Sunday, September 28, 2008


We bought a car! Wooohooo! The starter in the dear, old, many-miled Infiniti died, and I trapped Justin's car in our driveway because our driveway is on an incline and in order to get out of the driveway we had to push the dead-weight Infiniti UP the driveway. I know it's hard to believe, but mine and Justin's muscles just couldn't budge that car. Luckily Justin has some incredible friends who left work and came over (not too hard since we live on base where they work) and the three guys in military garb pushed me and the car up the hill and out of the way. It works great now with a new starter. We are done fixing that car. There's an ad for it on

We are now the proud owners of a 2008 Accord! It's nice. Justin fell in love at first drive. We had already test-driven a 2009 Legacy and a 2008 Camry. Legacy was really nice, and we'd heard that Subaru was the way to go, but the back seat was not very spacey. And we need that back seat space! I would have loved the Camry, but the only model the dealer had that we wanted was white. White is not good in Utah where there is dirty air, making your car dirty the second you clean it. So the Accord won. It will serve as our baby car for the next couple years. I just couldn't get a van! We were looking at vans online, and I just couldn't picture myself driving a van for the next six months with no baby. I'm not sure I can picture myself driving one WITH a baby! So Justin will get the Accord in a couple years when we get a van. Maybe we'll be ready then. Maybe they will have vans that run off soda and garbage instead of gas by then. Too bad there's no flux capacitor to help us know for sure.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Woah Baby

11 weeks old. Due April 6th. Not as alien as I expected! It's really in there!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

We're back from California!

The trip started out a bit rough -- I drove by myself. My car overheated through 110 degrees and then through the entire Mojave desert. Solution to not using AC so my car didn't die = Ice packs up the shirt and frozen water bottles in the armpits. Works like a charm. Needless to say I was disgusting by the time I arrived. I made it a two day trip, stopping at Uncle Jim and Aunt Penny's in Las Vegas. BUT highlight of the drive through America's less-than-luscious deserts. . . my car hit 200000 miles.

The first weekend we went to Hearst Castle and toured the future Hochstein residence. I'll take it. Twist my arm. I was super sick the whole tour, and Justin's physical support was the only thing that kept me on my feet. Great husband, pansy wife. Then we looked at a bunch of fat seals lying on the beach. It was hilarious. About 75 people were lined up along the fence, watching a line of fat, smelly, hardly moving seals. Whenever one flipped a flipperfull of sand on it's back, it sent a ripple of excitement through the crowd. THEN, it really got exciting, and a couple seals decided they wanted some cooler sand to lie on, they awkwardly worm crawled/flopped their rolling fat a few feet, stretched toward the sky, then collapsed on the sand and played dead again. I do not have a pictures of a fat seal on the beach, in case there is any confusion.

When I wasn't with Justin because he was going to Space class at Vandenberg AFB, I was staying in Santa Barbara with my Aunt LeeAnn Olson and family. They have a house overlooking the Santa Barbara valley, perfect weather, perfect distance from the beach. . . perfect. I was lazy the whole week. I read the last book of the Twilight series in about 1.5 days. Then I read a bunch of What to Expect When You're Expecting. Great book. Wouldn't recommend it for long reading, though. It's a bit like reading an encyclopedia. Well, I guess it still has beginning-middle-end, but anyway. I also visited my dear friend, Marissa Widdison during the week.

Justin Graduated, got his space wings, and we said adios to beautiful Vandenberg AFB. We spent the weekend in San Francisco with my mission friends, Amber and Jenn Dunn, then we trucked it back to the Utah. And we made it! Wooohooo! I have a husband again!

Saturday, September 13, 2008


There is a baby inside me! I'm two months along, one month of morning sickness to go (I hope it's only one more month. . .). The pics I see of what my baby looks like right now resemble a little alien. It's crazy to think that we turn out normal.
I went to my first Officer's Spouses Club social this week, and I was pointed to the "best" OB in the area, Jed Naisbitt, and I guess he takes Ultrasounds every appointment. So I get to see my baby grow! Yay!