The votes are in

We all voted today and have decided to go home on Monday. We may leave late Sunday evening so my kids can sleep the whole way. We won’t have to quarantine when we get home since we’ve been in quarantine since March 12th.

When I get home I’m going to have to figure out a lot of things really fast.

I’m glad for the time we have all had here. We are going to have a great weekend. I am ready to be home. This has been a wild experience.

We are leaving Friday to move, no we’re not

I took the boys to school today so they can say goodbye to their friends. I am already to move, everything is done and packed and we are leaving tomorrow morning. I was going to wait until this weekend but I decided against it. Why wait when we are ready? I do have a lot of things to get done once we are home and I want to get started. I told the kids this weekend we were going home and they are happy. Alex’s appointment went very well. We can fly him home, FINALLY. I’m so happy he is okay. Sarah is flying out tonight after work so she can fly back with me and take care of the kids. I’ve already made arrangements for all of our stuff to get picked up in the morning, very early and shipped back home. I’m literally taking the clothes on our back with us on the flight home. Everything else, clothes, toys, kitchen things will be at our house by Thursday. We have plenty of things at home to wear and use.

The girls have worked very hard getting the house ready. I saw it on Facetime this weekend and it looks like our home again. I can’t wait to sleep in my bedroom. MY ROOM. Not the room with all the kids stuff, toys, and clothes all over the floor. I can finally have my spacious and quiet room back. It’s just going to be very hard because we are missing someone in our family. That’s a lot of the reason we stayed away for a while to be honest. Too hard.

Jen and I officially ended our relationship. I took her out for a nice dinner, we talked about the zero chance of a long distance thing and we kissed/hugged goodbye a few times. We are going to be friends. We will still talk and text but I’m single. I’m very happy to be single. I am not ready for anything serious and I’m not even sure I want to start dating right away. I think this time, let her find me. Whoever God wants me to be with will find her way into my life somehow. I have too much going on.

The boys will start at their new school/daycare place on Monday. Still 2 hours a day in the mornings and the occasional Friday of no school. It’s going to be hard for them to  understand but we will adjust.

How is everyone doing? Enjoy these last few months of summer, guys. it’s almost over with!

 

What time is it? Get in the truck

We are back in Colorado Springs. I told everyone last night we are leaving early in the morning. I needed to make sure Alex would sleep the whole way and he did. That was one of my better ideas. I got the luggage loaded, the kids loaded and had to peel one of my nannies out of bed Lol In that order. Thank you Denver for a great family reunion. I’m over it.

This morning I have to hit the grocery stores, start getting laundry going and figure out all of the boys school stuff. I also need to drive them over there so they know where it is and what playground stuff they have. They keep asking me if they get to play outside. I have no idea. On their first day we get to go through the whole 2 hours with them to figure it all out. I’m happy to see how their day will go. I need to ask if they ever get to go outside to play. I probably should write that down.

So we are back! Yay us. And everyone is sleeping still Lol I am working on my grocery list then I’m going to make breakfast and get to the store. I have a lot of things I need and want to get done today so it will be pretty busy.

Have a great weekend, guys!

Busy like Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

I’m back home and work is busy, home life is busy, my kids are all busy. It’s a crazy pace this week. We have all been helping my wife pack up all of the things she wants to take over to the new house. The movers finished things up and the shipping company is already here getting it all put into this huge truck. She is taking a lot of furniture she wants to keep.

Guys my wife’s closet is empty. I can’t believe it. She has more stuff than all of us combined Lol She has been shopping up a storm the last year and a half. We found so many things with the tags still on it. I didn’t say anything. I did give her a little look which she immediately got defensive about. I also found out that I have most likely ruined her body and she may never fit into any of those dresses again. I’m pretty sure she was a very willing participant in that and I know she will fit in them again. If she doesn’t I don’t care.

