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 NotBatmanYet.com and @NotBatmanYet Twitter account.

A very Hawaiian Thanksgiving (Vegan/Regular)

We will be doing our Thanksgiving 2020 here in Waimanalo, Hawaii. It was a few weeks of discussion on what we all wanted to do. I think this will be a lot of fun. Tomorrow I will begin the prep work. We have divided things up this year since I have 4 female adults who will not want to eat a full vegan meal. I am going to slow cook their turkey for them because they like how I make it, they will be doing all of their own side dishes, appetizers, and desserts. I’m making a full vegan meal for myself and my kids. I have 1 kid who is opting out of a full vegan meal, so the trade off was I had to make a turkey Lol

I am very thankful my family has not contracted Covid thus far. We have done everything we can do to keep safe. I went to the grocery stores a few days ago and saw people are starting to panic buy again. I went online and ordered some things to make sure I have enough of the things we need.

We are a group of 10. It takes a lot of supplies and food to get this group through a month. It’s been collaborative and that’s the only thing that we have survived on. Working together for a common good is also teaching my kids how to step up in a time of crisis.

We are going to eat around 2pm because I have a lot of other things I want to do on Thanksgiving evening. A few surprises for the kids but mostly relaxing. I’m going to be so worn out, by Sunday I will be melted into bed and no one will wake me up. I have my food lists, I have my grandma and mom’s recipes. I think I’m ready. I’m going with a roasted Tofurkey but I’m also doing Mushroom wellingtons. The kids love those. They are a pain in the a** to make but it’s a special occasion so I don’t mind. It’s going to be 2 days of cooking. I hope my lower back can hold up. If I stand for 4 or 5 hours at a time and forget to rest in between it tends to lock up on me.

We took our Thanksgiving family photos yesterday. We have some very awesome ones. We did the whole group with my tripod and then we did different patterns of people. My face hurts from smiling.

Things are going very well. Calm. The kids are out of school for this week and we are just playing and hanging out. I told them to enjoy the pool as much as possible. And then 4 days of sporadic rain came in Lol We are having so much fun here. I love Hawaii. It’s really become our salvation.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you all stay safe with your family and loved ones. You are grown adults, you can decide how to handle this year. Remember God’s blessings as you sit together and eat and don’t forget to pray for everyone struggling this year. I would love to go to a shelter and volunteer to feed the homeless, but not this year. I can’t risk my health or my kids’ health. Our Family Foundation is hosting free food giveaway events through tonight. So far it’s been very successful. It’s not at all like our past years, but we did the best we could. I pray for every family that came to pick up their Thanksgiving boxes. I pray they still have enough to eat after Thursday.

Thank you all for coming to my blog or social media accounts. I love you all. My kids are so blessed to have a healthy, happy, home this year. I always think of my departed family and friends. I wish they were here. God bless you all! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

We have a new President

I am happy to report that Joe Biden won the Presidential election. I am very happy to have worked on his campaign in a very small part. The past 3 months every weekend I was phone banking for him, giving information on how people could register, check their ballot, request an absentee ballot or whatever info they needed. It was a lot of talking on the phone, which is not my favorite thing. I’m happy. I cried when it hit the news. We celebrated all weekend. It’s history making because now we have our first woman in the White House, our Vice President, Kamala Harris. I am so proud. This is exactly what our country needed.

I’m sorry that Trump lost because I know some of my readers are Trump people. It was close. You guys put up a hell of a campaign. But treating people like sh** will never get you ahead in life. That’s who Trump is. Now he gets to live in obscurity forever. 1 term, GET OUT! And I mean it, we all want him OUT NOW. He’s a mess.

Halloween mess is finally all cleaned up. On to our Thanksgiving plans. We are talking about going home before Christmas. I want the girls to spend it with their families. I want to actually be in my house for a holiday. That would be nice. It is solely dependent on how COVID is doing in Denver. We have not gotten sick here with it. We are safe. Why would I pull my kids from a safe haven to go back home to who knows what? I want to go, but I also want to stay alive.

Things are great. My girlfriend and I are finally on the same page on pretty much everything. It’s nice. We have had big discussions. We have waited for the damn Canadian/US border to open back up. We even tried to come up with what lie would get me across the border Lol Nothing will pass. And we don’t want to lie to get me over there, or have to do all the Hail Marys/Our Fathers for punishment. We just miss each other. It’s been too long. We are doing out best though.

