Utah visit (from Sarah’s point of view)

In September, Adam and I took a quick trip home to do some recruiting for Adam’s work at our alma mater. (I even got to go as the wife recruiter to convince all the wives that Austin is the place to be.)

The BYU Engineering Career Fair was two days long (plus one day of interviews). We flew in the weekend before so we could spend a little time with our families and friends. It was the first time we’ve seen one of Adam’s brother’s since he returned home from his mission in Finland. It was so great to see him! He left very much still a high school senior (albeit mature) and came home a man.

Joint family dinner. So fun!

Our week was packed! It seemed like every free moment–wait, no, we didn’t really have any free moments. Adam and I were going, going, going. We both got sick and got barely any sleep. It almost felt like I was a college student again. (I’ve gotten so used to 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night; it’s hard to go back to 4-5  hours a night.)

Even though it was such a crazy week, I loved seeing so much family and so many friends. I didn’t feel completely coherent whenever I was with them, but it was still great to be with them all. Our families are wonderful. We got to see three of our grandparents, all of our siblings (except Sarah, who is serving a mission), and our niece and nephews, who are a blast! I also got to see various friends from my major and my dear friend, Jenny.

Family at Sister’s concert. (Isn’t she lovely?)

Some of my best friends from high school and I were able to get together for a couple of hours. These gals are amazing. The seven of us haven’t all been together since I think 2009 (and you’ll notice that there are only six of us in the picture. One of the ladies came early and had to leave before I got there because she is a nurse who works really early in the morning). It was fun to get most of us together.

Six of the seven ladies

Oh ya. Adam and I saw the Mitt Romney bus. Too cool.

I got to spend two lovely days at the Family History Library while I was there too! If you live close to the Family History Library (and by close I mean within 2 hour’s drive) and you have never been there, then shame on you! Set a goal NOW to go there. I’m serious–go grab your planner or calendar or ipod or post-it notes or whatever you use and pick a day right now to go there and learn something about your ancestors, okay? Your life will be enriched by the experience. There are hundreds of workers and missionaries who will gladly help you. Just go do it! (You don’t know HOW BLESSED YOU ARE to live sooooo close to the largest family history library IN THE WORLD!)

Okay, so off my rant. I did a ton of research while I was there. I’ve been working on one of my family lines in Württemberg, Germany for quite some time. Here’s an example of a record:

 

Marriage entry for Philipp Jakob Keppler and Eva Maria Kalmbach on 26 June 1792 in Oberschwandorf, Nagold, Württemberg, Germany. They were my fifth great-grandparents!

Oh, doesn’t it just make you so excited?! I LOVE Germanic family history research!

Anyway, it was a lovely, jam-packed trip, but I am so grateful we could go. Yay for families! Yay for friends! Yay for Adam’s great job! Yay for BYU! Yay for ancestors and the FHL!

A Trip to Arizona

Well folks, I realized that I haven’t posted on this blog since July. Pathetic. I haven’t been so great at writing in my journal for a while either, so within the next couple of months, I’ll (hopefully) be writing about some of the big things that happened in the past little while.

To start, my dear friend, Jenny, got married last month!

They did it! And it’s bright outside!

 

Awww…don’t they look happy?

I am soooo thrilled for her. We were roommates at BYU for 2 1/2 years. We talked a lot about things that were most important to us. I remember that once we were being silly college girls and made lists of all the qualities we wanted our husbands to have (Adam has every one, and if I remember correctly, I’m pretty sure Jenny’s husband meets all of her qualifications too). 🙂 After seeing all the worrying and waiting and working she did to find that right guy to marry, I’m sooooo glad that things worked out for her!

This is what best friends do. We get leaves out of each other’s hair when the wind blows them there.

 

Jenny got married in Arizona. I flew down on a Thursday, but Adam didn’t come until Saturday. (Jenny went through the temple on Thursday, and I wanted to be there for that. She got married Saturday.) My other former roommate’s family lives five minutes from my friend, and they graciously invited me to stay with them. That was a blast. Her mom reminded me so much of my old roommate in her expressions and kindness. (My former roommate wasn’t there because she is on a mission right now.)

