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.

This better be allergies

So I’m banished to the pool house because I had a fever yesterday. I’ve been struggling with a head cold? sinus infection? allergies? for 2 days. I’m short of breath and even taking the trash out to the bin is winding me. Sarah took a look at me and did her assessment. I had a small fever. I think it broke this morning. At least I hope so.

Homeschooling the twins is up and down. Some days they are into it, some it’s making them sit down and pay attention. It’s not easy for them or their teacher. She is trying her best to keep all the students engaged. I’m trying my best to keep them sitting there. Heston is the attitude and squirmy one. Alex loves online learning Lol I’m not at all surprised. 1st grade is going well. They just want to go back into school. Not until COVID is under control.

My other kids are all doing great. I love spending time with my girls. They are both at an interesting age. They like to play together, then they pull each other’s hair and scream Lol 1 and 3. Oh boy. The little kitten we found in a tire is doing well. She eats A LOT OF PATE/Oatmeal mix. Okay I just accidentally hit the caps lock key and I’m too lazy to roll back up there and fix that. I did not mean to emphasize that.

Things with Kate and I are going great. We are in that quiet, let’s be sweet and kind to each other all the time phase. I love it. I really do love her a lot. She loves me. I know that. Things are looking up for both of us. We just want that dang border to open up already. It’s been months since we’ve seen each other and I’m getting ansty Lol It’s been a long time. Our daily phone calls twice or thrice? help out.

That reminds me of that Golden Girl episode when Rose wrote a theme song for Miami. Miami is nice, Miami is nice, so I’ll say it thrice. Then Dorothy stopped the song and said I’ll say it thrice???? It was really funny.

I’m doing well. Other than this being a little bit sick and coughing all over. I’m going to the clinic today. I need to call this morning to make an appointment. I just need some antibiotics or something. I am not at all thinking this is COVID. I have not been around anyone outside of our compound at all. This is just my usual early fall allergies I’m sure.

How are you guys doing? I will be writing back to all of the the emails and comments soon. I finished up all of the DM’s late last night. Sorry that’s taking so long getting back to you guys but homeschooling and these kids keep me very busy now. I love you all, take care!

Hawaiian Style

I am finally sleeping longer into the night. I have been crashing right after I put my kids to bed because I’m up early talking to my girlfriend to start out her work day. The past 2 weeks have been hard but I am able to call her, talk a few then go back to sleep. I think I’m finally over this insomnia phase. That’s been a 6 month struggle. I only need about 6 hours of sleep a night but being on a different time zone than all of my business calls or meetings has been hard to adjust to.

The kids are all doing well. We are all adjusting to our 2 new additions to the family. Life is peaceful, boring, and easy. I love it. When the kids are in school I glide along the weeks because it’s pretty much the same routine. Homeschooling is a challenge but we are working hard with the boys teachers to get the school year started in a positive direction. We have been at it over a month now and I can say it is getting better. The first few weeks were rough for a lot of their classmates. I have opted out of this school year, they offered online school for those that want it. We are back in lockdown for another 2 weeks which means I can only go out for emergencies or food. They are looking to pull back some restrictions but it’s been a roller coaster. I have to buy food for 3 weeks at a time just in case we go back on lockdown. We had it so the girls and I could go out Monday through Thursday anywhere we needed or wanted to go. The understanding was mask up, glove up, or don’t go. I keep telling everyone we all have made it through this COVID mess without getting it. I have to keep doing the exact same precautions to ensure we are all healthy. We could sign up for the drive thru COVID testing but no one has any symptoms. I don’t want to waste any tests when I know we are on the compound and not coming off of it for a while. If someone had been sick, of course I would take everyone for the test. I thank God every day that we have made it this far.

I also pray everyday for healing and purpose. There have been almost 10,000 cases of COVID so far with 87 deaths. I’m so thankful I made the right choice for my family removing us from Denver. Alex’s health is number 1 to me and I was scared he would get it and die. In Denver county they have 11,579 cases with 434 deaths. I don’t know why the death rate here is so low but I’m thankful for all of the medical professionals that are keeping us all safe. They are all heroes. It’s a tough time in the world. Pray and try to show grace to all. That’s all we can do.

