I can’t BEE-lieve its almost Spring

Good morning #Batfans! I know it’s been a minute since I have updated my blog. It’s been a very busy year so far. I survived my twins’ 5th birthday party, my birthday weekend celebration, eat-a-thon, and the beginning of our family Spring cleaning.

I have been spending time outside with Peace clearing out all of our flowerbeds, and garden spot doing the prep work. I can’t plant until the end of March but almost everything is cleared and ready to go. We decided to put the garden area in the back part of our yard near the fenceline. It seems to have the best soil and I need to keep our dog out of it. He likes to go in and sniff everything. Not this time! I’m putting up a temporary fence around it so he can’t get in there. I’m a little concerned about other varmits getting in my yard because the girls think leaving my gate open and not shutting it is a thing. I’m about to padlock it for life and make sure we have no more runaway dog issues.

The outside work is getting done. I’m proud of myself for how hard I’ve worked. I did not hire someone to do it. That being said, we all know, I’m going to hire someone to tend the garden Lol I will help. I’m just not a big weed pulling guy. I know I can plant it wide enough to run the rototiller up and down, but I’m sitting here admitting I’m a lazy gardener. We have already planted our indoor spring flower pots. The kids were so excited to get them going. I have them all lined up across the back sliding glass window to soak up the sun. I hope we get a great start on them so we can move them around the house and enjoy.

We have also been spring cleaning the entire house, room by room. I even painted the boys’ bedroom myself. They got new bunkbeds and really wanted a different color in their “man” room Lol They still have separate rooms but they always end up back together. I let go, Let God on that one. Heston is the one that prefers some alone time. He says “Daddy I just need some Me time”, which means to not open his bedroom door. I hear him in there playing and talking to himself so I know he’s fine. Alex is my social bug. He wants everyone together all of the time. He talks nonstop and is teaching Peace everything he learns in school. I think he’s going to be a teacher. He’s SO patient with her. It’s amazing. I’m so happy to have smart little boys that know who they are and have their own little boundaries already.

My daughters are amazing. Always. I get to spend all day with them during the week and I love it. I’m obsessed with my baby, Sky. She’s getting so big. She’s laughing and doing all the cute baby things we all love. She’s sleeping through most nights and that helps me. Rooms are cleaned up, toys are went through and donated. New toys are in toy boxes, clothes are donated, new clothes bought and put in their places.

Life is pretty darn good right now.

Oh and who can forget my beautiful girlfriend. She’s amazing. I keep telling her how much I love my nice, boring life. It’s fantastic. I appreciate each day and whatever kid crisis I have to deal with. I have nothing to complain about. I really do miss Chicago. It was my home. Denver is my home now. I’m making new friends. I’m taking small trips and getting to know my community. I love it here.

Today is going to be 69 degrees. Can you believe it? All the next week 60’s also. That’s shorts weather for me, not the kids. I love how weird the weather is here. Snow for decades, then the sun says Hi for a week straight.

Also today, both of my boys qualified for the Kindergarten spelling bee. Instead of studying the 3 and 4 letter words, all we have been working on is not cheating Lol My boys can do sign language to each other and help each other out. We have them sitting on their hands ONLY when a brother has his turn. It’s working at home but who knows on stage. The one cautious thing I’ve been working on is they mess up a word and their potty mouths being in front of a hot mic Lol If I hear a bad word today, THAT’S IT and I already warned them. Just say dang, or shoot. Be 5 year olds. I don’t think either one will win but I am so proud they made it out of the 10 kids that will be up there.

I did bribe them with food right after school. I admit that. I think it will help out. The judges said they are going to put down a piece of tape so the boys don’t stand too close to the mic and get feedback from their hearing aids. I hope they can hear the word, sound it out, and do their best. That’s all I want for the rest of their lives.

