Happy 4th of July Batfans!

I hope everyone has an amazing 4th of July today. Stay safe, have a great time and celebrate!

The New Colossus

By Emma Lazarus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Happy Fourth of July!

I pray you all stay safe and have a great time today and tonight. We are at my lakehouse and will be enjoying a quiet family bbq. The girls have plans tonight to go out with their new friends and watch the big fireworks show nearby. I am staying in and watching fireworks on TV. I want extra time with my boys since I’ve been really busy this past week.

What a week it has been! I haven’t had time to update and I’m sorry about that. Let me try to remember all that has been going on.

So Heston scared the bejesus out of me. We had him outside a lot last weekend. I wasn’t thinking anything about it. He did have a little runny nose and he was coughing some but not a lot. I put them both down for the night, took a shower and went in to check on them. I do that a lot. I just like to look in their cribs. He didn’t look right so I put my hand on his chest and started shaking him a little. Nothing. So I picked him up and ran out to the living room with him to see what was going on. I woke up Sarah yelling. She started helping him and I went and threw on some clothes. My condo is right next to a huge hospital. Literally right across the street a half block away. I came back in picked him up, told her to meet me over there and I took off running with him. He was better. I don’t know what she was doing but he looked a lot better. His color was coming back to him and he was started to cry. I ran into the ER and told them my baby stopped breathing and I don’t remember much of anything after that.

I remember Sarah coming in a panic and they shuttled us both back to where he was at. She started filling out the forms you have to do and they began checking him out. They suctioned out a lot of snot from his nose and mouth. A lot. I had never seen so much. They gave him a shot of something and told us what most likely happened. We were there for a few hours they wanted to do all kinds of checks on him and I said do it. I had Brand bring over Alex to get checked out too because I didn’t know what was going on. After a few more hours they sent us all home. Heston was perfect, Alex was perfect. It was just a bunch of congestion and I panicked Lol Are we all shocked? No! I’m the helicopter parent. I hover over both of them. So then I had an out-of-town trip. I was trying to cancel it but it was one of those you can’t cancel. I hired 3 nannies to come help. It told them someone needs to be in their room at all times or you are all fired Lol I was dead serious. I told them I want eyes on both of them until I get back home. I had planned on being back that night but of course that didn’t work out. I headed out to California for my meeting and to see a friend and her family. It was a quick visit. Then went over to Las Vegas from there.

I ended up staying in Las Vegas, the going up to Reno the next day. Lindsay needed to show me what has been going on with our investment casino. It looks amazing. Almost sexy! If a building can be sexy. I am so proud of the decisions she has made. And I’m really happy about all of the new money she has got coming in for our companies. She is doing more than I could ask for and everyone is reaping the benefits. The money is awesome. We are able to give out bonuses like I’ve always wanted to do and recognize all of the hard work people are doing. They really feel good and appreciated. I’m doing a lot to save up money for the future projects but Lindsay wants to take more risks. It’s been a balance to trust her but still be cautious.

The rest of the week back home was very busy at work. Late night hours. Even going back into work after the babies are down for a few hours. It’s been a long week and I am exhausted. I’m finally sleeping better.

Yesterday I took my family to Summerfest in Milwaukee. That was so much fun! The weather was perfect for the boys and I got to show them off. We always get attention anywhere we go because people are drawn to twins. They just want to peek at them which I’m okay with. Trying to touch them, that’s another story. I do the whole don’t do that please and give a look. That stops everyone but older women who don’t care what I have to say Lol I did not follow my vegan diet and I’m paying for it today. I have a stomach-ache and my mouth feels full of salt. I love fair food. I always have. It’s one of the times per year that I don’t go vegan. We ate so much stuff on a stick I can’t name it all. Brandi and Sarah have no problem sharing food anyway so they would go get in line while I watched the boys and buy a few things on the menu. Then we would all so there and pick some off to try it. It was so much fun. I’m a huge foodie so I love discovering new tastes. I had a chocolate covered jalapeno Lol Now that is quite a combination. I didn’t even know they had those! We also got a funnel cake because that’s a law if you go to any fair food event. We had chicken on a stick, Turkey leg, deep-fried pickles, deep-fried Twinkies, Nachos, double double burgers, pizza, and curly whirly fries Lol With cheese all over the top. Then we all got Tin roofs for dessert. I haven’t had a Tin Roof in a long time. My goodness was that good! I came home and wanted to take a nap. But we dropped off Sarah and the boys then Brandi and I went back for the Tim McGraw concert. Before we were going to head out I came walking downstairs and said Are we ready to go? Brandi said where’s your cowboy hat? I said it’s in my room, why? She said go put it on. She has never done that before. I usually get teased for wearing it. But I don’t care because it covers the top of my head and all of my face from the sun when we go out for hours. I said oh now you want me to wear the darn thing, why is that? She said I want to walk around with a cowboy tonight Lol Girls are really weird!

