It is obvious

I used to blog on here at least once a month. The past 2 years with Covid, it is obvious I put no effort here. It’s time to finally shut down this blog. I have had a great time with this username and I do appreciate all of my loyal readers and followers.

I want to invite you all over to the blog I HAVE been writing on the past 2 years, my Vegan Sam blog. My vegan cookbook is coming out later this year, FINALLY!, and I need to focus all of my efforts there, since that will be the start of my Vegan empire. We have so much happening, I am stressed. Really stressed. I am happy. I am in a great place in my life, my kids are growing up. They are really happy. Things are calm. I have finally found the peace I have been searching for. Turns out, in all of my chaos, I just needed to fix me. I’ve done a great job working on myself the past 10 years. My 40s have been a real adventure, they focused on my family life. I have everything I want. I am excited about starting my 50s with a huge successful vegan book and cooking tour. The cities and dates are coming together. This is my next Chapter. Check out all of my exciting and fun things happening on the Vegan Sam website! It’s not hard to find.

Thank you all for being here. I’ve had this blog since 2010. It changed usernames 2 times before I landed on my 3rd name, Not Bat Man Yet. Love it. This will be shutting down on the 1st of July. What a ride! I love you guys so much. I appreciate your continued support. I mass emailed all of you that signed up on my last podcast. Watch what I do next, it’s going to be awesome!

The boys are in Little League

Trey is on a team with a lot of really talented kids. You can tell he still has a lot to learn, but he is learning so much. We had practices all through April. Our 6 week season has started this week. The boys are playing for the city league and it has been a lot of fun so far. My twins are on the same team. The coach underhand pitches to them. They are doing their best, sometimes they hit it. Sometimes it’s a giant whiff and I try not to laugh because I know how pissed they are walking back to the dugout. I have to stand around both fields so I can see all of my boys play. I try to cheer them when they come up to bat so they know I’m watching. I keep forgetting to take photos at the games.

After the game we get to spend their tickets at the concession stand. I think it’s cool they still do that. It’s a reward for trying. Right now, all of the players get a turn to play. It doesn’t matter who is good and who is still learning. They all get a chance. I like that about this league. We already did team photos so I’m waiting for my big buttons of all of my boys so I can pin them on my shirt for every game. My dad never came to any of my sporting events, I’m already breaking that cycle with my own kids. It feels good.

I have my daughters in a dance class. They go 2 times a week with Brenda. Brenda loves getting them in their dance outfits and telling me all about it when they get home. The dance class is the same nights as baseball so I’m going to have to wait until Drew comes out to see them play so he can take the boys and I can get over to dance class. The 1st week of June is the big dance recital and then the girls are done. They show me the new moves they have learned, and they practice together. It’s very cute.

Things are still quiet and great. The weather is finally turning so I will be able to get a lot more gardening done. We have planned out everything we want for this years fruits and veggies. It’s time to drag out my tiller and start digging. I love this time of year.

I hope everyone is having a great early Spring. Get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Weather changes are awesome when we have all been couped up in the house for months. Love you guys!

Happy Easter 2022

Good morning, everyone. It’s been a while since I sat down to get my blog updated. I have posting more on my other blog site. It’s finally starting to take off a little.

I have family in town right now for Easter. I spent a lot of time yesterday and this morning prepping food and treats for this weekend. It’s nice letting the kids visit with everyone so I can take care of a few things in my email and write this. I hope everyone has an awesome Easter weekend. I pray you all are healthy and doing well. God has a plan for all of us and it’s our job to go with the flow of life. Some days it’s hard to see that but it’s the truth. We are all meant to learn, love, and support others around us.

My kids are doing great. School has been different but good. The boys are signed up for baseball and both of my girls are going to dance classes starting on Monday. I’m trying to hope for the best with COVID still being out and about. It’s a struggle to figure out what feels the best in making decisions. 2 years we have all put our lives on hold. I’m hoping being vaccinated and still doing our best to stay healthy will keep it away.

Business is finally starting to improve. Losing a lot of money was not a fun experience but I know a lot of other business owners that lost everything. I am blessed and thankful that things are finally turning around. Lindsay is doing a wonderful job to keep things moving forward, even if it has been a snails pace for months and months.

I’m trying to keep this short and sweet. Thank you all for coming and reading my blog still. I need to start writing more here. The other platform is more fun with comments and linkbacks.

Have a great day, love all of you! God bless your weekend.

2022 is going to be…A year

2021 ended with not much different from the start of 2021 for me. We stayed at home a lot. We social distanced. We got vaccinated, online shopped, and tried to find the end to this Pandemic.

In between, I lost a few family and friends to Covid. I lost some business. I lost some money. I am healthy and my kids are too. We added 2 more cats to the family because I can’t tell my kids no. Daryl and Ashe. They are active little boys and I’m happy to have them.

