December was a pretty exciting month for the Fagan family, full of parties, food, finals, and lots of naps.
1. I totally went ziplining for the very first time at Wimberley Zipline Adventure. I grabbed a Groupon deal (affiliate link), three other people, and off we went. I even got a GoPro Camera rental for free with the groupon deal. I still haven’t uploaded the very, long, big files onto my computer. And then I’ll need to edit it down to the best parts. I wish the day we did it would have been clearer, not so foggy. But, it was fun nonetheless. I don’t have a fear of heights and loved it. I just wished the lines were longer, higher, and faster. Give me more! But, given that, well, it was in hill country, and not mountains, I guess that’s what we can do for Central Texas. I would love to go ziplining again sometime in the future. I’m always up for fun adventures.
2. Our daughters had their first (and second and third) ballet performance ever. They did a little routine to a musical version of Disney’s Frozen “Let It Go!” They were all over the place, but very adorable in their costumes. They didn’t fear being on stage at all, but didn’t really know what they were doing either. They also performed at the church Christmas party.
3. We watched the First Presidency Christmas devotional of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And it was great, as always.
4. I had a Relief Society activity at church where we did a white elephant gift exchange and dinner. I gave away some laundry soap I’ve had forever. Ha ha ha.
5. We took Lisa to her new doctor, and then waited for about an hour and 45 minutes, just to have the doctor finally show up and tell us he didn’t know what the bump on her head was, and then gave us a referral for a dermatologist, which we are finally seeing today (1/9), almost a month later. Needless to say, we’re in the market for a new pediatrician.
6. We had our ward Christmas party. I was in charge of taking people’s pictures with Santa who came for a visit. There were nice musical numbers, a good dinner, a snowman drawing contest, and a ballet performance from our girls.
7. Josh finished his first semester of his Ph.D! And of course, right after he turned in a 30-page paper, he got pretty sick. right as he was to take his finals. However, he got 100% on his paper, and earned two A’s and a B in his classes. He then has had five long weeks off from school and work. He’s getting a little stir crazy now at this point, as he still has a week left of break with nothing to do, as we didn’t go out of town, and don’t have a home or lawn to do a bunch of improvement projects. He’s been keeping busy with lots of naps, watching lots of videos, playing with the kids, playing Magic: The Gathering, going out with friends, and shooting guns.
8. I had book club where we did a Favorite Things party as well as discussed the book “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. I always enjoy getting out with the ladies.
9. I took the kids to our LDS Stake Christmas Devotional and greatly enjoyed it, despite having slightly crazy kids by myself. The spirit there was very strong and moving.
10. I went out on a hike/run with my friend Jeni on cold Wednesday morning to Purgatory Park, and then two weeks later we went up to Hamilton Park in Austin and walked around there, which has a pretty cool pool area. It was again cold that morning.11. On Christmas Eve we went out to eat Chinese food with some friends. It was a fun tradition we were joining in on. We almost almost never eat Chinese food, so it really was a special outing for the family.
12. We did a lot baking in December, making two different batches of Christmas cookies, some peanut butter cookie blossoms (with festive sprinkles). We gave a lot of it away, thankfully. We also cut out paper (and a tortilla) snowflake to decorate the house with. And the kids helped us decorate the Christmas tree.
13. Christmas Day was a wonderful day. We opened presents, ate good food, and enjoyed spending time together as a family, playing some board games, and playing with new toys. Josh got me a new keyboard piano. I am thrilled to finally have a piano in my home. The kids of course love pounding, I mean, playing, on it, and pushing buttons to make pre-recorded songs and tunes play.
14.Michael was (finally) taken in for his 18 months Well-Child Checkup. We also tried out a different pediatrician in the area, and then ended up waiting about 45 minutes before just seeing a Nurse Practitioner. Again, not thrilled with them, and still need to find that great pediatrician.
15. For New Year’s Eve we went over to our friend’s house, and drank our sparkling grape juice, ate way too much junk (that pastry plate was delicious!) food, right before we gave up most of that for the New Year. We also set off a bunch of fireworks.
16. I did a few more photo shoots in December and got a new lens to use too, as part of my Twice Focused Photography business.
17. We took the kids out one night for the San Marcos Sights and Sounds. They got to pet animals, go on a Merry-Go-Round, and get some cotton-candy. They even make a new ornament for our tree. 18. We sent out Christmas cards again this year. We just printed a collage we made up, and wrote up a newsletter about our year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!! I hope 2014 was excellent.
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