us :)

We only took 3 baby sprouts with us - hopefully we can start up another round of spider plants to give out :) 

We only took 3 baby sprouts with us - hopefully we can start up another round of spider plants to give out :) 

A New Home

After tons of unpacking, trips to Home Depot and Ikea, and purchases from Amazon, our apartment has finally begun to feel like home. We are very thankful to have a little more space than our old apartment, including a washer and dryer in the basement (this is seriously the best part)!

Something new for us is a small garden outside our front door! The previous tenants did not tend to it very often (aside from leaving us a healthy amount of weeds) so we wanted to clean it up and start something of our own. Digging and uprooting led way to a new batch of soil and mulch, along with a few different plants and flowers. Hopefully there will be some pictures to come as they grow!

Leaving Syracuse was bittersweet, but we are excited for our next chapter. We look forward to exploring Ann Arbor (and remembering to document it here!) :) 

California Road Trip

As our instagram/facebook updates have indicated, we had a whirlwind week-long adventure in California :) Starting in San Diego and finishing in San Francisco, it was a week full of family, friends, yummy food, and new adventures! 


Olivia was honored to be her (first) cousin (once-removed) Amanda's bridesmaid! The #hillalwaysloveliew wedding was set right at the La Jolla Cove, where rocky bluffs overlook the ocean and seals and sea lions abound :) It was a beautiful wedding and we had a great time exploring the area and eating an abundance of fish tacos at Oscar's! 


Olivia's family + extended family were at the wedding in San Diego, but the party continued in LA as several of them are from there! Our brief pit stop in LA also enabled us to see friends from college and high school - it's amazing how much can change over the years and how much time can elapse between seeing one another, but the bond of friendship is still there and picks up where you left off :) 


Kyle's mission was to go to Yosemite (he was a previous national park junior ranger...)  and despite my protests of being a poor hiker/anti-nature, he convinced me that we should go see Yosemite rather than drive up the coast from southern to northern California. It was definitely worth it! We decided to spend approximately 24 hours in Yosemite, which surprisingly was the perfect amount of time to do two different hikes: Vernal Fall/Mist Trail and 4.8 mile trail (which turned out to be 2.8 mile trail much to my delight...) We experienced staying in the half dome village (in a cabin, not a tent!) and no bears were spotted.


From Yosemite, we drove west -- back to the coast -- to see Monterey, Carmel by the Sea, Pacific Grove, and we attempted to go to Big Sur! It was pretty interesting to drive through some of the tiny towns and farming lands of California - the vegetation and landscapes are all so different throughout the state! 

We were able to visit Point Lobos Natural Preserve (unfortunately no otters were spotted) and saw the beautiful coastal views of Highway 1. Big Sur was deemed the "Big Fail" of our trip, as we drove all the way there only to find out it was closed because of all the damage it sustained over the winter - we were told to come back in September for a full opening.... but despite the disappointment, we were still treated to gorgeous vistas on our drive there and back. 

17 mile drive didn't disappoint! It was a foggy gray day when we went, but it made it more magical in my opinion :) 


Our final destination was the Bay Area. Thanks to the Keenes, we were able to experience Stanford/Palo Alto - I was amazed at how many bikers there were compared to Cornell's campus! We spent one day exploring San Francisco, road the cable cars, ate clam chowder at the Wharf, saw the Golden Gate Bridge, and climbed Billy Goat Hill. It was a true joy to see Cornell friends, some that we hadn't seen since graduation :)

It was a week full of adventure and we are so thankful that we could go on vacation before we move and residency starts :) Thank you to the friends and family that made time to see us or hosted us along the way :) We loved visiting and hopefully we'll be able to do it again!