How are you guys? I’m great! I’m getting ready to go to the store to get a few things for the weekend. Sarah is getting really close to her due date. She will be moving at the beginning of April. She’s going home to her parents in Texas. They want to be there for her and I am so happy she decided to have her baby there. I wish her and David could work things out so he could also be there but it sounds like he’s not interested. It’s sad and it’s also none of my business. We all do not know if Sarah will come back to us. It’s okay if she doesn’t. I want her to be where she belongs. If it’s with her parents, okay. If it’s with us, okay. I’m ready either way. I’ve been taking on more responsibility with all 4 of my kids. They are finally at an age I can handle all 4. Brenda will be staying with us until the first part of June. She plans to also go back to Texas and start her life over.

I wanted this family. I want to raise my kids. I needed nannies but I really want to raise my kids myself. That’s why I quit working. My family means more to me than a job. I couldn’t always say that, but now that I have them, it’s all I care about.

Have a great weekend guys! I love you. I just uploaded a bunch of new photos and videos. The birthday party (both) are up now. Don’t I look so freaking happy now? I really am.

School Picture Day is Tomorrow

Hey guys! It’s been a little while since I’ve updated. Let me try to recap. We are home from Church. That didn’t go so well. I spent half of the time in the back with one of my children. They have a “quiet room in the back and to the left where you can take your loud kids. I’m in there so much I asked if I could bring a better chair Lol No one thought that was funny. We are still trying to get settled in and that includes being among our new Church Family. I’m trying to make friends, okay no I’m not Lol I don’t really like some of the people that go to my Church. They are ********. I said it. I don’t care. They really have high expectations of themselves and try to throw that on everyone else. That would be wonderful if it wasn’t full of malcontent and spite. I’m not into that. So they get very little of my attention. Hey, it probably goes both ways, so who knows. It’s just not what I expected. I may need to go find a new Church. I’m not sure yet.

The boys are doing well in school. Everyday I walk in with a fake grin trying to get ready for whatever their teacher has to tell me. The mornings aren’t so bad. It’s when I go get them in the afternoon. I dread the walk to the classroom. I can feel myself stressing out. I stand in the little hallway and try to wave them out to me for a quick escape. I got by with that once Lol

Can I speak to you for a moment????

AHHHHHHHHHHHH, WHAT DID THEY DO NOW???????????????

I’m kidding (sorta). They are doing well. They need to work on sharing and communicating better. All things I knew about already. Their teacher helper person (F U, Trolls Lol) is great. She has been a big help and I really think she’s the real teacher.

Peace, hmmmm. She goes to daycare 5 days a week because I want to give her a huge jumpstart to education and socializing. She only goes half a day, shes in the morning class. She has the socializing down. She wears her sunglasses into class. She swings her backpack off like she’s been a big school girl for decades. It’s really getting ridiculous. Do the Karsmashians have a long lost half Asian cousin? I think I’ve found her. My daughter is in the midst of her terrible 2’s. Everyday is a fight. Yesterday I flung a plastic bat at her to make her shut up. Okay that’s not true. Yesterday I thought about doing that but I know better Lol She was arguing with me over nothing. But she was very passionate and loud about it all. I just stand there. I don’t know how to fight with her. I really don’t. I mean she’s so cute and it makes me laugh. That makes her even madder and that’s the moment I see what all of my ex’s had to deal with when we’d argue. I just laugh. I think it’s a defense mechanism or something.

So things are going okay? Can I even say that word? Yes, it’s not all bad. It’s just a lot all at once. My baby girl Sky is getting so big. I took her to her checkup appointment. She’s doing awesome. Her weight is good, her heart, lungs, everything are good. She’s perfect. She has started sleeping a little longer in between feedings. I keep thinking to myself just make it to the end of this year. By then she will be sleeping all night I hope.

I’m good. I really am doing okay. The boys in school and Peace at daycare gives me special bonding time with Sky. I love it. I haven’t really taken her out much at all yet. I’m waiting. She roams around the house in my arms and I let her look outside. She doesn’t care. She will have this big beautiful yard to play in someday but for now it’s all a big green smudge.

I hope everyone is surviving school. I’m spending more time on Twitter because you guys keep DM’ing me everyday. I got caught up most of last night on all of my messages. I still have to get back to Jamie and Nelson. But I do think I have replied to ALL. So check your messages, guys.

