Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's Christmas Time!

Or I guess I should say it was Christmas time?
Either way, it's been a wonderful break! Just before the festivities 
really kicked off, and after the crazy rush of finals 
ended, Kylie & Joe and Collin & me headed
up to Park City for a few days of 
winter weather.
(Thank you 76 degrees today.
Love AZ in January!)

One of our favorite parts of Park City is a
delicious little pizza place right on Main St.
That cup was full of banana milk shake before I slurped it up!
Best banana milk shake in the world.

 Everybody got a new pair 
of sneaks for Christmas this year! Tessa's hot pink
won my nomination for coolest shoes ever.

Crouch/Coxon extended family. MERRY CHRISTMAS :]

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Here's To

Here’s to joy.
Here’s to learning.
Here’s to running in the cool evenings.
Here’s to speaking out.
Here's to apples and chocolate milkshakes.
Here’s to teaching.
Here’s to writing down your ideas.
Here’s to making your ideas realities.
Here’s to creativity.
Here’s to courage.
Here's to hope.
Here's to bumping into old friends.
Here's to family.

Here's to happy.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Well Hello!

Just for the record,
the actual English translation of the word
So from now on, whenever you hear or ever see the word
kindergarten, just go ahead and substitute it for crazy-kids-with-running-
(In kindergarten, singing the ABCs hip-hop version
is waaay cooler than the traditional song you're used to.)

Week six and we've pretty much seen it all. (I won't get into the nitty-gritty details,
but use your imagination and if you can think it, chances are one of our
five year olds has probably said or done it. And if it wasn't
one of the kinds in our class, there're 75 other darling 5 year olds
just down the hall who have it taken care of.)

Being a teacher, well, student teacher that is, is a whooole lot
tougher than I thought it would be.
It's not just hanging out with cute kids all day like
I imagined. (Once again, I will spare the gory
details for fear of being a complainer - nobody like complainers.)
I appreciate my evenings much more than I ever have.
And sitting? Who knew I'd enjoy the simple act of sitting down as
much as I do now! Especially in adult sized chairs.

On another note...

Here's me and Collin at the first ASU football game of the season!

And my favorite hat made it to the game.

Labor Day Weekend at Blue Ridge Reservoir :]

Heading out to the reservoir!

Izzy after swimming like nuts in the reservoir!

Our camping crew :]

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


From here... here... here, he's HOME!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

In West Philadelphia Born and Raised

About 3 weeks ago, Collin and I were on the way home 
from New York City. It was well after midnight, and unfortunately he
had to be up and out the door the next morning by 7 am.
Therefore, it was up to me to make the 3 hour drive...
Alone. In the dark.
The drive consisted mostly
of long, dark highways. (There aren't many street lights 
on the highways of the East Coast.) However! We did drive through
one really fancy, bright city called 
(Pronounced Fee-la.)
The next day I told Collin all about the fantastic, flashy city of Phila!
(Remember, pronounced Fee-la.)

Did you know that the word Philadelphia has 12 letters in it?
Uh, huh. 
Did you also know that the freeway-sign-makers-of-Pennsylvania
came up with a great idea in order not to have to use all12 of those letters?
They simply shorten the word to
Uhhhhh, hello!!! 
Collin got a real big laugh outta that last weekend on 
our real drive to Philadelphia.

First and foremost on our list of things to do in Philadelphia 
was, of course,
Philly Cheese Steaks!
There are 2 steak shops in downtown Philly that are known
to be the best in town. And they juuuuust happen to be conveniently located
right across the street from one another.
Well, I'm sure you can see how 
this presented a terrible problem for Collin.
So, he simply had to try one from each!
You tell the guy behind the counter,
"One Wiz Wit!"
(Wit - How true Philadelphians pronounce the word "with."
Oh and Wiz, that means cheese!)
 The question then is...
Who makes the best Cheese Steak?
The jury's still out...
But, after trying both, Collin declared 
Geno's the best Cheese Steak in Philadelphia!

After the Cheese Steak battle had been settled
we lined up for our chance to
go inside Independence Hall where the Founding Fathers 
constructed the United States Constitution.

 (He's so cute!)
Thank you Philadelphia for fabulous Cheese Steaks and governmental structure :]

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

By Dawn's Early Light and Afternoon Too!

I don't know how he does it?
It's like "Spidey-Sense" or something.
If there's good food cooking within 1,000 feet of where we are, Collin will find it!
This time is happened to be an Asian street fair in
Washington D.C.
He got BBQ steak and I got sushi, the perfect combination.
Washington D.C. is only about 2 hours from where we live in PA.
It would probably even be a little less than that, if you
were alone on the roads. We came across
some very straaange drivers on our way to and from
the Capital. (But luckily, we made it out alive!)

After our feast of Asian street fair food we walked down to the
National Mall. Behind us is the Capital Building, not the
White House (just in case you were
a little confused like I was!)
We spent the next 5 hours or so wandering in and out of all the
museums lining the the National Mall. We searched around
the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National
Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of American History.

The Museum American History was our favorite.
Collin loved the war exhibit.
There was a large tribute to all the wars The United States had
been involved in since becoming a nation.
There was a large display of WWII propaganda, with posters
from the time encouraging the U.S. citizens to support their soldiers.
(This picture is for Kylie because it's something hysterically dramatic she would have loved.)
My favorite section of the museum was the First Ladies exhibit!
On display in 2 rooms were
dresses worn by almost all of the first ladies. I loved this
part, such a creative tribute to the women in the White House!
This is Michelle Obama's addition.
She is so poised and elegant. I really think she fits the title of First Lady.
Annnnd, I had to have Collin take a picture of me with
these first edition sewing machines. :]
I'm already laughing just thinking about this next picture!
I love flowers, so Collin suggested I
take a picture in front of these pretty yellow ones.
Literally one second after this picture was taken a tour group on Segways
(yes, segways, those standing motor machines)
came to a halt just short of us...
All but ONE that is!
One segway tourist didn't quite make the stop,
began to spin out of control, hit the sidewalk curb,
and fell over! It was scary to watch,
until she popped up off the
sidewalk without so much as a cut!
Each time I replay that scene over in my head I get a little chuckle!
After finishing out our time in the museums, Collin and I walked to the
base of the Washington Monument. It's atop of a small
hill. You can see almost all of the city up there.
From there I took a picture of the White House.
And my very favorite picture of the day :]