Monday, July 28, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I cannot wait until our fence is done so I can lock Kellen outide!! Just kidding. Although he would not mind. We have been blessed with great friends that have been helping Karsten and of course Kellen thinks he is Bob the Builder or Handy Manny (one or the other). My parents also came up this weekend and helped us out.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
(that's so crazy!!!)
We are so fortunate to have such a supportive group of friends and family. Both sets of parents were here and even Karsten's uncle Dan drove up all the way from Alabama to see him graduate. Nate and Betsy Oldham were here too to help us celebrate; and we all know that Grandma and Grandad Dudley wouldn't miss this for anything.
We celebrated Karsten's graduation by having an open house later that evening. We were so thankful for all the friends and family who came to wish Karsten and I good luck on our new journey. Kellen and Hallie Kate celebrated by eating a lot of junk food, not taking naps, and painting the fence with mud!!
We've moving to.......
Karsten and I had been waiting a long time for this day. After many hard and grueling years in medical school, we were ready for the next step. National match day is the day when the majority of 4th year medical students find out where they will be doing their residency. On March 19th, the SIU School of Medicine provided a very nice lunceon in Springfield. What is so exciting about this day is the fact that everyone receives an "envelope" with the secret to their future inside. Then, all at once everyone opens their envelope at record-breaking speed and the place where they will be doing residency is revealed. Karsten will be doing his Family Medicine residency at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. It is a very nerve-racking day indeed.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Born to swim! First swimming lessons. 7 months
Bundle up! Polar bear cub. Winter '07, 16 months
Cool Runnings! (make that cold, "ooooh") Jan '08, 17 months
Friday, July 4, 2008
To keep from writing a novel, I will just say that I took the evening and analyzed it a bit. My conclusions were: nice family, cute girls, but age could be a problem. (Brooke was a senior in high school.) Never-the-less, I decided to keep in touch via email. I had already decided to move to Illinois from Georgia so I could be close to my new niece. It would be nice to have someone other than my family to talk to. So Brooke and I started chatting via email and IM. We hit it off quickly and thought that this new friendship could go somewhere.
I was being transferred to Peoria with Circuit City, so while I was apartment hunting, I would stop by the Dudley house for a visit. The first visit is a story unto itself, but let's just say that Brooke was a bit surprised! We had our first date on May 12, 1999. I even surprised her by driving up from Georgia to attend her graduation. I moved up shortly afterward and spent most of my summer driving from Peoria to Springfield to see her whenever I could.
As fairytale as it may seem, Brooke and I both knew this new relationship would lead to marriage. It was even discussed openly after only dating for 2 weeks. I look back know and think "how weird was that!"
After 4 long years of dating, we were married on July 19, 2003 in the backyard of the Dudley residence. (pretty much where it all began) Oh, by-the-way, by brother and Brooke's mom later confessed that that fateful dinner was indeed a set-up!