First day of Homeschooling…Again

Our 2020-2021 school year will look a lot different but that’s okay. My kids were excited last night when I put them to bed. They hope they can interact with the other kids in their class or at least see them. Today is all about going to the school to get our virtual packets, any computer equipment that I don’t already have, and coming home with it. Sarah and I will be teaching the boys. Brenda will be teaching also. I’m keeping Peace on the ABC Mouse Academy online for this school year. She is ready to be in Pre-K but she is too young and I didn’t get approved for her exception. Public schools are different from private Catholic schools. You can’t get what you want if you donate big Lol Oh well. By the time she starts she’s going to be more than ready and excited. I did have the option to put her in a daycare/school all program but I said no way. COVID is making most of my school decisions very easy. We are ready. I think we have all the school supplies we need. Our at home classroom is ready. Sarah finally stopped moving furniture around at 8pm. She wants it to be perfect since they can’t go to the school building. She’s overthinking things. I get it, I was too until I saw how much stuff she ordered. We are ready for homeschool!

Everyone is happy that we are still in Hawaii right now. Sarah’s parents will finish up their last week of quarantine than we can send them out to go explore the island. No one has been sick this entire time. Other than my occasional insomnia, stress, stomach issues. I’m doing better and I am ready for whatever thing happens next in 2020.

I will be voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I am not a Democrat but the Republicans are so far away from my morals and values I can’t even consider voting for Trump. I wouldn’t anyway, he’s a sh**. It’s one outrageous thing after another with this guy and I can’t and won’t support that. I have signed up to work an at home call block. I get to call people and ask if they have registered to vote, give them information how to register, ask if they will be supporting Joe Biden’s campaign, and ask if they would like us to send them a yard sign or some stickers. Sounds easy enough. I can do that at night. I’m going through an online training course to participate this weekend. The girls want to see what it’s all about before they sign up too. No one in my house will be voting for Trump, most of my family will be voting for Trump so that’s been a sore topic we barely discuss. After the summer of racism with some of my family members on social media, I learned a lot of things I wasn’t aware of. It was a reality check and it cost them our family money. I am still withholding it and I’m not going to change my mind. A half-a** sorry only because you no longer receive your $5000 a month stipend is not good enough. When our Family Foundation lawyers looked back at some of their accounts they have been posting horrible things for years. I wasn’t aware of it. I can’t change who they are or what they have said, I can change how our family represents ourselves and I really don’t want a PR nightmare like that ever again. It’s been a mess cleaning all of those corporate partnerships up. Trump is a racist. I don’t agree with most of his policies. I know in his mind he thinks he is helping but 170,000 Americans have died so far. SO FAR. By January, it may be 200,000? 225,000? I mean how many people have to die before we get a national solution? It’s scary.

How are you guys doing? I’m great. Kate and I are great. The rumors that she broke up with me/turned on me/hates me now are complete BS. We have been laughing about the things that get screenshotted to me. Her family member is still in the hospital. It was looking very bad for a while, than back to school information for teachers were put out. She’s trying to prepare her job, her own kids for school. She is busy.

Lindsay got 1 troll account suspended. I have no idea who that guy even was. Things have been quiet since the show ended for the year. I love this time of the summer. Nice weather, no trolls, life is amazing. I am so blessed by God, I has been enjoying every day with my kids. We are having fun. It’s not the same as the plans I had, but maybe this is better. As long as we are all healthy that’s all I care about.

2020 has been a real bad year for a lot of people. I do pray for all of my readers and ask God to keep you all healthy and safe. We will be rolling out a huge cash give away next week on our Family Foundation social media accounts. I’m happy to do direct cash payments once again. I love trying to help as many people as we can. We select than randomly. You just have to let us know you need a little help and we will contact you back. Have a great start of your school year guys, whenever it comes around. We are excited, and blessed. Here’s to 1st grade and more!

