Cooper Kids in Colorado Springs

My whole crew arrived last night. They hate the AinBnB house I rented Lol That doesn’t really surprise me. They are going to look at a different one with a better layout. With all of the people in the house it is a little cramped. We can’t really move around as a whole group. Oh well. I tried. I know they will find somewhere better that will fit all of our needs for the weekend. I’m so happy to see my babies! I gave everyone a million kisses and hugs. I held each one for about 10 or 15 minutes each and just told them how much I missed them and loved them. My neck is still painful but I tried to tough it out. It was so good to see the girls. Nothing has changed. Lindsay acts like she owns, runs, and bosses everyone. The 3 nannies roll their eyes and argue. I stand there trying to calm both sides down but laughing because their insults are both nasty and funny. I don’t even know what a “dark path ho” is but I think it’s bad. It sounds bad.

Everyone ate a snack of sandwiches and chips. Bath time was extra fun and so was storybook time and prayers. My boys wanted to be with me so I scooped them up and put them in my bed. We talked for a while and I got to find out they got new toys. I figured. Aunt Lindsay seems to think to fix a broken child’s heart you go shopping. It’s ridiculous. Whatever is at my house right now that’s excessive is getting donated. I asked her what it is and she said don’t look in the backyard so I’m thinking she went and bought the gigantic fort swingset that I said DO NOT GET THAT ONE. We will see.

Oh man I missed their little faces. I’m feeling better, happier, and more calm knowing they are all okay. It’s been a rough month or so and I just hope we can get through it.

We have zero plans other than a big cookout tonight. I’m putting out the whole spread. It’s going to be huge. I have a ton of prep work to do but I’m finishing up my grocery list. I have a ton of things to go get to make sure I have all the things I need. I’m just waiting to see what house they pick out.

It’s so beautiful here. Walking outside, it just feels good. I really like this part of the country. I have been to Apsen, Vail, and Breck a million times to snowboard and ski but this is the quiet part. I really like it here.

I hope everyone has a great day. This morning I finally caught up on all of your messages. Some great suggestions and I really appreciate all the support. Things will get better and thank you for the prayers. I love ya’ll! I will update you guys soon.

Not working is awesome

I love being home with the kids. I really do. We are having such a great time. My wife had to go into the city to get some work done. She got back in time for supper. I spent the day feeding, holding, and just loving all over my perfect daughter. The boys helped out a lot and when she was sleeping I mad sure to spend all of my time with them. I forgot how fast this all goes. Early next year I’m going to have 2 almost 2 year olds, a 6 month old and a new-born. I’m crazy, right? 4 kids. That’s God. He put this on me because he knows I can handle it. his is exactly why I’m retiring from SJC. I want to move on, 10 years is enough. I’ve made more money than I ever dreamed of and I’m retaining ownership in everything. I get to cash those checks, that’s it. How great is that?

I want to raise my kids. Not pass them off. As soon as we get the littlest one into school I will only keep a nanny on call. Right now all 3 of them are barely doing anything. It’s easier when I’m at work because they have to do everything. I told them all when I hired them as soon as I’m home from work those babies are my job. It’s what I wanted. I think I value this parenting experience more since I’m a lot older than most dads. I asked my wife several times before we were married if she was sure she wanted an old dad for her kids. She said yes and I’m not that old Wait until Peace graduates high school, (Mr 62-year-old proud father) Lol. She doesn’t care. She said it’s not about my age It’s because I am all about the kids. I have to be. I didn’t have a mom for them to start their lives. That would have been much easier. Now getting to share decisions and getting input, that takes a lot of pressure off.

My wife just pointed out I misspelled decisions. I went back and fixed it. As we all know by now, I don’t give 2 honks about spelling or grammar on here. I run the Spell/Grammar check took. It red lines my mistakes and I go fix it. Th grammar, good luck. At lest I not typ lik dis. That would be bad.

I have more book signings in Chicago coming up. I have a few more the rest of this year. It’s all just an excuse to go somewhere fun on a weekend. I moved all of my out-of-town trips this month to other people. Lindsay is doing all of my West Coast and Nebraska trips. My 3 VP’s are going to take East coast and South. I will do that Springfield trip though at the end of this month. I have to go. I can’t get out of it. That’s a quick flight there and home though. I should be home in time to feed Peace supper and get her in the bath then to bed.

