I’m awake but I’m not up yet

I went to bed early last night. That’s an understatement. I fell asleep at 3:30pm Lol I had a busy weekend and overdid the chores. The house and yard are all cleaned up so it was for a good cause. I always forget Monday morning at 2am my time, my girlfriend Kate calls as she drives to work. We talk for a few minutes. It’s mostly me incoherently grunting through the phone call. By the time we are off the phone, I AM UP! And I’m not always happy about it. I try to go back to sleep, most of the time I am successful. But not this morning. Today is one of those days I’m up and I might as well get laundry started.

We are in full swing of plans for Halloween. We are not going trick or treating off of the compound so the adults are trying to make it special and fun. We will be decorating, throwing a Halloween party with prizes for best costume, scariest noise, fastest apple bob. All the fun things we used to do at my 4H Halloween party every year as a kid. I hope my kids have fun. I know the adults have been having a blast planning the whole thing out.

I was going to go as something else but now I’m going as a Pirate. I ordered my costume, it fits, that’s what I’m doing. The kids have options and are still undecided. We even got costumes for the pets.

Let me see what else is going on around here? I’m still working the phone lines for Joe Biden’s campaign on the weekend. I’ve signed 46 people up to register to vote. That makes me proud of what I’m doing. It’s taken me 32 hours to do that Lol It’s something at least. I have given a lot of information out so everyone knows where to vote and how to do the absentee ballots if they want. This election is so important. I’m doing all I can to get the word out about Joe Biden. He is not my ultimate candidate but he’s pretty good. I don’t mind supporting him and I know he’s going to win in a landslide. The other side is so batsh** crazy, it wouldn’t take much for our side to win Lol

Please make sure you are registered to vote. Don’t just assume you are. Check on it. You can do it online. IWILLVOTE.com

Have a great week guys! I might try to go back to bed for a few more hours. I love my girlfriend’s calls but it’s still 3:30am here. I need my sleep!

8 weeks pregnant today

Today we are officially 8 weeks pregnant. I know this because my phone gave me a reminder. I have  pregnancy app for that. When we found out the due date, my wife figured out that the baby was conceived in New York City Lol How about that. Hotel sex FTW! I do remember having a lot of sex on that trip because I spent a lot of money spoiling her. It was one of the very rare and few times she let me go crazy and buy her expensive jewelry. She loves it but also wants me to spend money on more important things. Either way it worked and I’m happy it did. I’m going to be a dad again and that makes me over the moon in love with her.

My wife’s morning sickness is on track to drive her nuts. She is managing it and of course everyone in her family is offering her suggestions. She’s powering through as she keeps saying. I did talk to her bosses last night when I dropped off the food and told them IF the doctor tells her she needs bedrest or anything else at all AND she still works there at the time I’m coming to get her whether they like it or not and they said okay. She will be turning in her 2 weeks early or working something out. She wants to move in November. She found out before week 36 she can still fly and she said she wants to get over there at earlier than that so she can get set up with the doctor and hospital there to prepare. Right after Thanksgiving my wife will be moving to Paris. We already found a house. It’s in the little town I was born in. Yes I was born just outside of Paris, France because my grandparents sent my mom off with her bastard child (Me) and then made my dad marry her after I was born. A fact I never discovered until I was 12 and I figured out my parents anniversary was AFTER my birthday Lol I had never really paid attention until I thought it was weird I was older than the number of years they had been married by a few months. My mom just shushed me and told me to quit asking about it. It was my grandma that finally told me the real story after I was 18. I didn’t realize my dad didn’t want to marry my mom and it took her threatening to ruin and blackball his construction business if he didn’t step up. They had a rushed wedding ceremony at her mansion and that was that. A very weird beginning to my life. It also gave me dual citizenship which was never cool until I actually had to live in Paris in my 20s.

Our new home is getting fixed up and ready. We are handling this all through email. The designer flew over last week and gave us choices. If we wanted to live IN Paris we would have to get an apartment. That’s all they have. I don’t mind the small drive into Paris and honestly I feel a little safer. My wife approves of all of it and has worked out the details. The designer speaks English which helps since my wife does not speak fluent french yet. She’s working very hard on it. I told her most likely my very tall, very big baby will force her into bed rest and she can study all day long Lol She wasn’t thrilled with that idea at all. She did sort of freak out thinking about the possibility we have a huge baby. Duh honey. I’m 6’6″. It’s going to be like the scene from Alien Lol The first Alien not the 3rd.

