Coming soon to a Batman blog near you, Okay it’s this one

This weekend was very relaxing. I didn’t have to wipe faces, change clothes, tell someone don’t do that 100 times. I enjoyed my break from the kids.

Aunt Lindsay took them on a 3 days adventure. They went swimming, to the play place, out to eat every meal, they even got to try a real corn dog. And Heston threw his Lol He hates hot dogs. Alex nibbled on the outside shell but didn’t eat the hot dog part. Peace ate 3/4 of her corndog and seemed to like it as I was told. They had so much fun they were crying when she dropped them off. They didn’t want her to go. She also bought them way too much shit. Way way too much. It’s ridiculous. She’s always been in a weird competition with Drew on what gifts my kids get. I don’t like it and it’s not healthy. They won’t stop. I get random boxes sent to my home with stuff for them. I’m not keeping score. I don’t care and I would actually like to buy my kids their own stuff. It’s kind of like I signed my kids up for a bi-monthly subscription box for the rest of their lives. Lindsay said she’s already saving up for their college living situations since she already knows I have their college funds filled up. I had to take Talon’s college fund and disperse it amongst the 3.

Speaking of Talon, I’m still not ready to talk about it. I’m getting a ton of questions. Obviously something happened and you can tell in June that I was barely blogging. My batfans are very smart. There will be a day where I get into it. From online, the only person I told what happened was Nyssa. She has been a loyal friend and fellow blogger. She has never told anyone else and I know that because it’s never gotten back to me. I do appreciate her very much for that. It makes me feel like I can trust her and that I can confide in her if I need to. Go read her blog! And don’t stalk her if you are one of my trolls Lol Some day I will write about it. Right now I can’t. I appreciate you being patient with it.

My ex-wife had decided once we move back home in 2 weeks we should start dating. How funny is that? I’m not interested at all. Ever. She had her chance. She blew it. We are friendly but I don’t talk to her. She emails me. I read it and delete it. I don’t respond. I told Jen what she said and she just laughed. Jen said she’s not so sure she’s getting rid of me when I move. Hmmmmmmmmmmm, interesting! The only reason I was going to break up with Jen is because we are moving. I’m not wanting a long distance relationship. It’s not fair to her or me and I’m still wanting to keep things casual. She understands the reasons. I told her when I visit Mike and his mom there’s a good chance we can go have dinner. She said okay. It’s still a discussion though.

Mike and his mom are going to buy this house. They are going to a bank today to get a loan. I was going to rent it but they both did a credit score check to make sure they can do it and they think they can. That’s a much better deal for me because it will get all of my money back I’ve put into this place. I’m not going to profit at all. I told them I just want the exact amount I paid plus all the repairs. They don’t have a problem with it. Look how that worked out. God is always taking care of me. It’s a solid house. His mom said it’s big enough they can both have their own living areas. The main floor will be the common area and they will be able to save money and get ready for whatever future they both want. I’m so happy for them. I hope they get a loan with a great interest rate.

What else? I dropped the boys off at school today and they were so excited. We saw one of their friends (Brian and his mom) as we were walking in. They were so happy and waved like crazy. They love school. It’s going to be so hard when we move back home. They will have to start all over.

This weekend we are taking a train ride up the mountains. I called Alex’s doctor to ask if he can physically handle it. He said yes because the train slowly goes up in elevation giving his body time to process the ascent. If he can do that train ride, then the following weekend I can fly home. Finally. This whole experience started out like a nightmare. I was so worried and blaming myself for not knowing what was going on. It’s a defect in his body and it had nothing to do with me. The guilt though, dang. I felt so helpless. He has been so brave and it shows me how tough my little guy really is. I’m so happy he’s feeling better and back to being himself. It’s been a journey for sure.

Hope everyone has a great week. I’m going to be doing a blog redesign soon. Okay I’m not. Lindsay is. I just pick out the theme and she customizes it. I’m getting rid of the sections I don’t want or need anymore. I’m also going more simplified. We will see the response to it. I will write again tomorrow. Bye guys!

I wrote this some time in the morning and forgot to post it. Whoops. Here you go.

