Opening Day #GoBears

  Today is the opening day for the Chicago Bears. Go Bears! I gave my tickets to my buddy Josh. He’s taking his brother. Have fun guys. I want to go but I need to stay home this time. That photo I’m using as my featured image, isn’t that fish? I don’t know what kind but it looks like a fish plate.

Also tonight we are hosting our adoption attorney and her team for supper. I’m having it catered because she wanted fish. I don’t cook fish that well (Vegan) since I don’t eat it and I don’t want to screw it all up. I probably could have figured it out but I don’t want to. We have a great chef that comes to help us for our events when needed. I asked her if she was available and she said Ye$.

This weekend we are getting the party plans ready for next Saturday when we have our Baby Open House. Since we adopted Peace out of the blue we didn’t have a baby shower. We have the invites done and sent out already. It will be from 8am to noon because I have Cubs tickets for that afternoon Lol We will be at the office to make it easier for everyone to come see us. I don’t think it’s fair to ask all of our family, friends, employees, and co-workers, to drive all the way up here. I also want to show off our new building. Most of our family and friends haven’t seen it yet. It’s gorgeous! It really turned out great and I’m already filling up the bottom floors with leases. Very happy things went well. Much nicer building. My other one is getting renovated. We will use it for more offices for our other divisions. I think holding onto it will be lucrative in the next few years. Someone will make me a fat offer and I will take it.

Also this weekend we are taking my wife shopping for maternity clothes. Her stuff is snug. She squeezes into it and then she said she feels fat. I say you look beautiful and she said this is all your fault. This may be the only time I’m very happy to take the blame for something. Yes it is my fault! She helped!

Peace is doing great. She’s gaining weight and looking good. The boys love their little sister. I can’t believe she’s already 2 weeks old. It has been a big adjustment but I really think the boys are in that in between age where they want to help but they also don’t want anyone else to have my attention. It’s getting easier to deal with them now that I know when one of them is about to have a fit. Do you know who’s the biggest baby watcher of all? The darn cat Lol Tristan has stopped hiding and has decided he needs to watch after her every moment. He even tries to sleep in her nursery but we shoo him out. He wants to know where she’s at all of the time. When I pick her up and take her out to the living room he follows us. It’s the weirdest and sweetest thing. My dog does the same thing but he also hangs outside most of the day. He loves having a yard. I guess I thought taking him for walks 3 times a day or taking him to the dog park a few evenings a week was enough. I was wrong. He really loves this place. We barely see him until it’s time to eat. I have 3 water bowls outside that we clean and fill up twice a day. He doesn’t need me anymore. I miss him Lol At least he still sleeps in our room. That way I know he’s okay.

We are still getting in some great messages. Thanks again everyone. The name Peace is a huge hit. It fits her. Everyone says wait until she’s a teenager, she won’t be so Peaceful then. Maybe she will. I wasn’t that much of a handful as a kid. My wife says she wasn’t either, her parents confirmed that. She said all of her brothers were. The boys in her family are still getting into trouble.

I need to go get my wife up for work. She said last night she will get here when she gets here for our special supper. She is so busy at work. I told her don’t rush, it’s fine.

Hope everyone has a great day. Almost the weekend! God loves you and I love ya’ll too! Peace!

Are these the Bears or not?

I took John and Josh with me to Milwaukee for a quick meeting with some investment people we have been talking to there. They listened and kept quiet through the whole thing. Then we stopped, got Tin Roofs and went back to the airport. I love Tin Roofs. I know they aren’t vegan but I just love them.

We got to Green Bay earlier than expected. Lambeau Field is one of those historical places you have to go to once. For a college game or a Packer game, just go. It took me a while to get tickets for this game and our seats weren’t that great but who cares. We watched as once again our Bears looked bad, had no offense, and could not do anything on defense. There were maybe 4 big plays the whole game. We left feeling bad about our team turning things around.

