Sorry, I’m a little bit busy here

This week has been brutal. I’m working longer hours to get a lot of things ready to hand off to Lindsay in January. My wife is in her last month of work almost and she’s starting to get a little (more) crabby about everything. Her pregnancy is going great. Our son is great and doing little baby flips in there. He’s strong, great heart rate, and a little above average in growth. She has begun to get tired more often. I do all I can to make sure when she gets home from work she doesn’t have to do anything. She hangs out with the kids while I cook, clean up, and feed Peace when needed. I am wearing myself out. My nannies, thank the Lord, the Heavens, the Earth, all of it for them. They have been great. Sarah is the best nanny in the entire world. I literally started crying on Monday night begging her to move to Paris with us Lol She said no. I had to try at least once more. It’s okay. We still are getting one of our part-time nannies. I just wanted Sarah because I honestly get anxious knowing she won’t be there to help us out anymore. She’s that good.

Work is so busy. We have so many projects going on I told everyone no more buying buildings. Let’s work on what we have, let Lindsay do all the buying. She seems to have lots of free time. She’s mostly in Mexico right now. I barely see or talk to her anymore. Her investments in Mexico are HUGE. They are paying off really well and I’m very happy that it’s all working out. I also like knowing how much cash flow she has injected into the businesses. She is brilliant.

Everything else is great. Peace is now 9 weeks old. I can’t believe it. She’s growing so fast. My sweet little baby girl. We finally got her file from my adoption attorney. It contains as much information as the birth mom was willing to give to me about her. When/where she was conceived. What is the story about the two parents. The birth mom filled out this long 3 page form for us and let us know why she put Peace up for adoption. It’s heart breaking and I really wish she would have made it an open adoption but she said seeing her would make her regret everything and she wants to let the baby find her at 18 or older if she wants to. She let us know she will be open to that. Of course we will save this letter and keep it safe. Peace will find her. I know she will. We will help her.

I’m happy to know a little more background on how Peace came to be alive. I love her with all of my heart and I’m so thankful her birth mom blessed us with her. We will take very good care of her. She was so wanted and loved even before I knew she was going to be mine. My wife loves her. My wife will be the only mom she knows until she is old enough to understand she has a birth mom out there somewhere. We will always be very open with all 3 of our kids about their adoptions and we will also let their little brother know all of his siblings are adopted. We have nothing to hide about it. I’m actually very proud that I adopted such beautiful babies. I love my boys. I love Peace. I will love Peanut, or whatever we name him Lol We still call him Peanut. My wife is always telling me Your SON PEANUT won’t stop kicking me Lol But when we are laying in bed and I’m talking to him, she says I love him so much already. Me too!

We have zero name ideas for Peanut. We have a list and we can’t agree on anything at all. I’m not worried about it yet. If we hit January and still no name then I’m going to pull the man card out and just pick one. I can pick the first name, she can pick the middle name. We did the reverse of that to name Peace. I did not want my daughter’s name to be Peace. I fought that. I vetoed it, it finally grew on me. We did only have a day and a half to figure out her name though. Now I love it. It fits her perfectly. She is very peaceful.

I need to get back to work. Hope everyone is having a great week. Sorry I haven’t updated. It really is busy for me. I will response to all of your messages, emails, etc as soon as I can! Love ya’ll!

Sunday Touring

Yesterday we took the Irish cousins downtown to attend a Catholic Mass. They wanted to go there instead of to our church. I took issue with it and lost. It wasn’t that bad. I’m not a very good sport when it comes to missing out on my own church on Sunday morning. My kids had a blast though and I guess that’s what made it worth it. They loved all of the things to see and the huge crowd. We tried to sit near the back but ended up in the middle. The ushers led us there. I only had to get up once with Peace because she started fussing. The boys were awesome. Sarah and my wife kept them both very busy and quiet. After Church we hit this amazing buffet restaurant Peach and Green. They have an open kitchen concept and it was a lot of fun to see the food prep. My boys loved it.