Please don’t go to Church

Please don’t go to Church

Lindsay has decided she’s taking all 3 of my kids to Church this morning with her friends. I asked her not to. She’s doing it anyway. They aren’t going to a Catholic Mass. Oh no, she’s taking them to a Baptist Church so they can see what a real Church is like. Keep in mind Lindz does not even believe in God but she said the Baptist really do. Huh? I can’t wait to hear what they thought of that. Peace is going to love it because she just loves everybody. The boys might freak out at first but I think it’s going to be fine. Lindsay said if she “catches the spirit” she’s going to haul ass up and down the aisle like she’s seen on tv a few time with Pastor TD Jakes Lol I said please don’t. She said she may just do it just to see what happens. Dear God, please forgive her. She mocks you. It’s sort of funny. So I guess forgive me too?

I got in a groove and got everything boxed up, taped, labeled, and ready to go. The only thing I haven’t done is put everything in the garage. I need to pull the car out to make room for all of it. Luckily the shipping company is sending a big van tomorrow morning so it can all get out-of-the-way soon. I had to check the weather. In Colorado Springs out of nowhere the rain hits, the wind blows and then it’s all sunny and dry. It’s the weirdest weather I have ever experienced. I’m going to miss it. I have really enjoyed the cooler temperatures. Fall here is so beautiful. I want to take my kids on one of those train rides up through the mountains. I didn’t go the last time they went. I want to see everything. We will do that next weekend.

We are moving back to Chicago now in 2 weeks. It’s going to be a big welcome home party. I’ve missed out on so much but I had to make the right choice for Alex’s health. He’s doing great. I get so many messages asking how he is doing. My boy is a tough cookie. It was very hard at first because Heston just wants to be all over him all day long. When we lifted up his shirt to show Heston his owwie, that’s when he backed off. I’ve had to remind him a million times be careful, Alex has an owwie, he backs off. Not immediately, but he does tend to stop. Peace is doing great, she’s so pretty. My daughter is the sweetest little face on Earth. Heston is just a big brother through and through. He’s in charge of everybody. He tends to take the lead and say Come on to the other 2. They follow him around and do what he wants. It’s very cute to see. Then Peace says deuces and leaves the boys to play trucks or whatever they are doing. She has her little princess setup filled with tons of girl toys. I’ve had more cups of imaginary tea than I can count at this point. She had her toenails painted and she wiggles her toes when you ask to see her tootsies Lol It’s pretty cute.

I just finished watching the online Catholic Mass so that’s done for the day. Such a beautiful message of hope and how to live a balanced life. That’s what I’m currently working on. I do not attend the regular Catholic Church yet they continue to solicit money from me. I read it and toss it. I do donate to my Church and that’s good enough for me. There are differences in how each Church conducts itself and I’m glad to know that my derivation relies on itself and not outside mainstream pressure. That’s exactly why I’m raising my kids to be the “other” type of Catholics.

Today I get to move boxes, chill out, move boxes, chill out. It’s going to be an easy day until the kids get back. Lindsay is bringing them home at 5 so I can feed everyone before their flight takes off back to Vegas. It kind of sucks I had all kinds of summer plans and trips I wanted to get to but Alex is more important than my plans. Next summer we will hit the road and get to do everything.

Prayers to Hawaii. Our family compound took a hit. Everyone is safe but extensive wind damage. They will have to repair all of it when they can. And of course Prayers to Senator/War Hero John McCain and his family. I did not agree with his politics most of the time but I do respect is decades of service to this country. He will be greatly missed. He did the very best he could with what he felt was right. He stood up and spoke when he felt the need. What a life he had. You will be missed. The entire news media is looking back on his life. It’s amazing all of the things he accomplished.

Have a wonderful Sunday my batfans. I love you all. Be sure to praise God in someway because today is going to be awesome!

To do list and then a nap

Aunt Lindsay is in town. She came in late last night. I wasn’t expecting her at all. She said she has a fun weekend planned, that 3 of her friends will be in town in the morning and they are taking the kids to a hotel. They want to swim with them and then take them to some kid friendly places. She tries to make it into town once a month to be with the kids. Her work schedule is very busy right now so it’s been hard for her to get here. She also wanted to check out Colorado Springs some more. She’s always here to visit with Mike and never get a chance to just look at things.

