Do NOT ORDER Christmas stuff yet!

Guys, we all survived Halloween 2020. I don’t know how. Already the girls want to start order Christmas decorations. Nope! I put my foot down. We will get through Veterans Day, we will do Thanksgiving. First! I am not going to be looking at tinsel and smell pine cone candles this early. I told them the day after T-Day, go for it. I want to focus on one holiday at a time. It’s bad enough we aren’t even home in Denver, still. Let us all take our time to enjoy each day. This Covid is not slowing down, not going away like everyone has said.

Speaking of going away Lol Trump will be voted out of office tomorrow. I am proud to say I have done my part. A very, very, small part but I finished my last weekend of phone banking for Joe Biden campaign. It was hard to find the hours to do it but I’m thankful my supportive nannies and neighbor helped watch the kids on the weekends. It was important to me. I wanted to do more. I would have been out stumping for him and her, but I can’t do that with Covid. We have all managed to stay healthy so far. None of us have gotten it. It scares me so much I limit how much and when the girls go out of the house. Monday to Thursday, do your thing. Friday to Sunday, no one leaves. That has worked. They have to wear masks. If someone doesn’t then the others crab at them until they put it on. It works. MASKS WORK! Let me say that again. MASKS WORK.

We all had a great Halloween. I will add all of our photos and videos to my Instagram. Now listen guys, I do see all of your friend requests. I am going to get to those I swear. I’m still trying to figure Instagram out. I will watch the tutorial videos today and then go from there. This week, everyone will be added that I know, and you guys can get a glimpse into my Hawaiian life. It’s actually pretty cool.

I hope you all had lots of candy and fun. I hope you all stayed safe. Let’s get ready to honor our beloved Veterans. They mean so much to our country, proud to have served amongst this esteemed group.

Is it summer yet?

Christmas is gone. Thank goodness. I love my family but I love the peace and quiet in my house more. We had a few days together to celebrate. None of which involved hitting a Christmas Eve Mass. My kids were not feeling that well and I was not going to go without them. When I announced that decisions a lot of the family said let’s skip it. I was shocked Lol But it was fine with me. I did miss it though. The Christmas eve mass is the best one of the year. It makes me feel loved, in sync with God’s will, and among my family and extended church family. I love going. Oh well. Next year.

The kids spent 4 hours opening up all of their gifts. It was ridiculous. Lindsay and Drew really went crazy this year. I did too though. I think as they get older my mind keeps thinking about the things they might think is fun as well as the practical dad gifts. Socks, new underwear, new coats and gloves, etc.

And for Christmas, Santa was extra happy with me because I ended up with something I’ve always wanted Lol I finally broke down and put it on my Christmas list only to find it on my doorstep a few days before Christmas. Santa wanted me to have it early. Fine with me! I love it, love it love it! And no I’m not going to say what it is.

We ate, opened gifts, ate some more, opened more gifts. When it was all over with the kids passed out in the Christmas paper and mess. My daughter had a bow stuck to her foot, we took a picture.

I just uploaded over 70 photos on our Family Facebook page for you guys to enjoy. It’s all of the last batch I hadn’t uploaded yet plus all of the Christmas photos. Yes we had matching pajamas. That was Lindsay’s idea. I wasn’t happy with little elves, I wanted Christmas batman pajamas but it was fine. We looked cool I thought.

Hope everyone is doing well. I’m very sorry to anyone impacted by the moron Donald Trump shutting down the entire U.S. government over his ******* wall. I mean geezus. It’s ridiculous. He’s mad some really stupid mistakes but this one has to be the top one. When is he fired? It’s soon, right?

I do not know any stocks at all. I did predict this stock market crash, 2 years ago btw, and am worried about everyone else that didn’t see the indicators all pointing to this happening. I don’t get any joy in being right. Please be sure you know when to sell off if you need to. Your money is your money. You can make that call and remove yourself from the roller coaster that is our stock exchanges.

So what’s next? A family vacation somewhere warm! After the new year we will be traveling very far south to enjoy some bright sunny days. We need it, I need it. A week away is just what I want. It’s going to be fun.

Anyone want to join us? Lol

Have a great weekend guys! I will update more next week! Love ya’ll!