After we ate we all went to change clothes at the condo then we made our way to our River cruise! Man is that a fun time. All we had to do was wrangle the kids. My boys loved being on the boat. We sat in the back so we wouldn’t bother the rest of the group. We had such a great time learning about the history of Chicago and seeing the skyscrapers up close all at once. Everyone on our tour said it was great. That was probably the 5th or 6th time I’ve done a river cruise. Our out-of-town guests loved it and took a ton of photos. After we finished that we all went down and hung out at the Navy Pier before they took off for the airport.

I just uploaded all of our photos from this weekend onto our Family Facebook page if ya’ll want to go see how much fun we had around Chicago. We loved hosting the Irish and London families and I hope we can see them again soon. It will be much easier when we live in Paris. My wife said I did a great job with everyone even though it was a week early.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for a fun work week! Happy Monday!

Youtube Vegans

I’ve been very interested in watching youtube videos from other vegans. I found this one and I was shocked that Aldi had so many vegan products. The prices aren’t bad at all either. I just wonder how it all tastes.

Watch this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UjXh6s5-No

 

And this one was pretty good too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UjXh6s5-No

 

I think I’ve gone to an Aldi 3 times? I don’t know. It was always to pick up one or two items and I never really looked around. They do a Super 6 buy every week in the UK. Do they do that here? I’m going to have to check that out.

If you are looking to try vegan food items, start out with things that you are familiar with. We don’t just eat fruits and vegetables. Healthy eating is good for you and good for our environment. The LESS animals we kill the better. I mean how wants to eat animals 4x their normal size anyway? It’s disgusting what the FDA allows us to consume. Please reduce the amounts of processed foods you consume. Even 1 to 2 vegan meals each week is a lot healthier for your body. I am very proud to be a vegan since I was 18 years old. I have tasted other foods just out of curiosity. I am not a fan of meat at all and never have been. I eat 1 steak a year if I’ve become anemic which can happen to vegans. That’s because our bodies can absorb more iron the meat a lot easier than from the veggies. The one steak has always cleared me up and I try to do a much better job eating iron filled foods after that. I always load my steak up with ketchup because I can’t stand the taste of it. My wife will eat a whole steak right in front of me and make Yummy noises the whole time Lol She has been eating more vegan foods lately and a lot more vegan snacks but she said she’s a meat and potato girl and will never give it up. I don’t want her to if that’s what she wants. I just ask she lets me and my kids eat vegan unless our doctors tell us they need something more. So far so good. My boys love eating vegan food. That makes me very happy!

It’s really not that hard to be vegan guys. Try it out. Even if it’s just a salad. No meat, no cheese. Pure taste. Hope you enjoy!

#PuertoRico needs help

  This is crazy. Can you believe the flooding is still this bad? I can’t believe how much damage that Hurricane did to the island of Puerto Rico. We have begun a donation campaign for their version of the Red Cross. They are still without power and now they are saying it’s going to be months before it’s all fully restored. How are they eating? Think about that. All of the things we are using in our lives right now and they don’t have that anymore.

Please donate to any organization that is set up to help Puerto Rico! It’s just shocking to me how bad things are right now for them. I pray they are all okay and know help is coming.

Today is Friday, Thank Goodness. I have 2 big meetings and then I am done for the day. I told my wife I will go hang out at the condo while she’s finishing up work so I don’t have to drive back to get her. She said she is going to try to get out early too. We want to take everyone out to eat tonight. She hasn’t picked where yet but it will be a nice dinner I’m sure.

Our daughter Peace is sure getting big. My goodness I look at the photos from week 1 and 2 and I’m shocked. She’s really eating well and staying awake more during the day. Sarah says she absolutely love holding her. She said it’s her favorite part of the day. She said she is so calm and really has begun to be a little more active. My boys are also having fun going to their baby gym class. They get to do baby yoga with Heather and Brandi at the Baby center nearby. They go 3 times a week and are really having fun they told me. I like they are interacting with other kids. I want them to be social and friendly. So far my boys haven’t hit anyone but the hitting at home is becoming an issue. I don’t know how to properly discipline my kids. I’m that parent, I admit it. I won’t yell at them. I won’t grab them. We just pick one up and sit him on the couch. We talk to both of them. It seems to work. It’s always a fight over a toy right now. The funny thing is we buy 2 of every dang toy so there’s zero reason to fight over them. I guess there’s no getting around the sibling fights. I know I beat the crap out of my little brother several times. He was much smaller than I was and he was always annoying the piss out of me. He followed me everywhere. I had to take him when I went to hang out with my friends and the few times I tried to ditch him, he always told on me when we got home Lol I had to babysit him every day during the summer. As we got older he actually became very interesting to me and I turned into his protector, no longer his adversary. I do miss my brother despite how things turned out and I pray every day for his soul, #RIP.