I spent a lot of time at my friend’s house on Thursday and Friday helping them get ready for the family dinner and for the wedding itself. Jenny’s family is awesome. Every person in that family has an amazing sense of humor, intelligence, sarcasm, and wit. It was so fun hanging out with them. I was hoping that they would put me to work so I could help out with things, and they did just that. I felt like I was part of the family–whipping lots of cream, ironing Jenny’s dress, making boutonnieres (which was so fun and simple!), eating leftovers, helping choose picture frames for the wedding reception, helping her pack for a honeymoon, moving, school, and storage, etc. Jenny’s home had such a good feeling in it. I had never been there, and it was fun to see where she grew up and see how her family functioned in their habitat.

Sibling love…where Jenny gets squished (as usual)

I was glad to be busy on Thursday and Friday too because I missed Adam. You know, I miss Adam anyway when we’re apart, but add to that all of this talk of weddings and love and seeing everyone with their sweethearts, and it made me really miss my Sweetheart.

It’s us! And cacti!

Jenny’s wedding was so beautiful! She got married at 3pm, so the morning was fairly relaxed. We took pictures and then headed to Jenny’s church building to eat a quick meal so we didn’t starve until the reception started (especially the bride and groom!). Whoever set up the tables covered them with butcher paper and put jars of crayons on the tables. It was so fun. Jenny’s family is also very artsy, and they drew some hilarious sketches.

Table Art by Jenny’s Siblings

The reception was lovely! Honestly, it reminded me a little bit of Bilbo’s 111th birthday party on the LOTR movie, but much lovelier and classier and minus the drinking (although there were some delicious Italian sodas being served!).

The Reception

Adam and I helped Jenny’s siblings decorate the car. It was so great. Adam was a pro after helping with all his former roommates’ cars, but it was new for me. After the happy couple left, everyone just stood in the road laughing and joking (and doing the baked potato dance). It was awesome.

The couple getting ready to leave the reception.

The next day was wonderful. Adam’s mission president, Elder LeSeuer, lives about twenty minutes from Jenny’s family, and we were able to go to church with his wife. They had us over for dinner afterward, and Elder LeSeuer sat and talked with us for nearly two hours. He not only talked with us–he taught us, lifted our spirits, and prayed with us. I had only met him briefly once about a year-and-a-half earlier, but he treated me as though I was an old friend and spoke to me just as much as he did to Adam. I can’t really describe the perfect Christlike love I felt from him and the Spirit that radiated from him. I have only seen and felt that kind of love and Spirit from a few other people before. I didn’t want to leave. I could see how much they loved Adam and he them, and I loved them too. He is an incredible man, and his wife is incredible as well. I hope I am even a smidgeon as good as them someday.

Gilbert, AZ Temple. The LeSeuer’s can see it from their front window!

Needless to say, this trip to Arizona was amazing.

Grateful?

Since Adam’s job is the reason for our move to Texas, we had our things moved “professionally.” Everything got packed up on June 23, loaded onto the moving truck and taken to a warehouse on June 24, and was supposed to arrive at our new house by July 7 at the very latest. (We were warned that since this is the busiest time of the year, our delivery window was twelve days–from June 26 to July 7.)

That so didn’t happen.

We still don’t have our things. Apparently they’re supposed to come by this Tuesday, July 19 (fingers crossed!), but we’re trying to not get our hopes up too much. The moving coordinator that we’ve worked with has been less than helpful, but she worked it out so that we’ll be paid $125 for each day our household goods are late. (That’s nice and all–by July 19 it will be $1500–but we’d kind of rather have our belongings…)

There’s a lot to complain about it. Waa waa waaaaaaaaaaaaa.

. . . so I decided that we need to make a list of some of the positive things and things we’re grateful for concerning our move. Ready?