Tomorrow I am taking my wife and Sarah to Paris for the weekend. I want Sarah to at least have a look at what we can offer. I do realize this is just a free trip for her and she’s not going to change her mind but I have to at least try one more time before I drop it for good. The kids are going to their grandparents so that Heather isn’t all alone with 3 kids. That’s not fair. Whenever they go over there all of my wife’s sisters head over to help out. When we go pick up the kids they come home with bags full of new stuff Lol I don’t think they understand they already have more than enough stuff. It’s very nice though and we always bring it home.

I feel like I haven’t even recovered from our last trip. I miss my dog bad so it’s going to be fun to see him again. I hope he’s doing okay. Brandi said she’s been taking him for walks 3 times a day just so she can look around the neighborhood.

I will be off social media again this weekend. I did get a lot of messages returned. Thanks for all the well wishes on our trip last week and our move. I will finish returning messages tonight.

Have a great Thursday everyone! I need to get to work.

 

2 sick kids, time to move out

My wife left earlier today. Friday night the boys decided to have a poopfest all night. I really thought it was just something they ate. By Saturday afternoon I had them into the clinic to see what was going on. They have this crud that’s going around. Poops, vomiting, a slight fever, and of course irritable. We had a family meeting this morning and my wife decided to take Peace, 2 nannies, and the cat, and go to the condo for a few days. I told her if they are infected she is already infected but she said it’s better to protect the baby and our unborn son as much as we can. She said she is feeling fine. Everyone else seems to be feeling fine. It’s just the boys…and now Sarah. So far I’m okay. I plan to catch it tomorrow that way we all 4 can be sick together, heal up in a few days and get the house cleaned up before everyone comes home.

I already miss them. I want them home but I also realize I need to take care of them through this. Them being away right now is the best option.

Heston has decided it’s hilarious after he throws up. He starts laughing. Alex does not think any of this is funny and is very vocal and upset constantly. I just want them both to feel better. Poor Sarah. I told her to go lay down at 2 this afternoon and she hasn’t gotten up yet. I’ve been in diaper duty x 2 all day and I’m starting to finally get immune to the smell. I have the trash bin outside of the garage, thank goodness. It’s almost full Lol I hope they get here tomorrow to dump it because I don’t think this crud is done with us yet. We are keeping the boys hydrated. I already have some chicken broth ready for Sarah as soon as she wakes up. I doubt she will want to eat anything but I also have crackers ready too.

My poor boys! And Sarah. I feel bad. We have no idea where this came from. The boys haven’t been out the past few days. No one else is sick. I don’t get it. I guess this is just one of those things. Even my wife said no one at her office has this. No one at mine either as far as I know.

If your house has the crud also right now, God bless you. We went to Church this morning and prayed it goes away soon. I always feel so helpless when my kids are sick. I want to help them but all I can do is clean them up and hold them. Alex loves to be held when he’s sick. Heston gets hot and doesn’t want anyone to touch him.

My little 19 month boys are into the NO word right now. I had hoped it wouldn’t start-up this early but it has and now we have to deal with it. I also get the Come daddy. So I walk over and they attack my legs Lol I fall for it every time. Okay, I really don’t but they crack up laughing and I always act like they got me. It’s a fun little game they enjoy. Anything to stop the beating each other up over the toys.

We have finally all decided to this year Alex gets to be Batman and Heston gets to be Robin! Guys, there are no words to describe how excited I am for this. We ordered their Halloween costumes they will get here next week. Peace will be going as a little strawberry. My wife found this outfit and has not stopped talking about it. She even put Peace into it already to see how it looked. Peace was fine until she put on the little strawberry hat. They manged to get 2 photos taken before she got mad and they had to change her out of it. She does look very cute in it, I must say. My daughter is adorable in anything. I can’t get enough of her little cheeks. She is so tiny. I love kissing all over her little face and forehead. She is definitely a daddy’s girl. My wife is not happy about that but oh well. I keep telling her Peanut is all hers for now. He loves her a lot more than me Lol I’m just the voice he hears.