F*** Donald Trump and Homeschooling Lol

Here we go, here we go, here we GO! Hey guys. Yesterday we spent most of the day getting the bedroom down the hall from my bedroom into our home school classroom. The other half of the day was unpacking our boxes from Amazon of school stuff for the classroom. This is going to be hard. 1st grade is not necessarily hard, but the hours per day commitment for my kids will be a real challenge. Making them sit there as Sarah and I try to figure all of this out is the problem. She wants to teach nursing in college, that has been her goal for years, this is her preview. If she can survive 4 weeks (Maybe more?) with them she may skate by with college kids someday. We have all of the things we need downloaded to start the first week of school. We both looked it over and she is coming up with a schedule. I’m going over things with my girlfriend, Kate, today. She’s a teacher. We will tighten up what Sarah’s plans are. I may need to just hand over my phone and say work it out girls, we want the best for all of this. I don’t know yet.

I have more boxes coming in today. It’s what every thought we needed to homeschool. I’m looking forward to getting this room done. It’s been a lot of talking. I don’t understand why it’s a huge deal, it’s just a classroom. I thought a table and a few chairs was good enough. Boy, was I wrong. We are all working hard to make it perfect. I know the kids will destroy the room by October Lol I hope this works out. I really don’t know what the best thing to do for all of this. I do feel much better the kids have to stay home the first 4 weeks. This may be what we do the entire half of this school year. I don’t know yet.

Kate is also getting info about the start of her school year. It’s a lot of school talk right now. It’s really fun. She knows everything Lol I know nothing. Not surprised. She’s been such a huge help the past 2 weeks figuring out what is the best thing to do.

I’m going to start my exercise routine up again. I’ve had a few ridiculous health issues so I haven’t been able to work out like I want to. I’ve been swimming and…. well mostly swimming. I walk back and forth all over the place so I do count that too. We have been trying to teach the boys baseball but they don’t have the passion for it that I thought they might. I think they are in it for hitting the ball Lol I don’t think they care about rules of the game or anything else. I have not gained pandemic pounds. Because of the nature of my illness I actually lost a lot of weight and have been slowly putting it back on. Thank you Youtube/WebMD/ and various google searches that did nothing to help me figure out what was going on. I went into the clinic and they figured it all out within 15 minutes Lol I’m an idiot. I’m glad the antibiotics have kicked in and I feel MUCH better. Finally.

How are you guys doing? Any back to school stuff going on for you? I love reading your comments. I have finally answered back all of the comments/emails/DM’s I have received. Check your inbox. I even checked my spam folder to make sure nothing went in there. Nothing from you guys did, just some random buy this health candle ad that smells like the pine forest. No thanks. Better than whatever Gwyneth Paltrow is selling Lol Yes I had to google her name to know how to spell it. I got it wrong the first try.

We are all doing well. We are surviving the global pandemic. I am happy Biden/Harris presidential campaign has started. I’m happy she is our VP pick. I am not a Democrat but at this point I would vote for a bedroom lamp before I voted for Don and his ghostly buddy. No way!

Have a great week guys. I am blogging more often. My blogging club friends encouraged us all to write things out. Write it don’t fight it, that’s their club mantra. They think it’s healthy for our mental health. They are probably write (See what I did there).

School Picture Day is Tomorrow

Hey guys! It’s been a little while since I’ve updated. Let me try to recap. We are home from Church. That didn’t go so well. I spent half of the time in the back with one of my children. They have a “quiet room in the back and to the left where you can take your loud kids. I’m in there so much I asked if I could bring a better chair Lol No one thought that was funny. We are still trying to get settled in and that includes being among our new Church Family. I’m trying to make friends, okay no I’m not Lol I don’t really like some of the people that go to my Church. They are ********. I said it. I don’t care. They really have high expectations of themselves and try to throw that on everyone else. That would be wonderful if it wasn’t full of malcontent and spite. I’m not into that. So they get very little of my attention. Hey, it probably goes both ways, so who knows. It’s just not what I expected. I may need to go find a new Church. I’m not sure yet.

The boys are doing well in school. Everyday I walk in with a fake grin trying to get ready for whatever their teacher has to tell me. The mornings aren’t so bad. It’s when I go get them in the afternoon. I dread the walk to the classroom. I can feel myself stressing out. I stand in the little hallway and try to wave them out to me for a quick escape. I got by with that once Lol

Can I speak to you for a moment????

AHHHHHHHHHHHH, WHAT DID THEY DO NOW???????????????

