Three Degrees of Burns

Friday, November 28, 2008

Brief Update

Hey Guys! I am still around, regardless of how often my blog gets updated. Lots of things have been going on. As you guys know, I graduated in May. I have been working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at HOPE Research Institute for the last 6 and a half months. I really enjoy my job! I work on clinical trials in phase II, III, or IV with family medicine physicians. I see patients and collect data for new medications under the supervision of the principle investigator. My job is challenging and extremely interesting and I have met some really amazing people. I work four 10 hour days. I love my three day weekends, but my time seems very limited.

In September, we visited Utah. It was a short trip, but we enjoy any time we can get with family.
Brandon was kind of shy around Abby at first, but got over it as she swung from the bar on the swing set and launched the soccer ball across the backyard. He had such a great time playing with all of his cousins. He learned all about transformers from Zack and got a chance to lay down some beats for Seth on Rock Band.

Over the last three years, I have come to learn that Arizona is a lovely state. Besides the lack of green, it truly is beautiful. I can especially say that this time of year. The weather is so nice and it's more green now than it is in the summer. As a large desert, Arizona has many fun outdoor activities. One thing Sean and Brandon do is hunt for lizards. This little guy was crawling on our door one evening.

He was very cute, but we stressed him out. He shed or dispensed (however you say it) his tail. I was alarmed because the detached tail moved! It squirmed all over the place when we touched it. I felt so bad that we broke the lizards tail, but I was informed that this is a defense mechanism and he shed it to distract us. Very interesting stuff. I love the desert!

Brandon had a great Halloween. It took a little coaxing and an objective to get him out the door, though. Brandon is a very bright kid, but he sometimes needs a little extra motivation to get things going. I sat him down before we went out and gave him a mission. I let him know that I love candy. In fact, I love it a lot. I told him that I needed him to find me a candy in a gold wrapper. He took this mission to heart and went out seeking this gold wrapper goodness. He was excited about getting candy for himself, but was all about getting me my Twix!

This month, Brandon passed off the last level of swim lessons for his age. He's a pretty decent little swimmer and goes at it with lots of power. He doesn't just push off the edge and start swimming, he jumps into the water and swims as hard as he can.

Oh, and my really exciting news is: I'm going to be a doctor! I was accepted to Midwestern University here in Arizona and also to New York Medical College. I will start next fall for the class of 2013. I am still waiting to hear from other schools and we need to figure out logistics with Sean's job before we make our final decision on where we will move. I'm really excited about New York because of their joint degree program where I can also get a Master's in Public Health while I'm getting my MD. They also have an amazing anatomy lab and the opportunity to do clinical rotations in New York City. Midwestern is a newer school and has a very beautiful campus and we would be able to stay in AZ. As for now, I am accepting both seats. I can hold spots at multiple schools until May 15. We'll see where the next few months take us.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Meet Milo

We've been looking for a dog for about three months. I should actually say that Sean and Brandon have been looking. We have taken countless trips to the local pound, looking for the dog that would fit our needs. We needed a small dog and one that would be good with Brandon. We eventually bought our puppy from a pet store. His name is Milo.
Milo is a miniature pinscher and is about six months old. Brandon chases him around and teases him constantly. Milo gets back at him by taking Brandon's Webkinz kitty off of his bed and runs around with it. Brandon proudly calls him his little brother and asks me, "Why do brothers tease each other and are mean to each other?" They are cute pals.

The miniature pinscher was bred with rodent hunting skills and extreme loyalty. Contrary to popular belief, he is not a miniature doberman pinscher. The doberman pinscher was actually bred with the appearance of the miniature pinscher in mind. The two breeds are not related at all.

We are training him to be a social, well-behaved dog. He's a great addition to our family and we're looking forward to having him for many years to come.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Spring is Grand

We've had a fun and busy last couple of weeks. Easter was a great weekend. We started with a soccer game on Saturday morning, followed by an Easter egg hunt. Brandon found his five eggs quickly, so we rehid them many times to extend the fun.