Hi from Paris

Hey guys.

Sorry for not posting as much. With my wife not being around it’s all on me to make sure all 3 kids are doing okay. Sarah and Heather help out a lot but I come home from work and it’s game on.

After we play, eat, snuggle, bath, bedtime, re-bedtime for whoever won’t stay asleep, that’s when I have to clean up the house, do the dishes, laundry, get meals ready for the next day, and finally finish my own work that I didn’t get done. It’s mostly emails so it’s not hard but it is time-consuming. I’m sorry for the lack of updates. But as you can see I have done a much better job of posting our photos to our Family Facebook page. Check those out I just added more.

So my wife called me up crying and saying she can’t do this alone anymore. She was struggling to sleep, eat, and relax. She’s anxious about giving birth and MY SON is too big. She’s scared. I tried reassuring her over the phone and finally said Ok ok we are coming. I called the airlines to find a flight out that night but I could only get early morning tickets to NYC. Once we were in NYC we could get plenty of flights onward to Paris. It was REALLY expensive to switch everyone’s travel around but as long as she was happy it made it worthwhile. This meant I had to rearrange the 2 nannies flights back to the states too. They were okay because that meant they get to their families a day earlier. You guys have no idea how hard it is to keep 4 women happy all of the time Lol Ironically I think one person that still READS my blog religiously can (You are still a douchebag). He knows who that was meant for.

So we got tickets, I started packing that night and finally called my wife to tell her. Honey we are coming and we will be there tomorrow late. She sounded a little better. Whatever was going on was not a momentary flip out. If I was longer into my marriage I would have done the It’s going to be okay, I will be there in a few days, stop crying Lol But I’m not and I’m still new at being a husband and I really don’t want to blow the big emotional support moments that I want to get better at. So I sucked it up, I made arrangements and here we are.

I did get a heroes welcome when we arrived. But first let me get back to the flights.

So my kids are not exactly great travelers. Especially Alex. He freaks out when we get on a plane. We can calm him down after about 20 minutes but I had to warn every passenger around us that he will freak out for a solid 10 minutes with 10 extra minutes of soft boo-hoo’ing and then he’s quiet the rest of the ride. They were all very understanding. I mean I could see the look on all of their faces when I show up with 3 kids under 2 Lol It was like Oh GREAT this flight is going to suck! Well it didn’t. It was actually Heston that had the major freak out. Alex mostly slept and Peace near the end of a full day of traveling literally cried the entire way off of the plane, through customs, and into the vans waiting for us Lol The ENTIRE 45 minutes, guys! She was done. She was over it. And thankfully I’m not putting my kids back onto the plane for a long time. They are all now officially moved to Paris. Big huge sigh on that one. My nannies did a great job helping me with the kids. I tried my best. I’m really sorry if you were on our flight Lol The food was crap, we had been traveling all day and all of us had lost our patience while we were in New York City waiting for our overseas flight.

My wife gave me a huge hug and a few kisses when we got to the house. I said HERE, here’s YOUR DAUGHTER! Lol I had enough of the crying nonstop. I had a massive headache. She swooped up all of the kids and sat in the big oversize chair with them while I got bags put up and started to unpack clothes. I finally reemerged to see Peace eating her bottle and both of the boys trying to point out all of the gifts. My wife was sobbing. I mean a full on bawl when we came in. I felt so bad. She really was not in a good place. I said do we need to fly your mom over? She said no. She just needs me hold her. I said no problem. I let all of the nannies deal with the kids and I took my wife into our room. We laid in bed for about 10 minutes before I fell asleep Lol I didn’t mean to but I’m old. I was exhausted. I just couldn’t go anymore. I took a 35 minute power nap with snoring which I rarely do and got up. My wife said she feels better but not fully. She just needs me around. I said okay.

In the back of my mind I’m sitting here thinking am I even going to be able to go back to the states after Christmas for that week? I really have a lot of things to get done. I am going to have to ease into things.

Guys, My dog went NUTS when he saw me Lol He was doing circles. He was running around and jumping up on me. I laid down and let him kiss all over me and kept asking if he was a good boy. He was so happy. I did take him for 2 long walks and he slept with me when I crashed for several hours.

