1. Josh officially started his doctorate degree and it is pretty intense. He is gone every day, leaving usually before 7am and not coming home until 4:30pm at the earliest, but on Tuesday and Thursdays it’s more like 8:30pm. He’s even working on Saturdays a little too. I was very right when I said I was spoiled while he was earning his Master’s Degree. The Ph.D. is much more demanding already. It’s stressful for my husband, for sure, but I believe he’s handling it alright. We got him a small fridge for his office so he can bring some meals from home. He also signed up for an LDS Institute class, meeting at this small building just off campus. It means he can park at the building for free, saving us the huge expense of parking permits.
2. Josh has even taken the girls to school with him! He took Lisa for an entire day, and Alison for part of a day. They loved going to school with daddy!
3. The girls started Ballet Lessons! The family that we stayed with when we first got to Texas is teaching affordable ballet lessons, like $5 per child per month, for a weekly 1 hr lesson. It’s pretty awesome! Except some weeks I am not sure if my girls really enjoy it, particularly Lisa who has been acting very shy lately. Last week they both were defiant and didn’t want to participate. Thankfully some friends gave us some leotards too! We just need to buy some tights and ballet flats, and they’ll have the proper attire. They’ll have a performance in December.4. I have been running a lot in the last month! I signed up for the Country Roads 10k and Kids Race which is tomorrow!! I had to stop training to some regard a couple weeks ago because I just can’t get up early enough to run before Josh left for school in the mornings, and I don’t love running at night after a long day. But, I have done two night runs, but with friends. We did more than four miles and got to chat as we walked and jogged. In August I did 40 miles! And in September I have done 26 miles. Some of the miles in August were biking though. I figured some cross training would be good. I’m nervous about the race tomorrow, and know I won’t have a killer time. I’ve never gone 6 miles at once before! I’m just going to do my best. I’m excited for my girls to do the kids race!
5. We went hiking up the local “mountain” called Mount Baldy, with some friends. The view is pretty awesome.
6. We had a root beer party and grill-out with church members. I even got to take part in the taste test as I ranked different root beer brands. Mike also joined in on the taste testing:
7. I started preschool with the girls! I have been following the God’s Little Explorer’s Preschool curriculum. And I have realized a lot of things about myself and my girls in the process of teaching them at home a little more formally than last year. I intend to write more about preschool in a post, so let’s just say that my girls are super bright, I don’t like crafts, and I want a little more from the curriculum. But, I do absolutely love learning Bible stories with the girls!
8. I got switched from being the CTR 5/6 Sunday School teacher to be being in charge of the Nursery. And I’m totally okay with it, although my first (and only) time teaching the 5/6 class went awesome, well minus a little wrestling sessions at the end among the boys. lol. But, I love nursery! I really do. And I attended a teacher improvement class at the church one night, and it is definitely helping me think about HOW to teach my nursery class. Last week I implemented some new ideas and it went great!
9. Ward choir, with Josh leading it, has started and we’ve met it 3 times. Josh and I are also singing in the Stake choir. The practices keep us busy on Sundays, but I like it. Plus, there’s still time for an afternoon nap for everyone.
10. Josh and I both gave sacrament talks in our new ward. My talk is what spurred (somewhat) my 15 Day Bold Christian Challenge, which I encourage you to join!! It will begin October 6! And it will be awesome. I have already had like 100 signed up, and there’s still a couple weeks until it starts.
11. The kids all got new shoes! They really needed some running shoes, especially for the Kids Run tomorrow!
12. We’ve been going to the library story time and LEGO Mania and even a Firefighter presentation and a puppet show! Plus, checking out books is great.
13. I hosted my first book club, which I’m organizing. It went well! We actually talked about the book, The Giver (affiliate). It was a very interesting book.
14. We had a #FitMadeFun Leapfrog Party! It was a fun excuse for the girls to hang out with their friends, and be active. Plus, my girls have enjoyed playing with their LeapBand watches, even if they don’t really encourage kids to be that active.
15. We had a Relief Society Meeting all about food storage. And it makes me really want to start growing some simple herbs like Basil or Green Onions.
16. We attended our very first Texas State Football Game! The girls were very excited! And it was too much for Mike. We really should have gotten someone to watch him, because he’s still a baby who wants to move around everywhere, and go to bed before 8pm.
17. We played softball with members from church. It was a lot of fun, even if it was super humid. I was the only female who played, and I often had to run while holding Michael in my arms, which made for a better workout, right? We ate some yummy hotdogs afterward, and then Josh helped someone move in. Then that evening we went over to a friend’s house (where the girls’ best friend lives) and watched the BYU football game. They won! They fed us dinner and then I went for a run (okay, a jog/walk) with two friends. It was such an amazing day.
18. We’ve gone swimming a time or two again. Including in our front yard. Seriously. For several days our neighbor’s pipe had a leak or something, and gathered water in front of our house. After it was fixed and cleaned it, we finally got some real rain. When it began raining, and apparently the front of our house is again where all the rain collects, every single time it rains. So, I let my kids play in the puddle several times, one time while it was raining and it was awesome. Mike kept just lying down in it.
19. Michael is 18 months old now!! Can you believe it? He’s been a part of our family for 1.5 years. And he’s awesome. He’s learning new words slowly but surely. My favorite is how he says “Where’d it go.” He says ball, car, go, nose, banana, Mom, Dad, cracker, and more. He can point to his noise, and head, still calls me Dad most of the time, and takes two naps a nap, and is still going strong on the nursing.
20. I had the fun opportunity to be interviewed by my friend Jill from Indianapolis! She’s a fellow blogger and mom and is starting a new site called BlogChickaBlog.com. Part of her new site is #ChickaChats where she interviews bloggers and discusses what works for them and what doesn’t, and how they’ve grown their blogs. Well, I was her first interviewee! And I talked about how I’ve grown What’s up Fagans? from a family blog into a business over the last 12-13 months. It’s been a ton of work, but now I’m making real income from my blog every month, and am still in denial about how many pageviews I’m receiving each month now! Watch the interview!! And then if you ever have questions about blogging, throw them my way.
21. I also got hired on as the Social Media Manager of Balafun.com. I’ve only been at it for two weeks now, but basically, I’m writing and scheduling tweets and Facebook updates for them, as well as writing or editing a blog post each week. Check them out! (And give them a follow too). They are a great company!
And that is What’s up Fagans? for the last month! Whew! What a month! Life just keeps getting busier, doesn’t it? But, it sure is fun. And meaningful. And wonderful.
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