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.

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!

Rowboat Book Club #92

You guys voted and we are going to do it. We are going to read Mary Trump’s book for this month’s Book Club pick.

In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric.

Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents’ large, imposing house in the heart of Queens, New York, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald.

A firsthand witness to countless holiday meals and interactions, Mary brings an incisive wit and unexpected humor to sometimes grim, often confounding family events. She recounts in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for regifting to her grandmother’s frequent injuries and illnesses and the appalling way Donald, Fred Trump’s favorite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s.

Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists, and journalists have sought to parse Donald J. Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.

First day of Homeschooling…Again

Our 2020-2021 school year will look a lot different but that’s okay. My kids were excited last night when I put them to bed. They hope they can interact with the other kids in their class or at least see them. Today is all about going to the school to get our virtual packets, any computer equipment that I don’t already have, and coming home with it. Sarah and I will be teaching the boys. Brenda will be teaching also. I’m keeping Peace on the ABC Mouse Academy online for this school year. She is ready to be in Pre-K but she is too young and I didn’t get approved for her exception. Public schools are different from private Catholic schools. You can’t get what you want if you donate big Lol Oh well. By the time she starts she’s going to be more than ready and excited. I did have the option to put her in a daycare/school all program but I said no way. COVID is making most of my school decisions very easy. We are ready. I think we have all the school supplies we need. Our at home classroom is ready. Sarah finally stopped moving furniture around at 8pm. She wants it to be perfect since they can’t go to the school building. She’s overthinking things. I get it, I was too until I saw how much stuff she ordered. We are ready for homeschool!

Everyone is happy that we are still in Hawaii right now. Sarah’s parents will finish up their last week of quarantine than we can send them out to go explore the island. No one has been sick this entire time. Other than my occasional insomnia, stress, stomach issues. I’m doing better and I am ready for whatever thing happens next in 2020.

I will be voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I am not a Democrat but the Republicans are so far away from my morals and values I can’t even consider voting for Trump. I wouldn’t anyway, he’s a sh**. It’s one outrageous thing after another with this guy and I can’t and won’t support that. I have signed up to work an at home call block. I get to call people and ask if they have registered to vote, give them information how to register, ask if they will be supporting Joe Biden’s campaign, and ask if they would like us to send them a yard sign or some stickers. Sounds easy enough. I can do that at night. I’m going through an online training course to participate this weekend. The girls want to see what it’s all about before they sign up too. No one in my house will be voting for Trump, most of my family will be voting for Trump so that’s been a sore topic we barely discuss. After the summer of racism with some of my family members on social media, I learned a lot of things I wasn’t aware of. It was a reality check and it cost them our family money. I am still withholding it and I’m not going to change my mind. A half-a** sorry only because you no longer receive your $5000 a month stipend is not good enough. When our Family Foundation lawyers looked back at some of their accounts they have been posting horrible things for years. I wasn’t aware of it. I can’t change who they are or what they have said, I can change how our family represents ourselves and I really don’t want a PR nightmare like that ever again. It’s been a mess cleaning all of those corporate partnerships up. Trump is a racist. I don’t agree with most of his policies. I know in his mind he thinks he is helping but 170,000 Americans have died so far. SO FAR. By January, it may be 200,000? 225,000? I mean how many people have to die before we get a national solution? It’s scary.

How are you guys doing? I’m great. Kate and I are great. The rumors that she broke up with me/turned on me/hates me now are complete BS. We have been laughing about the things that get screenshotted to me. Her family member is still in the hospital. It was looking very bad for a while, than back to school information for teachers were put out. She’s trying to prepare her job, her own kids for school. She is busy.

Lindsay got 1 troll account suspended. I have no idea who that guy even was. Things have been quiet since the show ended for the year. I love this time of the summer. Nice weather, no trolls, life is amazing. I am so blessed by God, I has been enjoying every day with my kids. We are having fun. It’s not the same as the plans I had, but maybe this is better. As long as we are all healthy that’s all I care about.

2020 has been a real bad year for a lot of people. I do pray for all of my readers and ask God to keep you all healthy and safe. We will be rolling out a huge cash give away next week on our Family Foundation social media accounts. I’m happy to do direct cash payments once again. I love trying to help as many people as we can. We select than randomly. You just have to let us know you need a little help and we will contact you back. Have a great start of your school year guys, whenever it comes around. We are excited, and blessed. Here’s to 1st grade and more!

F*** Donald Trump and Homeschooling Lol

Here we go, here we go, here we GO! Hey guys. Yesterday we spent most of the day getting the bedroom down the hall from my bedroom into our home school classroom. The other half of the day was unpacking our boxes from Amazon of school stuff for the classroom. This is going to be hard. 1st grade is not necessarily hard, but the hours per day commitment for my kids will be a real challenge. Making them sit there as Sarah and I try to figure all of this out is the problem. She wants to teach nursing in college, that has been her goal for years, this is her preview. If she can survive 4 weeks (Maybe more?) with them she may skate by with college kids someday. We have all of the things we need downloaded to start the first week of school. We both looked it over and she is coming up with a schedule. I’m going over things with my girlfriend, Kate, today. She’s a teacher. We will tighten up what Sarah’s plans are. I may need to just hand over my phone and say work it out girls, we want the best for all of this. I don’t know yet.