I walked in the door at 1:30am this morning and saw Sarah sitting on the touch with Alex. He had an upset tummy. I washed up, got in my pajamas and came out to hold him. He finally went down a little after 2am and I crawled into bed shortly after. Well whatever was going on came screaming out of him because when I got up to go get them the entire nursery smelled of a demon exiting the foul underworld Lol It was bad. I had to give him a bath it was so bad. I also had to get Sarah up to tend to Heston until I got Alex and I showered up. I know you aren’t supposed to shower with babies but I had to get showered for work and it was fine. He liked it I think. He didn’t cry which usually he does. So that’s something.

Josh and John don’t want to go to anymore Bears games until we get a win. That might be awhile so I told Sarah she’s invited to come to the next home game. She said she would love that. She also said she wants to get a new Bears outfit Lol Okay. Whatever you want.

We are staying at the condo all weekend. I’m getting off work at 4pm today to go home. Unless the girls decide it’s pizza night which they usually do on Fridays. I get a text around 3 saying Lou’s? Which is code for we already called it in please pick up the order on the way home. So funny. Their salads are very good so I don’t mind. When I get hungry later on I just munch on some veggies.

Tonight there is not Bears and no Cubs game. How about them Cubs! I do have 2 tickets to Game 6. My buddy promised if they made it that far he would sell me 2. I paid a hefty price but this may never happen again in my life time. I offered the ticket to Lindsay. She said Who? The what? No thanks. Of course not. So then I offered it to Drew and he said let me ask my wife. She said he can fly out Saturday morning only. He can’t leave here with the kids tonight Lol So we are making flight arrangements for him now and he’s so excited. Drew can’t wait to see the boys crawl in person. Lindsay loved seeing them but she wants to see them go faster now that they are getting better at it. She said it didn’t really count since they were mostly scooting not really crawling. It still counts. There’s a learning curve and it took a minute to get up and going.

We are also in the midst of first baby teeth. Sarah said she felt one when Heston took a chomp out of her arm while she was playing with him. So she looked and sure enough it’s starting to come in. Alex we can feel his first tooth but it hasn’t started to bust through yet. He seems to be a few days behind on everything. It’s so interesting but it’s making it a lot easier for me to write in their baby books. Yes I am up to date on both of them which is a miracle since I can’t seem to update my checkbook that often.

Things are great. I’m single, loving it and not interested at all in looking for the Mrs. Cooper that’s out there waiting for me. I like giving all of my time to my boys. We do all kinds of fun family stuff. Most of which is memorialized on my Facebook page for all my family and friends to see. Every time I upload new photos I get some great comments.

I’m spending tomorrow morning finally switching out my Spring/Summer clothing for my Fall/Winter stuff. I have needed to do this for the longest time but have put it off. I have 4 clothes full of my stuff Lol That includes my giant walk in closet. I am a clothes hoarder and I admit it. In my defense it’s really hard to find clothes that fit me so unless it has a hole on it, a food stain or whatever else I keep it. I still have tshirts from college that still fit me.

And on to one last thing I have grown a soul patch. I’m very aware of how much people hate those by all the comments I have gotten Lol I like it and that’s all that matters. When Lindsay first saw it on Facetime she said WTF is on your face you need to wipe that off. I told her it was a soul patch and she said that it’s a lady repellant and I’m lucky she’s not around to shave it off while I’m sleeping it. She said if it’s still attached to me when we get to Las Vegas on Sunday it’s going to be gone by Monday. What’s the big deal? I had one back in college and I liked it.

I hope everyone has a great Friday and an awesome weekend! God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

Chicago Bust

Josh and I went to the Chicago Bears game last night. Fun guy’s night out. Wrong. Well we did have fun and we laughed a lot but the game was a bust. Cutler got hurt, then 5 others got hurt. It was bad. And now the next day one more went down. That game didn’t look that bad. Ouch.

