A summer of weddings

This week we entered into our fifth year of marriage! The first four years have been filled with tons of great memories and experiences, and our blog has been a fun place for us to look back at everything we've done together.

 Celebrating our anniversary with a fancy dinner. 

Celebrating our anniversary with a fancy dinner. 

Coincidentally, our blog actually began as our wedding website -- you know, the kind with directions, registries, and pictures of the bridal party. We thought it would be cool to convert it into a family blog after the wedding, and even though we haven't posted as much as we had planned, maybe now is a good time to get back into it!

Speaking of weddings, this summer is a packed one for us, with a handful of close friends and family all getting married this year. We started our voyage with a quick trip to Maryland to celebrate with Olivia's friend from med school. Though we only spent a few days in the area for the wedding, it was nice to catch up with friends from Syracuse that we hadn't seen since moving.

The next week we traveled down to Chicago for Olivia's sister Marissa's wedding. It was a lot of fun celebrating with friends from college and tons of family, and it was the perfect weekend (minus the heat)! We really enjoyed spending time with everyone and getting to finally welcome Marissa's husband Alan into the family!

A month later, Kyle returned to Chicagoland for his good friend Mike's wedding. Kyle doesn't get to hang out with his close college buddies too often anymore, so it was a great time catching up and celebrating with them. It was somehow even hotter than Marissa's wedding but totally worth it!

While wedding trips are a lot of fun, the rest of the summer has felt pretty busy. Olivia is now officially a second-year resident (!) which supposedly means a slightly better schedule compared to intern year. However, July has started with two weeks of the night shift and also two weeks of illness, making for a pretty rough start to the year :(

Kyle has been at his new job for six months now and we're both happy to be done with consulting travel. Nothing too exciting to report about the work itself, although he did get to make a trip down to Cleveland for an NBA Finals game before his ex-coworker LeBron decided to move to California. It's always hard to say goodbye!

We'll try to be better with blogging going forward. Tune in next time to hear about some trips Up North, yet another wedding, and more!

Made it Monday #5: THE QUILT IS DONE

I wrote about the hand stitched Haptic Lab Chicago Quilt back in January 2017 when I was still stitching away....well fast forward to the real deadline of Marissa and Alan's wedding in May, and I knew I wanted to try and finish it for her bridal shower! It did take a long time to make - but then again, I was new to hand quilting/embroidery, and the last step of the project, the quilt binding. I also worked in spurts and was more motivated to finish it at various times - It definitely was a great fourth year of medical school project ;) not the best one to have looming overhead though in residency! 

...but all that to say, it's done! and it's been given away! Kyle and I visited Chicago this past weekend for Marissa's shower - It was a fun tea party at The Allis with many of her friends from Chicago and family, and I got to give away the quilt, finally! 

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Here are some photos of it, in all its glory :P Close up photos to see the details as well!

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Thanks everyone who's been on this quilt journey with me from Syracuse to Michigan :) It's been many a TV episode or Michigan/Tigers/Lions/Redwings/Pistons game on the couch with Kyle, but now this quilt lives in Marissa and Alans' new home! 

Onto the next one... :) 

- Olivia 

Off the Road!

After almost three years at EY, I (Kyle) finally said goodbye to the consulting world this holdiay season. Thinking back to when I first started the job back in Syracuse, I knew that there would be an end at some point after we moved for residency, but we weren't exactly sure when that would be. I thought that a job change would be a little farther down the road, but sometimes everything just lines up and it becomes the right time.

It was definitely not an easy decision to leave the firm, especially with all of the friends and good experiences I had to EY. All of the travel started to add up though, and from almost my first day I had wanted to get off the road. So when the opportunity arose to take a new position that would let me work locally, it felt like the perfect situation.

 My new office is literally overlooking my former employers.

My new office is literally overlooking my former employers.

Starting last week I am now working for Rock Ventures, the holding company for Dan Gilbert's family of companies, which includes Quicken Loans, the Cavaliers, and a bunch of startups and buildings. I think that means LeBron and I are coworkers and future best friends.

My official role is as data scientist, which I guess means doing a lot of stuff in Excel. Commuting to downtown Detroit has been an interesting change, but it does beat 7 am flights and constant delays. I like the people I work with and the job so far, and it's really nice to be at home every night, so I think I made the right decision!


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We spent Christmas in Grand Rapids with Kyle's family and enjoyed our time relaxing, going skating, and hanging out around the house. New Year's was a little busier with Olivia in the hospital, but she did make it home by 11:45pm on New Year's Eve!

We also celebrated three and a half years of marriage recently! Olivia is thrilled to no longer be a consulting wife and to have me home every night and be able to spend time together :) However, I will still be a residency husband, meaning our schedules are still a little unpredictable.

Intern year is already halfway over though and we continue to make the most of the time we have outside of work. Hopefully we will write about these things on the blog!

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 :)