  • We packed a lot of things (12 days worth of clothing (we didn’t know how long it’d be before we got our washer and dryer), our computer and printer, a desk and chair, four place settings of dishes, our medicine box, and an air mattress, to name a few) that keep us fairly occupied and more comfortable than if we didn’t have all those things. Thankfully, when we were packing up all those things before we moved, Adam had the foresight to realize that we should bring a lot of stuff to keep us occupied (just in case). We’ve still been kinda bored, but not as bored as we could have been! It has also been nice for Adam to have more than one tie and for me to have more than one dress to wear to church every week.
  • We have internet. A connection to the outside world. Hallelujah!
  • We met our nice neighbor, a man in his seventies, who offered to let us borrow his ironing board, sleeve board, and clothes steamer…and anything else we might possibly need.
  • I’ve learned a lot of creative ways to cook when your dishes are limited.
  • Someone had vision to create microwaveable food. As gross as it can be, it has kept us fed several times these past few weeks!
  • We do have an oven and stove.
  • We’re better than camping. Our air mattress is on carpet, AND we have easy-access indoor plumbing.
  • We have ipods. That means hours of entertainment.
  • Facetime.
  • Music! To sing and listen to.
  • We’ve had a lot of time to think.
  • We have cell phones, which means we can call our family, friends, and doctors. (I’m soooo glad we don’t have to communicate only through snail mail and horse-riding messengers.)
  • We have a car! That works!
  • We live five miles from the nearest Family History Center, and they already have some good German resources. Hooray!
  • I’ve only had to kill one spider and one cockroach so far. (Adam killed a spider too.) 🙂
  • We’ve discovered some fun restaurants, donut shops (Round Rock Donuts!), movie theaters, and furniture stores. Good to remember for later on.
  • We brought our violins with us (we didn’t want them packed…not so good for the instruments…), and Adam printed out the Bach Double Concerto in d minor so we could play it. I had a copy of Mozart’s Tabletop music too. We had fun sight-reading, and we got to remember how rusty we are. 🙂 It was fun though! We hadn’t played together before ever.
  • The people in our ward are really friendly. Some friends had us over for dinner last Sunday, and it was great. 🙂
  • We’ve lived here before, so we know where the grocery store and Wal-Mart are located.
  • Netflix. 🙂
  • We are now Texas citizens basically. We have Texas drivers’ licenses and license plates.
  • Our AC works now!
  • Popsicles and ice cream and root beer floats.
  • We live close to the pharmacy, which was a big blessing earlier this week.
  • Five Crowns (a great card game).
  • The Texas sky is SO BIG and has BEAUTIFUL sunsets.
  • I now have all but one of my textbooks for my last three undergraduate classes!
  • Our new air mattress stays inflated the entire night. (That’s twice as good as our previous air mattress…)
  • The extra $1500 is going straight into savings for a house. That’ll be nice.
  • Adam has a real job, for goodness sake! That means a real salary, real benefits, and real life. And security. That is so nice.
  • We live only about seventy miles/two hours from the nearest temple, and I already got to attend it with a few ladies from the ward last week. 🙂
  • We have the gospel! We’re members of the Church!
  • We’re a family! Aaah! Isn’t that the best?!

 

Life Just Got Cleaner

Tuesday was a great day.

We have a washer and dryer! Hooray!

(I really like doing laundry, actually, so this is a cause for celebration.)

We actually got our washer and dryer delivered last week, but because of some sort of mix-up, Sears delivered a silver washer and a white dryer. We wanted our appliances to match, so Sears agreed to deliver a silver dryer. Thankfully the Sears people said we could use both the washer and dryer until our silver dryer got delivered. After a whole fiasco about prices, we finally got our silver dryer today! 🙂

And they must be good–I even saw a commercial for them yesterday. 😉

Yay for clean laundry!

Our Last Weekend in Utah

Here’s a little breakdown of what we did during our last weekend in Utah:

Thursday

  • Finished packing up things we needed to bring with us to Austin.
  • Watched the packers pack all of our things.
  • Ate Del Taco for lunch.
  • Went to Adam’s eye appointment.
  • Both got our hair cut by our friend, Nicole.
  • Went to the Manti Pageant with my family in their big blue van. Ate delicious, homemade 9-inch corn dogs.
  • Rode with my family back from Manti.
  • Picked up things from our apartment and drove to my family’s house to spend the night (since our bed was inaccessible).
  • Slept

Friday

  • Got up early and drove back to our apartment.
  • Adam got our car checked out and new brake … put on.
  • Watched the packers load everything into a truck. …and break one of our dinner table chairs.
  • Cleaned our apartment with Adam’s sweet mother, who brought some cleaning supplies for us to use.
  • Went to Adam’s family’s house and cleaned up ourselves.
  • Watched How to Train Your Dragon with Adam’s family.
  • Slept

Saturday

  • Slept in a titch…ahhhh.
  • …did something….
  • Went to the Provo Temple. It was wonderful!!
  • Said “see ya later” to my dear friend, Becca.
  • Ran to Macey’s grocery store.
  • Went to a family reunion for my dad’s side. It was so sweet.
  • Went to my friend’s wedding reception in American Fork and then to Adam’s friend’s wedding reception in Provo.
  • Went back to my family’s house and did laundry at 10:30pm.
  • Slept