We got the kids packed up, loaded up my truck and then  headed out to the hotel early, early this morning. We all ate breakfast and then she dropped the boys off at school. She took Peace to get her hair and nails done (Because that’s a thing with a 1 year old now?) after she dropped me back off at the house. She has my truck with all the car seats. I’m driving around in my new car that I never get to drive. I’m pretty stoked too. It’s beefy loud Lol Vrooom vroom.

My job this weekend is to pack up all of my personal things, get them ready for the shipping company to come by on Monday to get it out of here. We are only keeping our clothes and usual household things. This is supposed to make it very easy for the movers to pack up the rest of our things and send it to Chicago. So far, so good. I went and got a ton of boxes, packing tape, 2 tape guns because I always lose one. I’m ready. And now I’m sitting here writing about working on it Lol

I’m going to get all of the bedroom stuff packed up today, all of the kitchen extra stuff, and all of the living room. I think that will help. Tomorrow I will do the garage stuff because I have way too much stuff in the garage somehow. Sunday will be about finishing up and getting all of the boxes into the garage.

That’s the plan.

Lindsay is doing great. She is tan and slender. She has steadily lost weight. She looks great. I’m so proud of her. She has been eating more vegan foods than regular foods and she likes it. She is also exercising and getting fit. She walks and works out 3 times a week but she told me the best thing in weight loss is change your eating habits. She said that’s made all of the difference in the world for her. Good job Lindz!

I’m going to finish this blog up and get myself going. I have goals and time tables to work with. What could possibly distract me? (My cellphone, Netflix, anything on the radio)

Wish me luck Lol

I don’t data much

We are getting settled into our new routine. I’m also working on packing up some of our stuff already. I know we are moving back in 3 weeks pending what Alex’s doctors think. We have to go up for his appointment so they can run some tests but they said during his assessment they will tell me if he can fly yet or not. I’m pretty sure he’s fine and can fly, finally. We will no longer be held here and I decided it’s time to get back home. I really have enjoyed being in Colorado Springs. Taking the kids on day field trips has been fun. I am still trying to avoid huge crowds because of Alex but I am finding things to do that I think my kids would enjoy. This city has a lot to offer family life. It was a thought to stay here but I really miss Chicago.

Jen and I had a late night date. It was a huge surprise, she showed up at my door unexpectedly. I didn’t know if something was wrong or not but then she laid a giant kiss on me and said she wanted to come in. Okay. What’s going on here? The rest of the details are private but I sent her home with breakfast so she could get ready for work Lol Your boy is back! So much for keeping things casual. She said knowing that I’m leaving soon it was something she wanted to do and she doesn’t regret it at all. I don’t regret it even though I know it was probably wrong in some sense since we aren’t in love. I did ask her if she was in love with me and she said no, she just really liked me a lot and thinks I’ve been nicer to her than any guy she’s known. That’s kind of sad, isn’t it? I know I’m a nice guy and I know not pressuring her about anything at all may have made her feel very comfortable, I just wonder who the heck has she been dating? Geez.

Mike’s mom is coming down this weekend to stay. She’s going to check out the house and we are going to enter a formal contract. Mike’s lease is up soon and he has already asked to pay the remainder of his stay at his apartment at a specified move out date. His landlord is cool with it. I’m having a contractor go over there this weekend to fix all the stupid things him and his friends have broken so he has a better chance at getting his security deposit back. I don’t understand why these kids need to hang up so much stuff on their walls but it looks like mini darts have been at war over there. It’s ridiculous.

What else? Guys, I swear everything is calm and boring. I love it. I have been trying out some new recipes. I’ve found some new vegan places to eat here. That’s about it. I almost don’t even know what to write but I also know my fans in, let me go look, South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Ireland, etc. In the U.S. my biggest reader group comes from California. I have a loyal reader in Parker, Colorado who comes here at least twice a day to read my blog. Well at least that’s where her IP comes up with her Comcast Business internet and her Windows 10 Chrome browser. I’m also big in Provo, Utah, Tennessee, San Diego, and of course my hometown, Chicago. Let’s see who else comes a lot, oh I like the few that try to use hideproxy.me to view my blog Lol Their proxy doesn’t work here because I can still see their original information. Yes there’s a plugin you can install for free that reverse the proxy info. Roscoe Illinois, no clue where that’s at. Lots of Ipad batfans. We all know how much I love gadgets. Even some Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ fans. Very interesting stuff.

