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17 January 2017

Please excuse that terrible title. Or don't - you should be used to them by now, anyway.

Simon is going to tell me to take this down but I had to throw up a little post (complete with Christmas Cardesque photos) to commemorate the exciting fact that he passed his oral boards last week!!!


We just found out today but he flew out to Dallas last week, sat in front of some people (I'm going to assume doctors but what do I know? nothing) who asked him questions about OB/GYN for three (!!!!!!!!!!) straight hours and Simon prevailed. I never doubted that he'd pass on his first try but he reminded me nightly as he went upstairs to hole himself away to study for hours on end that, "three out of twenty DO people fail!!" -- noted. I still had total faith.

He passed his written boards a few days after we moved here and I neglected to get it up on the blog because of brand new baby Bosco and unpacked house of horrors but that was no small feat either.

I tried helping Simon study once by asking him questions like the panel might and could only pronounce a good 54% (that's generous) of the words - I don't know how you medical folks do it. But you do! And I'm forever grateful.

So, a big fat congratulations, Simon! We're so proud of you! And I know we make you proud too ;)


Let's celebrate by eating the run-of-the-mill dinner I had planned. I'll even do the dishes!

xoxo,

Grace

photos by Becca!

32 comments:

  1. Now all I can think about is that Grey's Anatomy episode. I am sure it wasn't really like that but probably a little like that so HOORSY and congrats to Simon!!

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  2. Congratulations to Simon! (And you are due some credit too since he had to spend so much time studying away from all the little campers.)

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  3. You're gorgeous and have a gorgeous family. Congratulations Simon!

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  4. I'm totally picturing Greys Anatomy boards episode :)

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  5. Yay Simon! Also, I really wish you had used that family photo for your Christmas cards. Hilarious.

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  6. Congratulations to Simon!!! (What does this mean for the rest of his career? I know nothing about the medical school process!) PS You look really pretty in that picture of your profile :)

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  7. Go Simon!!!!!! And go you and the kids! I know how hard it is to have dad physically in the house....but not really in the house. ha! Ya know? I know you do. But huge congrats!

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  8. I think this is my favorite family photo ever.
    Congrats pattons!!!

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  9. Congrats to Simon and to you too! I know how hard it is to hold the fort down while your husband is studying day and night! Hope you both can get some much needed rest now?!

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  10. Ha, I'm another that immediately thought of Grey's Anatomy, because its oral boards episode is the only reason I even knew those existed. Congratulations to you all! And I always loves the Julia Styles posts, but I cannot WAIT until Phoebe really starts talking well.

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  11. Congrats Simon! Love the last photo! Phoebe and my Hudson have that same unending sense of "let's see what will drive mom crazy" twinkle in there eyes.. xo

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  12. Congrats to Simon! Definitely something to be proud of and blog about :)

    Love your facial expression in that last photo ;)

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  13. Congrats to all!! Amazing news and such a relief! Can't believe how close y'all are to the end!!

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  14. Congrats! Love your dress, Grace. Can I have details? Is it maternity or could a post-partum-but-still-look-4-months-pregnant mama get away with wearing it?

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    1. not maternity! it's from Gray Monroe - although I bought it several months ago! They might still have it though!! You could wear it anytime!

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  15. This is so awesome!!! I cannot even imagine how hard that would be! What a long road with lots of hard work.....cause for celebration!!!

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  16. Congratulations! Btw love your shoes, Grace! Where are they from?

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  17. Awesome! First time poster, long time reader. I took my oral boards in December (I'm Ob/gyn, too). So happy to put that behind me - it was hard enough with two kids, let alone 5! I know how much work it is for EVERYONE involved.

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  18. Congrats! My husband went to PA school and I used to try to help him study too. So I know what you mean, it's like a foreign language!

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  19. Congrats Simon! (More "Simon Says" pleeeeeasse?) BTW this is my favorite Patton photo with you looking at Pheobe with "don't you dare" eyes. If I could type emojis it may be the ones with smoke out of the nostrils along with a sturdy side eye
    ~Teri O
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  20. Congratulations to Simon and to all of you for support. :)

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  21. Congratulations!! It's a WAYYYYYYY BIG deal!!!

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  22. Congratulations to Simon. Also this family picture is e v e r y t h i n g. Thumbs up emojis!

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  23. Uh...your face in that last picture? Making the rest of us feel better about our "Get over here and sit down and LOOK HAPPY..." mom glares since 2017. I'm so glad I'm not the only one with that look! (Although Phoebe, like my precious angels, seems to give no cares.) Congrats to Simon! And thanks for being my HERO!

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  24. Wow - congrats! You have finally made it!!! Also, your hair is looking fine (as in hot, not in texture!) I have similar hair and cannot get it to do this - time for a hair post - pretty please:)!

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  25. YAY! Such a big deal! Congrats to BOTH of you!

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  26. Yay Simon and yay Grace and crew!

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