I’m awake. Finally. I’m showered, the kids are good and I’m getting ready to take all of the nannies to the airport. They are such good sports. My wife and I gave them their GIGANTIC christmas checks Lol They were shocked. I was shocked when I wrote that number down on all of their checks but you know what, for almost 2 years they have been there for me. I can’t really come up with the right number for how I really feel but it was a big fat check. And they were all very happy to receive them. I do feel bad they are going back on the planes to get back home and then on to their families but they are young and can handle it way better than I can.

I’m a wuss. I’m so old I get up out of bed all stiff and sore. It’s pathetic. My lower back said “OH you want to stand up Hahahahahha……..no”. I struggle the first few minutes. Does anyone else go through that?

So here we are. The kids are happy. They slept longer than I did. My dog is soooooo happy and my wife hugs me nonstop. She just is scared I think. She watched the birthing video without me. I told her not to. She did. She saw what’s about to happen Lol

I did not look when my twins were born but I was in there holding onto their birth mom’s hand. I was near her head and that big curtain thing covered up the view. What I saw was them hold up Heston, put him on her stomach and let me cut his cord then rush him off. And then I came back to see them struggle to yank Alex up, them not even really put him down, they cut the cord I didn’t and he went right into a flock of nurses and doctors. They were trying to save his life. He was not the right color at all. It scared the sh** out of me. I will never forget those moments until I heard him let out a cry. I pray every day we don’t go through any of that with Talon. I pray he comes out easy, it’s not very painful for my wife and I get to see his little face. I’m so excited. And nervous. I am scared too but not in the same way. I just want my wife and son to make it through the delivery and both be okay. I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to either of them. I would lose my sh**. Thankfully they are both very healthy and doing great and we won’t have any issues.

I need to get going. Sarah just told me to be downstairs in 20 minute. Off to traffic and airport drop offs. I’m going to pick up my wife’s favorite meal on the way back. She found this cafe that has her very favorites she said. I’m going to surprise her. I hope I can do something to make her feel better. I’m trying hard but dealing with a pregnant woman is all new to me. I wasn’t allowed to spend much time with my cousin while she was pregnant. It was in small bits and she wouldn’t really talk to me. She just kept it short and sweet. This is my first full on experience and guys, this is hard. I feel like I’m on eggshells every day. I am trying to be supportive and I don’t even suggest her to try things anymore because I’m tired of getting yelled at. I can’t wait until my son is here so I can have my wife back Lol

Am I sure I want my kids? Yes! I can get through anything cuz I had twins first. One baby at a time is a piece of cake.

Have a great Christmas break guys. I don’t know when or if I will update until after Christmas. I will try. Things are going to get very busy for me.

Merry Christmas and God bless you all!

Love The Coopers, 2017

Getting ready for Christmas

Yesterday I spent the whole day making things. I first started out with making some home-made chocolate Christmas treats. I had to do that early in the morning while the kids were still asleep. They love to help but when you are trying to melt chocolate and have 2 little guys holding onto each leg asking to help out it can get frustrating. I decided to just get it done on my own and hope for the best. The girls said everything tasted great so we packaged them and delivered them to all of our neighbors as gifts. I also included cards that I had my wife sign too and a few gift cards to places around the area. That’s the best we can do for them since we are moving soon. I told them all we really enjoyed living near them and asked them all to watch out after my place. No one will be allowed to stay there and if anyone does, please let me know via email right away. It felt good strolling my kids over to each house and having my boys hand over their gift bags full of goodies. My boys love that and really enjoy all of the hugs and thanks you back. It’s heart warming for me.

Next up we decided to start on our home-made christmas card project. My wife bought us a kit and asked that we get the kids hand print and foot prints on each of the cards in the precise (And she meant it) location that already had an outline. That was hard and thankfully the kit came with 10 cards cuz I burned right through the first 4 trying to get wiggly little Peace’s foot on there Lol She thought it was hilarious but I was trying hard to just get it down. I had set up an entire painter’s plastic cloth on the kitchen floor so we could make a huge mess but trying to wrangle all 3 kids covered in fingerpaint was a lot harder than I thought it would be I ended up having to take a shower afterwards myself We had fun and I just uploaded all of those photos to our family Facebook page. Enjoy those. They are really funny. Sarah had hand prints on the front of her shirt. She made a lewd comment about harassment and I said “Hey they don’t even know to grab for those yet” Lol Or maybe they do? Leave it to my boys to figure that out early.