Sunday

  • Got up early.
  • Went to the dear old American Fork 1st ward (my old ward) to see my longest-time friend speak in church after returning from her mission in Manila, Philippines. (That is where Adam served too, so he really enjoyed her talk.)
  • Hastily said hello and goodbye to many friends.
  • Sped down to the BYU Family History Center to teach our Sunday School class about the resources there…but no one showed up, so we did some of our own research because we didn’t have anything else to do until our church started.
  • Went to our ward and taught our last family history Sunday School class.
  • Went to my dear friend, Jenny’s, apartment and said “see ya later.”
  • Went to my family’s house. We had a sweet experience together, but it was really hard too. You see, Adam and I are the first in both of our families to move away from our families permanently. My family has lots of girls, and we’re all kind of emotional softies, so it was a bittersweet experience.
  • Said “see ya later” to part of my family.
  • Went to Adam’s family’s house.
  • Ate dinner.
  • Gave a wedding gift to Adam’s old roommate, Peter, who stopped by the Arnesen’s house.
  • Said “see ya later” to our good friends Brian and Devri and their son, who also stopped by the Arnesen’s house.
  • Spent time with Adam’s family.
  • Slept.

Monday

  • Got up before the crack of dawn.
  • Packed up our car.
  • Ate breakfast.
  • Said “see ya later” to my dad, who came by the Arnesen’s house.
  • Said “see ya later” to Adam’s family.
  • Swung by my family’s house to get the atlas.
  • Said “see ya later” to my family.
  • Drove…all day.

Spring Term

Spring term was an adventure. I’ve never done a spring term before. The term ran from April 26 to June 16. I enrolled for two classes: an internship and an advanced writing history class.

I interned with a company located in downtown Salt Lake City called ProGenealogists. They are a professional family history research firm. I was able to do some Germanic family history research as well as a lot of U.S. research. Overall, it was a good experience. I learned a lot about what I do want to do when I take on clients….and some things that I don’t want to do. Like I said, it was a good experience, and I learned a lot. 🙂

I completed 120 hours for my internship. I usually slept on and rode the bus to and from SLC three times a week.

The other class I took–the advanced history writing class–was…an experience. In six weeks, the four students in the class were asked to each write a 25-35 page history paper that dealt with U.S. foreign relations and was worthy of publication. While it was an interesting class, I struggled to write my paper. (My topic: why Great Britain didn’t interfere in the American Civil war. Interesting, right? I thought so–and it was interesting, but I had far too little time to do all of the research I needed to do.) Somehow I squeaked out a C-grade in the class, for which I will be eternally grateful. However, I do not recommend taking that class during spring term if you 1) are taking other classes, 2) are burned out, 3) are getting ready to move across the country, or 4) want to do anything besides school during spring term.

Anyway, spring term was a good experience, and I’m grateful that I could be stretched so much. I learned so much. And my sweet husband, Adam, worked long-distance (at home) during all that time so that I could take my classes and earn a degree. Poor guy. He got kind of bored being alone at home all day. He even turned in two of my papers for me because they were due at times when I needed to be at my internship. What a wonderful man. 🙂

BYU Graduation

Adam and I graduated! (Well, I sort of did…read on.) Adam got a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Adam and I walked together in the College of Engineering convocation ceremony. (I will technically be done by Thanksgiving. I took two classes during spring term and have three online classes to finish before Thanksgiving. Then I’ll have a BA in Family History and Genealogy. I’m almost there! Hooray!)

Winter semester was crazy. Adam wrote and defended his master’s thesis. He worked so hard on his thesis! That was about all he did for three weeks straight. He really had enough information to make it a doctoral dissertation, but we felt like he should just finish his master’s degree for right now. Adam’s angel mother is an excellent editor, and she edited Adam’s thesis several times. I am so proud of Adam for working so hard and for finishing that 148-page work!

I did oodles of research during winter semester. (It’s what family historians do!) I was in a seminar in professional family history research class (like a practicum for family history majors involving four 25-hour research projects), an advanced German research class (where I got to learn some awesome things about my own immigrant ancestor), and a beginning Hispanic research class. (I have no Hispanic ancestors. Germanic and U.S. Midwest family history are my emphases, but since I knew we were going to move to Texas, I figured it would be helpful to know at least a little bit about Hispanic family history research.) On top of these classes, I also had a German language class and Concert Choir. I traveled to the Family History Library usually once or twice a week. By the end of the semester, I logged over 200 hours of research. Honestly, it was a miracle that I survived and somehow got it all done. Adam supported me in everything that I did, and I am so grateful for his patience with me while I was running around all the time.

