Sunday, April 29, 2012

Andrew gets an Award

We attended the annual UTSA English Awards Ceremony this afternoon where Andrew was recognized for being awarded the University Teaching Fellowship
and acknowledged for his work with the English Graduate Symposium last month. 

Good job Hoagie-Bear!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend at the Beach

We just got back from a super fun couple days at the beach.
Here's some photos...

I hate to say it, but I am exhausted and ready for another vacation!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nothing Funner

Way Back Whensday: April 2007

Pre-wedding Photos

There is nothing funner (funnier) than putting on wedding attire (when it is NOT your wedding day) and taking pictures all over town.

 We even got some shots with the SLO Fire Department
 As well as a frightning Tigger and Frisky Smokey the Bear
(Just where is that left hand, Smokey?)
 3 months later on our actual wedding day, I wore this dress...

I will always advocate buying 2 wedding dresses to maximize photographic opportunities!
Hey, it's almost our 5th wedding anniversary... time for more nostalgic wedding photos :)

Monday, April 23, 2012


 You can probably tell from this photo,
Grampa Kohler is one of my favorite people in the whole world.

Here's a few reasons why...

Reason #1:  He and grama have the most amazing, old fashioned, romantic love story
and it gets better with time.

Reason #2: He is absolutely crazy!
The fun kind of crazy.
The kind that says YES to having 10 kids, a ranch, and a hotel complete with a spider monkey.

Reason #3: He is beyond brilliant.
Brilliant like a rocket scientist (he worked for NASA, no big deal :)
I am convinced that he can fix anything!

Reason #4: He's flipping hilarious! So funny in fact, that he breaks out into side splitting laughter midway through telling a joke because he makes himself laugh so hard.  We still don't know the punchline for half the jokes, but watching him tell them is the funniest part anyway.

Reason #5: He taught me about the finer things in life like m&m's and microwave popcorn. Oh, and Star Trek (sorry papa, that one didn't stick.)

Reason #6: He has been an amazing example to us all of what a godly, faithful husband, father, and (great, great) grand-father should be.

and Grama too... she is the one who has to put up with him after all :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

San Antoni-Hoags

Mom and Dad Hoag are here for the weekend and we're having fun hitting up all our favorite spots! 

On Friday night, the boys went to a Lakers game.  The Spurs won, but they still had a great time.

Saturday we ate our way through San Antonio and on to Austin where we checked out UT Austin's museum exhibit on the King James Bible, devoured treats at Hey Cupcake on Congress Avenue, scoped out Waterloo's selection of records (Happy record store day!), and walked around LadyBird Lake.

Sunday we ate breakfast tacos (a Texan tradition), went to church at Oak Hills, did a little shopping, got lunch at LuLu's (remember the infamous cinnamon roll?),
and walked around the missions.

We had a wonderful weekend!
Thank you for coming to visit us!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It gets better

After that wreck of a weekend and manic monday,
I am back to tell you on this happy hump day, that it gets better!

That awful flu Andrew had, now he's all better.  
Bonus: I never got sick!

Instead of bills in the mail, I got a paycheck and these little lovelies...

That made my Tuesday much, much better.

We discovered something more fun to watch than Bravo. 
One thing that never ceases to entertain us...

Sorry Bethenny Frankel, but that wig is one hot mess!
This puppy makes everything better!
Look at those cute floppy ears :)

Another thing that makes life a little bit better...

I gave up housecleaning found time to waste on pinterest.
Where I stumbled across this interesting photo and for a split second,
thought that living on a farm might be kind of fabulous.
Somehow I don't think it's as glamourous as these chickies make it out to be.

This also made me think of my fabulous Auntie V
who actually does have a fancy chicken coop in her backyard!
see pics here and here

I keep forgetting that one of my resolutions this year is to make something I find on pinterest.
Oops. I am however right on track with resolution #1: eating more ice cream.

Who cares if the only resolution i've accomplished this month comes in a half gallon carton?

Things are about to get even better...
It's almost Friday and Mom and Dad Hoag are coming to visit for the weekend!!!
Hiip Hip Hooray!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

These are the days

When you wish your bed was already made.

It's just another Manic Monday!

This is the guest bed where me and Maddie slept all weekend, as Andrew recovered from a nasty stomach flu.

Y'all might not know this, but I am a complete germophobe. It seems like everywhere I go lately people are sick. Working with middle schoolers doesn't help one bit. Do you have any tried and true remedies to ward off germs and stay healthy during flu season?  So far constant hand-washing, vitamin-C overdosing, mass bleaching, and rapid-fire lysoling has kept me flu-bug free.

