I Wear the Apron in this Kitchen

I found that Apron photo and now I want to order it. It’s funny.

I am on a cooking frenzy this morning. I was up early thanks to Kate. I took a short nap and it’s been full steam ahead the rest of my morning. We have cleaned the entire downstairs, including mopping. I’ve done 3 podcasts of cooking segments for later this week. And now I’m working on food for today. I’m making my #Vegan Meatloaf recipe with Beyond Meat. It’s actually Beyond Meat’s recipe I found on their website. It looks pretty tasty. I hope it turns out for me. It sure smells good. You have to cook it for 45 to 50 minutes so I stuck it in the oven already. We are going to have 3 small side dishes with it. I like to balance my meals out so the kids get the things they need.

I am working on writing you guys back now. I’m sorry that takes so long but I get busy and honestly I do get lazy with it. I need to set a goal to do this once or twice a week. If you have sent me a message the last month, check your inboxes please. A reply is there. So many great questions. I love connecting with new friends. I love talking to my Batfans that have been with me along this ride in life. We have all really leaned on each other through the pandemic. My group chats are hilarious. You all are appreciated.

The rest of today is getting outside and enjoying the weather. It’s going to be 60 today. We have snow, YES, snow moving in maybe later this week so I’m trying to get the yard picked up. We did all of the twigs, branches, and things that have blown around in the yard, yesterday. Today we are working around the pool area. I had this huge pool cage thing put around my swimming pool that attaches to the back of the house and porch area. I’m tired of the bugs. They get really bad in the later summer, early fall time. This year we are going to try to mitigate that and really enjoy our pool. It’s the one things all of my kids enjoy together. I bought so really fun floaties, and an entirely new patio set. Aqua blue. It’s all coming this week. I ordered it from Lowe’s. It was on sale and they had it in stock. I hope I like all of it. The pool company is coming by tomorrow to check all of my pool equipment. It’s not time to put the water in yet but I want to make sure we don’t have any plaster issues. I’m hoping in the next few weeks we can pop my pool open. It’s practically an indoor pool now. And I ordered a bunch of fake palm trees. Yes, they make those. They are all made out of recycled material. I love the beach look and I found a company that will come and install all of it. They warned me the winds may rip some of it up. But they guarantee the trees won’t fall down. They anchor them into the group. I hope it turns out to look how I envision it. Sarah said my pool will be Instagram ready.

Speaking of the nannies, it is a lot better now that they all have their own homes. I did not think they would find places so fast. I’m very happy these women are out of my guest house. I love them, but we need space. The small bickering has stopped. The large snarky comments have stopped too. Everyone is getting a long much better now that they all get the full weekends off. It’s funny they still wander over here some times to see what we are up to. It’s me vs 5 kids, it’s mostly me wrangling them all day.

I love this part of my life. I’m raising my kids. Not by myself, but soon. I think as soon as Sky is in school, I may not need the nannies anymore. We have a 5 year exit plan for that. I want to really make sure I can handle all of them. And by next year, maybe I will have a mom for them. There’s always hope. I know my kids are begging for a mom. As I always say, I’m working on it.

Hope you guys have a blessed it Sunday. Mass was pretty good today. It’s the time of year for new awakenings and new explorations of faith and service. I hope all of us continue to stay healthy through these Covid times. It’s not easy. I know it’s been hard for us. I pray you all are okay. Love you guys!

It’s already April?

I wish I had a good reason for not blogging much lately but the truth is I’m just busy with my daily life. This is what things look like now for my life.

We are still living our pandemic life. I do not take my kids out of my house for any reason other than medical/dentist appointments. We play, learn, and hang out on my property. I am blessed to own 2 lots so we have an expansive area to stretch out in. I am thankful for that. All of my kids except the 3 girls are fully vaccinated. My kids are part of the trial for Moderna shot through our Children’s hospital. Alex is the reason why plus our family doctor all of this happened. I can safely say no major side effects for everyone but our neighbor Gabby. She has contact with my kids and my house so they vaccinated her too. We have to report all of our side effects, any fevers, basically anything that happens to our bodies 1 time a week in a 15 minute phone call. If there’s a rash we have to take photos, if one of the kids are more lethargic we have to report that and then the researcher wants to talk to that child to ask what’s going on. I thought this would be fun but it is becoming a little bit annoying. The end result is more younger kids will get a chance to be vaccinated so I make everyone do it. I don’t care. Whatever we can do to help others. Covid is not a joke, it’s real. And so far we are all healthy.