I am missing my wife really bad right now. I can’t wait to see her. Here’s our plan.

Friday afternoon we are flying to Paris. It will be our very first Christmas in our new home. We will stay there until the 26th. After MUCH DEBATE and literally 2 weeks full of discussion I conceded and agreed to allow the kids to stay there. I really didn’t want to but the time frame of flying back and forth might be too much for them. Especially Peace. We are leaving on the 22nd because I have to fly Sarah and Heather home on the 23rd so they can go to their family Christmas events. I need help getting all 3 kids over. There’s no way in heck I would attempt that alone Lol I’m not that dumb. They agreed and I am giving them both 2 REALLY BIG FAT Christmas bonuses for doing so. Plus paying for their travel expenses and tickets to their families. Brandi will also be flying home on the 23rd with them. She will be returning on the 27th, which means it’s just me and my wife with all 3 kids for Christmas until the morning of the 26th. When I leave the part-time nannies will be there and they will help until Brandi gets home.

It really is a lot to remember thank goodness I keep it all in my Iphone calendar (Ical) otherwise I would mess everything up. My wife’s family are not happy we won’t be home but with her being so close to giving birth I’m not taking any chances. Plus she literally can no longer fly. It’s not an option. They can have us next year with Talon. I think that would be more fun.

My wife looks like she just finished eating 10 foot long subs Lol She’s beautiful and round. I have another word in mind but I know better. I’m well trained at this point.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I went to Church this morning by myself. Everyone slept in and I hit the early Mass. It was fun. I really enjoyed it. I found out which Church my wife wants us to join in Paris. I’m not at all happy about it. It’s a traditional Roman Catholic Church and I think we need to talk about that. She isn’t sold on it and just wants me to go check it out with her. This is be our Home Church. It needs to be within our faith and values not within a close branch of faith. I am NOT Roman Catholic and I really do not want to ever go back through that Church system again. All of my schooling until college was through the RC’s and it was not cool at all. I’m surprised I stuck it out with the Catholic Church Lol I have had my moments. My wife and I do want to raise all of our children as Catholic and until they are of an age and can give us good reasons they no longer want to attend, their butts will be in Church every Sunday.

I need to wrap this up. We have the family Christmas presents to deliver today and then Monday night we are going to deliver the friends gifts. It’s going to be an all day event today. And I’m supposed to Skype my wife from my phone so she can see everyone’s reactions to their gifts. We have to take 3 vehicles to get all the kids and all of the gifts. I spent probably an hour packing the trucks up so that we go based on gift order Lol I have a list that Sarah made of our schedule for today and we need to get going.

Isn’t Christmas fun?!? It sure seems like a lot of hard work this year, geez.

Adios, amigos/amigas!

Our first Christmas

We took the boys to their first ever Christmas mass at midnight on Christmas Eve. Surprisingly enough they slept through most of it. When we stood up to leave that’s when they decided to wake up and cry. Thank goodness it was over at that point. I had so many people want to take a peek at them under their blankets but I said after the service please. I can’t wake them up. Lindsay loved holding Heston and showing him off. He is my dominant one. He’s not afraid of anything. Alex will go to a stranger then scream and cry until he gets handed back Lol Two different beings that look exactly the same. Having identical twins is completely different from I had expected. But it’s twice the fun also. So let’s go to our Christmas update!

The twins had a very nice and relaxing first Christmas. Auntie Lindsay and I got up early enough to set out the presents that Santa left in the closet so my dog wouldn’t get them Lol Santa is so thoughtful. I took Sam jr for a long walk while Lindsay finished getting things ready and then she went back to bed. I think I was more excited for the boys than I am. I went down to my Church food bank and volunteered to feed the homeless. The breakfast smelled great and I was able to help serve over 200 people. I gave extra to all the kids and got scolded twice. Oh well. God wanted them to have extra. I finished washing the dishes from my service station and then helped take out the trash. Then it was time to go home. I stopped and picked up some breakfast for Lindsay and I. She just wanted donuts. Of course I got the wrong kind. Apparently an assortment is not good enough. Had to be chocolate icing with whip cream filling. My bad. By the time I got back the boys were still in their cribs but awake. Lindsay had already changed them and got them into outfits. But they were both full from eating their breakfast and wanted to lay back down. I got home and showered. Then it was time to show them what Santa brought them.