How was your weekend? What did you guys do that was fun or new? I got caught up on all of the messages. I haven’t been on social media much the past few days and now we all know why. Having 2 sick kids at once is not fun but I think the worst is over.

At least we have plenty of diapers here. We are sure going through them fast. Have a great Sunday night! I will update more in a few days.

January 25th, 2018, We’re Pregnant!

  Guess who got his wife knocked up? This guy! I guess all that sex did the trick Lol For a little while now my wife and I have been trying to get pregnant. She really wanted a baby before she turned 30, before we moved to Paris, and before we sold the condos. This is how it went.

We both knew we were having unprotected sex on purpose (A lot of sex) and we both had long discussions about when to start trying. We haven’t even been married a year yet. However, as she pointed out numerous times I’m old(er) and I need to get going. Real nice, babe. She hasn’t been feeling very well and I had suspected something was up but I wasn’t sure. She took a home pregnancy test on Thursday night without my knowledge. Then she made her sister come over and her sister brought another one. Again without my knowledge. Next thing I know she calls me into the bedroom and shoves her sister out. Her sister was BEAMING so I knew something was up. She handed me the little stick and I looked at it then dropped it and hugged her. I think I scooped her up then put her back down. I gave her a really long kiss and started crying. Then we both started crying and laughing. It was literally one of the best moments of my life. She had already made a doctor’s appointment for herself for Friday since she hadn’t been feeling well. She told me she probably just needed a B12 shot so I didn’t realize it was to check to see if she really was pregnant. That stick thing said she was.

On Friday we went to her appointment and it’s true. We have a baby on board! I did it! I got my wife pregnant! I said does this mean I don’t get to have copious amounts of sex with you anymore and she said not as much but you will get rewarded until I get fat and sweaty Lol This is her first pregnancy and we are so excited. We went to her parents house last night and had all of her family there for the big announcement. They thought we were going to tell them something else so when she took off her jacket and had on a shirt that said We’re Pregnant her whole family wrapped us up in a giant group hug and started hugging her, high-fiving me, and really being happy for us. It was so great to be supported and loved. Her dad already pulled me aside to tell me if I ever hurt his daughter and grandbaby, etc Lol I know, I know. That won’t happen. I’m completely in love with my wife and my bad choices and really stupid arrogance days are over. Well not completely but I am making better decisions since being married.

Can you believe it! I’m going to be a dad x 4. I only wish my son Ryan could be apart of all of this. You know if he had lived he would be 14 years old. Wow. That just blows my mind. And by the time my wife has the baby she will be almost the same age I was when Ryan passed away. God takes life and gives life. It’s such a gift. A beautiful, heartbreaking, but wonderful gift.

Everyone keeps asking what we want. We both want a girl. Of course we just want a happy baby and we’re happy to have anything we get but we both said we want a little girl.

As for the adoption, we are full steam ahead on that. We have decided to start the search (again) and really put in a heartfelt decision to adopt. I think my wife wants to adopt a little girl that’s a little older than my boys. I’m fine with that. I think that would be awesome. I had always just assumed it would be a baby but that would make it a lot easier for sure. I called my adoption attorney and she called the service. We are going to adopt this summer. I don’t know when. I assume a regular adoption still takes, what, 12 to 24 months? Sooner because I have already done a kinship adoption? I really don’t know. I know it will be a lot of waiting. As far as I’m concerned the more kids the better. I love kids. My wife loves kids. She is so excited. I went out Friday after work and bought her a very expensive, very blingy diamond necklace from an exclusive jewelry store downtown. I needed something big and I don’t usually spend that much but this is a big moment and I wanted to make sure she sees how much I love her and our new baby already. She opened it up and started crying. She loves it. I just put up the photos from the past few days. Our pregnancy stick, the t-shirt my wife had on. My wife in the t-shirt. Our ultrasound. And me kneeling down kissing my baby. It’s a classic pose but effective.