I’m an analytical geek. I love looking at my blog stats. Google has so many great charts and things to compile up all of my visitors data. I even know what mobile phone you guys use to read this blog. It’s very cool. The Google analytic plugin is free. I have also paid for my statcounter.com account for over 6 years now. Combined they track all kinds of interesting information for me to see who my readers are. Comparing the 2 the data is all the same. I don’t even need both but some of the statcounter charts are more in-depth. Plus they give me a discount every year when I pay the yearly plan and their tech support people have become some of my friends. My blog unites people Lol At some of my book signings some women said they actually met each other because of my blog. They went over to our Facebook group and started commenting back and forth until they made new friendships. That’s cool. It’s a private group I’ve had running for 6 years that I’ve never mentioned here but I have almost 30,000 group members in there. It’s been fun. And I’m able to kick out any trolls that try to use a fake Facebook account to peek then slam me in the comments. My batfans destroy them and then send me a text letting me know to kick whoever off. I love it. It’s really cool knowing that my blog reaches all kinds of different countries. I knew I’m well-known in the states because of all the FREE media coverage I got. I didn’t realize internationally my story was something of interest.

Today is all about hanging out at home. I was going to take my kids out but we have been running around during the day a lot. I want to stay home and work on our colors and numbers. The boys are doing numbers after the 2 weeks of colors. I’m trying to give them extra help. We are again, going to use socks. It works and when they decide it’s time to throw them no one gets hurt Lol

I’ve been working out a lot. I have my workout machine here. I love it. I feel so much better after a good 45 minute grind session. I’m also trying to stay in shape because I have to. My kids need an active dad.

I hope everyone eats healthy today, has a great day at work or whatever you are doing, and comes back tomorrow. I love you guys! Have a good day.

My little helpers x 3

School is going great. The boys love it. They are making all kinds of new friends. The moms and the 2 dads that do drop offs and pick ups are very nice. We all share funny stories about our kids while we wait the few minutes until our kiddos come out of class. I guess I’m making new friends too. We have a playdate for this weekend. My boys have attached themselves to the little Asian girl in their class. Their sister is half Asian so I get it. It’s pretty cute. Her mom said she talks about the twins nonstop. My boys share with her. Let’s review that one. My boys are actually sharing with other human beings. That’s a miracle. We are doing our “homework” at home. We are just supposed to notice different colors of things and see if the boys can tell me the right color. They get purple and blue mixed up. I’m sure I would too at that age. They do okay on red and black. White is easy. Yellow is the one that trips them up. We are working on it. Peace helps. She has all of the colors in her wardrobe so we pull out her things to give them the full rainbow to work with.

My 2 hours with my Sweet Pea is awesome. She is so funny. She says dada and then lights up into a whole story of babbling. I just say Uhhhh huhh. Yeah??? Really now. She goes on and on. I love it. I’ve waited her whole life to talk to me and now that she is, I can’t get enough.

We get the boys after running our errands and go home. We put up all of the shopping stuff I bought and then it’s play time before we all help make lunch. My kids love to help me cook. The boys have little stools and we put Peace on the island to watch us. She grabs the fruit I slice up. She can’t help herself. We eat, clean up and go outside and play. We have started to do little field trips to places around Colorado Springs. I want to explore with them. I want them to get used to being in crowds. It’s tricky but we are figuring it all out.

I have hired 3 babysitters. I told them I can always give them advanced notice. If I actually need a babysitter it would only be for a few hours here and there.

Jen finally met my kids. They like her. By the end of the event the boys were holding her hands. It was pretty cool. She said they are all adorable and she can see why I never want to leave the house. I told her our dates are now going to have to be at my house or at hers unless I have family or friends in town to help me watch them. Mike lives here and said he can babysit if he’s not working late. I wouldn’t go out anywhere until after my kids are asleep anyway. I haven’t even kissed Jen yet. We are still just hugging. She lingers a little more each time and one time she ran her fingers in the back of my hair. I just laughed because it caught me off guard. She’s cool. Casual dating with friendship is fun. No pressure and we can just hang out.

