First of all, right as I got into town I met up with SD and Carrie--that was a must! We caught up and chatted like no time had passed, and it was so wonderful to just talk away without our little angels present! :) I miss those girls so much!
I went to my little house (which I have also been missing very much), and got ready. Kurt had already gotten off of work. As we were heading out of the house, he gathered up my bags and told me that we weren't staying there for the weekend! I had to laugh--I had made jokes about having to sleep in an empty house on an air mattress (our entire house is moved to Missouri and so Kurt has been living on the BARE minimum). He actually got us a hotel room so I wouldn't have to do that!
We got in the car and he told me we were going to a movie! (I love the movie theater experience!) Kurt didn't realize that Toy Story 3 came out that day, so he had already gotten us tickets to see The Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl (who is one of my favorites). It was cute, but had a little bit of language and it was more of an action movie than I normally see. However, they were really cute together, and the interior design of their house was definitely a highlight for me. Because I'm that person that pays attention to the set design of a movie!
Kurt did the absolute sweetest thing---as we were walking out, he looked at me and said, "Do you want to go to a late showing of Toy Story 3?" He could tell I wanted to see it SO BADLY! I was thrilled and said yes! So we bought tickets for a later show.
THEN, Kurt surprised me with dinner at one of my favorite places, The Parker House. I had wanted to eat there one more time before we moved, and I was able to! We had fish and steak, crawfish bisque (my favorite), and lots of yummy sides. It was perfect!
After the delicious dinner, we went back to the theater and there was a LINE formed outside of the actual theater that we were going to see the movie in. I get MAJOR anxiety over not getting good seats in a movie. It literally kills me to pay money and then have to sit close. Well, we got perfect seats! We saw it in 3D, which is always fun. I'm going to go ahead and say that I cried several times during the movie, because it reminded me of how beautiful childhood is. As children, we grow attached to toys and create memories with them that are so innocent and sweet. That's why I'm so excited to be a mother---I get to do childhood all over again, in a sense. I was so touched by this precious movie. A DEFINITE must-see!
After the movie, I asked where we were staying, and Kurt told me that we were going to the old King Edward hotel in downtown Jackson. It has recently been renovated and reopened as a Hilton, so I was really excited! The lobby was just beautiful, and we really enjoyed staying there. It was different to experience Jackson in a different way. We lived in a suburb of Jackson, so we were NEVER in the downtown area when we lived there. It felt kind of urban and fun!
The next day was my birthday (as well as Kurt's mom's!). My in-loves were SO sweet. They gave me some giftcards, and I went to Sephora and bought some new makeup! I've been wanting to try one or two brands, and this was a great way to do it. When I was in Sephora, I saw lots of things that my Nana has sent me before. She keeps me well-stocked. Thanks, Nana!
I got back to the house and we got ready for the graduation dinner. It was held were I had my junior and senior proms in high school, so that was funny! I was so, so incredibly proud of my handsome, smart husband. He has worked so hard (that's a severe understatement), and we feel so blessed to be coming to the end of this journey with a healthy marriage and beautiful daughter. The Lord has indeed done great things for us!
Kurt was spoken very highly of at the ceremony, and they told the story of when he showed exemplary skills in handling a crisis situation in the ICU one night while he was on call. Kurt downplayed it a lot at the time, but it was clearly a big deal. I was just so proud!
Here is Kurt's anesthesia class. Several of them are staying at the hospital to be on staff, one is completing military service, and a couple are doing pain management. Kurt is really the only one who is going off to begin his real career with a job in an anesthesia group.
Kurt with his parents. Obviously, they are incredibly proud of him!
When we got married, we had three years left of residency. Look where we are now! Thank you, Lord!
All of us at the graduation ceremony.
When we got back to the hotel, Kurt had MORE GIFTS for me! I was floored, and kept asking, "Why on earth did you do this much!?" We were celebrating the end of residency too, so I guess that explains the extra special treats!
Here were my gifts:
It was a wonderful, WONDERFUL birthday weekend, and I was so happy that we were celebrating Kurt as well. His birthday is next week, and we'll see what I can come up with. It won't be this extravagant, but someday I'm really going to surprise him like he's surprised me lately! I am so thankful for another year to be married to my best friend, be a mommy to my sweet, adorable little girl, and serve the Lord!