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1. We moved from Indiana to Texas! You can check out all the fun details of that experience and some pictures of our new place HERE. I decided to devote an entire post to the big move and have a separate What’s up Fagans? Fridays post the following week.
2. I had a birthday! I turned 26! And we went and celebrated by going bowling with our new friends and then eating at the Salt Grass restaurant overlooking the river. It was pretty fun, and the bowling alley is the most out-dated bowling alley ever! And I totally forgot socks and wore the bowling shoes without any socks. Someone from church offered to walk the kids so we had a fun double date adventure.
3. Josh and I started exercising again! Josh has been a few bike rides and I even went on two myself! I have even gone running several times and am planning on a 10k next month! So excited we live near a good walking trail. Not so excited we are surrounded by rolling hills.
4. We have been to the river several times and love it. We’ve scoped out a few different locations as well. The best part about the river is that it is free! So, even though our apartment complex doesn’t have a pool, we aren’t paying extra each month for that amenity and instead can go swim for free! But, we did go swimming in a swimming pool as well, and Lisa did extremely well with learning how to swim! She stuck her head completely under the water and then used her front arms to crawl along the bottom of the pool, her legs trailing behind her, in a very pre-swimming sort of way. She did this over and over again, popping up with a smile and a feeling of satisfaction beaming out of her, going for longer and longer amounts of time. We were so proud! Alison is getting more confident with putting her face and head under the water, but is more timid about it all.
5. We’ve gone to two play groups with members from church as well. I am slowly starting to get know more of the women and children at church.
6. I helped in the nursery my second Sunday at church which made me feel right at home as that is what I have been doing all year. The third Sunday however, they kicked Mike out of nursery, because, well, technically he is too young to be in there, and he happened to be tired that day and crying/teething. So, I ended up staying with him in there again for part of the time.
7. Josh got a calling at church. He is the new ward choir director! He feels a little inadequate as he’s never conducted a group before, but I think he’ll do an awesome job, because he loves music and singing. I also got a calling. I am a Primary teacher for the 5/6 year olds.
8. We had a Relief Society activity. We played a sort of get-to-know-ya game, which was great for a newbie like me!
9. We have Super Saturday where I made 10 freezer meals for $70. I’m excited to just throw them in a crock pot someday when I don’t want to cook and try them out. Some look really really good! I also made a Date Night Jar. Can’t go wrong with more dates!
10. We went to check out Jacob’s Well near Wimberley, TX and had a great time! Jacob’s Well is this cool underwater hole with caves. And you can jump off of nearby rocks right into the giant hole. In fact, I did it! And I loved it. I’m not scared of heights and I love a little adventure. You can watch me jump in the video below. At the end you’ll also hear Alison saying, “Mom! There’s a hole right there!” We went with some people from church and had a great time.
11. Two Fridays ago we invited some friends over and we ate some Papa Murphy’s pizza and then played a board game called Pandemic, which neither Josh or I had played before. And we played that game, and played that game, and played some more, only to lose every single round! Our friends stayed until after midnight, despite one of their daughters still being awake, and the husband having to work the next day. The competitive desire of the wife won out over reason. I loved it.
12. Mike has been teething and getting a sore bottom and diarrhea, but now has his fourth moral coming in! Top right.
13. Alison very likely has a dead tooth and we are planning on taking her to the dentist as soon as we have insurance figured out. Guess it’s what happens when you catch your fall with your face… and put your arms inside of your fleece footed pajamas and fall off a chair. The incident happened right before we moved, and now the tooth is gray.
14. We bought the girls bikes! They are wobbly on them, and afraid of going over small bumps in the sidewalk, have fallen a few times even with the training wheels, and go very slowly, but they still seem to love riding them. Which is very awesome. They asked to do a family bike ride, so we obliged, but it was hot, noon, sunny, and Lisa was crying before we even got on the path and then fell twice, pretty hard, and was just not enjoying herself and Alison was going as slow as molasses. Needless to say, we’ll be waiting probably 6 months before we try that again. 15. I met the owner of How do you do it?! I have been in contact with her and contributing to that site for well over a year now and am thrilled to finally meet her in person. Sadia is just as lovely in person as she appears in her writing.
16. We went to IKEA and Cabela’s. The last time we went to an IKEA was in Salt Lake City, UT before we had children! It’s been a long time. And Cabela’s was pretty fun to walk around with the kids. It is like a free indoor zoo, except none of the animals move. They loved it.
17. The girls really like their new home. They still talk about their friends back in Indiana but I think they love all the swimming we have been doing, riding their new bikes, and generally just being outside and active so much more. And I love it too. I love the heat, which is good because it has been 100 degrees every day since we arrived! Plus, they are already making a lot of new friends. Alison is so social, it’s not a problem for her at all.