I’m kidding (sorta). They are doing well. They need to work on sharing and communicating better. All things I knew about already. Their teacher helper person (F U, Trolls Lol) is great. She has been a big help and I really think she’s the real teacher.

Peace, hmmmm. She goes to daycare 5 days a week because I want to give her a huge jumpstart to education and socializing. She only goes half a day, shes in the morning class. She has the socializing down. She wears her sunglasses into class. She swings her backpack off like she’s been a big school girl for decades. It’s really getting ridiculous. Do the Karsmashians have a long lost half Asian cousin? I think I’ve found her. My daughter is in the midst of her terrible 2’s. Everyday is a fight. Yesterday I flung a plastic bat at her to make her shut up. Okay that’s not true. Yesterday I thought about doing that but I know better Lol She was arguing with me over nothing. But she was very passionate and loud about it all. I just stand there. I don’t know how to fight with her. I really don’t. I mean she’s so cute and it makes me laugh. That makes her even madder and that’s the moment I see what all of my ex’s had to deal with when we’d argue. I just laugh. I think it’s a defense mechanism or something.

So things are going okay? Can I even say that word? Yes, it’s not all bad. It’s just a lot all at once. My baby girl Sky is getting so big. I took her to her checkup appointment. She’s doing awesome. Her weight is good, her heart, lungs, everything are good. She’s perfect. She has started sleeping a little longer in between feedings. I keep thinking to myself just make it to the end of this year. By then she will be sleeping all night I hope.

I’m good. I really am doing okay. The boys in school and Peace at daycare gives me special bonding time with Sky. I love it. I haven’t really taken her out much at all yet. I’m waiting. She roams around the house in my arms and I let her look outside. She doesn’t care. She will have this big beautiful yard to play in someday but for now it’s all a big green smudge.

I hope everyone is surviving school. I’m spending more time on Twitter because you guys keep DM’ing me everyday. I got caught up most of last night on all of my messages. I still have to get back to Jamie and Nelson. But I do think I have replied to ALL. So check your messages, guys.

Happy post Batman day! It was a lot of fun. I got to spend most of yesterday talking all about Batman. My podcast had the 2nd biggest crowd of the year. I loved all of the questions and rapid fire trivia that I nailed. I know my Bible and Batman. That’s all that’s in my brain. And food. I love food.

Have a great Sunday, it’s the official last day of Summer. Go enjoy it!

No, not that school

For reason’s I’m keeping private (Except my family and a few friends) I moved my boys out of the school I put them in and today was their first day in the new Catholic school. Things didn’t work out in our first school, I’m happier, the boys seem okay?, and this is my decision. I did get a lot of advice yesterday as this decision was pretty much being made for me. It was a no-brainer moment. So now we are in a school that’s very close to our new house and I think this is how we will do it.

I tossed and turned all night trying to figure out if this was the best move for me. Is this better? Is this what’s best for the boys? We will see when I pick them up this afternoon.

Peace. My daughter Lol I swear everyday she proves more and more than she is 2 going on 25. I keep feeling left out of her school life. She finally did hug and kiss me goodbye today but that’s only because I had a hold of her little hand walking into school and I wasn’t going to let her run off this time. Someone said she has a “girl squad at school now”. I was mad Lol No she doesn’t! She’s my baby! And yet she acts like I’m just her ride.

So how is everyone else surviving school? How are your kids adjusting? Mine are doing okay. We are trying to get into a routine. I purposefully kept them out of school until after we moved and did give them an extra week here to get used to everyone. I felt it was too much to move and immediately get them into class. We started late from everyone else but I really don’t care. It was a good choice.

Ok I just found the color setting block on my WordPress software and apparently I can color the background here.

That’s interesting. If I ever get fancy maybe I can start coloring the sections I want to emphasize on each post. Don’t hold your breath. I need to go pick up Peace. Brenda our new part time nanny and Sarah are going to stay home with Sky. I’m going to pick up Peace and take her to eat. Then we will grab food to bring home to the girls.

I really am enjoying my afternoons just with my girls. I get to hold Sky and watch Peace play. Or when Sky is sleeping give all of my attention to Peace. I love it!