How are you guys doing? We are going to be talking about the Michael Cohen book on my #VeganSam podcast. We knocked out about 5 episodes of that one and my #SoulToLife podcast over the weekend. I’m still working on editing but I promise all of my podcast fans they will all be up soon. I’m loving our new spot! It makes editing, adding filters and text to our videos much better. Yes I just got a haircut and yes it is much shorter than I wanted. You will see that in the videos. I’m happy it will grow out fast but I needed a new style and this one is called Hawaiian style. Feel free to add your comments in our comment section over there when you watch the shows. And yes my dog was barking a lot in one of them. Sorry? He was playing with the boys.

That’s about it. No huge updates. Quiet, calm. The best part of the year. Is it almost fall? I wouldn’t know. It’s 84 degrees here every day Lol

More WordPress Updates?

Now that my WordPress blog is updated, they released more updates. I should be able to press the Update button now and do it myself. I was probably 2 or 3 years behind on all of the plugin, translations, core updates. Lindsay helped me get it straightened out and I do have backup files just in case. I learned how to do the backups myself.

I have decided my kids are staying home this entire semester for homeschooling. No one in shocked at all. Alex is doing so well here, I don’t want to risk it. I’m happy we finally have that decision made and we are working out all the small issues with the kids staying at home to learn. It’s a challenge to get the boys to sit and participate but Sarah and I are doing our best. We have to remind them all of the time. This is all temporary, you can go back to school later.

I’m doing good. I’m getting back to exercising regularly. I really love going out for walks and enjoying the cool ocean breeze. I’m able to be outside most of the afternoon and evening. My kids love to swim and play. It’s sad I can’t get them into sports or try to have other kids come over right now. We do a lot of Facetime calls. We have hit that daily same routine phase and I love it. It is calming all the household chaos down. Gabby is a party all on her own so it’s been an interesting time. I never thought we would end up here. I think God led me here on purpose for my own wellness and probably mental well being. I might be losing my sh** by now if we stayed in Denver and the COVID numbers kept going up.

Wear a mask, social distance. Follow the guidelines. If you don’t want to wear a mask, okay. But you are risking your own life. I think you should sign a waiver saying you will not seek medical attention WHEN YOU get COVID. Your choice, our consequences.

The Joe Biden phone banking is going very well. People have been polite. Some of the poll numbers my district is seeing is very good. I think Hawaii is a hugely Democratic presence anyway. Things with Kate and I are going well. We are working hard not to flip out or flip out on each other during this global pandemic. We are able to communicate through any rough patches. For the most part it’s a lot of laughing, a lot of Scrabble, and a lot of checking in with each other. I love her. She knows that. We are solid and happy.

Hope you guys are doing well. Stay safe out there. You wouldn’t want any North Carolina or Fort Worth cooties Lol

Super Fudge

I had this book when I was a kid. I ordered it from Amazon and I’ve been reading it to my kids at night. They are laughing so hard at all of his antics. It also shows the dynamic of a middle child, which makes it real and true. What a great book. Does anyone else remember that book?

We have survived the first week of Live homeschooling. It’s been tough. It’s a lot of me sitting nearby telling the boys to pay attention or quit talking so much. Peace loves her 1 hour school time. She is so smart. The boys are too but not as sharp as her. We are in that nice quiet routine that I love. Life is happy, fun, an adventure every day. There is serious talks about not moving back to Denver. I don’t like it and I’ve veto’ed it. I want to be in Denver until Alex is at least 8 years old. That’s the target year his surgeon said for him to be okay. It’s all a waiting game.

Instead we are enjoying beautiful Hawaii. It really is magical. The sunrises are just as good as the sunsets. The water is so warm and fun to play in. I love it here, but I don’t want to live here.

How are you guys doing? I will be getting back to your messages today and tomorrow. I see I have a few new emails too. I will get to that. I love you guys, have a great weekend!