I have a few goals for this year but again, it all depends on Covid. I have my booster shot. Now I have to get my kids booster shots. I wish I had more to pass on here but we haven’t changed much of anything the past 12 months. I am happier, at more peace, and praying my bad knee holds up until I can get surgery. It is better, but not good. I’m getting more into cooking than ever before. My Christmas gifts were mostly kitchen gadgets and that’s why I’m on a cooking/baking session. I love it. Cooking is a big passion, it’s not just a hobby.

My kids are all a year older and more behaved. I love that. My pets are fine. I really wish I had some big exciting thing to announce but I don’t. Life is all about keeping that COVID out of my house.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Here’s to…another year.

My Faith is stronger than your doubts

Oh I caught this Spirit today! This week’s devotional message around my house is Lean on God. We read “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken” Psalm 62:1-2

Well the last part of that is not true. I have been shaken in my life. I have cussed out God in my 2 times of ultimate despair. I have asked for forgiveness and understanding and I pray to God I am never shaken again. This is the message and the truth I want my kids to know. We all have moments in our life that we have lost our trust in God. It never lasts long and if it starts to stretch out, it will be time to heal and pray. They have had some great questions this week. I love it.

“What if God doesn’t want me to live a long happy life that you keep promising me?” Oooohhhh, that’s deep and scary.

“What if I wake up and I don’t think God exists” He does, I will remind you, and that is part of your spiritual path. We all walk our own way to God’s Will. Our life and story have been laid out for us already. I have wandered from my Faith. It has been very few weeks but there have been times I did not believe. I can say today and for many years, my Faith has only gotten stronger and I’m very happy to know that no matter what my struggles, God always loves me.

I love hearing my own children ask the same questions I asked. But my kids are a lot smarter than I was at their ages. They know God loves them. They know my Faith is a lot stronger than any of their doubts. If I can’t answer the questions they have we always look in our Bibles for guidance. I wanted my kids to stay in Catholic school but I can’t support the Denver Catholic school system. It’s a hot mess. We do our religion class at home. After supper we do half hour of a foreign language and then half hour of religion. We have done that since they were around 4 years old and up. I love knowing they question things in life and they actively seek the answer. I’m trying my best to put a solid foundation of faith and love. When they go out into the world without me, I will know I gave them all I had. And God will give them the rest.

I love God. I know God exists in my life. I also love talking to others who either don’t believe or they have different religious views. Send me a DM with your thoughts or an email. I love hearing from you guys! God loves you and I love you too!

M R Aight

I usually write these blog posts while listening to music. Today, I’m listening to my daughter and Sarah’s daughter babbling on about kittens. It’s cute. I had an MRI on my knee. I have ripped a ligament from the bone. My MCL is hanging on by a thumb size. It’s painful and delaying surgery was the bad news I have been dealing with. I’m 6 months out from them rescheduling it. I pray they get a cancellation and I get in sooner. For now they shot gel into it, and I’m supposed to be a good boy and stop doing stupid things to reinjure it. I’m not going to lie guys, it hurts. I’m going to do what the doctors tell me to do and wait for my turn to get it fixed.

School is going well. So far, none of my kids have gotten kicked out of class. I can’t say that for my girlfriend’s kids who are doing virtual school in Canada. I might want to add, they have been booted twice Lol Alex had an incident where a kid shoved him and he bonked his knee into a sharp edge and cut his leg a little. I did go get him and bring him home for the rest of that day. School is full steam ahead. All 4 of my kids love it and the best part, they are finally making some friends. Covid has prevented all of us from meeting new people. I’ve lived here 2 years and you would think I would have a ton of friends by now. Nope. I’m working on it now. Finally. I like hearing about what classmates did what or said this. My twins actually like being split up into separate classrooms. It’s all working out and I couldn’t be happier. It’s the most normal thing we have going on.

The entire backyard has become our private park area. We have summered it so hard I don’t know where to store allof our outdoor toys at. It’s getting that time of the year when it’s almost time to call it a day on the swimming pool. I’m going to drain my pool. I want to make sure next spring when we open it back up that there are no cracks from all of the construction mess I had going on. I think I see 2 but I’m not really sure. Either way I scheduled the pool company to come next weekend.

This weekend we are all flying to Chicago. I finally bought a Brownstone and it’s time to check it out. This has been a few months journey. I outgrew my downtown condo. It used to work just fine. I have a lot of kids. We are going to do out best to fix it up so everyone is comfortable. I’m really excited to see it. I don’t think we will need to double up the kids. If they want to, I will get bunk beds and get their bedrooms filled up with the basics. What I learned the last few years is, whatever clothes you leave in your “vacation home” won’t fit at all when you arrive back to it after a year away. I had a pile to donate and now I think bringing in our clothes is the way to go. At least until my kids are all done growing. I’m excited to see my friends. I’m really excited to show my new place to Lindsay and Cam. I’m going to get with my interior designer and start coming up with a plan. I don’t want to renovate. I want to paint the walls and get all of my furniture moved in from my condo. Once that is done I hope to fill it up with whatever we may need. It’s going to be fun. I think we will renovate over the winter if we need to. I refuse to fly my plan in snow and ice. In fact, as I’ve gotten older, I really don’t like flying anywhere near bad weather. I’ve always put it in my mind that I will stop flying privately when I hit 50. I don’t want my cognitive skills to diminish to a point I refuse to admit it. Commercial airlines are getting better and if I really insist, I can hire a private jet. It’s really not as expensive as people think. It’s important to me we are all safe. I trust my kills. I trust my planes. I just want to make sure we are okay.