Have a great rest of the week guys! I love ya’ll!

I’m FINE! I’m fine…im fine…I quit…cries

Yesterday was one of those rare bad days that piled on and piled on. I had family come stay with the kids while I was on a business trip. They also took it upon themselves to help start unpacking my boxes and setting up house. It actually made it a lot easier because they placed things on shelves or just left them in a pile so all I had to do was get home and start arranging things.

I mean they also caused a bunch of drama and we had a few small arguments but hey, who’s family isn’t completely dysfunctional some times? If you are reading this you just said “I know mine can be” in your head. The rest of this post is dedicated to you Lol

The boys ate meatloaf the night before when it was offered. I honestly didn’t think that they would eat it because they don’t like meat. The both loved it. Peace (Who has now been promoted to my favorite child) said no and smacked the meatloaf offering away Lol They each ate half a slice and went on with their lives. My family members left and went back home, I got my house back in order and everyone went to bed. Until….

At 3am someone threw up on my carpet. I know this because not only did I sat up scared, I also stepped in it when I got up and flipped on the light. I got both boys into bathrooms and started texting my nanny to come over to my side of the house. She was up with Sky so thankfully it wasn’t a big ordeal. I also had 1 family member still here (Little Tyson, Big Tyson is in L.A.) so things were divided. We went through 1 round of you know what each. That woke up the entire house. Peace woke up with a slight fever, and Alex decided he needed to beat that so he developed an even better slight fever. Insert worried dad mode here. Heston who has the gut of a soldier eating MRE’s all week decided the other end was the way for him and off we went. 3 sick kids. I IMMEDIATELY blamed the meatloaf. Then remembered Peacy pie didn’t have any so then I got really concerned. Sky was sent over to the other side of the house in quarantine with the nanny. We called her sister, my backup nanny, and we all had to figure out who needed what.

By the afternoon I was done. Not the I give up kind of done. The I’m leaving done Lol I didn’t go anywhere but I really wanted to. It was all too much, all at once. One nanny decided 4 kids, 1 a newborn was too much and quit. So did her sister, my backup nanny. I just paid them both and told them to go. I didn’t even have an argument in me. I’m left with little Tyson and myself. He decided he was flying out this morning to go back to school.

That leaves me. Here. Alone. With 4 kids. I can’t call the nanny service to find me a new one until Monday morning, which also happens to be their first day of schools. I did what any logical, desperate, crying dad would do.

I called Sarah.

The begging started immediately. I’m not even ashamed of myself at all. She said she needed a night to pray on it and needed to call her family to see what they thought. She told me the rate I was paying her would now be more. I’m fine with that. I’m pretty sure I said something about a blank check Lol I’m really sure I said take it all just get here please. Who knows. I mean I was crying. I did calm down after a while but it was a complete meltdown. I admit it. I lost my sh**, guys. I think anyone that’s a p aren’t gets it. What do they say? Do you feel me? Yeah that.

I did get a little sleep. Sky eats, wants to wiggle, wants to be held, then she goes back to sleep. She’s an easy keeper. Thank goodness. I have cameras on and in her crib so her little video feed is all over my tv’s and on my Ipad I carry around to make sure she’s okay.

Finally Sarah called this morning. She’s booked a flight I have to pay her back for because last minute flights are expensive, and she’s coming this morning. I don’t know how long she is staying here. I sorta don’t care. I just need help. I’m sure we will have a full discussion and now she’s going to be here soon! I told her grab a cab please, no way can I leave the house to come get her. She will.

I mean she really is the best person in my life to help with the kids. She’s dropping everything. She was in between jobs anyway so this worked out great. She had job interviews but none that fit what she wanted so she was still applying for things. This is a blessing. God is taking care of me. I prayed this morning to accept whatever her answer is and move on. I signed up for 4 kids. I can do this. I can do this! I can’t do this Lol I can’t do this by myself. That’s the right one.

The kids slept off and on. I did too. They are all slow going and not as sick as yesterday. I think it was just a small bug, nothing rampant and bad. The main thing (little cough).

Oh sh**. Am I getting sick now?

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

School is starting Monday, am I ready for this?