I put Alex down and he immediately started crawling for the tree. I told her to watch him then I went and got Heston. He did the same thing. We sat down with them and I started handing out gifts. They were more excited to rip stuff up and touch the boxes then they were for the actual present Lol So funny. We got things opened and cut the plastic tie things off. Whoever invented the idea of plastic tying things inside of a baby toy box, thanks a lot. That took forever. And as impatient as my boys can get it was a crying fit until I freed the toy. We got clothes, toys, baby shoes, baby coats, baby everything. We also got a lot of stuffed animals. And Alex let out a new word. BobooobbooOOOOhhhhh Lol It was so funny. I don’t know what boboooh is but we all cracked up. We have already had our first Da da. Heston finally let that one out and I started crying. I said that’s right. I’m your da da! Alex is holding his in I guess. I know someday soon he will say it but for now it’s fine. And Heston has either forgotten he said it or is holding it until Alex says it next. Either way the Da da was here and now it’s gone. At least it’s on Video. That much was worth it.

We played for a few hours and both of my boys literally passed out on the wrapping paper. That allowed me time to clean up and start putting things in piles. Thank you to everyone that sent us gifts, well wishes, and cards. You will all be receiving thank you cards next week. My boys love everything you gave them. And for all the people who sent loud, beeping, horn-making toys I plan to donate the box full of them to a Women’s shelter Lol My boys do not need to drive me nuts hitting the same button 50 times per hour. They would too. So those toys are going bye bye.

Lindsay and I also got some amazing presents from Santa. We both must have been very nice this year. She did talk a little about missing her “mum” and how hard it will be every year without her. She did go spend time with her former stepdad and stepbrother’s families. They had invited her over for a meal and to ask for money. The yearly handout as she calls it. She said she had fun and came home a few hours later than she said. I’m glad she got to see everyone. I enjoyed the peaceful quiet time alone with my babies. They will never have a first Christmas again. They will never get much alone time with me over the next year.  My travel schedule is going to get worse since I am ending my career with SJC. But retirement from those businesses will lead me into full-time parenting. And will also give me plenty of time to adopt more kids. My life purpose is my boys right now. I want to be there for everything. When they are both in school that is the time I can launch my next business adventure. Right now I need to figure it all out. I have plenty of time and I’m not in any rush. I want to enjoy my 2017 and watch my boys go from babies to toddlers, God help us all.

I’m excited for how Christmas went. It was perfect. Everything was quiet just like I wanted. We are going back to the city tonight and preparing for the arrival of the nannies tonight. I can’t wait to see everyone and see how their holidays were.

I pray you all had a wonderful Christmas and you feel joy and happiness all week! God bless and have a great week!

Happy Holidays x2

 Auntie Lindz is in town and she brought and shipped presents for everyone. I picked her up last night then said goodbye to the last nanny standing. It’s just me with the boys for a few days. I’ve gotten very good at figuring out how to do things by myself and have enjoyed having some guy time with my twins. Lindsay has family here so she’s going to split time between the two towns.

We spent the day making candy and looking through photos from this year. I can’t believe how much Heston and Alex have grown. Their first year has gone so fast!

We will be taking the boys to Midnight Mass tomorrow night and then I will get up at 5am and go serve food at our annual Church breakfast for the homeless. I’m working until 8. Just in time to grab breakfast and bring it home for Lindsay and I. Then Christmas morning it’s my boys very first Christmas! I’m very excited this year. They each got plenty of gifts but I did not allow myself or anyone to go crazy.

I want to wish all of my readers a very Happy Holiday season and a very Merry Christmas. Most of all Happy Birthday Jesus! I love you all!

