We are all bracing ourselves. Everyone is home safe, everyone has ate supper and we are all now just hanging out with the boys trying to get them to bed. It’s cold and snowy. The city does look great at night though. No matter what. I love Chicago.

My wife and I have been talking about where we want to move to. I asked her if she wants to sell the condo, move to the lake house full-time. Raise the boys and whatever children come into our life. I asked if she wants to sell the lake house and find a new home. She loves the condo. Never wants to get rid of it. She loves the lake house and says the boys will love it more when they are older. She doesn’t want us to move. She loves our homes. She changed the things she wanted changed. Apparently dark blue bedding wasn’t her style. Neither was the paint color in some of our rooms. We got it all redone. She’s happy. We talked last night for over an hour about moving to Paris or Dubai. She said she wants to finish out the next 3 years in the U.S. and then just before the kids are going into school we move wherever I see us needing to be. Dubai is great but they still have customs there that may make my wife uncomfortable. She said she wants to live freely as we do here. Then that just leaves Paris. She said it would be a dream for us to live and raise our children in Paris. She just wants us to be able to come back and forth for family stuff. I agreed.

We picked Paris. We will be moving in January of 2020. That way we can get the boys ready for school in August of 2020. Our nannies will not be going with us. They all have their own careers they want to pursue. A year before we move we will be hiring a nanny in Paris. We will be going back and forth finding a home and getting the boys used to her. She will help set up our house and prepare for our arrival. The one issue is my dog. He’s going to hate it. He won’t have his huge yard to run around in. He won’t be able to bark at his pigeons anymore. All the things he loves will be different.

I’m happy we picked. I’m very happy we will be living in Paris. We will be so much closer to all the great countries I really want my boys to see. We can be in Spain, Norway, Russia, anywhere within a few hours. I’m so excited. I really am. My wife will have to figure out her law degree.

I will not be giving up my citizenship. I will keep it. I will retire from SJC on December 31st of this year and have a few years to figure out what to do with myself. I really want to be available for my boys. I don’t want to miss things. It’s so important to me. My dad never went to anything of mine. Not my football games, not my baseball or basketball. Nothing. Yes he was always out-of-town or working late. But he could have made it. I know he could have. I want my boys to look over and see me in the stands clapping for them. I want to go get them some Gatorade when they are needing it. I would absolutely love to coach their teams. I’m really good at coaching.

So we set our goal to the Universe and start dreaming. My wife is already trying to learn French. I’m fluent so that’s not a problem. She loves it when we go to a french restaurant and I get to show off a little.

Life is really great, isn’t it! I can’t wait. I never thought all of my dreams would come true but they really are. I love my life. I love my wife and babies. I’m a happy man!

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