Kids are good, adults are good. I really wish I had fun things to report in but we have hit that routine part of the year. School, playtime, eat. Sleep, school, playtime, eat. That’s about it. I LOVE IT! I love things being simple with no drama. Sarah’s baby is getting so big. She has the cutest smile and melts my heart every time she laughs. Sky is getting so big. Peace is finally wanting to pal around with her more. She thinks her sister is her baby. It’s funny. Pets are good. Kaia is getting HUGE. She weighs half a pound less than Amanda now. She’s going to be a panther Lol It’s crazy.

Hope you guys are well. We are all doing fine. Love you guys, thanks for coming to read my blog. This has been my busiest year for visitors on my blog. I’m not sure where I’m linked at but whoever linked my blog to their website(s), thank you! I’m pushing 4.1 million visitors. It’s INSANE!

Do NOT ORDER Christmas stuff yet!

Guys, we all survived Halloween 2020. I don’t know how. Already the girls want to start order Christmas decorations. Nope! I put my foot down. We will get through Veterans Day, we will do Thanksgiving. First! I am not going to be looking at tinsel and smell pine cone candles this early. I told them the day after T-Day, go for it. I want to focus on one holiday at a time. It’s bad enough we aren’t even home in Denver, still. Let us all take our time to enjoy each day. This Covid is not slowing down, not going away like everyone has said.

Speaking of going away Lol Trump will be voted out of office tomorrow. I am proud to say I have done my part. A very, very, small part but I finished my last weekend of phone banking for Joe Biden campaign. It was hard to find the hours to do it but I’m thankful my supportive nannies and neighbor helped watch the kids on the weekends. It was important to me. I wanted to do more. I would have been out stumping for him and her, but I can’t do that with Covid. We have all managed to stay healthy so far. None of us have gotten it. It scares me so much I limit how much and when the girls go out of the house. Monday to Thursday, do your thing. Friday to Sunday, no one leaves. That has worked. They have to wear masks. If someone doesn’t then the others crab at them until they put it on. It works. MASKS WORK! Let me say that again. MASKS WORK.

We all had a great Halloween. I will add all of our photos and videos to my Instagram. Now listen guys, I do see all of your friend requests. I am going to get to those I swear. I’m still trying to figure Instagram out. I will watch the tutorial videos today and then go from there. This week, everyone will be added that I know, and you guys can get a glimpse into my Hawaiian life. It’s actually pretty cool.

I hope you all had lots of candy and fun. I hope you all stayed safe. Let’s get ready to honor our beloved Veterans. They mean so much to our country, proud to have served amongst this esteemed group.

It’s that Time of Year again, Unbanning the Trolls

I used to unban the trolls from my blog once a month. Lindsay kept arguing to make it longer. I am pretty sure we have had them all banned since the new compatible version of the Ban plugin came out earlier this year. I’m feeling a little festive this year and will get in the holiday spirit a little earlier. The compromise is that I have to post the nasty comments/emails the trolls will now leave on my blog Lol They are like little cockroaches, they never go away.

Enjoy trolls! Well, and all of my actual fans and family/friends. I love you guys. I will do a big update soon. Things are crazy busy with school and with decorating for our giant Halloween event for the kids.

GO VOTE!!!

Hawaii Life is Amazing

Life in Hawaii is pretty darn good. This year is rushing by and I’m trying to get my head ready for the Holidays with no extra family or friends. I had such big plans for 2020 Thanksgiving/Christmas. Oh well.

The Canadian border is still not opening up. They delay it another 30 days each month because Michigan and other bordering states can’t get things together. It’s terrible all over the place and we still have no Federal response.

Thankfully the election is coming up and we can finally get rid of Trump. I’m still doing my phone banking on weekends and the girls are doing the text program. It works out because they can sit down for a few hours over the weekend and contact the people needing help to vote. We are fully immersed in Joe Biden campaign. I love it.

My kids are doing great. Sky had a little bug this week but it turned out to be just an upset stomach for a night and part of the next morning. Of course my heart sank when she woke up covered in throw up. I immediately thought Oh Here We Go! It was nothing serious. I am so blessed everyone is staying healthy. We are on the last big project of this property. So far we put new sand down the 1 mile stretch of beach, cleaned up the entire beach area, added a dock, added a boat lift, bought a boat, added jet skis, had a travel van completely rebuilt so I can take the entire family around in 1 vehicle, cleaned up the main house, fixed everything that had been neglected on the property for years. Our very last project will be digging a brand new well for water. It’s exciting stuff. The boys love the huge machines. It’s necessary to do it this time of year because of how much saturation the ground has received this year. We have been waiting about 6 years to do it. The time has come. It’s noisy over on the east side of the island but it’s going to be worth it in 2 weeks when we are ready to go. I’m excited.