My dog loves his new sister. He sniffs her feet all of the time. He was able to see her a few times and just looked at her. You tell him something and he just does it. Greatest dog ever. The cat, oh man. My wife’s cat does whatever the f-bomb he wants. He does not care. He started sleeping in bed with us but he jumps in around 2am. I wake up around 5 or 5:30 so the first few times I looked at him he jumped off. I told my wife and she didn’t believe me. She said that Tristan (This is the cat she claims can talk) told her he doesn’t like sleeping in our bed. I said ask him to stay out of the bed then. She said he used to sleep on the pillow next to her at night and now that I’m in the bed, he’s pissed. That’s all I need is to piss off a cat.

I made a giant mexican feast tonight for dinner. Between the boys they knocked out one taco and a little bit of the refried beans. I had to chop up the taco into very tiny bits but they love it. I asked Heston did you like your Taco and he said Tacoooo? With a high pitch at the end. It was hilarious.

My wife said finish up it’s time to Netflix. I said and chill? She said maybe if I’m good, later though Lol

Wish me luck!

Comic-Con? No

I asked my wife a month ago if she wanted to go to Comic-Con. She just looked at me like I was the biggest nerd she knows, which I probably am. She patted my shoulder and said you go ahead if you want to. That was the end of that discussion. Who doesn’t want to go! Maybe next year. Now I get to see all of the cool pictures my friends are sending me from there. Some of the Cosplay costumes are badass. No I would not have dressed up. I like looking at that stuff and buying all the Batman stuff I can but that’s as far as I go. I own Batman t shirts not Batsuits Lol

We made it up to the lake house last night. We grilled out and had a nice quiet evening. The boys love the big backyard. They don’t love getting sprayed religiously with bug repellent. We had a slight increase of water level on our beach but not that bad. I was surprised actually. The house is nowhere near the flood plain so we were fine.

Today we are going shopping and going to map out where everything is going to go. I have 2 condos full of furniture. Not all of it is coming here. Lord knows I have the space. We have so much open space in the 2 other living rooms here I’m sure we can fill up the house finally. My wife has been going through each piece of furniture this week and marking it on some list Keep, Move, Donate. I told her just leave the boys stuff alone and any of my personal stuff, then decide whatever you want. I’m not very particular about this stuff anymore. I used to be. I wanted it all perfect. Now with kids I don’t really care. It’s just stuff. I can buy more stuff. The nannies packed up their bedroom stuff and we brought it up this trip. That meant when we got here last night I had to unload everything and carry it up and down the stairs a million times. I’m thankful at my old age (44) that I’m still getting around so well. I still wake up stiff and have to stretch a little. I sit up on the side of the bed and yawn then I stand up and my knees say good morning to everyone. I take a step or two and then I know all systems are a Go Lol It’s sad getting old but this is why I still workout and yoga. I want to keep limber. With all these young babies around this place I need to run after them.

All of my clothes and my wife’s clothes arrive today. Later this afternoon all of the boys’ clothes and Sarah’s clothes will arrive. Then we get to spend the rest of the day putting it all up. Thankfully everyone can help me put the boys’ bedroom together. They really have too much stuff. I told my wife this is a good time to purge some of it. She said it’s all my fault for shopping online. I can’t help it. Amazon makes it way too easy to get the latest new baby thing. Buying 2 of everything can fill up a room faster than you realize.

Heston has shown some interest in his potty chair. We are at the point we are trying to explain what it is. I know we are a ways off from him actually using it but I think he’s getting it. Alex won’t have anything to do with it. And Sarah had a very awkward conversation with me last week about having the boys watch me take a piss. She said they will model me and learn how to do it only from me. She said she could throw Cheerios in the toilet and try to make them hit it but they won’t get it. It’s easier for me to do that. I don’t want to Lol I mean I will when it’s time but I don’t even piss in front of my wife. That’s just bad. No one wants to see that. My wife doesn’t care but I do. That’s just part of my shy side I guess.