I have more boxes coming in today. It’s what every thought we needed to homeschool. I’m looking forward to getting this room done. It’s been a lot of talking. I don’t understand why it’s a huge deal, it’s just a classroom. I thought a table and a few chairs was good enough. Boy, was I wrong. We are all working hard to make it perfect. I know the kids will destroy the room by October Lol I hope this works out. I really don’t know what the best thing to do for all of this. I do feel much better the kids have to stay home the first 4 weeks. This may be what we do the entire half of this school year. I don’t know yet.

Kate is also getting info about the start of her school year. It’s a lot of school talk right now. It’s really fun. She knows everything Lol I know nothing. Not surprised. She’s been such a huge help the past 2 weeks figuring out what is the best thing to do.

I’m going to start my exercise routine up again. I’ve had a few ridiculous health issues so I haven’t been able to work out like I want to. I’ve been swimming and…. well mostly swimming. I walk back and forth all over the place so I do count that too. We have been trying to teach the boys baseball but they don’t have the passion for it that I thought they might. I think they are in it for hitting the ball Lol I don’t think they care about rules of the game or anything else. I have not gained pandemic pounds. Because of the nature of my illness I actually lost a lot of weight and have been slowly putting it back on. Thank you Youtube/WebMD/ and various google searches that did nothing to help me figure out what was going on. I went into the clinic and they figured it all out within 15 minutes Lol I’m an idiot. I’m glad the antibiotics have kicked in and I feel MUCH better. Finally.

How are you guys doing? Any back to school stuff going on for you? I love reading your comments. I have finally answered back all of the comments/emails/DM’s I have received. Check your inbox. I even checked my spam folder to make sure nothing went in there. Nothing from you guys did, just some random buy this health candle ad that smells like the pine forest. No thanks. Better than whatever Gwyneth Paltrow is selling Lol Yes I had to google her name to know how to spell it. I got it wrong the first try.

We are all doing well. We are surviving the global pandemic. I am happy Biden/Harris presidential campaign has started. I’m happy she is our VP pick. I am not a Democrat but at this point I would vote for a bedroom lamp before I voted for Don and his ghostly buddy. No way!

Have a great week guys. I am blogging more often. My blogging club friends encouraged us all to write things out. Write it don’t fight it, that’s their club mantra. They think it’s healthy for our mental health. They are probably write (See what I did there).

I’m Protected

Sarah’s parents are here. It was a little bit of a rough start for all of us but they are finally settling in. I took them to the stores yesterday to pick up what they needed for their cabin. I think they are well stocked and we did find a few new outfits so they can enjoy the local style. I love a good Hawaiian shirt, I am that annoying tourist who thinks that’s what the local population wears. I don’t care, they are very comfortable. The family is happy they are here and I know they are enjoying time with their grandbaby. She is very cute and getting a little more sleep overnight.

This week is all about getting our at home classroom ready. The boys have to homeschool the first 4 weeks. That was kind of a bummer but I’m very happy to know our school district is taking COVID serious. I’m working on some brand new vegan recipes. I found an old recipe book in a family member’s cabin and they said it belonged to one of my Great Great uncles. I was shocked. I haven’t known of any guy relative that loves to cook enough to write his recipes down. I’m going to tear them down and make them into something new. I hope it works out. I love trying new things but I’m never prepared for criticism on my food Lol Oh well.

I have locked up my 2 social media accounts. My 2 book Twitters that I don’t run have been locked up since earlier this year. My @NotBatmanYet account is LOCKED UP. That’s because Kate is getting ready to open her account up again. Things with her beloved family member are settling down a bit and she is thinking about being more active on her accounts. The trolls think they found out her real name. They were obviously lied to by someone I don’t even know. The whole thing is hilarious. Kate and I have been laughing about it for 2 days. I do feel bad for the woman they all tried to harass. They are wrong, I love it, it shows how psychotic this hate group really is. We are in a global pandemic and a group of Trump loving reality tv fans are stalking me. Yay!

So if you are a lurker and you are a nice person add me. You can leave me a comment on here with your username. I do not post my comments anymore. I do read them and I will email the person back when they have questions. I love all of my readers. I really do. You all help keep me active in the blogging community and make me want to write. I love interacting with my fans. I have way more positive feedback than the few negative things I have to deal with. Block and report my friends. It really does work.

I have a big thing happening soon. I’m not going to talk about it but it’s exciting news for my family. Wish us luck!

I love you guys, hope you have a great week!