I ordered a whole bunch of stuff for Amazon Prime Days. The boxes have been flowing into the house this week. I love it. Each day is a new day to see what we got. The kids have new shoes, new clothes, some really fun outdoor toys and we installed a net to play games with the kids. We had it lowered so that we could all adjust if it was kids vs kids or Adults vs kids. We have been playing baseball and basketball all year, I thought something different would be fun.

Things are smooth. Quiet. I love it. I am doing well. I’m worried about my friends and family back on the mainland when Cold/Flu season fires up. That sounds very scary. I hope you guys take care also. I pray for all of you. I hope your start of the Fall Season has gone well. I love you guys! I will update more this weekend.

Rowboat Book Club #94

This month’s book is about Animals and I’m excited for all of you to see the amazing photos included in this book. I love my dog and 3 cats. They do make me more human.

In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life—on their terms, not ours.

It’s usually easy to pinpoint the cause of physical pain in animals, but to know what is causing them emotional distress is much harder. rawing on the latest research and her own work,Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.Whether it’s how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.

Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience.

This is essential reading for anyone who’s ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

Halloween in Hawaii

This year we will be spending Halloween in Hawaii. We finally got all kids costumes in over the weekend. We tried them on and a few adjustments but it’s going to be awesome. The plan is for me to load up all of the kids into our Mule and drive them from house to house on the compound where each cabin will have an adult dressed up in costume. Then I take them into an empty house to beat the crap out of a candy filled Frankenstein pinata, then drive them back the same route where they get more candy from the adults dressed in their second costumes. Then we go home to the main house for a little Halloween party.

That’s the best we can do. I don’t want to take them to a Trunk or Treat event at our local Church and I am not going to do a traditional trick or treating with my kids. The cool thing is this will be Rain’s very first Halloween and Sarah is very excited. Her daughter has 2 costumes Lol One for the ride along and one for the party. She spoils that kid. I will be dressed as a Pirate. My costume is very cool. I’m excited. I bought costumes for Bubba and the 3 cats. I think it’s going to be fun. The kids are excited and they love each other’s costumes.

How are you guys handling Halloween during Covid? Is anyone going trick or treating to people’s houses? I told my friend that’s staying in my Denver house to flip the porch light off. I do not want anyone coming up to my house for candy. I prefer they stay safe and do something else and I don’t want to contribute to that mess. I hope everyone has fun but just expect a different looking Halloween this year.

I hope you guys have a great week. I have a very busy week and I’m all jacked up over Amazon Prime days. I’m looking for kids clothes and a few Christmas presents that I can hide. Love you guys!

I’m awake but I’m not up yet

I went to bed early last night. That’s an understatement. I fell asleep at 3:30pm Lol I had a busy weekend and overdid the chores. The house and yard are all cleaned up so it was for a good cause. I always forget Monday morning at 2am my time, my girlfriend Kate calls as she drives to work. We talk for a few minutes. It’s mostly me incoherently grunting through the phone call. By the time we are off the phone, I AM UP! And I’m not always happy about it. I try to go back to sleep, most of the time I am successful. But not this morning. Today is one of those days I’m up and I might as well get laundry started.

We are in full swing of plans for Halloween. We are not going trick or treating off of the compound so the adults are trying to make it special and fun. We will be decorating, throwing a Halloween party with prizes for best costume, scariest noise, fastest apple bob. All the fun things we used to do at my 4H Halloween party every year as a kid. I hope my kids have fun. I know the adults have been having a blast planning the whole thing out.

I was going to go as something else but now I’m going as a Pirate. I ordered my costume, it fits, that’s what I’m doing. The kids have options and are still undecided. We even got costumes for the pets.

Let me see what else is going on around here? I’m still working the phone lines for Joe Biden’s campaign on the weekend. I’ve signed 46 people up to register to vote. That makes me proud of what I’m doing. It’s taken me 32 hours to do that Lol It’s something at least. I have given a lot of information out so everyone knows where to vote and how to do the absentee ballots if they want. This election is so important. I’m doing all I can to get the word out about Joe Biden. He is not my ultimate candidate but he’s pretty good. I don’t mind supporting him and I know he’s going to win in a landslide. The other side is so batsh** crazy, it wouldn’t take much for our side to win Lol

Please make sure you are registered to vote. Don’t just assume you are. Check on it. You can do it online. IWILLVOTE.com

Have a great week guys! I might try to go back to bed for a few more hours. I love my girlfriend’s calls but it’s still 3:30am here. I need my sleep!