Wednesday, June 27, 2012

And then he was done

This past Saturday night was Bryan's residency graduation ceremony. It was a fun event at the Hyatt to honor the 17 family medicine doctors who are now completely done with their training. This month has been 7 years in the making for Bryan. Four years of medical school and 3 years of residency. But, since this guy decided he wanted to be a doctor when he was 8 years old, we can say its 21 years in the making....Ha!

We attended with Bryan's parents, brothers, and grandparents and it was so nice to celebrate with them. My parents graciously offered to stay back and keep Makenah and Logan for the night so we could really focus and take in this time. I can't even explain how thankful we were to them. I pictured myself going in and out of the program with baby Logan, and trying to keep a non-stop talking toddler quiet--oh, man! 

We enjoyed appetizers, a delicious dinner, and then the program began. Each doctor was honored individually by the faculty and we even got to see pictures during an accompanying slide show presentation. So many nice things were said about Bryan. I was honored to be his wife. 

Arriving at the ballroom
 Yes, I took a picture of my plate. It was de-lish!
 The Via Christi Family Medicine resident class of 2012.
 The gentlemen 
 Brothers! (Brandon, Blake, and Brad)
 Bryan with his Dad and Grandad
 Us with Granna and Grandad
 With his parents
It goes without saying that I am beyond proud of Bryan. I can't even say! He has worked so hard for so many years, and to be at this place now is so exciting. 
We are starting a big new chapter as a family! Our upcoming move to Garden City so Bryan can start his practice out there is getting closer by the day! We are looking forward to the move, to Bryan's new job, and living near his family, but we are sad to be moving farther away from my parents and brother and our friends and church. 
Things are getting really busy around here, as we pack up the house and wrap up things in Wichita. This evening was a nice break to celebrate Bryan's accomplishments. 
So proud of you babe!

Monday, June 25, 2012


A big hello on this Monday from a handsome, blue-eyed cutie.
We've got a big week ahead!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Gettin' hitched!

Great news in the Billings Family!
My brother is engaged!
He popped the question a week ago, and we couldn't be more happy for him.
His lovely fiancé is Maria and he is a totally lucky guy!! She is so sweet, fun, caring, beautiful, outgoing and thoughtful. They are completely in love, and have such a great relationship. We all loved Maria from the moment we met her, and are super excited to have her in the family!

Here's the happy couple. I can't wait to get many more pictures of them!!
Wedding planning is going full speed ahead! Yay!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Holding Logan and a kiss

We've been hearing "Hold Logan" or "Put Logan on my lap" a lot lately. (Of course, she tells us, "put Logan down" often too, ha!)
But, this big sister likes to hold her bro, and he's getting pretty big on her little lap. 

She's ready...
(I think Logan is thinking, whoa!!)
I think these were the next day. I just can't resist his big smile.
Oh, my heart. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Park with Grandma and Grandpa

Before I get too far, here's some cute baby for you!
Grandma and Grandpa Billings came over for supper the other night, and when we were done eating, we all walked over the the park. We mostly just stood back while they swung and climbed. It's all about G-ma and G-pa when they are around!!
Makenah really likes people to swing on the swings next to her. So, you kind of have to give her a push and then rush over to the other swings. 
We headed home with Logan a little in front of them and watched as they walked home together. 
A sweet lesson in crossing the street. I love how my mom always shows Makenah the best time, but never misses a chance to teach her things. 
She brought me home a 
Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Straight from the phone

Here are some shots straight from my phone. I sure do like my iPhone, and I like taking pictures, so I try and utilize it when pulling out the big camera isn't the easiest. There are several blogs I enjoy reading that often post phone pics, and so I thought I would give you a glimpse into what my phone has seen. Most of those posts are things that happened in about a weeks time. I'll be going back further! My plans to get Instagram should make for some neat pictures next time, too. 
This could be long, prepare yourself. I'll just go back to March when Logan was born...

First hospital phone picture
 Strider Bike!
 Decorating a sign welcoming home Bryan after he was away several days working.
 Chalk on the driveway
 Poor baby. This was a difficult day in the middle of a rough week. Not feeling well at all. Just look at those eyes. We popped popcorn and watched a show together.
 Checking out the new Cabela's in Wichita.
 Watching Uncle Blake play tennis.
 Piano time at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
 Napping in Kiowa.
 For the past year, we have gone one weekend a month (sometimes we've gone two) to Kiowa, KS for Bryan to cover their hospital for the weekend. We always go with him, and they provide wonderful accommodations for us at the Bunkhouse Suites. Apartments turned hotel rooms. We have had some good times there!
 Driving home from Garden City. I had to take a picture to document this because she NEVER falls asleep in the car. This is the first and only time she has fallen asleep in this carseat. She used to occasionally nap in her baby carrier, but car napping days are long gone. So cute. 
 Working on Daddy's Jeep with him. (After bike riding.)
 Snuggles with Aunt Jenna on the new quilt she made for him.
 Porch swing at G-pa and G-ma's. 
 Hand picked for me. 
 Men talking, men drinking coffee. 
 They have logged many miles in the Chariot. 
 Swimming in Kiowa.
 Hi baby!
 It's serious when you need two paintbrushes. 
 We made homemade popsicles together. Enjoying them on a warm night.