Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hoags are Home for Christmas

Our 2nd annual drive out to California was a success with many fun sights along the way...

{And a couple not so fun sights}
 Juarez, Mexico (one of the most dangerous places in the world)
 5 border patrol checkpoints.
As usual, a terrible rainstorm in Tucson

 After 17 hours of driving we finally made it to San Diego!!!
Ocean Beach in Point Loma
Our first stop was Andrew's favorite thai restaurant in Hilcrest

Then shopping in Point Loma...
Remember the Home Goods I told you they were getting on Rosecrans?
It's here and it's fabulous!!!

 Ocean Beach
 Beach balls as Christmas tree ornaments. Love it!

 Great waves. Too cold though.

It's a little known fact that San Diego is our favorite city in the world, so we stayed there for 2 days and got to see some of our favorite people in the world.

{Thank you Brian & Audrey for your fabulous hospitality!}
 Brian made us delicious dinner
 Andrew discovered a festivus present that makes us laugh til we cry.
(Maybe the other way around)
 Here's a little preview...
 You get the idea :)

 Then all 4 of my roomies from Point Loma met up for lunch in Temecula.
So good to see my girls!!!
 Me, Kristin, Tiffany, Rea, Amanda, and Liam
Amanda drove all the way from North Carolina.
 she won for travelling the furthest!

 Celebrating Skipper's 30something-eth birthday
(funny the party was for him, but all the pictures are of the girls!)
 Joanna found an homage to Texas.
 Joanna, me, Angela
Me, Joanna, Audrey, Angela

Then yesterday we drove up the coast stopping for a quick shopping trip in downtown LA
 Andrew drives along the beautiful Highway 1
 Los Angeles
Hello garment district and Dolce and CAbana sunglasses!

Santa Monica

 Santa Monica Farmer's Market
 Fabulous beachfront homes. Betcha can't guess which one is my favorite!

Andrew raves about this Kogi taco truck. It was pretty delicious.

A few more hours in the car and finally

There's no place like home

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

This year's newsletter (blog letter) is a little unconventional, but it's our meager attempt at going green. Plus, I don't have to shrink my pictures down to nothing and I can post as many as I want! And so begins Our Year in Pictures:

Oh, for those of you who wondered if I was serious about celebrating Maddie Bear's 1st Birthday with a puppy party... That totally happened!

We rang in the new year in style...
 Had a fun day at the beach
Brenda celebrated a Birthday

Snow in San Antonio??? Yep.
That was a cold month. We didn't do much.
San Francisco for Andrew's conference on something to do with literature.
I just went to see the sights :)

 Mom and Dad Siebert met up with us in NorCal
 We got to see some great old friends
 Jesse and Bianca in San Fran
So happy we got to see the Munshi's in Los Gatos!

Andrew's parents came to visit us for Spring Break!

We had a great time!

Brenda went to California for Leah and Matt's wedding
 Squeezed in some shopping
 Had a visitor

 Watching all the coverage of the royal wedding
(Those are 2 days I'm never going to get back!)

Andrew presented at a conference at UTSA

we toured the midwest...

 CHICAGO!!! (more pics here)
 Meeting up with cousins


So nice to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Akron

 And Uncle Jeff was there too!

 Then it was back to Texas

It was another super hot Summer, so we spent a lot of time
at the pool at University of Texas, San Antonio, where Andrew goes to school.
Love that lazy river!

We celebrated Father's Day with our friends and completed "man games"
such as football tossing, nail hammering, gun shooting, knife throwing, and bocceball. FUN!

 Andrew celebrated a Birthday

 We moved!!!
please come visit us! We've got 2 guest rooms ready for you :)

Austin weekend with friends

 We drove out to San Diego for
James and Angela's Wedding 07-09-11
 So good to see our friends!
 And we had lunch with Brenda's best girlfriends from Point Loma.
Family Reunion in Pismo Beach
So nice to see everybody!
 Drove back out to San Antonio and stopped in Vegas on the way.

MAUI for Andrew's Mom's 60th Birthday!  Good times!!!

 Back in Texas, Brenden and Carissa visited us for the weekend.
We love visitors! You should come see us and get your pic at the Alamo too :)
In September, Brenda got a long term subbing job teaching 8th grade algebra.
Andrew started his second year of classes at UTSA.
He is currently 1/2 way done with his PhD program! Yay!
Now he just needs to take some qualifying exams and write his dissertation.
It never ends!

Brenda's parents came out to visit!

We never get sick of going to the Alamo! Can't imagine why people forget it!
Brenda went to Cancun with her parents

Andrew applied for a fulbright scholarship to study abroad in Argentina for 9 months.
We'll hear back sometime in March and if he is accepted, we'll move to Buenos Aires in February 2013. Exciting!


We went to california for Andrew's dad's retirement party
and Thanksgiving
 Met up with bestest, oldest, friends
 Thanksgiving dinner with Brenda's family


We will be driving back out to California to celebrate Christmas with our families.

Looking forward to more time with friends and family
in 2012

We love you and hope to see you soon!!!
Merry Christmas from the Hoags
-Andrew Brenda Maddie-