Happy post Batman day! It was a lot of fun. I got to spend most of yesterday talking all about Batman. My podcast had the 2nd biggest crowd of the year. I loved all of the questions and rapid fire trivia that I nailed. I know my Bible and Batman. That’s all that’s in my brain. And food. I love food.

Have a great Sunday, it’s the official last day of Summer. Go enjoy it!

Peaceful morning?

So far this morning things have been going smoothly. Let’s hope it stays that way. I woke up early still, my insomnia and the losing and turning has been bad. I think I was worried about the school stuff. I’m almost all the way unpacked. I have half a garage stall left of boxes to get through. I have found things I know we don’t need now. I left them in another garage stall to be donated soon. This was a great way to purge things. I have way too many kids toys in my house. I’m so glad I was able to stop most of them from going back inside.

I am starting to like Denver quite a bit. I’m still learning the places to go but I’ve found the essential things, the grocery store and the nearest comic book stores Lol I have to get my latest comic books you know. We are attending the Church where the boys go to school. Peace’s daycare is somewhere else but it’s still a Catholic based place. I think the kids are happy. They love getting out and socializing. It’s a great time for me to get the errands or cleaning up done. I think Denver was a great decision. I am going to love raising my kids here. I am still trying to downsize my life. A lot of the extra properties I own I’m now selling off. I don’t need any of that in my life anymore. With the invention of Air B&B I can now travel with my family and have a more comfortable place to stay than a hotel.

I haven’t had time to really explore the city just yet but I plan to do that soon. I thought those can be some daytime dates with Peace. I don’t really want to take Sky out yet. She has a doctor appointment for a checkup next week but that’s an easy trip. Sarah LOVES Denver. I’m so shocked. I think she’s thinking of staying with us. She wants to finish up a few things and can do it from here. Then she’s thinking of looking for a job here. I think she really was trying to get away from her ex-boyfriend. It was a back and forth thing for a few months and she wanted a fresh start. Hey, I’ve been there, I know how that feels.

My life is going great. I have met someone who is amazing. I’m happy. We have so much in common it’s crazy. She is so nice and sweet, and she loves family life. No she’s not in her 20’s. I know, I know, finally Sam! I’m learning. It’s a very fun time. We laugh every day. She is so funny and smart. She’s been teaching me a lot of things I’ve never known about. Her job is very interesting to me. And she’s on my Twitter. We DM because we want the privacy. It’s cute. Then she calls me out of nowhere and I get happy immediately. I usually start laughing as soon as I pick up the phone because I can’t believe she’s calling me during the day for a few minutes. We are one of those cute couples everyone hates. This could be my first true partnership. Sarah talked to her on the phone yesterday while I was feeing Sky. They got along fine. Sarah said she seems very sweet. She is! And gorgeous. We are both very happy.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I will update on Monday to share how my weekend went. I’m sure I will have some fun stories to share. See you guys soon! I love ya’ll!

I’m FINE! I’m fine…im fine…I quit…cries

Yesterday was one of those rare bad days that piled on and piled on. I had family come stay with the kids while I was on a business trip. They also took it upon themselves to help start unpacking my boxes and setting up house. It actually made it a lot easier because they placed things on shelves or just left them in a pile so all I had to do was get home and start arranging things.

I mean they also caused a bunch of drama and we had a few small arguments but hey, who’s family isn’t completely dysfunctional some times? If you are reading this you just said “I know mine can be” in your head. The rest of this post is dedicated to you Lol

The boys ate meatloaf the night before when it was offered. I honestly didn’t think that they would eat it because they don’t like meat. The both loved it. Peace (Who has now been promoted to my favorite child) said no and smacked the meatloaf offering away Lol They each ate half a slice and went on with their lives. My family members left and went back home, I got my house back in order and everyone went to bed. Until….

