Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Card 2012

Here is the official Hochstein Christmas card this year. 
I know it's lame that we're just posting it and not sending them in the mail. Next year.
Love from the Hochsteins!!!

(More updates to come.)

A Little Christmas

We celebrate Christmas a little early to accommodate family in town. It's not like our kids know the difference if Santa comes a day or two early, right? I honestly don't remember much because I was sick sick sick. A bug had gone around the house, and I thought I'd escaped it, but no. I can't remember if anyone else was taking pictures during the opening presents times, and these are all I've found so far. Maybe there's more somewhere else. I can't remember.

The ball was ripped off the paddle board immediately upon opening.

Yes, Donovan got an impressive bonk just the day before. He's so tough. He's trying on his new glasses.

Uncle John is teaching Mason how to drive is truck, while Grandma is teaching D the triangle.

We actually got these helicopters a while ago, they just came out to play on Christmas.

Post-ice cream smile.

This one just makes me laugh.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cute Donovan Moments on Film

I caught these the same day. I love my boys.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hawaii Honeymoon/ Five-year Anniversary Trip

Justin and I escaped to Hawaii for ten days. We stayed with Stacy and Spencer for most of the time, and for a few nights went to a cabin on Bellows AFB nearby. We did not plan, we just woke up and did whatever we felt like doing that day. We'd both been to Oahu a few times, so we didn't feel stressed about getting out and seeing everything.  I didn't try to get a tan (though I really could have used one), we didn't worry about taking pictures everywhere. We just wanted to enjoy island life. We went hiking a few times, went to the beach a few times (the weather was perfect for most of our stay), tried a few local restaurants, checked out Christmas lights downtown, went shopping, and mostly relaxed. It was a lovely vacation.
We hiked Koko Head the first morning and caught the sunrise (though it was mostly hidden in the clouds). We woke up at 4am wide awake that morning, so we thought, why not?

We didn't get a picture of what the hike was like, but it's 1,048 stairs to a beautiful view over Hanama Bay. I took it slow and steady and I was still smiling (barely) at the end.
The Pipemasters surfing competition was planned for that week, so we decided to stop by the day before the competition actually began to see what the waves were like and if there were any good surfers out. We didn't want to deal with the crowds for the real competition. This was a relaxing trip.

The waves weren't huge, but there were still a few surfers out who provided some entertainment.
We had a quick visit to the temple.

We went to a cabin on Bellows AFB, and this was our view from our window. The beach was right there.

Unfortunately, these evil demons were also enjoying that beach. (Portuguese Man-o-wars)
It was December, so there were Christmas lights everywhere.
This was a favorite decoration of mine.

Love this little girl. She provided much entertainment on our trip.

We hiked to Maunawili Falls.
We decided not to jump. We just watched a few other people do it, then watched them painfully get out of the pool.  But it was a fun and beautiful hike.
Here is a great visual of southern genealogy.
We had to catch some waves!

Eleanor loves her Uncle Justin

Stacy and Spencer introduced us to this delightful place in China Town. They serve these heavenly rolls stuffed with all kinds of goodness: pork, coconut, and happiness.
I sought this tree out. Isn't it cool? It's a rainbow eucalyptus. Those colors just grow on it naturally. It looks like the trees on our paintball fields growing up. We found it at Foster Botanical Gardens in Honolulu.

Thanks Stacy and Spencer! We loved spending time with your family!!! (This is a picture in their backyard. Wouldn't that be great to wake up to everyday?!)
And a big thanks to my mom and dad for babysitting AGAIN while we took this vacation. It was not the easiest thing to do, as there was some medical drama with my dad. More on that in another post.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Family Trip to DC

Justin had to go into work for a few days, so the boys and I joined him! It was a long drive for a short stay, but we made some fun memories.
Checking out the hotel.

Mason thought this was the weirdest-looking phone. It made me feel a little dated.

Clean plate club. I love this picture.
The Museum of Natural History. I asked Mason how big the dinosaur was.

On the metro on our way home.

I love this picture. I love how they make a heart. Can you see it?

And this is evidence of how we keep our kids happy on long roadtrips.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love how non-commercialized it is. If I am going to travel to be with family for any holiday, it would be for Thanksgiving. And this year we were lucky enough to be living with my family, so everyone traveled to us! Uncle Nick and his girlfriend, Lydia even came to visit. We were so grateful to have Justin home with us for Thanksgiving.

Uncle Pete

Here was the dinner. Since I lost my normal lens, I can't really focus on everyone at once.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fall Pictures 2012

While Stacy was in town, she went with us up the road from our house to a field and shot a few pictures. We were really only there for about ten minutes, and she captured so many great shots. I'm lucky to have such a talented sister!