Hey everyone. I’m finally back from my trip(s) and ready to update you all. Sky is doing great. She’s starting in her little fussiness already but it’s fine. I’m doing all I can to bond with her. I’m getting up at night, I’m doing diaper duty, feedings, holding, kissing, rocking, carrying around. She is a blessing. She’s very easy during the day. At night she has begun to get a little cranky but I get it. At night or deep into the early mornings I’m also cranky Lol

The boys are wonderful. They really are great kids. They help with their sisters and our pets. We made it all the way to our new house with the dog and both cats. The parakeets got rehomed. I didn’t want to deal with it. I really didn’t. The lady they went to loves them, she posts photos on Facebook and she keeps them active. I’m very happy to see they are okay. That was my main worry. Heston and Alex are getting taller. They are sprouting up so fast. I love watching them grow. Peace is still my sweet baby girl. I love her to pieces or (peaces Haha) and I know how happy she is here. She LOVES her room. I can barely get her out of there. Winnie the Pooh all over. The boys we did baseball theme since they are getting into that most. Sky’s nursery is clouds and sky of course. It’s all working out.

So we moved to Denver, Colorado finally. The move was okay. The business trip I had to squish into this move weekend ended up extending. I had to go, do business, leave, go back to Canada. It was very hard. I found out I don’t like Canada but I sort of like Canada? It’s different. I’m not sure how much business we can do in that area but we did finally made an end all decision on Detroit. It’s just not making us money. The commercial buildings have to be torn down and the dirt has to be EPA approved before we can rebuild. It’s costs us way more than we can get back through leasing. It really has been upsetting so we have decided to pull business out of Detroit this winter. We made the announcement today. Of course it didn’t go over well but I understand. We gave everyone 3 months notice. That should help. I wanted to tell our employees in our factories first because they depend on that paycheck. Our staff can fold into my other firms around the U.S. so I’m not worried about that. It’s the best decision. Denver is awesome! I love it here. I am finally relaxing and enjoy my house. I’ve been here, left, been here, left.

My kids are all outside right now playing in the backyard. Sky is hanging out with me in her baby seat. I’m so thankful that my new nannies are working out. It really was something I’ve been worried about. My kids love her already and our new neighbor (Nickname is on Facebook but I won’t put it on here Lol) comes over a lot to help or hang out. She’s very nice and thoughtful. We are the only 2 houses in this area but I’m sure more construction will be happening some day. I bought this lot and the one next door so that I could have a huge backyard for the kids. I think everyone is happy. I had to do a ton of bribing at first. I had gifts for a few days in a row per kid. That way they would be excited to stay. I’ve been planning this move for so long I feel like a huge relief? is that what this is? now that’s done. I don’t know. There’s still so much to do.

I’m thankful to my family members that have come out to help set out house and watch the kids with the nanny while I was away on business. I made a huge Taco bar last night to thank them and we had a heated discussion about my weekend plans. I’m going back up to Canada. I have one last thing I need to get to and this time I didn’t need my staff with me. It’s so hard to talk privately, to plan privately with 5 people with me 24/7. This will be my last trip for a while. I’m going to have to stay put and raise my babies. Sky and I will be getting plenty of bonding time. The boys start school on Monday morning and Peace is going to a half day daycare program with the nanny. She’s getting a jumpstart to early education but it’s mostly about socializing. I don’t have a mommy for her so I’m trying to introduce women into her life. If she doesn’t like it she’s coming home. I’m not going to force her into that program she is still pretty young. I’m just trying it out. I think Miss Social Butterfly Peace will be fine though. It’s not at the boys’ school so it’s a little bit of a ride between the two places in the morning. We have our school supplies ready, backpacks full, teacher supplies and extras ready and new school clothes. I have to get the boys haircut today but other than that, we are ready for school!

Who else is stoked school has started? The boys get to go all day long. I am so excited! I get my girls all afternoon and we can play and learn and just really enjoy a little quiet time. I can’t wait for Monday.

Everything else is fine. I’m just busy trying to get my new house in order, find the stores, and figure out what I’m going to do with my next chapter.