At 3am someone threw up on my carpet. I know this because not only did I sat up scared, I also stepped in it when I got up and flipped on the light. I got both boys into bathrooms and started texting my nanny to come over to my side of the house. She was up with Sky so thankfully it wasn’t a big ordeal. I also had 1 family member still here (Little Tyson, Big Tyson is in L.A.) so things were divided. We went through 1 round of you know what each. That woke up the entire house. Peace woke up with a slight fever, and Alex decided he needed to beat that so he developed an even better slight fever. Insert worried dad mode here. Heston who has the gut of a soldier eating MRE’s all week decided the other end was the way for him and off we went. 3 sick kids. I IMMEDIATELY blamed the meatloaf. Then remembered Peacy pie didn’t have any so then I got really concerned. Sky was sent over to the other side of the house in quarantine with the nanny. We called her sister, my backup nanny, and we all had to figure out who needed what.

By the afternoon I was done. Not the I give up kind of done. The I’m leaving done Lol I didn’t go anywhere but I really wanted to. It was all too much, all at once. One nanny decided 4 kids, 1 a newborn was too much and quit. So did her sister, my backup nanny. I just paid them both and told them to go. I didn’t even have an argument in me. I’m left with little Tyson and myself. He decided he was flying out this morning to go back to school.

That leaves me. Here. Alone. With 4 kids. I can’t call the nanny service to find me a new one until Monday morning, which also happens to be their first day of schools. I did what any logical, desperate, crying dad would do.

I called Sarah.

The begging started immediately. I’m not even ashamed of myself at all. She said she needed a night to pray on it and needed to call her family to see what they thought. She told me the rate I was paying her would now be more. I’m fine with that. I’m pretty sure I said something about a blank check Lol I’m really sure I said take it all just get here please. Who knows. I mean I was crying. I did calm down after a while but it was a complete meltdown. I admit it. I lost my sh**, guys. I think anyone that’s a p aren’t gets it. What do they say? Do you feel me? Yeah that.

I did get a little sleep. Sky eats, wants to wiggle, wants to be held, then she goes back to sleep. She’s an easy keeper. Thank goodness. I have cameras on and in her crib so her little video feed is all over my tv’s and on my Ipad I carry around to make sure she’s okay.

Finally Sarah called this morning. She’s booked a flight I have to pay her back for because last minute flights are expensive, and she’s coming this morning. I don’t know how long she is staying here. I sorta don’t care. I just need help. I’m sure we will have a full discussion and now she’s going to be here soon! I told her grab a cab please, no way can I leave the house to come get her. She will.

I mean she really is the best person in my life to help with the kids. She’s dropping everything. She was in between jobs anyway so this worked out great. She had job interviews but none that fit what she wanted so she was still applying for things. This is a blessing. God is taking care of me. I prayed this morning to accept whatever her answer is and move on. I signed up for 4 kids. I can do this. I can do this! I can’t do this Lol I can’t do this by myself. That’s the right one.

The kids slept off and on. I did too. They are all slow going and not as sick as yesterday. I think it was just a small bug, nothing rampant and bad. The main thing (little cough).

Oh sh**. Am I getting sick now?

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

School is starting Monday, am I ready for this?

Hey everyone. I’m finally back from my trip(s) and ready to update you all. Sky is doing great. She’s starting in her little fussiness already but it’s fine. I’m doing all I can to bond with her. I’m getting up at night, I’m doing diaper duty, feedings, holding, kissing, rocking, carrying around. She is a blessing. She’s very easy during the day. At night she has begun to get a little cranky but I get it. At night or deep into the early mornings I’m also cranky Lol

The boys are wonderful. They really are great kids. They help with their sisters and our pets. We made it all the way to our new house with the dog and both cats. The parakeets got rehomed. I didn’t want to deal with it. I really didn’t. The lady they went to loves them, she posts photos on Facebook and she keeps them active. I’m very happy to see they are okay. That was my main worry. Heston and Alex are getting taller. They are sprouting up so fast. I love watching them grow. Peace is still my sweet baby girl. I love her to pieces or (peaces Haha) and I know how happy she is here. She LOVES her room. I can barely get her out of there. Winnie the Pooh all over. The boys we did baseball theme since they are getting into that most. Sky’s nursery is clouds and sky of course. It’s all working out.