Today has been busy. I have been going out a town a lot for day trips. But I make sure I’m back in Chicago by 5pm. That way I can get home in time to cook for supper or at least pick something up for me and Sarah. The boys are enjoying their random and various baby foods. We are trying different ones. Figures they both like the same ones and both don’t like the same ones. Very interesting.

Work is busy. My boys are perfect and my personal life is so quiet it’s finally back to normal. Finally. I love that. No one bothers me, no one harasses me online anymore. The trolls are have imploded. I knew I would be old news soon. The entire world is over me. Thank goodness! I’m over myself actually. I was over myself months ago but it was still a small presence.

Things are going great. I’m training hard for marathons. I’m working out every morning and taking my dog for a walk every night. We hang out a lot actually. He misses me during the day. Sarah plays with him some, the pet nanny takes him out to the dog park if it’s not too hot. Lately the weather has been great. He’s got a funny personality. Great dog.

I’m going to a Cubs game tomorrow night with Cam. I promised him I would take him to a game this season. Our schedules finally lined up. He’s excited. He’s taking me to a Cuban restaurant before we go. I’m chugging pepto before we eat there. I love Cuban food but it’s spicy for me. Different flavors and I don’t even know what they make the sauces with. But it’s very easy to find vegan cuban food. They load things up with veggies.

Great week so far. Well it is Tuesday. I can’t wait to get to Friday and head back up to the lakehouse. I’m really looking forward to some boating/jet skiing combo adventures. Should be a nice relaxing weekend.

Have a great week everyone! God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

Weekday update

Another sports weekend-ish for me. We need to stretch that sentence into Monday night. Tomorrow I’m taking all of my nannies to the Cubs game. We have been planning this outing for weeks. I have family in town this weekend who will watch the boys for us. I’m taking them for a nice lunch. Game starts in the afternoon. We will go shopping to get everyone whatever souvenirs they want and I’m really excited. Sarah keeps saying I’m going to look like a pimp walking around with 3 20-somethings. I said no I will look like a pathetic dad and my daughter’s 2 friends Lol I don’t care. I love the Cubs. This is our year finally! And I know they all deserve a break.
This is our adult outing before my boys decide to start motoring around my condo non-stop. It’s coming. Believe me it’s coming. Heston had this look in his eyes this morning that said “Daddy, I’m ready to crawl!” I put him down to see what he did and he just sort of laid there Lol So maybe not just yet. And maybe he was saying “Daddy, I’m ready to poop!”. That’s more likely. Sarah and the girls have come up with a base plan of action. We will convert her living room into their new baby roaming center. The first time I heard her call it that I died laughing, got a look, then said sorry, that’s awesome. It has been completely baby-proofed. I know this because all 4 of us were on our hand and knees crawling around making jokes and pointing out things to move. I said why don’t we just move all of the furniture out of there, build one giant baby cage and then throw their stuff in the middle? Apparently that was the wrong answer. We have to get the boys used to furniture and they have to learn what NO means. Well I can’t even say NO! to my dog, how do you think this will go with my kids? We are also using the whole area as the baby catwalk. Already we have them up and getting legs going. Keep in mind we have not yet had a first step and there are not even built yet for that. But we still get them up to get their legs strengthened. All of the books said to do it.

I have 2 scooters. They both scoot around. I know crawling is very, very soon. I think once one does it first, the other will watch and learn and then off he goes. And then my entire life will change. Because it will be me running after 2 babies saying no no no, don’t go that way. I asked if I could at least leave the tv in there because Sarah and I have nothing in common when it comes to tv watching. I watch shit reality shows. Mostly competition based stuff. Big Brother, Survivor, Amazing Race, and American Ninja Warrior. I also delve into Deadliest Catch, Vikings, American Pickers, and whatever else the history channel has to offer. I watch some CNN but that political crap is so depressing. She called him this, he called her that. They polls flip flop. It’s too much. I have no patience for knowing what the Red States think about the Blue States or what Obama will do after the White House. I hope he comes back home and I can run into him at Whole Foods some day. That would be awesome. Making her living room into the baby roaming center (It’s ridiculous I know) means she will be camping out at night when the boys are in bed watching tv with me or taking the remote. I’m horrible at paying attention to tv. I’m on my Ipad doing work emails while the tv is on. I look up when something is interesting or funny and go right back to my Ipad. This drives her nuts. So much so she takes the remote and says you aren’t even watching it. Doesn’t matter. I’m LISTENING TO IT! And I like that show. That’s MY SHOW! This is a common argument at least twice a week now. Soon we will up that to 4 times.

