Is why we have been MIA. Justin and I spent the week down south at University of Alabama at Birmingham, yes there is a difference, not to be mistaken for the other University of Alabama, doing an externship in their perio department. Implants, sinus lifts, among other procedures was the bulk of what he watched, assisted and learned about while taking breaks in between to have get-to-know-you interviews with several members of the perio faculty.
For the last year Justin has been going back and forth about the idea of specializing. I have Curry and Rob for their persuasion skills and Justin's work ethic to thank, that got him to this idea in the first place. Don't get me wrong, I am supportive either way. Doing this externship gave him a really good idea of what he could expect if he were to specialize and become a Periodontist. Why the back and forth? Simple really...It's hard when the pros and cons between becoming a general dentist or going on to become a periodontist even themselves out! It's especially hard when you can picture yourself being happy either way...which is where he is at this point. SO telling him to do what will make him the happiest in his career in not helping him to decide one way or the other.
It's decision making time, and Justin has until August to apply. Most schools start interviewing in August. Some people find out their acceptance as early as September.
On the flip side of this trip I spent the week with my personal tour guide and friend Lindsey, who was so nice to drive me around Birmingham to show me the area and give me tips on where to live if we end up getting accepted. In between Kate and Talin's naps, Rylee's pre-school, and meal times, we managed to see most of Birmingham and spent the extra playtime we had at the zoo, botanical garden and park.
It was a great trip. We missed Zach, who stayed home with Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Tyson, having a great time exhausting everyone in the house by his early wake-up calls at 5:30am, and routine hot tubing.
We have decided that our family would be boring without him. Kate learned to sit up on her own from crawling,(Yeah another MiLeStOnE!) and loved playing with the girls.
I now have house envy, would kill for hard wood floors, my very own washer and dryer, crown molding, a dishwasher, stainless steel appliances, a backyard...seriously the list could go on and on, and loved being able to catch up with some great friends. Thanks again Leavitts!
Who knows maybe we will be neighbors, for the second time, in a year...