Thanksgiving plans 2016 for the Cooper House

I am hosting our family Thanksgiving this year at my house in Lake Forest. I have family flying in for a few days. Lindsay will be coming in tomorrow to help me coordinate everything. I’m picking her up a half hour after I drop Sarah off. She’s going home to Texas to see her family until Monday morning. I’m very happy she will be getting time with them. She hasn’t seen them much and I know they miss her like crazy. Brandi and Heather are off work until Saturday morning.

That’s when Lindsay and I are heading off to Paris. We will be there Saturday to Friday of next week. There is a lot of business stuff to check on and we are looking at a bigger office building. The one we leased out is too small now that we’ve expanded that business. All 6 employees are excited to see what we can get done in the few days we will be there. I’m just excited to be able to be in Paris with one of my best friends. We are going to have 2 security people with us. My corporate board insisted on that. I think it’s ridiculous but we will do our best to stay out of trouble. I know Lindsay will ditch her security guy the first hour he’s trailing her Lol No doubt about that. She already told me he better stay away from her so she can do Paris like a rock star.

I’m excited and a little worried. I don’t like leaving my babies that long. They are growing up so fast and they are noticing when I’m out of the room. They both set each other off with anxiety. It makes it hard for me to leave the nursery at night. But I know it’s okay to let them cry a little until they fall asleep. I still sit outside of the door listening and watching them on my Ipad with the Nannycam. They are getting better. It’s a new thing we are going through that shows they are growing up fast. I don’t like it when my boys cry. I tend to go pick them up too much. Sarah said they need to develop coping skills and I can’t rush in their every time. I need to work on that.

Thanksgiving, we have got all the flights figured out for the ones that won’t be coming on private planes. I was going to go pick some of them up but Lindsay told me not to worry about that stuff. We will be too busy getting ready for the inflow of people. We are heading up to the house tomorrow night to start helping get it ready. The beds got delivered yesterday and I managed to set them up in the rooms I decided would be turned into bedrooms. I have 34 total rooms in that house so it was pretty easy to figure it all out. And with no nannies using their bedrooms that cleared up 3 rooms for my older relatives. We still need to make sure the handicap stuff was installed in the lower bathroom for 2 of my older relatives that need a little extra help. And I made sure the elevator works since I rarely use it.

I’m not cooking. In fact no one is. I am having the whole thing catered. I will be getting up Thanksgiving morning early and beginning to make sure all of the food I ordered has arrived and is heating up. We are eating at noon, sharp. I’ve gone over this menu a dozen times I have it memorized. I’m also excited for the vegan things they are preparing for me and anyone that wants to try some. My boys will also be having a vegan Thanksgiving but I am going to give them a little bit of turkey to see what they think. Just because I’m vegan does not mean I will force them to be completely vegan. I want them to experience everything and decide for themselves. Having a taste of a little turkey won’t hurt anything. And I can see what they think of meat since they’ve never had any of it yet. It will be interesting. I hope they both spit it out and toss it off their plates Lol My luck they will both love it and bang on their high chairs for more.

My family is staying at the house as long as they like. The shopping will be really good this year so everyone wanted to go to the Mile and shop around. I’ve arranged buses to take them downtown. I know we have 76 RSVP’s but I’m not sure all of them will make it. I’m counting on maybe 50? Maybe a little more to show up. Either way it’s going to be a great time. I have a coordinator helping with the schedule. I just want everyone to eat as much as they want and really enjoy the time we have together.

I have already emailed everyone and told them to leave their politics out of my house. I want everyone to get along and not turn it into a “You Voted for Trump, you A**hole!” situation Lol But no one listens to me so we will see how that goes.

I’m so blessed in my life. I am so thankful for many things. Most of all I am thankful for my 2 little peanuts that are growing into such sweet and funny human beings. They mean the world to me and I’m so happy they are in my life. Their legal adoption has already happened, the judge sealed our records to protect them and me. They are officially Coopers and officially my sons. No one can ever take them away from me. And at the beginning of next year we are going to begin our search for my daughter. I want my boys to have a baby sister to look after. I know they will. Just as I look after them.

I love you guys for coming here. I don’t know how much I can update with this busy week. I will for sure find time at night in Paris to update how that trip is going. I look forward to hearing all about your Thanksgivings in Twitter DM and Facebook. I’m glad you are still here checking in on my story.

I’m single, I’m happy and I’m completely in love with my Heston and my Alex. My life is amazing. God bless you all and travel safe! Love ya’ll!

About Samuel

Single dad of 4 beautiful kids, Heston & Alex my twin boys, and my daughters Peace and Sky. Dad of 2 angel babies in Heaven, Ryan and Talon. Divorced. Semi-retired app developer, business partner, Commercial Real estate investor, Chicago Bears & Chicago Cubs fan, vegan, lifelong Catholic, voting independent party member, guitar playing singer who owns a dog, and 2 cats. We live in beautiful Denver, Colorado. I started my first blog Janaury 1st, 2012. Official owner of and @NotBatmanYet Twitter account.
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  1. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. My name is Ashley and I live in Lake Havasu City, AZ. I found your blog awhile ago after reading about what happened with Meri Brown. I think she looks very guilty, but you are fascinating. Anyway, was following you on twitter yesterday and tonight you have me blocked. I was wondering why? I don’t use twitter much but added you because I really do think you are interesting. Hope you are having fun in Paris. Take care.

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