In early October (of 2015) Fernando took a trip to Chicago to take his Diagnostic Radiology Certifying Exam. This is a certification test that happens 15 months after finishing Residency (so that he can be "Board Certified" by the American Board of Radiology). The test takes one day (as opposed to his Diagnostic Radiology Core Exam which took two.) and is offered either in Tucson or Chicago.
Fernando always picks Chicago because it gives him an opportunity to spend time in an awesome city and see some friends of his that live there. This time he was able to hang out with a Residency buddy Feraz as well as see his best friend Matt and his family.
Doing some sight seeing after their test!
..which Fernando has been wanting to see in person since we watched this awesome documentary from StoryTel Foundation Productions called "Restoring the Sacred."
You can watch it here!
Feraz and Fernando getting authentic Chicago style pizza.
Matt and Renee are Elena's Godparents!
After that Fernando made a SURPRISE trip to North Carolina!! Laura and Svet had a party in NC in October for all their friends who weren't going to be able to make it to their wedding in Guatemala in November.
We wanted to make it but figured it wouldn't work out to take all of us (price wise) to NC one month before taking all of us to Guatemala the next month. Then I realized that Fernando's test in Chicago was the Thursday before their NC reception. So we decided to have him fly to NC on Saturday in time for the party instead of flying home. Since we made the decision last minute we made it a surprise for everyone there in NC.
Fernando facetimed me while he was walking in the door and everyone was so surprised and happy to see him! It was so fun to watch everyone's reaction!
(minus all 4 of us Boschini girls!)
Wish we could have been there!
We missed him and were so excited to see him when he got home, not just because he came bearing gifts. ;)
(He brought home matching Duke sweatshirts for the girls and me!)