18. Blogging has been going very well for me lately, and I’ve had some great opportunities. I recently became a VP for the International Bloggers Association as well and did my first freelance post. I have had a lot of sponsored posts and an upcoming party that I’m very excited to host and share about! I am also doing Virtual Assistant type work for my friend Jill, uploading stock photos onto her soon to be launched website, about blogging called BlogChickaBlog.com, which I am sure I will be contributing guest posts to as well in time. I also contributed my first post (though I have guest posted before) to ClarksCondensed.com for my friend Katie Clark. This post has also been shared a lot as people are trying to make more controversial than it was intended to be.
I have had the highest stats of my blogging career thanks to the quirkymomma.com (Kids Activities Blog) Facebook fan page sharing my 50+ Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks post. It was shared more than 8000 times from their page. And I know another FB fan page shared it too. But, what it really meant is that I had over 100,000 pageviews in ONE day. Plus, I’ve had great days leading up to the peak and then after. It was viral traffic for my blog. That also means that I made a large amount of money in just a few days from my ad networks. And because so many people went on to pin it to their Pinterest accounts, the traffic kept coming. Sadly, after a week and a half the hype has subsided and my stats at where they were before the surge. I sure liked the extra visitors and pageviews (and money) while it lasted though! As I shared about the exciting news, one of my friends reminded me that I received viral traffic not just because some shared it, but because it was awesome content that I made. And that made me feel pretty good too. Thanks Tammy!
19. We checked out a cool wooden park in town that is huge and so much fun. In fact, the first day we checked it out, we went back after dinner! The girls really wanted their dad to push them in the tire swing. I loved parks like this. There are so many cool things to explore. And like always, my daughters quickly made a new friend with a girl at the park. I love that Alison is such a great social butterfly.
20. Josh had some “Teacher In-service” type training days this week! He’s finally figuring somethings out and getting some answers, like what class will he be teaching. He’s also thinking he may be able to finish the degree in 3.5 years, but I’m not counting on that quite yet, but it would be awesome if that were true.
21. Shortly after we arrived in our new apartment we found a little lizard in our sink! And when Josh went to put it in a cup to take it outside, it lost its tail! And the tail was still wiggling and swaying back and forth! It was SO gross!22. We sold Michael’s high chair. This means that he eats at our regular, high, table for every meal. While he’s fallen of a stool and a chair a few times, we love having him eating with us at the table, and he very much prefers it that way. And he eats like it’s going out of style! Oh my word. 23. I’ve been making homemade bread every week. We have been using the recipe Amish White Bread from Scratch This with Sandy. It is very yummy and tastes just like white bread from the store, but is costing us much less to make three loaves than to buy one from the store.
24. The girls and I all went and got our hair cut at the local Great Clips. I couldn’t stand how shaggy mine was getting in the back. I’m trying to grow it out (in case you couldn’t tell), but I still want to keep it manageable and good looking in the process. Ha. And Alison’s hair was getting longer, as was Lisa’s, and in this heat, the less hair the better!
25. We invited some people over for a fun FHE this week. We spent some time getting to know them. Josh and him are both very much into music and they had a fun time talking about it.
26. We have been having a lot of dance parties at our house. And lots of fun. They usually look a little something like the video below. And then Josh will jump in and spin the kids around by their legs, on his back, over his head, and all sorts of other exciting and thrilling ways. Usually the kids just want us to spin them. I love the dance parties. Another great way to get a little exercise in as we spend some more quality time together.
27. Mike is officially 17 months old today! And we love him so much. He’s such a great baby. He loves putting on people’s shoes, playing outside, and playing with Mega Bloks and cars. He’s saying more words lately, and we can decipher “Mom” “Dada” “All Gone” “banana” “go” “food” “ball” and “Hi” fairly easily. He eats more than his older sisters, is still breastfeeding, though mostly first thing in the morning, but still drink lots of whole milk during the day too. He loves all the swimming we’ve been doing lately too. He likes it when we go into deep water with him so he can float. He laughs and thinks it’s awesome. He takes two naps a day. One in the morning, and then one in the afternoon when his sisters take a nap too. He likes to make funny sounds, kisses, hugs, tickles, and playing with our phones. He doesn’t like sharing or taking turns at all and sometimes like to shove and push other little kids around. He also loves scrunching up his nose, trying to get his upper lip up to his nostrils.
We have been greatly enjoying some great summer fun before Josh starts classes and work next week. We are thrilled to be in Texas and hope that this program, the reason we are here, is everything we want it to be and that Josh will love his classes and his teachers. I’m confident the kids and I will have a great school year as well. We’ve already making some friends and getting to know San Marcos much better. God bless you and keep you until our next month’s update!
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