So what have I been up to? It’s easy. Hit snooze, wake up, rinse repeat, for months at a time. I wish I had more fun exciting things to share but I’m living a routine life right now. I don’t mind it. I’m getting pretty good at it. Sarah helps the twins with virtual school. We are not sending them back to In Person this year. Maybe in the fall. Trey doesn’t really need help so Brenda hangs around the living room in case he hollers for help. Brenda, Lynn, and I are with my 2 girls and Sarah’s baby who is not so much of a baby anymore. I have the girls all day until school is out. Then it’s time for snack, play with my kids until I cook. In between I am cleaning all of the time. I had a maid service, I let them go when we left for Hawaii the first time last year. Since then I have been cleaning house daily. It sucks to be honest. It makes me regret building such a large house. I appreciate people that clean for a living. I am starting to realize it’s really not a fun job, it’s a job. And boy do I work at it 7 days a week. On weekends I make the kids help me. They are still young so they are doing the best they can. They don’t like it but they also know I can’t do it all by myself. I also think kids should have chores at some point. Small things they do to pitch in. I’m trying to get through this pandemic.

That’s basically my life. I go grocery shopping once a month. I order food to be delivered from the grocery stores, mostly fresh things that I ran out of. We don’t go anywhere. We have been living this new normal. The kids are getting anxious to get out and do things. I don’t know when or if we will start doing more.

I had a business trip this past week. It was odd. The entire thing was odd. Here’s what happened.

Lindsay has friends that own these 2 restaurants in Washington D.C. They need financial help. I went out there once already and didn’t offer them the kind of money that would last longer than a few months. She got mad, she scheduled this trip. I had to go because they money wanted came with a few caveats. If we give XXX dollars, and it fails we get their building. The nice one. The one with the amazing location. That’s why I went. It wasn’t my trip, I was tagging along and frankly, I was bored. I didn’t expect to sit in front of a computer to talk and talk and talk until we agreed to go look at the places. It was the safest way, I know that, but I was bored. I also had squished in a chance to go see one of my favorite cousins while she was working. She works at the Capitol but she had to work at the White House for a few days doing her job functions. I was told I could have lunch with her and a few of her staff on a certain day if I had the time. I MADE THE TIME. With Trump gone, I wanted to feel the vibe. We did that, it was a lot of fun, she stretched it for 2 hours and we were able to look around a little bit. I DID NOT meet or see anyone of note. It was in this room, silence your phone, put your phone up, okay, eat, now walk here and look at these 3 rooms. Then get out Lol That’s how fast it went. It was so nice to see her. I gave her an extra hug from her mom as told. She’s okay. She’s been through a lot. I was so happy to see her. She’s all grown up now my gosh. I’m used to the little brat that would throw her gum wrappers at me.

Our meetings stretched into a few other meetings, by Thursday evening I was shot. We didn’t even do much sightseeing like I wanted. We decided to leave Friday morning so my assistant and Lindsay packed up and I dropped them back in Chicago.

My assistant is so funny. She’s getting married soon so she will be quitting next week. I really don’t need a new assistant yet, but I have a few people in mind for the job. She talked about her wedding plans. I’m very excited for her and her future husband. If Covid is okay, I will attend her wedding. It will be the first sense of normalcy in over a year. I may be able to bring the kids. I’m not sure yet. I miss Chicago so any chance I can get, I want to go.

That’s about it guys. I am reading all of your comments and messages. I will start working on them. WIth Covid in all of our lives, there just hasn’t been much to talk about. I have my 2 podcasts. I have the kids. That’s about it. My dating life is still on hold. No plans to do much about it until Covid is under control. That’s fine I’m not really looking for anything serious right now. I would love it, but Covid is screwing that up too. I haven’t lost my sh** yet. Most people have had a breakdown or 2 by now. I’m trying to remain calm for the kids. I’m trying to reassure the nannies we will be okay. I guess my next plan is to make my house more fun. The warmer weather is coming. The pool will be open soon. My kids love that. It’s heated so I can keep it warmed up for everyone. Let me think. I am thinking about a bigger swing set in the backyard. We have Trey now and little kid stuff won’t work. He’s doing great. I love that kid. He’s so gentle and sweet. Everyone is good. I’m just dealing with life. I hadn’t felt like writing the exact same post every week. It’s just the same day over and over again. I think some of you may be able to relate. I don’t have to work much so that helps. My work life now consists of emails or phone calls. We have downsized so much, even that has lessened. I wish I could say I picked up a new fun hobby but the only thing I have been doing since last year is the Wolverine diet and exercise program. It’s the same one Hugh Jackman has done to get in shape for all of his Wolverine movies. It took me an entire year but I am shredded right now. I did this because I know at this age my body will never look this good again. I’m going to get wrinkly and old and saggy no matter what I do. I wanted one more piece of glory for my ego. It worked but I was shocked it took me an entire year. I was lean and in shape before, I wanted to be ripped. Now I’m lazy Lol

I am going to start a walking routine again with Kate. We did one last year. She enjoyed it. Yes, Kate is still around. We are best friends. She is awesome. So sweet and smart. We laugh a lot. Her and I off and on again business is gone. That was getting annoying. We finally had a long talk and I put the relationship part where it needs to be. I think we are both happier. We’ve been happy growing close as friends the past 2 years. Our podcast ended just as Covid was taking off and Jessica stepped in to fill the space. Things worked out. We aren’t fighting, snipping, or being inconsistent anymore. It’s a great space to be in for both of us. Maybe in the future when Covid stops things will take a giant leap forward. You never know. I’m happy right now. I’m happy being single and living my life very quiet and boring. No Drama. That’s this year’s theme.