My house is finally done. I’m done redoing things, fixing things. It’s done. I had all of this year in it, finally, and realized I need to get rid of some of my oversized, ridiculous furniture. I’m starting to see I have too much stuff. I have donated what I could. Covid shut down all donations for the past year. Now they are opened back up and I hauled over 3 truck loads of things. I always believe in donating old clothes as they are replaced. I know as a kid when we hit hard financial times the Church garage sales and thrift stores helped my family get what we needed.

I’m entering that part of my life where things are always, well….fine. No big drama. Nothing holding me back from doing what I want to do. I think it’s peaceful. Finally. My girlfriend still tells me about once a week to behave. I just laugh and say Who Me??? Things are calm. I love it. I love just being able to live and breathe. I’m so thankful for all of God’s blessings. I appreciate the things I have accomplished and worked hard for. Is this the part of early retirement where I need to pick a hobby? I like golf but I really just want to hang out with my kids. I love being a dad. I feel it is a calling in my life. I’m finally getting good at it. When we merge both of our families, my girlfriend has told me she knows we will have some issues at first but she can’t wait for her kids to see that I want to be with them, that I want to be their step-dad. I really do. I can’t wait for us to start our lives together. We have to wait a little longer for Covid to calm down. That’s the hardest part.

I hope all of you are okay and doing well. I will start blogging more. My podcast schedule changed as soon as the kids got back in school and Jessica wants to do them in the evenings or weekends. It’s been an adjustment but it’s finally smoothing out. I will get back to all of your comments, messages, and emails this weekend. There’s going to be a lot of sitting around just getting decisions made. I know my nannies will be very opinionated on how they want their rooms and the kids rooms set up. I just get to sit back and wait for someone to say my name. Have a wonderful weekend. Love you guys!

A little up Date

My knee surgery date got cancelled because of COVID, that’s fun. I get to ice my knee when it gets bad and spread on the Icy Hot. I mean, this can’t get any worse, right?

4 of my 5 pack are in school all day. That leaves me with baby Sky and baby Rain all day. Sarah does not quality to put her daughter in daycare at her new work yet. She has to be there 6 months because it’s one of those extra benefits they offer once you establish yourself. I told her yes we will watch the baby. We’ve been with her since she was a week old anyway. And this will be our last full time babysitting with her I wan to enjoy it. She is such a sweet little girl. Sarah is trying to get all of her life out of my house, which I appreciate. She LOVES her new job. It is her dream job. She has spent so much time getting her life ready for her career I’m proud to see it finally happen. Her parents are thinking about selling their house in a few months to be closer to their only grandchild. Sarah’s sister has had the same boyfriend for years, no engagement, no kids. They don’t want to miss anything and they both recently retired so this will be a big move. I will love having them nearby. I have known Sarah’s mom since I was 3 years old. We were raised together because her mom was my nanny. And Ray and I get along great. We are always getting in trouble together. I love this idea.

My kids love their teachers, love school, hate wearing a mask. I told them that’s the only way we can keep them healthy. It was a lot of discussion all summer to make sure they do understand how important it is. I told them if they do not keep it on every day I have to pull them from school and they will do virtual class again. None of them want that, I don’t blame them.

This is the year they are FINALLY making friends. I’m happy to see that and I hope to be able to host a few swim parties soon. We are running out of the hot weather. We all know it’s going to snow in Denver next month Lol It always does.

I am starting to get and about a little more. I hope I start making friends too. It’s easy to see who takes COVID serious by still wearing a mask. Those are the kind of people I would love to be friends with.

Things are busy. I’m doing my best to get these kids into a routine. We are going to do some weekend trips back to Chicago. I’m still trying to find a new condo. The 2 I have put a bid on got outbid and I wasn’t willing to go up higher. My account said $6 to $8 million. Once we move we can fix up my downtown condo that’s too small and sell it. That will recoup some of what I spent on the new one.

Life is great. My girlfriend and I are getting along much better. We have been off and on for 2 and a half years. We go great for months and then we break up for a week or 2. I think we are finally maturing into the relationship. As soon as I can get up to her area safely, without it being a hotspot for COVID, we will most likely get engaged. We are older, there’s a lot of moving parts to getting her and her kids moved here. But her and her kids need to get away from her ex and his family, too many issues going on. It’s going to be a new chapter for both of us. I can’t wait.

Hope everyone is enjoying the last bit of summer. Get outside and enjoy it. Love you guys!