What else? We have some really fun concerts coming up soon. We went to so many shows out in Vegas. When my cousin Tyson buzzed through town he had some really cool passes we could use. We saw 4 shows that my wife picked out. I’ve seen almost all of them. Lindsay and Dave have too but they still went with us. They also went with us when we spent the day at New York New York and had a lot of fun on all of the rides. They didn’t go with us when we went to Circus Circus. Lindsay says it’s the armpit of the Strip and the food and gambling there suck.

We might get a few sprinkles this morning but it’s mostly going to be a cool cloudy day. It’s amazing the difference between the weather here and Chicago. It’s going to rain almost all day there. Up here, maybe a sprinkle or two. That means we are going out on the boat. My boys love the boat. I never get on the engine unless I am alone. When anyone is with me we just kind of putter around a little. We like to go visit our friends and dock up next to their property. We get off and go say hi. Then we load back up after a little while and go to the next. Everyone does that around here. It makes it nice to catch up and see what’s been going on.

My wife is no 13 weeks pregnant. Let me check our baby app The Bump. Yep, 13 weeks and 2 days. It says we are 26 weeks and 5 days away from her due date. That seems like forever. We are almost through the first trimester. That’s good, what grade did we get Lol She said the pregnancy so far is pretty easy. She’s getting all round everywhere, I love that. She has been eating well, exercising, and trying to relax more. She’s pretty stressed out with work lately. She has some really big cases she’s trying to wrap up before she resigns. There sure is a lot more to legal work than I realized. She said for every meeting or conference she has with a client there’s 2 or 3 days worth of paperwork that follows it. I guess I never thought about it.

I did get her name tattooed on my back. She’s not pleased that it’s the only female name on there but my back piece tats are my life story. Most of all of my tats are memorial ones anyway. It’s pretty big and it turned out just like she wanted. I love it. I love knowing it’s on there. When we pick out the baby’s name I will add that to after he or she is born. We have begun the list. The baby name list. 2 columns. We get to say no to whatever doesn’t sound good. We did have a doctor appointment and we did confirm it’s just one little Cooper in there, a while ago. Thank goodness! If it was twins I would move Lol Just kidding. I would be okay with it but geez. What a twist that would have been.

Here is the list we already said no to:

Preston to go with Heston

Charles, too stuffy

Michael, too plain

Six, Lindsay said that one and I just rolled my eyes, Six Cooper, really?

Heather, guess who came up with that one Lol

Adam, don’t like it

Molly, it’s a nice name but no

and the best no ever was Hermes Lol Cam came up with it. Hermes Cooper, the m is silent. It would have an accent above it. No. Sorry Cam.

The yes list we are keeping private. It’s on my phone. I’m in charge of keeping the list.

My wife just woke up she just came in and hugged my neck than gave me a kiss. I need to go get breakfast started. She wants her OJ. Have a great weekend everyone. I will update more later. It’s going to be a pretty chill weekend here.

God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

 

The White House is calling

  Today myself and a few other Chicago area business people flew up to Washington D.C. to talk with the White House about business in Chicago and a few other things. I’ve posted about 20 photos on my Facebook and my family and friends are lighting up my comments section Lol I even showed off my boarding pass into the White House because no one believed me at first. I thought they wouldn’t.

We got invited months ago and I wasn’t going to go because I think President Trump is a moron. Our meeting was not with him at all. It was with other business leaders and the White House. They basically spent an hour talking about what they “plan” to do for all of our businesses yet when we asked what specifically the plan is no one had any idea. We did get a bunch of run around and we pretty much left there with no more info than when we went in.

It was still a cool meeting. We did not meet Trump or any of his buddies. Thank goodness for that. I knew we wouldn’t. We aren’t that important plus I didn’t vote for him. I had a very good afternoon either way and now I get to go do some tourist type stuff until late tonight. I’m excited to be in our nation’s Capital and I’m pretty sure my wife is drooling with jealousy Lol

Guys, if you can get to the White House one time in your life, do it. Even just a tour. It’s a very impressive and historical place!

 

House of Cards has taken over my tv

My wife loves a good Netflix binge. She likes watching certain shows but after those are over its Netflix time. If we start a series all of the nannies like they come over to eat dinner with us then they all watch with us. We are on Season 3 of House of Cards. I had heard about it a little but I didn’t know what it was.