Our seats weren’t that great but it didn’t matter. You could see everything. The stage is huge and he worked the whole thing. He sang a bunch of songs I recognized. I didn’t realize how many songs I knew. Then he sang a bunch of newer stuff I didn’t know. It was great. We danced and had a great time. We sat with a bunch from his fan club and they were telling us all about him. I really did enjoy it. We got home late, I didn’t enjoy that part but everyone had a nice day I think.

I’m working in my home office this morning getting caught up. Only until everyone gets up. I plan on playing with my boys all day. I bought some sparklers and we will show the boys what they are later. We might go out on the boat a little. I want to get on the jet ski and take off for an hour. I want to go wish all of my neighbors a happy 4th. Most of them will be on their boats all day.

It’s another perfect day. Cloudy but no rain. Tomorrow it will get hot again but this weekend has been great. I hope everyone is going to have some fun today. We all deserve it. Thank you to all of our forefathers for fighting for our freedom. Your sacrifices and courage are much appreciated by me and my family. I love America. I love everything about being an American. And I really love my country. God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world!

Thank you all for continuing to follow my story. I really enjoy connecting with all of you. Stay safe, eat a lot of good food and enjoy your day!

God loves you and my family loves you too! Happy Fourth of July, America!

 

194th Voicemail – July 8th, 2015

Just another day where we talked a lot and texted a lot. So in love.

194th Voicemail 7-8-2015 12:44am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEI9dO-GPnc&feature=youtu.be

Hey baby. Sorry I just saw your text it just barely came through. So yeah I’m just reminding you to call me because it’s been like an hour since you showered. Okay. Give me a call, I love you, bye.

 

 

192nd Voicemail, 193rd Voicemail – July 6th, 2015

We are still in love and still spending a lot of time together or talking on the phone. Things couldn’t be better.

192nd Voicemail 7-6-2015 10:55am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdMdJ2aVfKo&feature=youtu.be

Baby. My baby. Baby. Baby. Call me back, baby. Can you tell I listened to your message. Baby? Baby? Mmmmhmmm, baby.

193rd Voicemail 7-6-2015 12:21pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyb2gL1ED6g&feature=youtu.be

Hey I’m done so. Call me whenever you want if you have time. Hope your day is going well. Okay. I love you. I’ll talk to you later.

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191st Voicemail, July 5th, 2015

This is the most ridiculous thing Meri ever said to me. She was crocheting something and we had been joking about all the silly things you can cover up with crocheted covers. Like a toaster cover and such. She said she could make me a hat. Then it turned dirty and she said she could make me something else Lol To cover a body part up and then we both died laughing. It was the most hilarious thing she had ever said and it caught me off guard because she had never made a joke like that before. We probably laughed for a half hour. That’s what those texts are in regards to. It cracks me up thinking about all the things she said about making a cover for it. I was crying I was laughing so hard.

191st Voicemail 7-5-2015 6:34pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfLqhI1tY7I&feature=youtu.be

Oh lord. Please don’t tell me you still not done it’s been 45 minutes. I love you, call me back. Bye.

 

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190th Voicemail – July 4th, 2015

190th Voicemail 7-4-2015 3:11pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-I9tjgTbOI&feature=youtu.be

Baby, my baby. Give me a call when you can. Love you, bye.

Meri and Robyn had went to see the movie Age of Adeline in the theater a few weeks before this. She said she wanted to watch it again. I had never seen it. I found the link online, sent it to her and we watched it while I was working on emails from my house. It was a great movie. It’s full of historical references. I’m a history nerd. Love those kinds of films.

On the 4th of July the entire family went up to St George, Utah where Robyn is from to enjoy the festivities. Meri told me that they chose to go there because Kody and Robyn like their 4th of July events there. Everyone went, except Meri. She wanted to stay home to be with me. These are the photos I have. 20150704_144412 20150704_144442 20150704_144511It’s the back of Meri’s house and showing the yard.

 

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189th Voicemail – July 2nd, 2015

189th Voicemail 7-2-2015 10:41am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nff1MVj3IDk&feature=youtu.be

Hey just wanted to call and tell you that I was thinking about you and I don’t want to interrupt your work I know you are busy. But I just miss you and love you and feeling greedy for you today. Anyways, I hope you have a fabulous day and I will talk to you as soon as you’re able. She had to wear pajamas that fully cover her up for their religious modesty reason. It was really hot in Las Vegas so I told her I would help her pick out a lighter pajama set because she had been struggling to sleep. I sent one from Target I found online. She went and picked it up and took this photo modeling it. She said she slept a lot better that night. She said she should have done that years ago but because of him she had to follow their beliefs. She said she was going to start wearing shorts more often too, it was just too hot.

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This was a typical day. We are both working but making time for quick phone calls and texts back andforth. Very happy and in love. 20150702_084638 20150702_204130-1 IMG_2233 IMG_2234 IMG_2235 IMG_2236 IMG_2237 IMG_2238 IMG_2239 IMG_2240