Sunday, June 28, 2009

One Month in Boise

One month ago today--it was a thursday--Justin took the MCAT (we are still waiting for his score). But that's not really what this post is about.

One month ago tomorrow--it was a Friday--I turned in my computer at work, and we hit the road bound for Idaho. Justin had the cars all packed up and we literally drove away right from my school on my last day of work. You see, he had to be up here to start his internship on Monday, so we had no time to spare.

After two days of driving we reached our dwelling place for the summer. Oregon Trail Village apartments. The OTV if you will.

It is an older place that has recently been remodeled. Our apartment is small and has cement floors, but the walls are newly painted and there is new furniture. (The main reason we chose this place was that they were willing to furnish it for us for the summer at a minimal cost.)

Here are a few pictures I took when we first moved in. I have since stuck a few pictures on the walls, but you get the idea.

Living Room (notice the puzzle)

There is only enough room for one
. . . so Justin has to do all of the cooking by himself :)

We had to buy a desk to set up my computer.
Vicki tells us the time every hour on the hour.

Our TV with surround sound complements of Mike, John, and Cody.

Justin's first day of work--it was a Monday--was also my birthday. Justin brought home these flowers. . . the ones in the spaghetti sauce jar. The love fern on the left is a plant that one of my students gave me on one of our last days of school.

A couple of days later we got around to making this birthday cake. Rainbow chip cake, with rainbow chip frosting. Justin made it actually and decorated it himself with sprinkles that I got for this very purpose. Yes that says Happy B-day with a 26 in the background. I'm old.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

June 23, 2009

It's coming. 
The baby's coming. 
And how! 
I see a nose. 
I see a curl. 
It's a healthy, perfect, 
lovely, little...


That's right folks, it really was a girl after all (some had their doubts). She was born the 23 day of June (the same day as Justin's sister, Rachel). Lets give a warm welcome to the newest member of our family...

Marlee Thomas

The Happy Family
Sister Shannon, Brother-in-law Darin, Niece Marlee

I was able to drive down to Salem, Utah to visit. This baby is even more precious in real life, but here are a few more pictures from her first days on Earth.

With Dad

Auntie Jam

Mom and Marlee

Sleeping like a baby

And of course, Marlee and me!

The ride home

Home with Auntie Crystal

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Big Island

I have a request to see more pictures of Hawaii, so this post is dedicated to the Big Island, or as Julia would say, Hawaiito. Thanks to Justin's parents, we were able to to spend a whole week there. It was amazing. The perfect honeymoon. Here are some pictures to highlight some of our adventures.

This was just after arriving at the Kona airport, which is completely outdoors. It was an evening flight, and we gained some hours so it felt much later than it was. If we look tired, that's why.

One of the first things we did after exploring the resort, was take a tour of the valley on horseback. Here we are on our horses GJ, or George of the Jungle (Justin's horse), and Macho Man (mine). Macho man had a listening disorder and wouldn't do a thing I said.

The next day we went to a nearby beach to have some fun in the sun. We weren't there very long, but it sure felt like we were. We got burnt pretty bad and felt it for a few days.

That night was the luau. Here we are waiting at our table for dinner to start. Our sunburns were much worse than they appear in this picture.

Here are a couple of Hawaiians digging our pig out of the ground where it had been cooking all day. It was pretty tasty.

We definitely got to admire a lot of beautiful scenery. This instance was while waiting for the show to start after eating the above mentioned pig.

The next morning we got up early to catch a morning snorkel. We took a boat ride to this protected cove where we snorkeled and had a great barbeque on the boat. Our disposable camera wasn't able to capture all of the colors that we saw underwater, but here are a few shots anyway. It was so cool to be swimming around down there. A huge pod of dolphins came to the cove while we were there as well and we got to see them from the boat pretty close up.

At the resort we stayed at, there is this lagoon fed by the ocean water that you can swim in. Since it is connected to the open ocean all kinds of sea life come in and out including sea turtles.

... and this puffer fish. We swam around with him and he didn't seem to mind one bit. I just kept waiting for it to get scared and puff up.

Taking a stroll around the resort. . .

After a long stay, we were still not ready to leave. It was such a happy getaway that whenever things get hard or boring or cold or unfavorable in any way we can just say, "think of Hawaii." Justin will then proceed to make Hawaiian music noises while I pretend to bask in the sun and we can't help but smile.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

First Things First

Since we are living away from family and friends, I thought that this would be a good way to keep everyone informed about what we are doing. We are currently living in Boise, Idaho. Much has happened that has led up to this point, so I will try to explain what we have been up to for the past couple of months. No, there is too much, let me sum up.

1. We got married.

2. We went to Hawaii.

3. Justin Took the MCAT.

4. I finished teaching.

5. We moved to Boise.

Well, that about sums it up. There are still a few Bosie updates that need to take place, and those will be coming shortly. Until next time...