It’s too dark for me. The characters are always screwing people over, being bullies, and lying to push their own agenda. Wow, sounds like the trolls Lol I just realized that. Probably why I don’t like that show much. My wife says this is what lawyering can be like if you let your moral compass go. She has not. She works very hard to prosecute people for breaking the law. It’s been her life long dream and she’s living it. Good for her. Seeing her watch this show and try to figure out the next move is why I watch it. She enjoys talking about it even after we flip it off for the night. At that point I am ready to do or discuss something else but if she likes it, okay.

Have you guys seen that one? I know that Season 5 is going to start soon that’s why she’s bingeing. We should have it done by next week. We can only get in 2 or 3 episodes a night. We start watching after the boys are down. Alex is my pop up baby. I get him down, everyone is chill, then he pops back up and wants more cuddle time. It takes me about 45 minutes to get him down. Sarah is adjusting his nap schedule a little. They are still taking 2 naps a day but now they are short naps. About a half hour. She doesn’t want them to sleep too much so they are up at night. It’s worked out with some minor adjustments. The show is very plot driven. All twists and turns that you never see coming. I’ve figured out by now if something has a dark, murderous plan behind it, Frank is obviously the one that put things in motion.

The acting is very, very good. I hope the 2 leads have received many awards. They are believable. They have done a great job making the characters their own. I like politics but it’s not something that I have enjoyed lately. Trump has pretty much ruined all hope. I really do believe he will be impeached or quit before they get to that point. When things get tough, he whines some more than gives up. That’s who he is. It’s been a waste of policy. So many great things could have been done by now. He stalls all progressive movements and only cares about things that cost us all more money. This guy is a dumbass.

House of Cards has invaded my house and we can’t stop watching. I hope it has a happy ending but I don’t see how. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

I have had 2 out-of-town trips this week. Both quick and successful. Yesterday was my wife’s luncheon that she warned me a hundred times do not be late for. Guess what. I was late. She was fiery pissed at me and I was told we would talk about it when she got home. Oh boy did we. It wasn’t a fight it was more of a very calm You can not do that again discussion. I told her we hit traffic and I literally ran in there and sat down next to her. I apologizes while the speaker was talking and she grabbed my thumb immediately and hurled it backwards to let me know I’m in deep shit Lol When I realized I was going to be late I had my secretary hand deliver 2 dozen roses to her office while we attended the luncheon. That way she would get back and realize I knew how badly I had F’ed up. The card was a very huge apology of sweetness and I’m sorry I will do better. She appreciated it and that’s probably what stopped it from becoming a big fight.

This is another reason why I will be retiring after this year. My wife needs my support. She has a lot going on the next year and a half before we move and she wants to finish strong. She has not yet decided if she will continue being a career lawyer or she will begin a new legal career in Paris. She is looking into it. She is very excited to move. She’s going to miss everyone but she said it will be the adventure of a lifetime and as long as I promise to move us all back if needed, she’s looking forward to it.

Guess who doesn’t want us to go? My nannies. When my wife and I decided we are going to move in 2018 I offered them all to join us. They have school and I knew at some point we would be losing each one. Sarah has been the most vocal about why are we moving. She doesn’t want us to go. I told her it’s what we want for our family. She gets it but she doesn’t like it. I promised to fly her over to come visit a few times a year. It’s not me she’s going to miss its my boys. She is so attached to them I really don’t know how we are going to do this. But we need to do it before they have the cognitive memories of everything. That way all of their memories will be of our life in Paris.

My last huge update is that…no I’m not ready to share that yet Lol We have big news but I’m going to wait just a little longer! It’s all good, don’t worry.

Have a great, what day is it? Thursday! A lot of people are having last day of school stuff this week. I’m happy for all of my friends’ kids who are finishing up and getting ready to enjoy their summer. Good luck with that. I pray every day for all of you. I’m glad to see how many loyal readers and friends I still have coming here. I appreciate you all staying around. It’s not a big flashy life story but I’m working on that.

Happy Thursday!

Sunday wrap-up

We all made it to Church this morning. My wife snuck home very early this morning because she said she was laying in bed and missed me. So she got up in the middle of the A.M., drove the 55 miles to our lake house and crawled into bed next to me. Isn’t she sweet!