Brandon is growing up so quickly. He loves building towers and animals with blocks. The picture is fuzzy but I didn't have a chance to take any more, as this block was the one that made the tower fall. I am so proud of his growing independence. In the last two weeks, he has taken a huge interest in the alphabet. I gave him a notebook and he sits and writes the alphabet over and over. He's getting really good. He is sounding out words and read three or four words on a flier today without my help.

He loves playing soccer and loves the warm up games we play, like red light green light and shark and fish. Once we start playing another team, he withdraws and loses interest in the game. He tells me it's because he's not fast enough to score a goal. I have been assuring him that if he plays hard and doesn't give up, that he'll score a goal. Well, he finally took my advice today (second to last game mind you) and kept after the ball. He was super aggressive, stole the ball from the other team a number of times, and prevented them from scoring two goals. One time that he stole it, he dribbled through the other team and almost scored a goal. It bounced off the inside of the goal and didn't go in. He gained more and more confidence as the game went on. He stole the ball again and instead of dribbling right up to the goal, he kicked it from a little ways back and SCORED!! He was so proud of himself and I was so proud of him. I know that he's good at soccer and I'm so happy he knows now too so he can enjoy the game like he should. Next week is our last game of the season and I now have mixed feelings. I initially didn't like coaching because of how much Brandon didn't enjoy the game. Today made it so fun and I would do it again if Brandon would have this attitude every week. I guess we'll see how it goes next week.

There was a news camera at our game from ABC news and filmed our team playing. The guy interviewed Brandon. He asked Brandon how he liked having his Mom as a coach and he said it's awesome! I don't know which clips will make the news, but it is supposed to air this Thursday. I will post the clip if it gets aired. One of parents knows the local sports anchor and he wanted to spotlight some "little sports stars." It will be a cute little piece to watch. I hope he got a clip of Brandon's goal :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

An Overdue Update

Has it really been that long since my last post? Well, we've been up to quite a bit in the last month. We celebrated Brandon's fourth birthday on March third. Sean was in Mexico, so we had grandma over for Brandon's favorite dinner and presents. When Sean got home, we had cake. It was fun for Brandon to be able to celebrate his birthday for a couple of days. His favorite present is a Hot Wheels stunt track.

Even though I only have twelve credit hours this semester, it doesn't seem to be any less time consuming than other semesters. I am graduating on May 8, so my hard work will pay off soon!

We were going to go to Utah for my spring break, but our plans changed. Sean was not able to take the whole week off, which made two twelve hour days in the car seem like too much. We then got an invitation to join Will and Kelly at Audrey's house in California! It's only a six hour drive there, so we loved that idea. We also loved the idea of warm weather and being with everyone. It was so fun to spend time with everyone. We went to Disneyland, the beach, and California Adventure.

You really can't beat a week like that! Thanks for accommodating us last minute, Audrey. The break was needed for all of us. I can't wait to do it again!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Soccer Fun

Soccer season started last Saturday, and what an eye opening experience! Sean is Brandon's coach and I am the assistant coach. Who knew that the other coaches and parents would be so intense about soccer for three and four year olds!?! Not us. We've been trying to keep things pretty laid back and it seems to be working for the most part.
Brandon really enjoys doing drills, but he doesn't like playing the actual game. At this level, the eight kids on the field all follow the ball around and even try to take it from their own team mates. Brandon just likes to dribble the ball from goal to goal and score. He doesn't like having to share the ball with the other kids, or being restricted to one goal. He hasn't been very enthused about soccer since our first game, and didn't even want to go today. I told him soccer is a really cool and fun sport. He did a little better today, probably because he knew what to expect. Tonight he said, "Mom, you're right. Soccer is a fun game!" I was relieved. Hopefully he'll keep up that attitude for next Saturday.
I don't have any real action shots, because Sean and I are on the field during the game. We have 12 kids on the team; I take six and Sean takes six and we play each other. We basically tell them not to touch it with their hands, to go toward the right goal, and to stay in bounds.
He smiled for this picture and then kicked the ball at my legs. He thinks he's hilarious.
Brandon loves having us as his coaches. I don't think we'll do it again, but it's fun for the time being. We're having our team pictures taken next Saturday at 6:45 a.m.. Is the sun even up that early? I guess we'll find out!