During the month of May, Owen had a break from clinical rotations and needed some time to study for the boards (Step 2). I decided to get out of the way and allow him time to study without distraction, so while he stayed in Baton Rouge and I headed out to California for the month to visit friends!! We had originally intended on doing a few rotations in California in order to see our med school friends, however that did not work out, but I still wanted to see people after 2 years apart!
(Warning most of the pictures are of friends and babies :) A few are borrowed, and for more of the scenery, check out Lots more Cali Pictures!)
|Miles and Ella (pic by Shellena)|
|Alie and me, building Miles's crib|
|Shellena, me, and Alie at the Santa Barbara Pier|
|Me, Shellena, and Eve!|
|Santa Barbara Marina|
|At the SB Zoo! Eve, Kyle, Sean, Ella, me, Shellena, and Miles|
|Picking beets at the farm (pic by Shellena)|
I also had the chance to catch up with Rose and her newest addition, baby Riistia (born in March)! Alie, the kids and I went to Northridge to see Rose, Riistia, and Eliaa one day and went to a farm animals exhibit with the kids. It was great timing, as Rose and the girls were heading out to DC soon after, where Eero is doing rotations. Another friend I got to briefly catch up with was Madeline. She stopped by to visit and I got to meet her daughter Mireille (born shortly after we left the island).
|Alie (w/Miles & Ella), Me w/ Riistia, Rose & Eliaa|
|Alie, me, Shellena, Madeline & Mireille|
|Jackie, Dylan, & me|
|St Maarten reunion on the beach! Jen, Adi, Jackie, Dylan, me, Eliaa, Rose & Riistia|
|Spouses Board Reunion! (missing Katie ;) )|
|My tutoring students from St Maarten!! Alexis & Tatjana|
|Santa Monica Pier|
|Views from my morning run in Santa Cruz|
After a few weeks in Bakersfield with all my med school/island friends, I headed up north to Santa Cruz for a few days to visit my friend from college, Alison. She had just moved back out to California after 10 years in Boston, so it was really fun to see her new life! We took a day trip to San Fransisco and Alison showed me all the highlights. We also went hiking in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which was absolutely beautiful! It was a very relaxing few days and I had a great time being walking distance from the water (morning runs on the beach!), seeing more of the "wilderness" of California, and catching up with Alison.
|Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco|
|Alison and me|
Finally, after Santa Cruz, I headed to up to Sacramento for a few days to meet back up with Alie and Sean. Sean had a break from rotations so they went home for a couple weeks. It was fun to see their hometown and spend time with their families again (had spent time with both on the island). Alie and I even got a girlie afternoon in and got Starbucks, pedicures, and a little shopping while her mom watched the kids!
Overall it was a great trip! I got some much needed time in with good friends. It was so nice to have time with other med school friends/wives, especially after being isolated for so long (no other wives in Ealing or at elective sites). I really appreciate everyone hosting me for the month and showing me a great time! Thank you everyone!!! Can't wait to see you all in St Maarten next spring!