Hi there, friends! Magan here. I hope you had a fantastic Fourth of July and were able to relax, sip a fun summery drink, and watch beautiful fireworks! I’m not entirely sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve stepped back a bit from blogging since May. I just wanted to hop on and say hello… and let you know what’s been going on in my life.
I decided to chop of six+ inches of hair at the end of May. I had been growing my hair out for FIVE YEARS and for about the last 8 months or so, have been in need of a change. Our foster daughter also really, really liked to yank and tug on my long hair so I was wearing it up all the time. If you go back in Rather Be Reading vlogs, you can also see that I’ve changed my hair color a ton. That does damage over time so cutting off lots of length has really made my hair feel so much healthier. Looking at the before picture below, I definitely miss how pretty my hair looked curled, but I’m also enjoying the new things I can do with it at this length. Here’s the before and after for ya:
No, I don’t really know why I took the middle picture like that. Channelling my inner Cousin Itt?
I mentioned our foster daughter. It’s been almost four months that we’ve had her now. I’m about to start planning a birthday party for her and I am so excited. I’m thinking snow cones will be involved. Everything is going really well; there have been definite adjustments from me cutting back on the amount of time I was working to learning how to live on a much stricter schedule or having a baby with a bed time, but I wouldn’t change a bit of it. We love her so, so much and we’re taking things one day at a time. Ultimately, we would love to make her a permanent member of the Blasig family, but friends, we have a long, long road ahead of us. I can’t discuss any details about what’s happening with her or her situation, but please just pray that whatever happens in the future, she’ll be safe and well taken care of.
We did get to take baby girl to Colorado with us in May! That was a super fun trip with my family. I was so, so stressed out about the drive to Colorado from Texas because, well, she’s never been the best in the car. But, we took lots of snacks, toys, and my mom and I pretty much sat in the backseat with her the entire time, keeping her company. She was a champ, I tell ya! Not a single meltdown! (This was a small miracle.) I was most excited about the time away from home — away from all the daily chaos of being a foster parents with tons and tons of home visits or responsibilities. We did amazing things with my family — took a beautiful train ride from Durano to Silverton and we also went to the hot springs in Pagosa Springs (a little slice of heaven).
We took in every gorgeous sunset we could:
To be honest, I was so sad to leave Colorado. Before we left, I was barely keeping up with my reading schedule. (Amazing how introducing one small person into your life can make such a dramatic difference in your life.) In Colorado, I had a lot more time to read and relax and I dreaded going back home and losing my sanity again. When I got home, Estelle and I had a chat about our schedules and re-evaluated what’s been happening on Rather Be Reading. It just so happened that Estelle had tons of books she needed to put reviews up for, and I was really working hard to get through one a week. We decided to adjust my schedule to post regularly on Wednesdays instead of alternating our weeks as we had been doing.
So that’s our plan for right now — Estelle posts on Mondays and Thursdays and I maintain Wednesdays. We’re currently in the middle of our Sweet Summertime Reads feature and we’re doing as many posts together as we can. Anytime I can chime in and work on another post, you can bet that I will be here. My sincerest hope is to get ahead in the scheduling again. I’m positive that when this happens, you’ll be seeing even more of me around here again.
I’ve also been feeling the need to mix-up what I read lately. I’ve had trouble choosing my next book (quite often, actually) so Estelle has chimed in with recommendations for me. My reading time feels so precious and I want to make sure I’m reading things I’ll enjoy. Here’s what I’ve picked up lately:
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella || Fun, flirty read that made me laugh out loud.
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland || My curent read, as recommended by Estelle.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King || A bit heavy, but incredibly well written.
I do very, very much miss all of you, blogging friends. I know I’m absent from twitter and commenting on your blogs. I wish so much for more time in the day so I could hang out more with you, but I also don’t want to be that parent that completely ignores her child. I promise I still check twitter and love watching what you’re all up to on Instagram. I’m a bit slow at responding to emails or tweets sometimes, but do hope you’ll continue to send me random messages or comments if something strikes your fancy.
Thanks for reading this super long post and for wanting to stay up to date with what’s happening with us. Love you all!