So this weekend we are staying in Chicago. Cubs game tomorrow. Monday night football on Monday. Go Bears! Now my Bears are not looking good at all this year. Our offense has nothing. Not even hope. It’s terrible. The defense is doing all it can but it’s in slow motion or something. It’s our QB. I will support Jay Cutler, but he frustrates the shit out of me. He always has this What happened look on his face. And I know he smokes because I saw him once downtown and he was smoking. Nice, Cutler. Great image for kids. But he’s our QB1. And I don’t have any choice but to keep supporting the team. It sucks. I really hope we have a better record than last year. We had a good solid start. Then we tanked out. I think 6-10. I think.

The weather has been perfect. Nice and cool. We have been eating up on the roof. Enjoying the views and making all the neighbors in the buildings around us jealous. One guy even hollered at us What’s for Din Din. I love Chicago. I am really going to miss it when we move to our final home, wherever that will be. I asked Sarah if she could just stay with us forever. Until the boys go off to college. She just laughed and said no. I said you are really going to leave me with twin boys during the high school years? She said yes because she remembers her brothers in high school and it was non-stop drama. She said 2x, no thanks.

Which brings me to my final weekly update. My adoption paperwork for my daughter got approved. I can now begin the adoption process whenever I want to. I am told it can take anywhere between 3 months to 2 years plus for this to happen. I’m also advised to just start it now and if I’m blessed earlier than expected, just go with it. I don’t know what to do. I want a daughter. I know my boys need a sister. With my luck she will be here next month Lol And I will completely flip out. I’m going to pray on this, wait, and when my heart starts calling for it, that’s when I will push the Go button on that one. And then I keep thinking of all the great kids who really do need a home right now. And I know I can ease any suffering or anxiety they have right now. And I can go get my daughter, bring her home, and finally have a complete family. 2 boys and a girl. Wow. It makes me very proud and it gives me so much hope. I really should have done this years ago. I held out hope of meeting the perfect woman to start my own family and I finally gave up on that. This is much better. I don’t have to ever worry that we divorce and I lose out on seeing my kids every single day. No one can ever take them from me. And I know with all of my heart I’m the best dad for them. All of them. See now I’m pumping myself up and I’m ready to call my adoption lady and say let’s go for it Lol Oh geez. I better stop writing before I do something crazy. The last thing I need is another baby right now. I don’t want to turn into Octodad Lol No way!

Have an amazing weekend everyone! Love y’all and Go Cubbies, Go Bears! Oh yeah, and GO VEGAN!

Sunday Family Dinner

The Bears game was not as fun as I thought it would be. Because we lost and it looked horrible. Where is the offense this year? Why are they not throwing the ball? Traditionally the Bears are a running game but geez. Throw the ball! Cutler looks awful and he says the same excuse every year. We’re working it out. How about you work your way over to the bench Cutler?

Sarah didn’t even know what was going on so she said it was a lot of fun. She even booed when the crowd boo’ed at halftime Lol We did more shopping than eating. Which is great news for me because I have 2 marathons coming up and I don’t need to unfocus my diet right now.

Which brings us to family dinner tonight. Cam started a family dinner tradition with us a while ago. If we are at the lakehouse like we are this weekend he comes over at noon after we get home from Church and running around, and we plan out a menu. Then he hits the store or I go with him and we get what we want.

