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Yesterday we got about half of the decorations set up. I have half of the Christmas lights on the house and half on the backyard. I stopped because I was sore and tired. This morning I got up and went to Church with Sarah and Lindsay. Heather stayed with the boys. Brandi went to grab breakfast for them. Church was awesome. I always feel uplifted, better, and happy when I walk out. I love it. It gives me a sense of peace and it also makes me feel protected and loved. Such a great way to start a new week. We left and grabbed something to eat. Of course more Starbucks. Then I’ve been working on getting the rest of the lights up. I finally came in to eat some lunch. I think it’s done. The only things we will do is pull out the huge inflatable Christmas decorations for the front yard when it’s time. I tested the lights and by a miracle every string lit up Lol I don’t like it when you go through all of that to have one bulb not work. Lindsay offered to hook the lights up to a laptop and have them flash on and off to the beat of Christmas music. I have seen that done before but I’m not into that. I just want to have a timer set on the lights, when it hits a certain time all of my outdoor lights and decorations come on. That’s good enough. I think it’s going to look awesome when the snow finally hits.

I also had to get all of the outdoor lights set up for the wedding that we are having at my house in December. We are going to put up a huge tent back there for my little baby cousin Ashley to marry her long time boyfriend Brett. I’m excited for them and honored when she called to ask me if they could do it at my place. I said sure, what do you need me to do. Then 15 emails later I realized I hadn’t put up the backyard lights to guide everyone to where the tent will be at. Lake Michigan will be their backdrop. The tent will be heated and light up with everything you can imagine. Her folks are going crazy about this tent. My entire house will be filled with people so I’m excited for that weekend. It’s going to be fun for everyone. And I get to have my family all here for an early Christmas with my boys. That’s my favorite part.

I’m getting ready to head out. The girls are taking the boys back to the city now. I’m taking Lindz to the airport. We are going to go hang out in the City for a few hours and visit some places together. She wants to meet up with some of her friends and have drinks. I found a bookstore nearby I want to go check out so we will meet up when she’s ready to go. I also want to stop and pick up a few things I need for work next week.

We have had such a great time. I have really enjoyed her staying here with me for so long. I told her I do miss having Ben around but she said Ben was fun but she’s much happier with no Ben. I still text with him sometimes and he seems to be doing well. I hope those 2 get back together some day. I really do.

I am enjoying the single life. I’ve been on a few days over the past few months. I stopped dating because my travel schedule was taking up all of my free time. These day trips for work can get tiresome. I’m glad to be able to stay in Chicago all of this coming week and not have to get up super early to fly off before the sun comes up. It’s almost getting time for me to park the plane for the year. I won’t fly in snow and ice. Especially now that I’m a dad.

I also talked to Lindsay a lot about adopting a girl. I think I want to start the search in January of next year. I realize it’s going to take a year or 2 to find my daughter but if I don’t start it, it may be longer than that. I think in 2 years we will be ready to have her in our lives and it’s a great age difference with the boys. She will always have protective brothers watching out after her and I really do hope they stay close all of their lives. My own version of The Big 3!

Anyone else watching This is Us? How great is that show! Every week it’s an emotional wave of what happens next. Great writing. And it feels a lot like 30 something, one of the shows my mom watched. I do remember that show and how it was pretty intense and made you think about life. I like watching it with Sarah to get her opinions on things. I hope it stays around for a while. It’s great to find a show that isn’t Glen getting whacked in the head and unfairly dying out of nowhere!

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. I have. My boys have. And everyone else has too I think. The girls were able to start their Christmas shopping. We had a family meeting about Thanksgiving and the schedule for the week of. That way I know what days I have help from them and what days I’m on my own. I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. I really am. This will be my first Thanksgiving as a dad. It’s something I’ve always wanted. I’m thankful for God bringing Heston and Alex into my life. I’m also thankful that one baby turned into two. Unexpected and scary. So far it’s been good. I’ve learned a lot about myself and learned that my decisions now revolve around them. I’m a sucker for their little faces.

Time to get to the City for some fun! Thanks for coming here and keeping up with my life. God bless you guys and I love ya’ll!

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