Anyway, the graduation ceremony was wonderful. Elder Richard G. Scott spoke to the graduates. He gave some wonderful advice. I love how sensitive and sweet Elder Scott is. 🙂

After the ceremony, Adam and I rang the BYU victory bell together! It was so cool (and loud)! I got a picture with Dr. Minert. He mentored me through most of my undergraduate work and is the only professor who teaches Germanic Family History in the United States. I was also able to work for him for two years. I feel so blessed to have gone to the same university where he teaches! (What are the chances of that?? I had no idea that I would focus so much on Germanic family history when I declared my major.)

After all our picture-taking, Adam and I were starving. We didn’t want to try to find a restaurant that didn’t have a long wait, so we went to the Wendy’s drive-through and got dinner. Then we went to the Malt Shop drive-through for delicious shakes. Mmmm. We went home and ate dinner while watching a movie.

Studying at BYU has been a great blessing in our lives. The time passed so quickly! We’re grateful that we were able to spend so much time learning and improving ourselves there. We know that the things we learned and the experiences we had will bless us for the rest of our lives and that they have prepared us for the mission we have ahead of us.

Going to the (Y) Ball

Tonight we went on an awesome date.

Some background though.

Today was not-so fun. I got up really early and drove an hour to Salt Lake City to the Family History Library. One of my classes was meeting there. In addition, I had a project to finish up there that was due at 3pm. It stunk being away from Adam all day (poor guy–he stayed at home without a car and cleaned and did homework), and I ended up staying longer than I had originally planned. Blah. I learned some good things though, so that was good.

Then we had leftovers for dinner. I ate this incredibly-2-jalapeño-spicy soup. Oh man. I’ve been trying to finish it off. I really don’t like throwing out food, however untasty it is. Anyway.

The evening was much better though. First Adam and I went to the adult session of stake conference. Elder Richard G. Hinckley from the Quorum of the Seventy came. The talks were all really good. I was touched by the testimonies and inspired to be a better Sarah.

After stake conference, Adam and I whisked away to the Hinckley Alumni Center for the Y-Ball! The Y-Ball is a free dance for married couples at BYU. Adam got the second-to-last ticket. It was sooooooo exciting. Adam and I haven’t really been to a dance together before…unless you count dancing at someone’s wedding, but that doesn’t really count because it was only part of one song.

Adam was so patient with me. I’m not really a very good dancer, but he’s amazing (to say the least). He taught me all sorts of good steps, and he’s really good at leading. It was a blast. I fell in love with him all over again. 🙂

Isn’t he handsome?

That’s scrumptious.

This post is all about one of our favorite things–food! Oh yum.

I made some bread once. It turned out pretty good. It probably would have been awesome except that when I added the sugar, I forgot that I was halfing the recipe….oops. It’s good for French toast though!

Bread

We had pork and homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. I really like homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. Mmm.

PrettyPork

Adam made a pork roast and vegetables in the crock pot one Sunday. It was delicious.

HandsomeHusbandAndCrockPotPotRoast

Adam has been teaching me about Filipino food. One of our favorites is adobo. Usually we make pork adobo.

Sarah'sAdobo

Mom Huggard sent us a box of peaches. Psych! It was actually a package with other stuff we left in Utah.

Psych!

There’s a cool Asian grocery store and marketplace near our apartment. We went there one Saturday, and Adam went wild. (Not really. He was just really excited to see so much Asian food in one location!) We bought this at the Asian market–a dragonfruit. It’s lightly-sweetened goodness.

Dragonfruit

Another time we had chicken salad. It was a success.

ChickenSalad

Our most recent favorite–homemade pizza. Yummmmmmmm. Here’s our regular pizza…

Pizza

…and here’s our dessert pizza. They were super tasty.

DessertPizza

Mmmmmmmmm. Isn’t food so great? I’m glad we don’t just have to take some pill every day that takes care of all the nutrients we need within a 24-hour period. Boring! Food is so exciting and colorful, and there are billions of kinds and combinations you can come up with! I think we can learn a lot from food–a lot about life. I don’t know, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two about life by relating it to food.

