Saturday, 28 January 2017

Home Stretch of Island Life

Hello friends and family!

I know it has been a long time since I have blogged. I am so sorry for not having continued updates. Last semester (Med 4 for Kyle) was probably the busiest for both of us.

Here is a quick recap:

October: Sweating our way through this month by using the A/C a lot!! My best friend got married. I was so happy I was able to be home for it.

November: Got another flat tire. I got really sick, and had to actually see a doctor on Nevis. That was interesting, Kyle actually checked me out and then I had to get an x-ray and some of his classmates got to analyze it. A learning opportunity for all. Ended up with a bacterial lung infection and had to take a week off work.
I also met Prince Harry! That was the best!!! We also celebrated American Thanksgiving with some of the spouses of students.

December: Graduated from ASU, traveled to Arizona for my grad, went to the Grand Canyon, had a white Christmas, and rang in the new year with some friends!

So now that you are all caught up, this semester so far has been pretty good. It is much cooler this month, we haven't needed to use the A/C at all. Now that I am not in school, I have more free time which has been great to enjoy more beach days. Kyle has really been cracking down with studying. He has a final comprehensive exam he has to write at the end of the semester so he has been really focused on that. Since we have been back, I have spent more time meeting new spouses of students, and hanging out with the old ones. We have had some brunches, kids' birthday parties, sunset beach running and I even tested out meal prepping for the first time and loved it! 

I cannot believe we are down to our final months here! People keep asking me if I am going to miss it or if I am excited to leave. Honestly, I don't know. Some days I find some myself dreaming of fast food places, Costco and other amenities, especially when the water goes out, or we lose power. But then I have other moments where I am watching the sunsets, the blue waters, and hanging out with my new friends and our brunches we have, my workout classes, the kids I work with, and just reflecting on the connections I have made here and I can't imagine leaving. I know Kyle is ready to go, he wants to start the next chapter, and I am sure I will be ready too. But I have invested so much into getting to know this island, and truly making it my home I know it will be hard to leave. I met the island postman the other day who was shocked he hadn't met me before, so I guess when you live on an island for 2 years you are supposed to know everyone by then? Nevis is small but I didn't think it was that small, and also, we don't get mail...

These last few months for me will be wrapping things up at work and hoping all the stuff I accomplished won't fall apart the day I leave. I also will help out at one more Special Olympics National Games and hopefully compete in the Cross Channel Swim to St. Kitts in March. We then have to start thinking of what items we will be bringing back with us and what we are going to sell. I have met some new spouses here who have already called dibs on a lot of my stuff. Plus having connections in the community, they are more than willing to help me get rid of stuff. We have to sell our car, (Kyle is tempted to let it run off a cliff  :P) and we have to close our bank accounts and then I have to say my goodbyes. I will do my best to write more blogs these last few months. Last semester was hard because I was finishing my last two courses, working, volunteering and exercising.

April is coming up fast. It is hard not knowing where we will be in the coming months but we do know we will be back home while Kyle completes an online study course and prepares for the Step 1 exam. After he writes that, things are up in the air. He will have to start clinical rotations which will most likely be in the States. I am not sure I will be going yet. Lots of decisions and unknowns right now, but for the time being I am trying to enjoy my island life until the last possible sunset.

Thank you friends and family for your continued support, you have stuck with us this far and we are so appreciative!!