Today it’s pasta dishes. Lots and lots of cheese and meats. Yuck. Can’t eat either one of those so I’m making myself spaghetti squash and eggplant coins. Yummy! They are very delicious. Even the girls like them. We are going to cook all day until the gravy is thickened and perfect. We will eat at 2 then pack up and head home.

My boys, my adorable baby boys have all of a sudden become mobile. They just scoot themselves all over. And they are both up on their knees a little too. I think crawling is right around the corner, God help us all!

Both houses have been babyproofed since before they were born Lol I am crazy, I know. So we are ready. But are we really? Babies will get in places I never thought so we are trying to figure out some fencing and baby gate options. We have to because Sarah can not chase around 2 crawling babies all day long and also deal with my dog. That’s too much. If we can contain them on one of the living room areas, that’s plenty of space for them to zoom around it but she can also see them from the kitchen when she’s getting food ready.

Which brings me to the next milestone. My boys are eating baby food. Sort of. It’s more spitting it out than actually eating it but we are working on it. We started a little bit last month. Just to see what would happen. That was a no go. So we work on it on weekends and finally out of nowhere they like it. We are still doing some formula too. But it’s a lot of fun for me to sit on a chair and feed my baby birds. It’s so funny watching them try a different flavor. I bought one of each with the baby food. It’s all vegan. And I firmly believe that is the only kind of baby food you should feed your children. It’s the best for them. You can’t really argue that with me. And I won’t listen to any disagreement anyway. They like carrots, peas, and applesauce. Not a fan of anything else yet. We keep trying. It’s so funny when one is full but the other isn’t. So then I keep going until we give the doctor recommended amount. I was unclear on how much to start out with. The doctor told me they will let me know when they are full. And he was right. My boys are chunks! I mean they are not chubby rock by any means but they both weight a lot. Still very healthy and doing great. Things are changing so fast right now. I come home from work and Sarah reports the newest thing one of them has begun doing. It’s awesome.

I am starting to miss our late night feedings. They are sleeping mostly through the nights now. We put them down at 8:30 and they usually knock out around 8:50 each night. They sleep until 5 or 6. Then it’s time to get up. Which is when I get up to workout anyway. So I change butts, feed them, then bring them into my home gym and put them in their playpen. They watch me workout or run on the treadmill. They babble away and pull on their stuffed animals. When one starts crying I have to stop and see what’s up. And usually it’s just an attention thing. Then I get Sarah up, she comes to get them, I finish my workout, shower, eat breakfast then play with them both until it’s time to go to work. It’s a routine. I love it. It works great for me. And it’s working better for Sarah. She used to get up early with them but I told her let me do it because you have the rest of the day to do it. I can always come home and take a nap if I need one.

My life is completely different from a year ago. This time last year I was mending a broken heart and wondering WTF did I get myself into. Now things are completely calm and quiet. My life is awesome and I’m very happy. I’m making better decisions and I’m no longer chasing love. Love is finding me. And I feel so blessed.

Church was amazing this morning. It was about resiliency. I can honestly say I feel like I came from a really bad time in my life and things worked out great. Last year I felt like everything was bad. Now I know that life is meant to challenge you. That’s when it’s time to do your own work and figure yourself out.

I’m still here. I’m still me. And I’m still smiling through everything. Thank goodness God showed me how to forgive and let go. That’s the only way I could deal with all of it.

I am happy. I really am!

Have a great Sunday. It’s time to get this suit off and get ready to stir gravy all day Lol Cam will be here in a few minutes to help me plan out our family dinner.

Love ya’ll!

Chiefs vs Bears game

I’m taking Sarah to the Bears game tomorrow. It should be fun. My first Bears game this season. I have season tickets again this year and I’m really excited to see how the defense is looking. The offense, well I still feel Jay Cutler should be gone. He hasn’t produced anything in the post season for me to talk about. It’s hard to get rid of a seasoned quarterback. Look at Tony Romo. Already hurt again. Time to let him go too.

