-This fall has been busy, busy, busy (as always)! I absolutely love everything going on in the fall, but we've sure had a busy one around here! We took a trip to Athens, GA in late September,
had visitors in early October for Baby Fish's baptism,
attended quite a few high school football games on Friday nights,
traveled to Gainesville for our friends Chris and Taylor's wedding,
got dressed up for Halloween,
went up to Richmond for my 10-year high school reunion and to see Kristie, Joe, and their baby!!,
Phew!! Busy, busy! But lots of fun, of course. Things aren't slowing down any time soon, either, with Thanksgiving travels next weekend, and then all of the Christmas excitement! Maybe we'll rest a little in January?
-Having a child and teaching is a lot harder than I imagined. I knew that going back to work after having Baby Fish would be hard, but I was NOT prepared for just how different and challenging it is!
When I come home now, all I want to do is hang out with Baby Fish after not seeing her all day. Then, after she goes to bed, I have chores to do and preparations for the next day (bottles, lunch packing, etc.). Once all of that gets done, it's right around my bedtime! I don't have much relaxing time, much less time for any grading or lesson planning.
At first, it was really affecting my job. I wasn't getting my lesson plans done until the night before, and grading took over a week sometimes! Thankfully, I finally feel like I've gotten more efficient with my home/family responsibilities and can get some school stuff done in the evening. It sure has taken a little bit to get there, though!
Side note: I do all of this with my wonderful husband, and I feel like I'm running around crazy. This makes me have mad respect for all the single parents out there! How y'all do it and keep it all together, I have no idea. You really are super heroes!
-We're in the process of buying a house! Looking at houses is taking up our evenings now, and we sure have looked at a bunch of them! I think we're finally honing in on what we want, so hopefully this process will be over soon. It's taken a little longer to find one than I expected, but as our realtor said, it's a big decision and a lot of money to invest, so we should take as long as we need!
-I finally joined a gym and have a gym buddy. One of my coworkers and I got a buy one-get one membership together and have been going to some gym classes together. She's also a new mom, so we're doing a good job keeping each other accountable! It feels great to be back in the gym and working out again.
I'm also now in training for the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge in February! I haven't done such a good job keeping up with my training plan, but I have at least gotten in about 2 runs a week over the last two weeks.