The end of second year and the boards beard

1:30 PM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

Let's talk about boards for a second. 

This was me before boards.
 ^Please note the koala-bearing and excessive clinginess. 
Also note Craig continues studying while I crawl all over him.^

This was Craig before boards. 
^Please note the beard and the cheesy grin.^

Despite the smiles, boards were rough on both of us. Craig practically lived in the library (I'd guess he was there an average of 12 hours per day), and we had to deal with some serious stress, loneliness, and facial hair. For some reason, Craig decided it would be a good idea to grow a beard for boards. With the day he would meet my dad rapidly approaching, I decided it would be a better idea to see it go. So, being the mean wife that I am, I forced him to shave two days before his last test, the day we picked my parents from the airport.

The week after Craig finished his boards, he started rotations - his last two years of medical school. I had been looking forward to this for 8 months, because what it means is he no longer has tests every Monday, which clears up our nights and weekends to actually spend time together. This isn't the case during every rotation, but his first rotation is pediatrics, which means he has a very normal working schedule. We certainly won't have this luxury once boards return next year, but for now we are soaking in all of his free time and enjoying every minute together.

Why yes, that means that for the first time in our marriage, we can go out on weekends. We can go on dates longer than an hour. We can explore Phoenix. We can have Netflix marathons. And we can start a search for the best Mexican food in all of Arizona (we highly recommend Los Reyes de la Torta & Mango's Mexican Cafe)!

In summary, the top two reasons I was thrilled to see boards go are: (1) no more studying! and (2) no more beard!

And now that he is a professional (or at least pretending to be), I get to welcome home a clean shaven, dressed up doctor. Dreamy.

^^ First day of rotations picture, obviously ^^


Celebrating in St. George

9:31 AM Marcie Parson 0 Comments

I am bubbling with happiness. So many wonderful things have occurred recently. 

A few weeks ago we drove to Southern Utah for a Parson family "reunion" -- I say "reunion" because we're the only ones who don't live in Utah, so the rest of the Parsons get to see each other more often. We've felt pretty lonely down here in Arizona, so we were thrilled to be with family again. Our little party included hiking, repelling, swimming, corn hole, and a whole lot of good food.

I was thrilled with the timing because the Parson reunion coincided with both Craig's week off of school and also my parents' return to the United States. After three long years of serving as mission presidents in the Colombia Cali Mission, my wonderful parents finally returned to America. Craig and I were the only "Princes" at the airport to welcome them home due to the upcoming Prince reunion in the OBX in the first week in August. Having missed my wedding because of mission responsibilities, my dad FINALLY met my husband for the first time. My heart couldn't have been happier.

The good news doesn't stop there. Craig took his last boards exam on July 1, which means he is officially done with boards this year. NO MORE STUDYING, YOU GUYS! I don't have to share him with the library anymore! I can't even begin to tell you how happy this makes me.

With boards out of the way and my parents back on American soil, we celebrated all week long. We spent the week relaxing, helping my parents be Americans again (cell phones, Costco, excessive amounts of backseat driving for my dad - yikes), seeing movies, going to Tuacahn, visiting the St. George Temple (where we were sealed!), and eating way too much food (mostly desserts - oops).

It was only appropriate that the week culminated with the Fourth of July, fireworks and all, to welcome Mama and Papa Prince back to America.