So we moved to Denver, Colorado finally. The move was okay. The business trip I had to squish into this move weekend ended up extending. I had to go, do business, leave, go back to Canada. It was very hard. I found out I don’t like Canada but I sort of like Canada? It’s different. I’m not sure how much business we can do in that area but we did finally made an end all decision on Detroit. It’s just not making us money. The commercial buildings have to be torn down and the dirt has to be EPA approved before we can rebuild. It’s costs us way more than we can get back through leasing. It really has been upsetting so we have decided to pull business out of Detroit this winter. We made the announcement today. Of course it didn’t go over well but I understand. We gave everyone 3 months notice. That should help. I wanted to tell our employees in our factories first because they depend on that paycheck. Our staff can fold into my other firms around the U.S. so I’m not worried about that. It’s the best decision. Denver is awesome! I love it here. I am finally relaxing and enjoy my house. I’ve been here, left, been here, left.

My kids are all outside right now playing in the backyard. Sky is hanging out with me in her baby seat. I’m so thankful that my new nannies are working out. It really was something I’ve been worried about. My kids love her already and our new neighbor (Nickname is on Facebook but I won’t put it on here Lol) comes over a lot to help or hang out. She’s very nice and thoughtful. We are the only 2 houses in this area but I’m sure more construction will be happening some day. I bought this lot and the one next door so that I could have a huge backyard for the kids. I think everyone is happy. I had to do a ton of bribing at first. I had gifts for a few days in a row per kid. That way they would be excited to stay. I’ve been planning this move for so long I feel like a huge relief? is that what this is? now that’s done. I don’t know. There’s still so much to do.

I’m thankful to my family members that have come out to help set out house and watch the kids with the nanny while I was away on business. I made a huge Taco bar last night to thank them and we had a heated discussion about my weekend plans. I’m going back up to Canada. I have one last thing I need to get to and this time I didn’t need my staff with me. It’s so hard to talk privately, to plan privately with 5 people with me 24/7. This will be my last trip for a while. I’m going to have to stay put and raise my babies. Sky and I will be getting plenty of bonding time. The boys start school on Monday morning and Peace is going to a half day daycare program with the nanny. She’s getting a jumpstart to early education but it’s mostly about socializing. I don’t have a mommy for her so I’m trying to introduce women into her life. If she doesn’t like it she’s coming home. I’m not going to force her into that program she is still pretty young. I’m just trying it out. I think Miss Social Butterfly Peace will be fine though. It’s not at the boys’ school so it’s a little bit of a ride between the two places in the morning. We have our school supplies ready, backpacks full, teacher supplies and extras ready and new school clothes. I have to get the boys haircut today but other than that, we are ready for school!

Who else is stoked school has started? The boys get to go all day long. I am so excited! I get my girls all afternoon and we can play and learn and just really enjoy a little quiet time. I can’t wait for Monday.

Everything else is fine. I’m just busy trying to get my new house in order, find the stores, and figure out what I’m going to do with my next chapter.

I have met someone. We have been talking almost a month now. She’s great. She had inserted herself into my life around the whole Peyton dinner thing in late July. That discussion started something between her and I we weren’t looking for. It’s always so great to start out as a friend first. We are still in the “Oh this is new, you are new, I like talking to you” phase. No pressure, no drama, just laughs and life stories going back and forth. I’m opening up to her more than I did with some of my past relationships. She’s well aware of my kids, my new born, my life decisions. She’s shared her stories too. She also has kids so that’s very cool. We have a date on Saturday. Wish me luck Batfans!

I love you all. I will try to update more. Now that I’ve moved things might slow down a little. Prayers for everyone dealing with all of our world’s tragedies. Mass shootings, Hurricanes, Forest Fires, Protests for weeks on end. It’s all too much to get into. I pray the world heals and finds love for each other. That’s what life is all about. Oh and ice cream. Definitely ice cream!