How are you guys doing? I have missed you all. I’m so happy you are here. It looks like I finally hit 5 million visitors on my blog. Can you believe that? Congrats to me. I know some of you want me to talk about Meri and that god awful show but I don’t want to. It’s a lie, she is a liar. I wish her well. She will never be happy until she leaves him and tells the FULL truth. I still hope that day comes. Anything else going on with her, I don’t know. I don’t care either. So if that’s why you are here, move along. There is no purpose in my life to gossip about her and whatever she has going on. That show is not real. It’s staged and scripted and it’s a huge disappointment once you come here looking for my snarky comments. I don’t have any. I don’t watch it. I don’t watch tv much. The local news, the weather. I like Vikings but that ended. I really don’t watch tv much. CNN for all my political news. Sorry guys. I have better things in my life.

That’s it. I haven’t been doing much. Just living I guess. I like it. My kids keep me very busy. I’m doing my best to make sure they finish school strong. Maybe a little traveling for this summer. It is all wrapped around COVID. I would love to start exploring Denver more. I haven’t even had time to make many friends here yet. That’s my Spring time goal. Make new friends, travel a little. Try to find our new normal.

God bless you all. Wear your mask! Get Vaccinated. Take care of your mind, body, and heart. Self-care. It’s important. Love you guys. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Happy New Year? Is Trump Gone Yet???

I’m supposed to be skiing. Or sledding. Or sipping on Hot Cocoa while wearing a new Christmas sweater. None of that is going to happen. Oh well.

Happy New Year Batfans! I am not going to be doing much. I plan on cooking. I will most likely watch the Ball Drop or Biscuit Toss, or Virtual concerts until Midnight. I might make it to 10:30pm. I’m old. The kids want a small party. We can do that. They like to sip Cherry 7UP and act like they are grown ups. They pretend to be me or Sarah. No one wants to be Lynn. She gets a stern look on her face. They like the smiling people. I would usually have already posted my End of the Year post with highlights of memorable moments but all it would be this year is a photo of me wearing a mask. Why bother? Those are already on my Instagram.

So here’s to all acquaintances not forgot and always brought to mind, when you are singing Auld Lang Syne this year, be a little more hopeful. Maybe a little more grateful. We are about to start a brand new year.

What could possibly be worse than 2020?

So this is Christmas?

I am very excited to share that our 1st Christmas with Trey went very well. My family, friends, and neighbors are all very generous people and they made sure his 1st Christmas in our family was special. My kids really enjoyed all of their gifts and even helped me clean up with the mess without me having to yell at them. I am pretty sure the girls enjoyed their Christmas with their families. I am so happy we were able to get them back home to Texas for a much needed visit. With Covid destroying everyone’s holidays, it was worth it to at least try.

We have zero travel plans. We might go out to drive around and look at Christmas lights again, but I haven’t decided on that yet. I’m supposed to be skiing. The plan was to take the kids to Aspen for a week and enjoy a fun ski trip OR to go somewhere else, warm, and away. Thank you Rona, you ended our year with a sad trombone.

That being said, I am so happy we have managed to keep everyone under my roof healthy. This has been a real test of kindness. Being stuck 24/7 with everyone here, never leaving, too scared to even let my kids go to a local park to play on the swings. It’s been nothing. I keep promising them when this is over, I will make it all up to them. They don’t know what that looks like. Either do I. I pray this does not stretch into all of 2021. I’m not sure some of his will make it out alive (Heston). All of the complaining, fighting, but also the laughs, the funny moments, the kids growth milestones. I just shake my head at all of it. My goodness, we are getting by.

That reminds me of that song. Give me one last look, as you walk away. I don’t know what to say. I start calling out your nameeee! 2020, I will not miss you at all. You have been a giant pain in my rear. That song, Until then I’ll get by. Somehow I’ll get by. I’ll get by. I’m thinking that song name is I’ll Get By Lol But I don’t know who sang it.

Here’s to getting by until 2021, guys! Merry Christmas to you all! Love you.