I want everyone to still keep donating. Any amount, any item. You can find a place collecting cans of food. Some soups are on sale right now for a pretty good price. You can spare some I hope. Please do all you can for all of the areas affected by all of the hurricanes and the earthquake. It’s starting to feel like Rapture is coming, isn’t it. I know I’ve had that thought a few times.

We have some very solid and fun plans for this weekend. I will update more tomorrow. Have a great #TGIF everyone! Love ya’ll!

Pre-Ordered and Happy

I went into AT&T today and had them fix something on my cellphone then I went ahead and pre-ordered my whole family new Iphone X’s. They all want one. I’m happy to get everyone a new phone when they come out. We are ready. I’ve been reading on them for a few months now. The other day during the Apple meeting I watched a Youtube video of them debuting the Iphone X. Man it looks cool! I just updated to iOS11 and so far so good. I think the calculator looks very weird but the rest of it I like. I love the new camera. Wow! All of the cool photo filters. I have been snapping pics for 2 days now nonstop just playing with all of it. My ipad is the biggest change. I’m really happy to see a lot of the bugs got fixed. It’s running a lot smoother now.

Work is great, home life is great. We are all doing fine. My baby Peace is now 8 weeks old. She’s really growing fast. I love she has taken to the vegan baby formula. I love that the boys help out with her and that they are also developing into toddlers. You’d think this would all be really hard but it’s sort of not. We have our moments when someone is screaming but it fades pretty fast. We are already starting to talk about potty training the boys. We bought 2 potties and we have them sit on them fully dressed. We are way off from them actually using them but Sarah said the sooner we start the better. I’m going to be up to my eyeballs in diapers for the next 2 years of my life anyway so it’s no big deal. I’ve gotten so good at diaper changing I feel like a team member on a baby pit crew Lol I can hold a leg, wipe, hold the other leg, wipe, remove, new one, tape, tape, stand up, adjust, DONE faster than the girls can. It’s all of this practice I get. I’m telling you if diaper changing was a think at the Fair, I would smoke the competition.

Last night I made home-made chimichungas and oh wow did those go over well. The girls split one then asked for a 2nd one to split because it was so good. My wife almost finished hers but kept the rest for a snack. My boys got baby burritos instead and they devoured them. They love bean burritos. I don’t later on into the night because eww Lol They love them though so it’s worth it.

This weekend we are staying in town and working on getting some things figured out as far as furniture. Some of our furniture is going with my wife to Paris. Some is not. This house I’m never getting rid of. The condos are gone in November after she moves. All of that money is going into savings. I will make a very, very, healthy profit. I bought them 8 years ago so the prices have shot up since then. Plus we have improved them both. They are move in ready and I’m happy to see them gone. I loved the location but I just wanted a yard. I’m very happy to keep the house.

I better get ready for work. Hope everyone is having a great week. Please donate to Puerto Rico! They got smashed by Hurricane Maria. Also to Mexico for their earthquake! They need our help too. God bless everyone in the path of Maria. It looks bad!

St Louis/Iowa City yesterday

Yesterday morning I got up really early. However before that let me do a quick update.

My wife did ask all of the questions she wanted to with Peyton. I guess Peyton talked to Lindsay afterward and said she felt grilled and slightly burnt Lol My wife is very thorough. They did whatever it was needed to be done or needed to be ridiculously overdramatized and when I picked her up from work I told her now UNFRIEND HER NOW. She did. I said don’t re-add her. Drop it. She did finally calm down about all of that. Her pregnancy hormones have turned her into a nut job. She admits it and that’s the label she put on herself. I don’t think or even refer to my wife as a nut job. I know better. She said she was jealous and she doesn’t ever want to feel that way because I don’t give her any reason to be jealous at all. She said it’s all the b****** in the world that flirt or hit on me that she’s afraid of. She said I’m a good-looking smiling friendly guy and she knows that’s very attractive. It doesn’t matter I have my black wedding band on and I openly express how much I love my wife and kids. Women are still trying to get at me. I said well they can’t. I’m married and I don’t ever want a divorce so no thanks. That made her feel a lot better, I hope.