Alas, it is Monday after a very yucky weekend and I am feeling ill prepared for the busyness of the rest of this week. But at last I'm not feeling ill... yet. *washes hands for millionth time today.*

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Way Back Whensday

April 2010

{So not really way back, more like weeney bit back whensday}

Either way, this week is the same exact week that we decided to move to Texas 2 years ago.

Let me set the scene...

 We were living in San Diego with our brand new puppy getting ready for her (fur) baby shower

 yes, that happened!

Andrew had applied to PhD programs and finally got an acceptance letter, or actually it was a phonecall from Dr. Cantu, the graduate advisor at UTSA. She invited us to fly out to visit the campus, sit in on lectures, mingle with the other crazy people pursuing higher education, and decide if San Antonio would be our home the next 3 years.

Y'all know the rest of the story, but here's some pictures from our first visit to San Antonio:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Island in the Sun

I need a vacation!!!

These 4 words come out of my mouth on a daily basis. Not that that makes them any less valid

Sure "Spring Break" was only a few weeks ago and Cabo is coming right up,
but I need a vacation NOW. 
Actually, I need a vacation yesterday!

Just to be clear, SB didn't count this year because I didn't even leave San Antonio.

And we all know that vaction looks like this:
Some pretty beach in Hawaii
There was none of that during my so-called Spring Break, so it has been nullified. 
Glad we're in agreement.

I suppose you could say that growing up on the central coast of Cali has done nothing for my appreciation of what I've seen thus far of Texan beaches. Granted we have only ever been to Corpus Christi (gag) where the water was uncomfortably warm, murky, encrusted with jelly fish, and covered in icky sand. Plus there were signs warning for rattlesnakes. Gross!
Snakes on a beach. What the what?!
Corpus Crappy

After mentioning our *disgust* with that beach experience two summers ago, our friends recommended that we go to a much nicer Texas Beach called South Padre Island.

This is more my speed...

And so in 2 weeks and 3 days (not that I'm counting or anything!)
we are driving 5 hours to South Padre Island
for a much needed mini vacation (2 days, 1 night.)
That's about as long as I can bare to be away from maddie b.
But maybe we should just bring her with us; whitey could use some sun!

and she's been working on her aqua-phobia...

I think we're all ready for a little vacation!

For all of you scaredy cats, like myself, I of course did the obligatory research on this 
because y'all know I have seen Shark Week one too many times!
Looks like we'll be alright, but I might pack a spear gun just to be on the safe side :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

A pile of Papers

This pile of papers represents a big chunk of my post college life (minus the year that I sold panties at Nordstrom - Luckily there are no photos documenting that experience.) And sorting through these documents has left me wondering what happens next in this "post-post college" season of my life.

I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher.

I still don't know exactly why I took civil engineering classes, organic chemistry, business law, computer programming, and ultimately majored in fashion merchandising. I suppose I took the "well-rounded" approach to heart.

I don't know if everything happens for a reason.

I think it does.

Getting back to that stack of paper... college transcripts, RICA, CBEST, and CSET scores, multiple subject credential certification.

And an application.

I am finally getting my butt in gear and applying to get certified to teach in Texas.

A little background info: 

When I got my credential in San Diego 3 years ago, it wrecked me. Student teaching was the worst experience of my life (even worse than that stint at Nordstrom, and I had to help rather large ladies into very teeny spanx, if that gives you some perspective.) Teaching was not at all what I expected it to be and so I continued to substitute teach.

A perfect non-commital solution.

I happily substitute taught for 3 years in San Diego and now 2 years in Texas.
5 years have gone by in a flash!

Mostly subbing has been ideal and convenient,
but recently there is this feeling that I am not really using that credential I worked so hard for. 

Worse than that,
I am not really using the gifts God gave me.

Next year is our last year in Texas. At least that is the plan for now, but we might come back someday. Who knows?!  I want to make our last year here count and I finally feel like I have recovered from that apocalyptic credential program (Seriously, do they even offer the accel block at SDSU anymore?)

Substitute teaching has been great, but I'm ready for real teaching now.

** Just to be clear, I do not have delusions of grandeur. Teaching full time is going to be quite the challenge, but I have this little mantra that goes something like "I can do anything for a year." And since a year is all I've got, I'm up for the challenge! **