Our plan is for her to move in November. I will take her over myself and make sure she has all she needs. Then I will bring the boys over in January with my dog and her cat. We found out my dog and her cat will not have to be quarantined which was a huge relief because I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t understand it at all. He has a microchip, his rabies vaccine that I can prove with documentation, tapeworm vaccine (Yes we had to provide that paperwork too), his health certificate and ALL vet information, as well as, and his Transit Declaration. All I have to do is take them to his vet the week before for an exam and make sure he they are healthy. If they have anything wrong at all they have to stay until it’s treated which means I will have to leave them with Sarah until I can move them. Let’s all pray they don’t get sick in January.

The French consulate has been great and provided me with a packet of information. We even watched a DVD on how to move to Paris from America. It was very helpful. My wife took notes and paused it so she could write down the things we didn’t know we had to do. I’m going to wing it, she’s going to plan out every single detail. I used to be like that until I had kids. Now I just count to make sure I have 2 babies and off we go Lol Anything we need I just buy it. It’s easier that way.

It’s going to be worth it, it’s just a total pain in the ass right now. None of my nannies are moving. We have already met our security team. They came over with the designer. They seem very nice and will be with my wife every time she leaves the house. She’s not a fan but I told her it’s not an option. They are on shoot to kill orders from me on anyone that tries to do us harm. I know nothing will happen but that’s just how it is.

I need to get ready for work. The supper picnic at my wife’s work last night was a huge hit. Everyone appreciated it. It was just sandwich, 3 sides, and chips. I even brought some sodas and teas down there. I had to have 2 people help me carry it all in. My wife gave me a big hug and a kiss then opened her chips and said “this whole bag is mine” Lol I did get a slap on the ass when I was leaving and she said she would reward me later. She did. See fellas, be nice to your ladies. They will do all kinds of fun stuff in the bedroom later on.

Everyone have a great Thursday! Love ya’ll!

Saturday at the Lake

I slept like crap last night. I got the brilliant idea to turn off the air last night so we could all enjoy the night breeze. I woke up with bad allergies and kind of cranky. A hot shower later I was feeling a little better. I got downstairs and let the dog out. He loves it here. He runs crazy in the backyard. Started the girls coffee and checked on the boys. They were still sleeping. We have gotten into the habit of letting them sleep as long as they want to on the weekend mornings. So their bodies can just rest. We have had them out a lot this past week. They have a busy social life now in the city.

I started to make muffins for breakfast then decided against it. I told Sarah I was going to go grab breakfast for everyone I wold be right back. She got up and told me what she wanted. Then I asked Brandi and Heather what they wanted. Heather wanted Starbucks Lol Brandi wanted a sausage egg burrito. Those 2 drive me nuts sometimes. So I went to get everything from 3 different places. Got back and my boys were up. Everyone was in the living room sitting on the couches watching Disney. The girls were talking about the sales they have on their apps for certain stores this weekend. They were deciding who would take morning shift and who would take afternoon shift. Sarah has a hair appointment and she got invited to dinner with Cam and his friends. I wasn’t invited only because Cam said it was a special event he wanted to escort her to. I thought that was really cool. I’m guessing it’s an art thing because he knows how much Sarah loves impressionistic arts. I bet they have a great time tonight.

I’m going shopping with Brandi it was decided. Then later this afternoon I’m taking Heather to the outlet mall. They are having a really good sale on summer clothes. She’s going to help me get a few things for the boys and it’s already time to start thinking about the next sizes up. My gosh my kids are growing. Just when we move them up it seems like 2 months go by and it’s time again. We have decided to donate our good baby clothes to a women’s shelter. I found one that is in need of baby boy stuff. I’m keeping a few of their things. I want to start trunks for both of them. To store special items and things that are important to me for each of them. Hmmm I probably should go buy the trunks now that I’m thinking about it. It’s a good idea to keep the trunks here I think.

