Thursday, January 28, 2010

Road trip to Tucson

On January 11th, Andy was due to start a 3 week training course on the upgraded C model of the A-10 in Tucson, AZ. The C model is what they fly in Germany, so anyone coming from Korea who previously flew the A model needs this course to learn the upgraded Avionics...he's even more pumped about the A-10 after learning all the new gadgets it has. A kid in the candy store, I say :) So, we started the next leg on our journey with a 2 day road trip to Tucson. It was about 16 hours total, so we stopped to see Andy's Aunt & Uncle in L.A. and stayed over night before driving the last 7 hours. All in all it was a great trip!
Dad went on a trip (he flys for Delta) so it was just mom and the girls to say goodbye to.

Ty taking one last attempt at our paper towel barricade...thank you Costco!
One last awkard hug pic before we hit the road
We stopped in San Jose to see some extended family on Andy's side. Such wonderful people...wish we could have stayed longer :)
Cousins :)

On the road with banana in hand...or in mouth :)
Andy on a bike ride with uncle John in LA
Our get-up :) I have to give a shout out to my hubby here. He built this wonderful trailer with no instructions...just some wood, drills, and paint. It worked perfect to lock our stuff in since I had a bunch of things in California for the year. With those racing stripes we would have looked good in Nascar! Sadly enough we just sold both car and trailer this last week in preparation for moving...tear :-(
Getting back to the desert outside of LA with a sea of Windmills....this went on for miles n' miles
Serious driver :)
Since our minivan has the dvd player and I knew how much of a help it was when I drove it down to MS, we had to come up with a plan. We strapped our portable one to the back of the headrest with a bungee cord ...it worked perfect!!! Try it, you'll see :)
At a rest stop to feed Ty, change him and prep him for bed.
Yes! Back to the Rattlesnakes!! (no, that is not sarcasm :)
A little play time with wheel n' horn before bed
We stopped to see Pam n Tony (Andy's sis and bro in law) in Phoenix a few days after arriving in Tucson. We were privelaged to watch the kids do some of their sports. Here Meg is on the left ready to give a hook!
And Tom on the left breaking out the roundhouse leg kick :)
Pete at Tennis
And back to reality in Tucson....our 10x20 storage unit with ALL of our household goods that have been stored for the last 14 months. We can't wait to get this all shipped to Germany just to be overwhelmed at how much stuff we have when we unpack! This is Andy's look of despair :)
Garage Sale anyone!?!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Our 6 Year Anniversary in San Francisco!

December 27th marked our 6 year anniversary! We were able to leave Ty with Grandma Korsmo so we could have our first night away. We spent the night and next day in San Fran and had an awesome time viewing the sites and had a blast just hanging out without a 2ft shadow :) (although we love him dearly :) Enjoy the pics and watch the video at the end of the most amazing breakdancer I've ever seen! We stayed at Sir Francis Drake hotel downtown. A 1920's hotel with its original charm :)

We checked in and were starving. On the same block overlooking the city center was Cheescake Factory...we had good pasta and an amazing view!

On the top floor of our hotel was a night club. We didn't feel like getting dressed up and "shopping" for a good place downtown so we just stayed in our comfy clothes and had a great time doing some 'silly dancing'....don't worry, by this point, no one was around :)




We decided to walk all the way to the Pier and do some China Town shoppin' along the way. This was our first hill among many!




















Lombard street in the far back....the windiest street in the U.S. You can drive a whopping 5mph!!

We took a cruise that toured the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. It was a bit chilly, but there were some great views!









































Afterwards we got some yummy clam chowder bread bowls and walked along the Wharf

This crab actually cracked through this pen with just one pinch!








This guy was really not a good singer at all. It was like elevator music gone bad...as if it wasn't bad already! Bless his heart.


Andy in his little heaven....MAGNET WORLD! A whole store of every kind of magnet you could dream of. I couldnt get him out of here









Here is my little slice of heaven: A whole store of chocolate :)

This dude was awesome! You have to watch him at the end!



I've always wanted to do this, so Andy let me play for a bit. I ended up pulling double back flips per each bounce which drew a tiny crowd. For a moment I pretended like I was an Olympian gymnast! haha :) But that dream soon ended because by the end of 10 minutes I was so tired that I was gasping for a breath and my arms nearly gave out. I ended up being sore for nearly 5 days from pulling. no joke! Either its hard or I'm really out of shape!





Riding the trolley back. It was a little crowded so we had to hop on wherever there was room. I spy an ANDY :)
I kept singing, "Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco Treat!" the whole way back :)
...then our trolley broke. I should have known. Wherever Andy and I go, good luck is hard to come by! (for those of you who know the Yosemite Bear attack story; you know what I mean!!) We had to walk the last 7 blocks :) Oh well, it was a blast while it lasted
Time to go back. I thank God for my wonderful husband of 6 years and look forward to sharing a lifetime of anniversaries together :) What a lucky gal I am!
Breakdancin' while blindfolded!

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