Sarah is excited. She went out last night and bought a Bears tshirt. It’s pink. Yes, pink. I can’t complain but when she came out wearing it last night I said Ooooohhhh oh. That’s pink. She said isn’t it cute? Yes it’s cute. It’s pink. It’s football! She said be quiet and then she did a twirl and made the babies laugh so then I dropped it.

This has been a busy week at work. That’s why I haven’t been writing much. Sorry about that. I get home and I’m on dad duty until 9. Then I have to get my stuff done and set out my suit for the next day, make my lunch if I am eating at work then start laundry or help do dishes. Play with the dog or take him for a walk. By the time I get to bed at 11pm I’m exhausted. Then I think I should write a quick blog. Nah, it can wait.

I haven’t been sleeping well at all this week. I’m laying there with my mind going over work stuff. Or I’m worrying on silly things. Then I fall asleep and wake back up. It’s almost Nyquil time to knock me out. I’m hoping this weekend I can pass out and catch up on my sleep.

Brandi and Heather are taking the boys up to the lakehouse tonight. I’m taking Sarah to a nice dinner. She found a fancy restaurant she wants to try. She saw it on tv. I made reservations and we are going to dress up and go eat. Then tomorrow we are going to the noon game and leave from there to go up to the Lake. That gives us all a little break from each other.

Sarah watches that show Flipping out with Jeff Lewis and keeps telling me I’m getting more and more like that. I demand a lot, I become critical and then I just flip out and then storm out. I have had 3 major blowups since she came to live with me. All 3 were my fault. All 3 I apologized for. But I reminded her I haven’t had a flip out in months. So that has to count? Or is she still upset by them? I don’t know. We watched the show last night and she kept giving me side eye and going Mmmmhhmmm. See that? Lol Nice. I’m nothing like that as a Boss. That guy is crazy. And to yell at his main or house manager like that? That’s extreme.

Drew finally sent me copies of the photos from our trip. His pictures are hilarious. He has a ton of his kids doing Greek Olympic poses that cracked me up. I picked one of the best ones and put it in a frame to add to my photos in my office at work. I showed everyone at work and they cracked up. Those kids are the best. They really are. I’m so happy I got to spend a lot of time with them. It had been a while since I’ve seen the whole family so it was fun.

I better get back to work. My lunch break is over and I’m done eating my sandwich.

Have a great weekend guys! Love ya’ll!

Sports Tickets and pizza

I got 2 tickets for Saturday’s Bears game. I’m taking Sarah she wants to go with me. That shocked me but I’m happy she’s coming with me. It will be a lot of fun. I think she might actually like it. She’s not into football or baseball. So I watch the games by myself usually. Or with my boys if they are awake. I also have tickets for a few games in September and I’m in line for playoff tickets but no guarantee for that. It’s looking more and more like it’s the Cubs year! I’m really excited for the team.

Another great weekend up north. We were so busy Sunday I didn’t get time to update. We went to Church, shopping, ate lunch. Packed everything up. Then went shopping again, came back picked everyone up and came home. When we got home I realized I had forgotten something at the house and debating on running back up to get it. But I don’t have to have it, so it can wait. We will be staying in town this weekend. The girls want to be in the city. Fine with me. I could use a little city weekend. Which means I need to run up to the Lake house on Friday night after work to grab the thing I forgot and also to dump out any food we left.

Already at work. It’s a Monday. Lots of emails and phone calls to return. I have a few meetings but it’s going to be a typical day. I hope to get off by 4 tonight so I can take the boys to the park. If the weather isn’t too chilly by then. This year the weather has been a mind trip. Rainy, cloudy then bright and sunny for days. Or weird days when it’s sunny but chilly. That’s Chicago.

I have some family coming into town on Wednesday. They are passing through and decided to make a pit stop overnight with me. I can’t wait for them to see the boys. It’s been a while since they visited. It will be fun. They want pizza. Of course. We are famous for our pizza. So I’ll take them out to eat that night.

I better get my day started. Have a great work week guys. Is it the weekend yet?