Monday, December 22, 2014

Dr. Hoag

Andrew got his PhD in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio!
His parents and I flew to Austin on Thursday, his graduation ceremony was in San Antonio at the convention center across the street from the Riverwalk on Friday, we ate our way through Ausin BBQ and food trucks on Saturday, and flew back to LAX on Sunday. It was a whirlwind weekend, but one that we have been looking forward to for a long time!


I haven't ordered pictures yet, but those are some proofs they emailed us.

Austin Capitol Building at night.
Riverwalk at night.
 Gourdough's doughnuts and Hey Cupcake food trucks in Austin. I love their menu items! The Michael Jackson cupcake (chocolate on the inside, vanilla frosting on the outside) is too funny!
 On our way to LAX we stopped in Newport Beach at Corona Del Mar and did some shopping in Santa Monica.

I am so proud of my hubby! 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The busiest month

 
November was the BUSIEST month! Non stop visitors and travels, but it was full of so many good things I want to remember, so, in no particular order, here were some highlights from the last few weeks:
Thanksgiving!
 
 The dogs were less than thrilled to be scooped up for a picture when there were plates full of turkey everywhere.
Andrew, Me, Dad, Mom, Missy, Kristie, Tyler

Thanksgiving is BIG in our family. There were over 70 relatives in attendance at my mom and dad's this year (not all are pictured because coordinating a group photo of that size is nearly impossible). Believe me when I say there were 3 turkeys, 2 hams, 30 pounds of mashed potatoes, and 16 pies. And NO leftovers. Success! Then it was off to Andrew's parents later that evening for round 2. I'm still full!
 
On November 7, Andrew successfully defended his dissertation in San Antonio and we are preparing to fly out for his graduation ceremony in 2 weeks. Yay! In the meantime he has applied to over 100 teaching jobs all over the country and beyond. One of them is even in Montreal, Canada. Who knows where we'll end up?! Exciting times ahead!

Andrew's sister came to visit for a weekend and we showed her and Rae around downtown.

I discovered a wealth of Oliver and Ollie titled children's books and have started to stockpile them for his library. So cute!

Christmas came early when my mom and dad gave us a PS4 and Vitamix. Best gifts EVER!!!
 
My mom came down to San Diego twice in November.  The first time was to visit while Andrew was off defending his dissertation. I put her to work helping me compile grades for report cards and prep for parent conferences. My mom is the best!
 

Mom took care of me (when I was under strict "bed rest" orders before ruling out vasa previa) and she took care of Maxwell after his de-balling surgery.

We were quite the glamorous crew :)





And look at these two that are best friends now that Max has mellowed out a little!
 
For mom's second visit, she brought my sister Melissa and we had our 23 week 3d ultrasound.
So fun!
 

I think Ollie looks just like Andrew. So fun to see him growing!
 
 My mom also stayed up all night making these super cute holiday and baby shower signs.

And she got a head start decorating our nursery... sewing the baby blanket and crib skirt.



 

 We squeezed in a beach day while we were up at home for Thanksgiving.



Christmas Craft Night making snow globes with the girls.


 Last week Andrew' s parents came down to San Diego and we saw Fleetwood Mac with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Christine McVie. My inner gypsy was ecstatic!

And a few more extra pictures from November...
Andrew teaches at San Diego Christian College and it is just a short walk down the street from where we live. Conveniently TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Target, and a slew of my other shopping favs are also right across the street. We usually take the dogs for walks over there and Andrew walks them around outside while I scope out the stores. He's really awesome that way!

Every November the shopping center puts up a big Tree and decorations, so we stopped for a quick photo.

 
November was awesome and now it's time for Christmas parties, vacation, and fun fun fun getting ready to welcome our baby boy in 2015!


"You've got to wait just a little bit longer" he says :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween and other happenings

We celebrated Halloween last weekend at a friend's house with a little party.

 Cat Woman and Batman... Last minute costumes. Thanks Target and Michael's!
 
The party was fun. I especially liked Brian and Audrey's bacon and eggs ensemble.

via facebook

Confession: I don't really go all out for Halloween. Minimal decorations, last minute costumes, and *gasp* I don't even hand out candy. With two crazy dogs barking every time the door bell rings, I don't even like to be home on Halloween night! That being said, I do like Halloween time, but mostly because of the spiced pumpkin drinks, apple cider, and pumpkin seeds. Yum! I imagine I'll like Halloween more when I get to dress up a cute little boy in costumes and take pictures at the pumpkin patch. I can't wait for next year!

Andrew at Jack London's Cottage
This week Andrew is out of town (at UC Berkely presenting at a Jack London conference) and I have to work on Halloween. And it's just like any other school day because we are not allowed to dress up or give goody bags or anything fun :(  Don't tattle, but I baked owl themed cupcakes and am giving out Halloween pencils and erasers. 6 year olds love Halloween and I will not be the one that ruins it for them. I'm also making popcorn and letting them watch the Charlie Brown Pumpkin movie on Netflix. Here's hoping for a relaxing "Fun Friday Halloween". Right.

Don't worry, I'll make it educational with a compare and contrast venn diagram and plot summary of some sort. It is school after all.

My firsties are so cute!
 
 
In other news, Maxwell is getting snipped.
 

Clearly this is the first he's hearing of this!
Yes, the male maltese that we got in May for the exclusive purpose of breeding with Maddie is scheduled to be neutered next week. Here's the deal... when we got Max I was gearing up for our first round of IVF and thought that it would never work for us. I reasoned with Andrew that if we couldn't have a human baby, we could at least distract ourselves with a litter of puppy babies. They're always a sure thing. Fast forward to now and we are excitedly preparing for parenthood. The thought of caring for brand new puppies and a brand new baby at the same time makes my head spin. So something's gotta give. And that something is Maxwell's balls :) Sorry buddy!  Meanwhile Maddie is overjoyed. His recent humping rantics were not well received.

 
I guess I'll end on that note.
 
Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gender Reveal: It's a ...

It's a BOY!!!

Last week while we were up at home visiting family, my parents hosted our gender reveal party. It was so much fun! We went with a "Blue or Pink, what do you think?" theme and had baby boy and baby girl clothes on display leading up to the door.
 We made chocolate dipped pretzels and vanilla cupcakes with blue frosting in the middle so that when guests pulled out the "Blue or Pink" sign they saw lots of blue.


 Everyone was excited when they found out it's a boy! No one was more surprised than my mom and no one was more ecstatic than my dad. Finally a boy in our family!



Can't wait to meet our little man in March!