1st week of Homeschooling, done

Today Hawaii celebrates Statehood day and there is no school. This means we all survived the first week of homeschooling. The Clever app that the kids are using is getting easier to understand. The boys all love their teachers and really are enjoying the activities. I think they think it’s a giant game and they are also learning as we go. This is the first year I’ve allowed them near an Ipad or Laptop. I’m not one of those parents. My kids do not even know how to work a cellphone. Allowing them to push the numbers with their finger on the Ipad is blowing their minds. They want to do more of it and I’m happy to see them excited about schoolwork. Our classroom had 2 critiques and Sarah was not happy with either one. That made my day Lol I told her she loaded up the former bedroom with too much stuff. She thinks we will utilize all of it, we will see.

I am missing Denver more and more. I love being here but I want to be in my house. Everyone congregates to the main house and I never get a break. I take walks in the afternoon while Kate and I talk on the phone. That helps us both get outside and enjoy each other’s company a little. I’m finally feeling well enough to start lifting weights again and getting some cardio in 4 times a week. The swimming has helped my back and foot a lot. I haven’t been surfing at all lately because I don’t want to wear myself out and miss my walk/talk time.

Hawaii really is a paradise. I wish we could go out and explore a lot more than we have. The Governor has put us back on lockdown again. That is limiting the places we can go. Life is quiet and boring, I love it. I really did pick the perfect place to ride out a pandemic. My family is happy here. We have stopped arguing and bickering about petty things. We are happy.

Hope you guys are doing well. I watched some of the Democratic Convention this week. It’s cemented more and more why I will be voting for Joe Biden. I hope some of my readers will vote for him too. It’s so important to get Trump out of the White House. I will be watching the Republican Convention to see what information they put out. It may not be as exciting but I’m sure it will be interesting.

Have a great weekend everyone! Love you all!

That’s not the Family Portal login

I downloaded the Clever school portal to my devices to get my kids ready for online learning. I couldn’t log in. I gave up. I found out I downloaded the app for the administrators, not the parents one. Geez. I’m off to a good start over here with homeschooling. We are doing okay with it so far. The boys are engaged, learning, and trying to figure this all out. Just like Sarah and I. I think it’s going to be okay. We will settled in this week and next. By the 3rd week I think we will be fine and the boys will enjoy homeschooling.

So far I think after 4 weeks at home I can send them into school but I doubt that I will. I think I need to reverse what I was thinking and keep them home for the entire school year. The numbers are lower here than Denver, but COVID can get to anyone. My boys may or may not follow all the proper guidelines, however other kids may not. And that’s the problem. I’m still struggling like all parents about this school year but I believe God will help me come to a decision.

We have gotten a lot of chores down around here this week. It’s been nice getting the kids working and outside. The yards are all cleaned up, the beaches are all cleaned up from high tides pushing plastic and crap onto the sand. It really has been a nice summer. I have been grilling out a lot for everyone. I still feel like I’m either cooking or cleaning all of the time. I called for a family meeting today so I can tell them all to start pitching in more. I don’t mind doing everything for myself and for my kids but for all the extra adults I have here, they need to step it up and help out more. I think it will be fine. They are all enjoying their summer too and become a little lazy. It doesn’t help I’m a neat freak and I like my house and outdoor area to be perfect Lol I need to relax more. I’m trying.

I love my family life. I keep thinking about my life before kids. I was not out and about living a crazy, wild bachelor life. I like to have fun, I would have wild moments but I liked working and going home at night. It was my weekends that tended to get a little crazy. Now I sit on the back porch with everyone watching my kids run around and laugh at how much chaos it all turned into. I love my life, just the way it is right now. Things are better than ever. I have a lot of goals for the rest of this year and I am excited to see how things go. I really do love my kids. They mean the world to me. I’m happy. My pets are healthy and happy. This year isn’t all that bad.

How are you guys doing? I am going to write back to the comments, emails, DM’s I have this morning. I have a few more hours before the kids get up for the day. It looks like I have a lot of DM’s. I wonder what’s up with that. Have a great day guys! Love you!