Thank you all for the great Facebook love. I appreciate all of the comments. My family found out by calls, texts, or via Facebook. My phone has been flooded with messages and I’m so glad that everyone important to me is really happy. I knew this would happen. I didn’t know when but I just knew.

My wife is pregnant! Help me! Lol Oh boy are we going to get the full on pregnancy stuff this time. Last time I wasn’t allowed to go to any doctor’s appointments, nothing. I got ultrasound photos and that was all. I could ask my cousin, the birth grandmother, questions about things but that’s all I could do. It was very, very difficult.

Lindsay Fed-Ex’ed me a big bucket of pickles last night so she said they should be getting here today. She is so excited and already told me if she doesn’t get to be a godparent again she’s disowning all of us Lol I don’t know about that one. I think my wife has a few sisters or brothers already wanting to fight for that title. Drew laughed and said congrats bro, wait until you get the 2am nudge to get up and go get something for her. That doesn’t really happen, does it? I mean why would she get hungry at 2am? That’s just in movies. He’s funny though.

I can’t wait to see my wife’s little belly grow. I can’t wait to meet our new baby! I’m really excited about the whole thing. I really did get all I ever wanted from life. I went through heck to get here but it was worth it. I’m so happy right now. I wouldn’t change one thing.

We’re having a baby! 2018 is going to be an awesome year!

She told me…………

She left me a voicemail today and said you miss me more than you realized you would. She said you have been wanting to call me just to talk but you don’t know what to do about that. She also said you miss laughing and all of our silly jokes. She said you cried when you were talking about me to her and that she could only hug you and tell you it’s going to be okay.

I just don’t get how these people really don’t know you at all. I can see it all so clearly. I know your whys and your hows. No wonder you found me.

So if you are wondering if you should call me, if I would answer, that answer is always Yes. For you, everything will always be a Yes.

 

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Mystery solved

ITS-all-goodWe figured out what was causing such a bad stomach reaction in both of the twins because one of my nannies had the same reaction when she drank the same water we had been using in the baby bottles. She tried a glass of it to see if that was the cause. It was and we all thanked her for taking one for the team. I was going to drink it but I did not think that was it at all. So we are back on vegan baby formula and all is well. I did pitch that entire case of it so that kind of sucks but we have more coming tomorrow overnight express. Lesson learned.

Heston is still not eating as much as he was. Alex is doing great. They are both doing good. All is good back in the Cooper house! I’m home from work getting ready to fix dinner for my fam and then my boys and I will be watching the OKC Thunder playoff game and switching back over to the Cubbie game. Love this time of the year when I can get my 2 favorite teams going at the same time. I wanted to update everyone because most everyone reads my blog or twitter and I have received a bunch of how are the boys emails and messages.

We are okay. Just one of those things. I threw out that entire jug of water and the other 2 we had purchased from that store. I am glad we figured this out. I guess it’s just one of those things. We buy that special baby formula water you are supposed to use but we bought 3 jugs of it from a different store. I called there and the manager asked me to give him the product code number on it so he can call the manufacturer to report it. I was pretty pissed off.

I love my boys. I didn’t like seeing them sick this weekend. I also didn’t like changing twice the amount of diapers. I felt really bad for them. Big sigh of relief!

Tax day, did ya’ll pay your taxes? Don’t forget. I paid all of mine last week and was glad to get that over with. It’s a bigger amount each year and I’m shocked but that’s the cost of doing business and I’m happy it goes back into the American government to pay for all of our programs and funds.

I have decided when the boys are legally adopted we will be moving to Dubai. I know it’s going to take me month or maybe a year or two to get all of the legal paperwork to move there full time. I have to have all kinds of things before we can do that. I know in my heart it’s going to be great and the best thing for us. This is not the big announcement that I had talked about in an earlier post. That’s about something wonderful changing out of the blue. Love that kind of surprise. I’m very happy and still on cloud nine!

Have a great night. Go Thunder and Go Cubs! (And go Team Wanya!)