Church had some very profound teachings this morning. I really enjoyed it. We picked up the boys from Sunday school and all went out for brunch. I tried suggesting we go home and let me fix a big breakfast but no one wanted that. We piled into a local breakfast place and had a very nice breakfast. It was really good. I had the fruit plate with oatmeal. You can’t ever beat fresh fruit.

After breakfast we went back to the house and got everyone back into the vehicles to hit the farmers market. We picked up a bunch of really cool stuff as well as some tasty things to eat. After that we came back and just hung out the rest of the day. We are all packed up and almost ready to leave. I’m waiting for Heather and my wife to come back from some antique store. They went in search of a clock. I don’t know why but they decided we needed another one for somewhere in this house.

It sounds like they just pulled in. Time to make our trek back to the city. Another great weekend in Lake Forest!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I will update more tomorrow!

A quiet weekend!

Work has kept me very busy this week. I announced that I will be staying at the lake house this weekend with my boys and my dog. If anyone wanted to join me, okay. I’m exhausted, I need a break and I’m taking it. Everyone kind of laughed then said okay. We decided my wife is going to stay in town because she has to catch up on work. Sarah is going out-of-town to…well she never said but she gets weekends off so go have fun, Sarah. The part-time nannies will be joining me. At first my wife said no. Then I said this is what I pay them for, to help me on the weekends. So she changed and said okay. She tends to forget I look at those 2 (and Sarah as well) as my older kids. We have little arguments, we are probably too comfortable around each other and we all understand I am the dad Lol I hear myself talk to them as if I am their dad and they either roll their eyes at me or they stand there with a completely blank look on their faces and say “K”, my least favorite word/letter in the whole alphabet. Lindz has “K”‘ed me for the past 22 years now and it drives me nuts.

I’m going to hang out, read, play with my two best sons in the whole world and finally get a bunch of time to play with my dog. He’s been a little neglected this week and that’s all of my fault. When my boys are taking a nap I will take him for a long jog. He needs it and I haven’t exercised at all this week.

We are moving into our new office building next weekend. Coordinating that has been a nightmare. The new office is not that far from the older one but getting a permit to park a giant moving truck to unload all of our stuff has been a hassle. The City of Chicago (I love you) and these permits can kiss my ass. You have to get a permit to park, a permit to zone off a certain area for a restricted amount of time and probably a permit to even sneeze. It’s ridiculous. But I really hope this is our last move as the new building is huge. A lot more floors, a lot more space and a killer office for me. That’s all I wanted. Lindsay is very happy with her office which is right next to my office. She will spend almost no time in it so I asked why she needed it. She said for show and to let everyone know she will be popping in whenever she’s in town. I really, really wonder how all of this is going to play out. My retirement does not equal I lose all control of my businesses. It means I’m no longer managing any of it day-to-day and I show up for board meetings about once a month. I told Lindz not to power trip once she and my 2 VP’s take over. She laughed and said “Oh it’s happening” Lol

I’m really tired and worn out. This week has been really busy for me. I have had 2 book signings already and I haven’t updated about those yet. That was fun. They were in the ‘burbs of Chicago.

I have, let me look, I think 2 more to do? Unless they make me do more which is their option. We shall see.

I need to get everyone up for the day. Enjoy my blog, oh ye who had been cast aside and play nice. Or Lindsay will ban you…again.

P.S. As always I googled that image I’m using for my Featured Image. I typed in Chicago Spring and I liked how it looked. Please stop sending me comments about the images I use as the Featured Ones. 99% of them are off of google. I don’t post personal photos here unless otherwise noted. All of my personal stuff is on my Facebook.

Sunday into Monday

Let me think. Yesterday I was up early. Got breakfast together and made sure my boys had everything they needed. Then I took the girls to Church. Church was awesome like always. I always feel better coming out of Mass. I do like the Friday night mass serves in the city and sometimes we will go to that instead of Sunday. Depends on what plans we have. We went to Starbucks so everyone could get their favorite drinks. Then we headed home.