I told God my Xmas plans and he said HAHAHA Sam

Hi guys. I’m supposed to be on a sunny beach right now enjoying the sun, surf, and quiet life. Nope. I’m at home in Denver, it’s currently, let me look, 30 degrees. Three Oh. As in Oh Sh** it’s cold! The house is ready for Christmas, the food is being planned and menu edited. My Aunt and cousin are here. They got in really late last night or very early this morning. My Aunt has already made breakfast and asked why I didn’t go get a fresh haircut, I knew she was coming. Southern women know how to give it to you with no qualms at all. None. My nannies are packing up the rest of their things and cleaning out their fridge. Their house (My pool house) is my guesthouse and that’s where my guests are staying. Except Lindsay.

Lindsay has taken over the east part of the house. She’s even throwing East SIDDDEEEE gang signs at me when I’m getting frustrated with her. She is her usual self, crazy, smart mouth, and oh she is throwing in sassy just for some extra spice. I love her, she is my best friend and I don’t even know how to argue with her anymore. I think I’ve lost my edge, guys. I’m getting old.

She is here so we can spend quality time together and so we can make heavy decisions about work. Covid has impacted a lot of people, I am grateful that we have not completely lost every thing. We are holding on. I have a few other things in the works but for now we have no choice. Decisions must be made. It’s not fun. I feel awful but why hold on to a sinking ship when it may begin to take us down? That’s now what we signed up for. None of this is. The problem is at the end of every decision are employees with families who need income. I guess I was hopeful that the government would step up and prolong some of their resources but they have decided on nothing. I think that’s frustrating for everyone. We will survive, we will be okay, some of my businesses may be gone.

I pray every day that you guys are okay. I have finally gotten back to all of your messages and emails. Thank you all for keeping my family in your prayers and thoughts. That is very sweet of you. Things are going to be okay. Hold on a little longer. I love you all. I want to wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, etc. 2021 is going to be a big, beautiful year full of love and hope. Don’t give up. I promise things will turn around for all of us. God bless you guys and all of your families. Thank you so much for continuing to visit my blog and contact me. I have the best fans and friends. Take care guys! Love all your faces!

A December to Remember

Things at home have been very busy. I’ve spent the last few weeks getting my house set up from our extended stay in Hawaii. It was time to come home. I have a big day coming up next Monday and it will be easier because we are back in Denver.

We are still doing online school for the boys. Peace gets her ABC Mouse program an hour a day. She’s whipping right through all of the Pre-K and Kindergarten things. It’s kind of scary how smart she is. I mean, she already runs the house, as a 3 year old.

I’ve been neck deep in laundry, unpacking our boxes that came UPS, cooking, cleaning every surface. Oh yeah, and getting the house inside and out decorated for Christmas.

Work has been a chore. I’m still semi-retired. I’m losing money this year but we will survive. I’ve had to cut back on a lot of business things I had scheduled for this year. I have NOT traveled for work. That is crazy to me. I travel all year long in a non-Covid year. But we are okay.

The vaccine is coming. I realize it’s going to be months before my family will be allowed to get vaccinated but that’s okay. The kids do not leave the house unless we have a medical appointment or we go out for a drive. We are limiting any fast food, pizza to place we know follow all CDC guidelines. I mean, I’m not giving up Friday pizza night. It’s our family tradition. We are doing our best to stay healthy. No colds or flu bugs so far.

The good news. Wait, the GREAT NEWS, is that my 2 nannies, Lynn and her daughter Brenda, have found a house to buy. They had sold their house in Texas and decided Denver will be their forever home. They live in my guesthouse right now but have been looking for a while to find the right place for them. They found a ranch style 4 bed/3 bath home that just got revonated. There is still some painting to do but the rest of the house is brand new. It’s 10 minutes away from us so travel back and forth here will be easy. Sarah is also looking for a place. Switching from nanny to our full time teacher/helper is not making her in a rush to get out Lol I’ve tried.

The plan is to get everyone out in to their own places soon. Then it’s me and my 5 kids all alone. This was the plan for this summer but COVID said HAHAHA nope! I am looking forward to having my house and my kitchen all to myself. Sarah’s baby is so cute…and loud, and a baby, so she’s eating, sleeping, pooping all the time. I’m done with that phase. Sky is 1 and almost out of full time diapers. She’s doing her best to learn about the potty and I swear as soon as she started walking I knew we were all in trouble. This kid gets the zoomies and she’s GONE Lol I love them all. I want them all to myself. I just need help during school hours. I hope. We will see.

Hope you guys are doing well. Please wear your mask. Please enjoy or NOT enjoy the last few months of Trump. He’s been a pain in the a** for years. I’m glad he’s gone. The sooner we hit President Biden era, the better. Love you guys! Thanks for reading this.

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!