Sarah asked me if I would ever consider living here full time and doing a commute to work. I said I had thought about it but with the boys being so young I wanted to stay near a hospital just in case something happened. I can’t get any closer since there’s one half a block away Lol She said she wondered if that would be something we would do in a few years. I said maybe.

Probably when they are school age we might make the move here. I definitely want my kids educated in Lake Forest. It has a great school right here and I think that’s what is best.

Let’s talk about sweater vests. I wear them. I like them. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I’ve been taking so much shit at work on Fridays for wearing them. Are they not trendy anymore? I thought it was classic! Of course I still say things are Rad and My bad so it’s not like I’m trendy at all. I do know what a dab is. I did one once and everyone laughed at me so I’m no longer rocking the dab. Um what else? I have no idea what the newest lingo is either. Everytime a new one comes out I say what does that mean? I feel old guys. I look great still. Been working out like a beast. My chest is getting a lot bigger this year.  I’ve been doing a lot of weight training. Very pleased with that.

I’m very lazy today. I’ve been reading to the boys. They are done for their afternoon nap. In an hour they will both get up and then we can play some more. I’m working on writing again. I have all of these awesome ideas I want to get down before I forget. I had a strong start then got writer’s block for a few months. It’s been hard to get the feeling to start up again. I want to, but I’m lazy. I have such a busy schedule on the weekends I just want to lay around with my kids and play with them. We’ve been learning to share. It’s not going very well Lol No one wants to hand over the cool toys. They grab them up and that’s it. It belongs to them. Heston is worse at this than Alex. Alex won’t really share anything but when he is done with it he drops it and that’s it. He is done forever with it.

I think we are going shopping at 2:30 today. I have to make sure the double stroller is cleaned out. I had left a bad diaper in there once and it was a mess. I had to hose the whole thing off and let it air dry over night. I won’t do that again.

I think my boys are up now. Time to go get them. Have a great Saturday! Love ya’ll!

Morning run

treadmill  This morning’s run on the treadmill was a great release of a lot of stress. I have a lot going on and a lot of family stuff coming up. It’s stressing me out. I’m doing my best to keep things going along but even I can get overwhelmed at times. A positive attitude and doing  my best is all I can do.

Friday after work I am flying to Las Vegas to get Lindsay and then we are heading down to Cancun, Mexico. I had been talking things over with my nannies because a week without me and me missing the twins so much I wasn’t going to go. They said this is a good time to take a week-long trip because soon I won’t be able to go or do anything, they will be moving around on their own. Crawling sometime later this year. Really? I also read somewhere that twins push each other into trying to do things. They see the other one do it and want to do it too. That’s good right? It won’t be when they are 10 years old and terrorizing the neighborhood Lol Those darn Cooper boys! So I am going on the trip. I need to focus on centering myself and getting ready for a very busy year. I can’t believe it’s going by so fast. I have 2 month old babies now! It feels more like we all survived 2 months, what else can happen Lol It’s been a lot of hard work. Thanks to the nannies for sticking in there with me. Sarah has been great. I don’t know how she handles them all day without me. I do come home for lunch every day that I can. And I know Shelly has snuck over on her lunch break too. It really does take a village.

Cancun Mexico is a beautiful part of the world. We will be learning from Abraham Hicks. She signed us up for all kinds of things while we are there. I’m looking forward to the meditations. I mediate every morning and at night also. Morning prayers, meditate, exercise, shower, eat, go to work. At night its reverse, come home from work, eat, meditate, night-time prayers. I started doing night-time prayers with the boys the first night we came home. I hold them both and do our family prayer than I do a special prayer with each of the boys.

I have been dressing them alike. I can’t help it. Everyone has been sending me 3 to 6 month old baby clothes since I sent out that mass email updating our family and friends. So many really cool outfits. Lots and lots of Batman gear. Love that stuff. We haven’t taken them out much at all. I’m still very shy about that. Sarah said the weather isn’t good enough yet for her to start walking them outside for some fresh air.

Fresh air. That just triggered a really funny memory. I remember when Fresh Air was an inside joke that had me cracking up. It was Fresh air and what else? I’m going to have to go look that up. I know what the photo said but what was the next one? Me and my friend would laugh and laugh at that one. I always said I’m Fresh Air baby! So funny. I can’t believe I just remembered that.

I’m showered up now and heading into work. Have a great day everyone!