My plan was to stay in the boys all day and enjoy a nice relaxing man day. That almost worked out. I got changed and took the boys upstairs to show them some new things we have. We looked out of the windows at the lake and bounced on the bed a little. It can be hard to watch them when we do that. I probably should stop but it’s fun and they both laugh. Then it was time to make lunch so we went downstairs to see what everyone wanted. Sunday lunch was sandwich day. Fine be me that’s easy to do. I set everything out in a big buffet style line and got lunch for my sons. We got them set up and eating and then I made myself something. Everyone else ate when they wanted to. After lunch I cleaned up the kitchen took my dog out for a nice long walk and then came back in to read books to the boys and play with some toys we ordered for them. They are really getting around now. It’s funny how they switch from crawling to staggering Lol That’s what Sarah calls their walking style. It’s true they do stagger. I like it when one of them leans on my dog for support then he starts walking and they try to keep up with him. It usually ends in him ditching his brothers and them falling on their backsides in laughter. All a learning process.

My boys are both now referring to my wife as mama. It’s constant. She loves it and I can tell it really hits her heart. I’m glad she decided to work on that one. She is their mama and I’m so happy I have her in their lives. The girls went out to a movie. I stayed back to hang out. Then it was time to pack everything up and go. Before we left my wife wanted us to stop by this shop to show me something. We left Sarah in the Escalade with the boys (Doors locked) while we went in real quick. She showed me a big piece of art? (Sculpture?) or something she wants for the living room. I had to study it. I took a picture of it and really tried to imagine it on the wall. I asked where it would go and she said it would look great on the back wall so that everyone can see it from the doorway. There’s nothing on that spot right now and if she wants it okay. So I bought it. I told them I would pick it on Wednesday since I have a meeting near by and they said they would wrap it up and hold it in the back.

Then I gave my wife a big public kiss for being so thoughtful and sweet. She giggled and blushed then smacked me Lol I don’t do that often enough. She is kind of shy about PDA but sometimes it’s fun to see her reaction.

We got on our way home and decided it was pizza night. It’s just easier. The girls stopped and picked up our order while we went the rest of the way home. I got the boys upstairs, the dog upstairs after his fit in the elevator. He wanted to stay with me and decided he needed to howl at me Lol It was hilarious. He’s half beagle so I assume that’s where that, is it called baying? comes from. The boys laughed. He doesn’t do that often. I told him I would take him for a walk in a few. That seemed to calm him down.

Then it was hauling all the stuff up to the condo. The nannies left their stuff in their car thank goodness. They buy so much stuff every time we go up there. I guess the sells were really good and since the weather is about to change (Again) it was time for spring clothes. I got all of that done, took my dog for a walk and then went up to eat pizza with everyone. My boys love pizza. We cut it into really tiny bites for them but they get sauce everywhere. Vegan pizza really does taste better than the regular pizza most people enjoy. I think it does anyway. My wife usually has 1 slice of my pizza because she says she likes the dough crust. She really is great about me and the boys being vegan. Although she does let them try things more so than I would. I’m not trying to deprive them of carnivore stuff. I just prefer for their regular meals they eat healthy. And who can resist giving a baby a small bite of a new food. The day Heston learned about real ice cream I thought his mind was blown. He took a lick and he was hooked Lol He grabbed my wife’s hand like he was claiming her ice cream cone and started licking and trying to bite it. It was so funny we put that video on my Facebook and got a lot of really funny comments on it. Alex doesn’t like ice cream which is weird. He likes fruit. He loves strawberries the most.

I think we ate almost all of the pizzas. It was time for the nannies to all go home. We talked about our trip to the Wisconsin Dells this coming weekend. That will be fun. I don’t know if we can put Heston in the pool with the cough he had last week but if he’s fine by Wednesday when his meds are finished up I think it would be okay for a little while. There is so much more to do there anyway. The following weekend we will be going back to Nebraska for a family trip. It’s that time again to haul the boys back to see my relatives. I’m so glad it’s getting much easier to fly with the boys. After a few trips we have figured out what works with them.

I hope everyone has a great work week. So happy you are here. Make sure to have fun and check back soon for some awesome updates!

Love ya’ll!

P.S. Ran a spellcheck and this is the first time there were no spelling errors Lol Gold star for me today!