Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Another Corpus Christi Summer

It's another summer and we've found ourselves once again in the city by the bay, where Josh is selling for APX the next few months. I'm happy because I get to spend the summer with my family and Josh is happy because we're not in El Paso (where we could have been for the summer). In the end, we're both really glad to be here.

We moved a little over a week ago, so we're still in the unpacking stage. Getting settled into our new apartment has been no problem at all, considering it's at least twice the size of our last one. We actually have room for all of Josh's superman action figures and all of my shoes.

While Josh is off securing the world one house at a time, I am taking up the domestic role of housewife this summer. It's been a really nice break from school and work so far. I may not be the best housewife in the world (as I am currently blogging instead of unpacking), but I try. I'm getting better at cooking and I usually have dinner ready when Josh gets home, so that should count for something.

Now we're back in the city where we met almost a year ago. I don't think anything can top falling in love and getting engaged last summer, but I'm sure this one will be great too!

Monday, May 24, 2010


I finally did it. As of May 15, I'm officially an alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University. And it's a great feeling!

Graduation was long, to say the least. The only thing I was concerned about during the entire ceremony was keeping my cap on. I naturally have a small head, and even with the help of bobby pins, that cap would not stay on. For the whole three hours, I just sat there pulling my cap back down on my head every time it slid off. And that is the memory I will forever have of my college graduation.

My parents, sister, brother-in-law and niece came up to Nacogdoches for the ceremony, so it was really nice to have everyone there. Afterward we took pictures, of course, and went to our favorite sushi restaurant, which we will dearly miss.

It was a good day!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Oldest Town in Texas

Right now I'm sitting in the middle of a dozen boxes trying to decide what to pack next. I hate packing. And for some reason I always leave it until the very last second. I've been saying for weeks that I need to start packing, and I just pulled out the boxes today. We're moving in four days- nice job Emily.

Josh and I will be the first to admit that we're not the biggest fans of Nacogdoches, but it's a little weird to be leaving after spending a long and memorable four years of college here. It seems like I'm just going home for the summer and then coming back for fall semester. Don't get me wrong, I'm ecstatic about graduating and leaving, but there are a few things we'll miss.

3 things we'll miss about Nac:

1. Friends- I've made some really good friends over the years, and now we're all leaving and moving on. It's a little sad. We also finally started making a few good friends in the ward here just in time to leave them behind.

2. Driving- It only takes about ten minutes or less to get anywhere in town. The grocery store is practically across the street and a tank of gas lasts for weeks. It's nice.

3. Hastings- When we have nothing better to do on a Friday night, we usually go to Hastings. You can find movies for 3 or 4 dollars. I think we've at least doubled our movie collection since living here.

3 things we definitely won't miss:

1. Social/night life- With hardly anything to do for fun in Nac, we usually stay in on the weekends. Most shops and restaurants close at 9 pm or earlier, so after that you're pretty much out of luck.

2. Shopping- The mall has five stores and the hottest shopping spot in town is Wal-Mart-- enough said.

3. Allergies- I never got allergies until I moved to Nacogdoches. Every spring, there is pollen everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Your car will literally turn yellow. I've been congested for the last two months and I'm ready to breathe again!

So, we're ready to have all of the amenities of a bigger city again. We're leaving a few things behind, but we'll be happy to settle down and find our place in the world. As for now, I need to get packing!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I've been counting down the days until graduation for weeks and it's finally almost here (11 days to be exact)! And in case you're wondering, I'm beyond excited. College has been great, but I'm definitely ready to move on.

To share my excitement with the world, I decided to make my own graduation announcements. The typical university provided announcements just aren't that attractive. When I first told Josh that I was planning on making them myself, he doubted my crafting abilities and said "You're not Katie!" Katie, my sister, owns every kind of scrapbooking supplies imaginable and has made everything from invitations for my bridal shower to bows that match every one of our niece's dresses. I do tend to talk about projects that I never actually start, so Josh did have a point.

Then I did what I always do when I take on a new crafting endeavor: go to Hobby Lobby. I stocked up on patterned paper and envelopes and I was good to go. It only took a few hours to print, cut, and put everything together. And in the end, they turned out pretty good!

Josh was even a little impressed.