The best thing I’ve learned is this–Heavenly Father is the Master Chef and we’re like the ingredients. Sometimes a recipe may seem like it’s not going to work out, or maybe we really don’t want to be mixed with other ingredients (vinegar, for one), but it’s for the best, we can learn to like the other ingredients, and if we just trust the Master Chef, the recipe turns out far better than we could have imagined. He can make a lot more out of our lives that we can; we just need to trust Him.

Houston . . . Not a Problem!

Last weekend, we drove to Houston. The land here is so green and beautiful. We even saw an LDS church building along the highway!

Prairie View, Texas LDS church building

As we entered Houston, there was a beautiful sunset in the west, and the moon was huge and bright as it rose in the east.

On Saturday morning, we had the opportunity to go to the Houston, Texas temple! It was so beautiful. The architecture and landscaping were lovely, and we had a wonderful experience inside. I’m so grateful for the temple and to live close to many temples!

Houston, Texas Temple

After our visit to the temple, Adam and I changed and drove to the Johnson Space Center!!! (That was the real purpose of this trip.) Adam has wanted to go here almost as long as he can remember.

I’m going to let him post about the Space Center, but I want to add this cool note: We were in line for something in the space center, and there was a couple with a little girl. The dad asked it we would take a picture for them, so we did. Afterward, they saw Adam’s BYU shirt, and the man said, “BYU? I went to BYU.” They were LDS! It was so great. We were practically instant friends. What are the chances of running into and meeting LDS people there? Slim to none. Anyway, I thought that was cool. They snapped a picture of us too.

Adam & Sarah at Space Center

Adam was really excited to be there. 🙂

Excited Adam

Ok, just so you don’t get confused, this is Adam writing now.  We went to the exhibit at Johnson Space center that had artifacts from the manned space flights. I’ve known tons about all of this since I was 2 years old and seeing all of the spacecraft and related paraphernalia was really cool for me.  Those of you who know me well can imagine how excited I was!  In the exhibit they trace the history of manned space flight from the Mercury missions all the way through to the Space Shuttle. This first picture is of the spacecraft Faith 7 from the Mercury program.  It’s really, really small and so the astronauts had to be a certain height to fit in it.

CIMG9609

After the mercury Missions came Gemini.  It was named this after the constellation Gemini which is of twins.  The Gemini craft held 2 astronauts but really wasn’t too much larger than the Mercury capsules.

A Gemini Spacecraft

This next picture is of the Apollo 16 command module. This is the only equipment that returned to earth after the last lunar mission.  I’ve loved these missions for a long time. When I went to the Smithsonian museum when I was in high school they had an Apollo capsule but it was all encased in plastic.  On this one the door was sticking out past the barrier.  Sarah told me that there were probably lasers and things making sure you didn’t touch it but I touched it anyway . . . don’t tell anyone.  I’m kind of like a little kid when it comes to this!

Apollo 16 Command Module

This next picture is inside of a mock-up of the Skylab space station. This was the first American space station and all it was was the first stage of a Saturn V rocket that was converted into a space station.  It was bigger than it looked in the pictures I’ve seen. Sarah told me that she could see me living somewhere like that.  That would be really cool.

Inside a mockup of Skylab

This is a replica of the Mercury Redstone rocket.  This is the rocket that took the first American, Alan Shepherd, into space. It isn’t very big at all and only barely could get a person into space!

A Mercury Redstone Rocket

Inside a big building next to these rockets is the massive Saturn V rocket! It is huge — 363 feet tall and 33 feet in diameter.  The five main engines on the first stage are big enough for a person to stand in! The next picture gives you an idea of how large they are!

Saturn V First Stage Motor

In the picture below I’m standing next to the command and service module portion of the space craft. This was the part that actually went to the moon.  The service module,  the gray part to the left of the picture, is the part that had the explosion on Apollo 13.

The Command and Service Module on top of the Saturn V

This picture is the entire Saturn V.  You can kind of get a feeling for how big it is!

The Saturn V Rocket

Well, there’s way too much to write about with my space obsession on a single blog post but if anyone really wants to experience it first hand, come and talk to me and we’ll arrange a trip back to Johnson!  On the way back home to Austin we saw this beautiful sunset.  All in all we had a wonderful trip. It was kind of our first official vacation as the Arnesen Family!

Sunset on the way home