 

 

It’s Almost (Christ)mas time

Happy Holidays! 2016 is going to be the best Christmas celebration of my life. I have Heston and Alex to thank for that. I’m so excited to spend Christmas eve with my boys and Auntie Lindsay. Then at midnight we are all going to Christmas mass. It’s a family tradition that is important. I wish I would be back in Lincoln for Christmas this year but I selfishly want to be alone with them. To make sure they are getting all of my attention and I am doing all I can to spend the day with just them. If I take them out-of-town I will have to share the time with everyone else and I don’t want to. Not the 1st Christmas. It’s also hard to travel with them. That’s why I haven’t done it that much.

I am going to take the boys back to Lincoln, Nebraska to spend a few days with the family this week. I need them to enjoy the time they have and also let the nannies take a break. All 3 of my nannies will be with the boys for the 3 days I will be away. I have to hit the west coast of all of our companies so I can wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to also personally tell them all 2017 is my last year. I think it will be a shock to some of them. A few may try to immediately ask about who will take over. The plan for that has already been in place and I look forward to seeing all of my employees so I can thank them for their hard work. They will get off at noon on the 23rd and not come back to work until the 27th. Then they will get a half day off on the 30th and come back to work January 4th, 2017. I try to give everyone multiple days off to travel and spend time with their families. It’s so important to me and I want to honor my committment by offering the same to them.

We have been watching Christmas movies all morning and I’m already getting excited. My boys sort of know who Santa is. Every time we get out the Santa dolls or we tell them about Santa Heston says OOohhhh Lol He loves Santa as much as I do. Alex just cries. He is predictable. I want my boys to understand Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus. We have already been reading them stories about Jesus’s life and will take them to Mass so they will get to hear the songs we sing to praise His life. God’s sacrifice for all of us needs to be honored every year if not everyday. I want my boys to know from the beginning that it’s not all about presents and food. It’s so much more. And we will spend a great amount of time at Church events every year.

Both of my homes have been beautifully decorated for Christmas and we have made sure to incorporate a lot of religious ornaments and things for the boys to see. This year and the next they may not understand the huge significance but in time they will. I also brought out my family ornaments from my childhood. My brother and I made awful homemade Christmas decor in school or at Church and my mom always proudly displayed them on the tree every single year. I’ve kept that going and will one day explain to my boys each ornament. It’s always a reminder to see my brother’s face on his 4th grade ornament. I think of him everyday and wish he were with me. It’s been too many years since he passed away and I continue to pray for his soul. He was a broken young man without the love and support he wanted. We all tried and we all failed him. In the end he was buried alone without any type or marker being present. And it saddens me I can do nothing about that.

I also think of my grandmother at Christmas. She loved this holiday. I miss hearing her voice yell at me from the kitchen and tell me to get in there. I miss her hugs and her snapping at me to stand up straight. She would have loved my boys more than anything. She would have loved everything about them. I miss having her here but I know she is up in Heaven telling God to stand up straight Lol

I wanted to spend a little time talking about all of you. Over the past few years I have enjoyed reading the comments. I have gotten a lot of support from total strangers. The strangers have stayed around and become good friends. I wish all of you the best Christmas has to offer. Please donate money, time, prayers, or anything you can to others this year. There is always a need. You have a responsibility to provide something for someone else during this season. It’s what makes you whole. Doing for someone less fortunate than yourself is the best way to live you life. I will volunteer on Christmas day as I always do and help feed the homeless. I’m going to spend 4 hours helping with a breakfast my Church hosts each year. I can’t wait to see the faces of the people who will enjoy a good hot meal and the warmth of love and charity. I pray for each person I serve and I ask God to make their lives easier. I love them all as I love all of you. You have all continued to watch my family grow. You have offered great advice on how to deal with the new things my babies are doing. And you also voice your opinions and thoughts about my writings. I love hearing what you think. Please never stop reaching out to me. I may never respond but if Lindsay allows a good positive comment through I do read all of those.

You are always welcome here as long as you are respectful. I appreciate each of you and I pray your Christmas for the 2016 holiday season is all you wish for. Happy Holidays to all other religions and belief systems. I’m aware not everyone here is a Christian. I offer my prayers to you and your families as well. I love you all. Merry Christmas everyone!