The next morning was my St Louis trip.

I was invited to speak on 3 panels. It was all about commercial investments and how does it work in today’s economy. Actually right now it’s pretty good. Next year not so good. I did ask a PH.D economist on twitter about the economic downturn probability and he said it’s going to be a slow growth next year. That verified what I had said in 2016. The conference was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed learning from the other panel members. I had a great time discussing how my business has been able to sustain. I have never overreached, that’s why I’m still in business. I told them I’m not just conservative with our money and expenses I’m downright Grinchy about it. I won’t spend it unless we need it. I will use what we have until it falls apart. When it’s time to upgrade things I always have the money to get the best quality of items and we make sure to take care of it all. That’s how. I think that’s just common sense though.

We left St Louis and decided to stop into Iowa City to eat. It is one of my favorite places right by the airport. The food is delicious. They offer vegan options and I probably ate way too much. I took a bunch of muffins and cookies home.

My wife surprised me by picking me up at the airport. I texted her when I landed. She knows it takes me about 20 to 25 minutes to park my plane, lock up the hanger, and walk to the terminal where I exit the airport. She called me and said to text her when I was walking over. I did and when I walked out I called her. She was just pulling up. I know this because she honked at me Lol It scared the SH*T out of me! I jumped a little. She rolled down the window and said GET IN SEXY MAN! I died laughing then I got in and gave her a big kiss. I said what are you doing here! She said she missed me. I said what’s the real reason. She said she did miss me but she also just got off work so she timed it all together Lol I said I knew it was just because you missed me. She said she did but it was both reasons. I gave her a cookie and told her all about my day as we drove home. Then she told me about her day and what she had to do the rest of this week. Her work schedule has lightened up a lot so she’s really able to work on finishing up her last few things before she’s out of there. We are at almost a month and a week or so before she’s done working for a while. She excited for the break so she can really focus everything into her pregnancy but she’s also very nervous about when it’s time to go find a new job. Her current job she can do research from home online for their cases. They will pay her but at a reduced amount. She doesn’t want her law degree to go to waste so she is going to see what she can do about working in Paris. I’m all for it. Whatever she wants, I’m fine with it. Plus we have nannies to help out if she does go back to work.

We got home in time to hang out with the kids. I gave kisses to all of my babies and spend about 2 hours with them. We got them to bed late which made Sarah a little mad but I told her she now gets to sleep in a little so it will work out. She likes to keep our routine the same. It’s fine.

Today I had a big meeting to go over everything I learned at the conference. We all came up with some new ideas on how to market the businesses. I really like opening up discussions and listening to what my employees have to add. I always feel challenged but also interested. Someone wants to wrap up my Audi with one of those full company logos over the entire car. I snort laughed and said over my dead body. No way. I like to advertise but we don’t need it that bad. We are actually doing very well so far this year. I’m very proud of our teams and I’m really happy that we are NOT expanding any more this year. I told Lindsay don’t do it. Let us get caught up from the last one. Our Atlantic city office is finally showing a little bit of a profit. That one took forever to get going.

So I’m getting ready to go eat lunch. I don’t know where I’m going today but I’m happy to get out and enjoy the day.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Rowboat Book Club Book #57

This month we will be reading Zadie Smith’s book Swing Time.

In classic Smith style, her new novel is sweeping, packed with bold voices, and explores when and how our lives diverge from those we love. There’s the fraught friendship between two biracial girls forged over their mutual love of dance, a celebrity pop star attempting to build an orphanage in an African village, and a grown up narrator asking herself, “How did I get here?” She thinks, “A truth was being revealed to me: That I had always tried to attach myself to the light of other people. That I had never had any light of my own. I experienced myself as a kind of shadow.” This revelation about identity underpins the entire tale, as does Smith’s concern with class and race