We’ve decided to cut back some on the amount that we post here about our family and personal goings-on as my blog continues to grow and that is in large part why I haven’t been posting these What’s up Fagans? Fridays posts for about the last month. However, I love writing them! Sure, they aren’t my most popular posts, nor are they super relevant to a lot of people, but I like to think that my readers (and obviously friends and family) like reading about what our daily lives are really like and what we have been up to besides all these (sometimes) random posts! So, here’s a quick rundown of some of our highlights from the last month!
1. Our son is now ONE year old! He’s as adorable as ever, and in the last two weeks has been teething like mad and popped out three new teeth, making for a total of seven teeth, three on bottom, and four on top. Because of the teething, he’s been extra crabby and extra wakeful at night, getting up 1-3 times a night for the last couple weeks. To celebrate his birthday, his grandparents came up, we had cake, and went out to lunch. We bought him some balls and balloons, and his birthday was a perfect little celebration. He’s in the 50th percentile for both weight and height. He may be an average size, but he is about the best little boy ever with the smiles, laughs, and playfulness. He eats well and is enjoying the ever increasing array of table foods. He loves crackers, green beans, blueberries, and anything we’re eating. He is getting better at taking a sippy cup and will soon be starting whole milk. He’s still nursing frequently (including at night), and loves playing with his sisters.2. Our daughters are now FOUR years old! We were going to have a little birthday party at our home last Saturday, but on Saturday morning, Lisa was throwing up. Of course by lunch time she was fine, thanks to a priesthood blessing she received from her father. The faith of a child – I tell ya what! Thankfully, the in-laws still came up that day and were able to give our girls some presents and we went out to lunch. So far no one else has gotten that short-lived stomach bug. Lisa and Alison are also proving to us that age four just might be the roughest age for us, with the stubbornness, the tantrums, the over-sensitivity, and a new found level of disobedience. (Did I say they turned four or fourteen?) We’re working on ways to deal with the “terrible fours” mostly through love and error. They are also much more hit and miss with taking a nap, although both still need one every day, Alison especially.
3. I started working a part-time evening job as a test evaluator, grading standardized tests on March 31. I’m working 6-10:30pm Monday through Friday with a 30-minute commute on both ends. Plus, it’s a pretty boring job. I am currently grading English papers, going through 200+ papers each night. It has been difficult staying awake sometimes as I am definitely lacking in sleep (remember that teething child I mentioned earlier?) as I go to bed around 11:15pm and get up at 6:15am with at least one nighttime interruption. I’m working this job because we need money to move here in a few months. I plan on continuing as a test evaluator for the next few months as well. What this means is that I’m not necessarily putting out a ton of original content on the blog. Most of my posts this month have been sponsored posts or guest posts. Please, bear with me, and support me by clicking on a few links in those posts, or by leaving a comment. It is very much appreciated!
4. We’re moving to Texas this summer (probably in July)! My husband has officially accepted the admittance offer for the Mathematics Education Ph.D. program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, with its subsequent teaching assistantship opportunity. After much debating (and praying) between the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO (we ruled out his acceptance from Northern Illinois University because several of the professors will be leaving during his time there and the degree would end up being pure math, which isn’t exactly what he wants to do; he was denied to Montana University; and we have still never heard back from Illinois State University or Western Michigan University). It was a very tough call, but due to the money offered by TSU’s assistantship and the lower cost of living, we just couldn’t say no! Plus, we all think it will be a grand new adventure for us living in a place that doesn’t experience four seasons, has strange new bugs, and some great cities to explore. I am very proud of my husband for all of his hard work. Next month he’ll have a Masters degree!
5. Blogging has been going very well! I have been blessed to have several sponsored posts this month! Essentially that means I’m making money! I am also thrilled that I discovered what a powerful tool StumbleUpon can be! Last week I went over to a local blogging friends house and we talked blogging (and life) for a few hours while my girls played with her five year-old daughter and my son explored the house. It was such a great time. I’m definitely going to miss all these wonderful Indiana bloggers that I’m really just starting to get to know better.
6. The weather has been (mostly) wonderful lately. We’ve been enjoying some wonderful quality time outdoors, running and playing and walking. I am so thankful it is spring!
7. The girls started another session of swimming lessons this week and I am excited that it will also mean a return (or a start?) to my running again. Maybe exercise will help me get the energy I need to focus and stay awake better at my job at night.
8. We’ve been making homemade pizza lately, and it’s been such a fun new family tradition. Josh makes a homemade white sauce, I made the crust, and then we add the toppings. Unfortunately, our pizza stone just broke in the oven, not quite sure how.
9. Easter is this Sunday and I just wanted to take a minute to say that I love Easter! We are planning on making an Easter bunny cake, dying eggs for the first time, and attending church. I am so grateful that #BecauseofHim I can live again, be forgiven, find comfort, achieve more than I could on my own, and become a better person every day. I know that #BecauseofHim I can be saved by his grace in the kingdom of heaven. Have a great Easter weekend everyone!