We are moving back to Chicago in 3 weeks. Sarah found a school I can get the boys in. It’s pretty much a glorified daycare but it’s very close to my house. That part I like. I’m going to finish having this house renovated and Mike said he and his mom want to move in it and pay me rent. That’s fine with me. His mom lives in Denver and she’s wanting to be closer to him. I won’t charge them much for rent but I also won’t give it away. We are still thinking about a rent to buy option. It’s a nice house. I’m not sure they want to live in the neighborhood though. We will see.

I can’t wait to get home. I’ve missed everything. It’s in time for football season. And hopefully I can get in a few Cubs games before the season is done.

Rowboat Book Club Book #68

This month we will be reading Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck.

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life. It’s a journey to the thing that so fulfills you that, if someone told you, “It’s right outside—but watch out—it could kill you!” you’d run straight toward it, through the screen door without even opening it. Life coach and bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star Martha Beck guides you to find out how you got to where you are now and what you should do next with clear, concrete instructions on tapping into the deep, wordless knowledge you carry in your body and soul. There are certain people who sense that they are called to do something fulfilling and significant, but who often get caught in self-destructive, unproductive cycles. This is the book that will lead you to unleash your incredible creative energy—and fulfill your life’s purpose.With her inimitable ability to translate inner life into accessible, witty, sparkling prose, Beck draws from ancient wisdom and modern science to help readers consciously embrace their skills and create the life they really want. What she’s found is that these people with great passion, empathy, and creative potential often sense a higher calling—in a society where that calling isn’t even recognized as real. They often have within them a quiet power that could change the world; they lack only the tools. Beck offers real, actionable methods to tap into that power. She shows how to find your inner identity and your external “tribe” of like-minded people. She demonstrates the four simple tools for transformation: Wordlessness, Oneness, Imagination, and Creation. With clear step-by-step instructions and guided reflections, Beck shows how to drop into the wordless state of communion with nature and self, how to experience for yourself the oneness between yourself and the universe, how to be empowered by the spark of inspiration, and, finally, how to take action and realize creative potential to make a lasting impact on the world.

Compassionate and inspirational, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a revolutionary journey of self-discovery that leads to miraculous change.

I’m lazy this morning

I slept in, finally. It felt pretty good. I didn’t even mind the pint size foot in my side when I woke up. I always end up with a kid or two in my bed in the mornings. I think they just want to be close to someone. We found a Catholic church that broadcasts Mass online so we watched that together in the living room. I did not kneel or do rosaries Lol It was very lazy. I didn’t want to. I just wanted to listen to today’s message and get it over with. That’s terrible I know but I’m not feeling it today. My nannies are finishing packing up all of their clothes. Crap I think some stuff is in the washer.

Okay. So now all of their clothes are ready to go. I took a few hour break in writing this one. They are leaving today. I am sending them off in a private jet home to Chicago. They will be moving back into their apartments. Sarah is going to pick them up at the airport and take them home. I thought that was very nice. When the cab comes to get them, that’s it. I will be all on my own with 3  kids. I hope I can do this. I have an interview later today with 2 people from a new babysitting service. I hope it all works out. I just need childcare as needed. Not a regular scheduled thing. I think I can do most of my errands and grocery stuff while the boys are in school. I can order online and go pick it up or just take my little Sweet Pea into the stores with me. She loves it. She’s very easy to deal with. I don’t have issues with her grabbing stuff (yet).

Jen is wanting me to bring my kids to a thing tomorrow night, that means she will officially get to meet them. I told her since we are only hanging out as friends okay. She agreed. The dates are fun but not intended to be romantically included. We stopped planning those type things when I realized I am not ready for anything serious at all. She’s been very cool with all of it. She says I’m a nice guy and there’s no pressure or anxious moments about what is going to happen or where is this going. I spelled it out early on and let her know I may be moving soon.

The big buffet yesterday was a huge hit. I’m definitely going back to that place someday soon. The pot stickers were delicious and I loved the egg rolls. I probably ate 5 of those myself. The kids loved it. The nannies were so full. Great place for a family to sit down and just gorge for a half hour or so. Loved it. I took a photo with the owners. It’s on our Family Facebook page along with several photos of our plates of food. Yes we plowed through all of that Lol I don’t even care, it was delicious.

Hope everyone is doing great. Have a lazy, lazy Sunday guys! I probably need to get dressed at some point. Walking around with no shirt and black basketball shorts is probably bad Lol