I have met someone. We have been talking almost a month now. She’s great. She had inserted herself into my life around the whole Peyton dinner thing in late July. That discussion started something between her and I we weren’t looking for. It’s always so great to start out as a friend first. We are still in the “Oh this is new, you are new, I like talking to you” phase. No pressure, no drama, just laughs and life stories going back and forth. I’m opening up to her more than I did with some of my past relationships. She’s well aware of my kids, my new born, my life decisions. She’s shared her stories too. She also has kids so that’s very cool. We have a date on Saturday. Wish me luck Batfans!

I love you all. I will try to update more. Now that I’ve moved things might slow down a little. Prayers for everyone dealing with all of our world’s tragedies. Mass shootings, Hurricanes, Forest Fires, Protests for weeks on end. It’s all too much to get into. I pray the world heals and finds love for each other. That’s what life is all about. Oh and ice cream. Definitely ice cream!

My little helpers x 3

School is going great. The boys love it. They are making all kinds of new friends. The moms and the 2 dads that do drop offs and pick ups are very nice. We all share funny stories about our kids while we wait the few minutes until our kiddos come out of class. I guess I’m making new friends too. We have a playdate for this weekend. My boys have attached themselves to the little Asian girl in their class. Their sister is half Asian so I get it. It’s pretty cute. Her mom said she talks about the twins nonstop. My boys share with her. Let’s review that one. My boys are actually sharing with other human beings. That’s a miracle. We are doing our “homework” at home. We are just supposed to notice different colors of things and see if the boys can tell me the right color. They get purple and blue mixed up. I’m sure I would too at that age. They do okay on red and black. White is easy. Yellow is the one that trips them up. We are working on it. Peace helps. She has all of the colors in her wardrobe so we pull out her things to give them the full rainbow to work with.

My 2 hours with my Sweet Pea is awesome. She is so funny. She says dada and then lights up into a whole story of babbling. I just say Uhhhh huhh. Yeah??? Really now. She goes on and on. I love it. I’ve waited her whole life to talk to me and now that she is, I can’t get enough.

We get the boys after running our errands and go home. We put up all of the shopping stuff I bought and then it’s play time before we all help make lunch. My kids love to help me cook. The boys have little stools and we put Peace on the island to watch us. She grabs the fruit I slice up. She can’t help herself. We eat, clean up and go outside and play. We have started to do little field trips to places around Colorado Springs. I want to explore with them. I want them to get used to being in crowds. It’s tricky but we are figuring it all out.

I have hired 3 babysitters. I told them I can always give them advanced notice. If I actually need a babysitter it would only be for a few hours here and there.

Jen finally met my kids. They like her. By the end of the event the boys were holding her hands. It was pretty cool. She said they are all adorable and she can see why I never want to leave the house. I told her our dates are now going to have to be at my house or at hers unless I have family or friends in town to help me watch them. Mike lives here and said he can babysit if he’s not working late. I wouldn’t go out anywhere until after my kids are asleep anyway. I haven’t even kissed Jen yet. We are still just hugging. She lingers a little more each time and one time she ran her fingers in the back of my hair. I just laughed because it caught me off guard. She’s cool. Casual dating with friendship is fun. No pressure and we can just hang out.

We are moving back to Chicago in 3 weeks. Sarah found a school I can get the boys in. It’s pretty much a glorified daycare but it’s very close to my house. That part I like. I’m going to finish having this house renovated and Mike said he and his mom want to move in it and pay me rent. That’s fine with me. His mom lives in Denver and she’s wanting to be closer to him. I won’t charge them much for rent but I also won’t give it away. We are still thinking about a rent to buy option. It’s a nice house. I’m not sure they want to live in the neighborhood though. We will see.

I can’t wait to get home. I’ve missed everything. It’s in time for football season. And hopefully I can get in a few Cubs games before the season is done.

First day of school or the 2 hours break Lol

I’m up early to get myself ready so I can get my boys ready for their first day of Pre-Pre-K. Yes it’s a thing. I didn’t even know it was until one of the moms at the play place asked me which school they would be going to. Uhhhhhhhh. So now I enrolled them, paid for the whole year even though we may be moving back home in a month, and I’m trying to figure out what to feed them for breakfast. I will be going with them for the full 2 hours today so I can see what’s going on. All parents are invited to stay today. I’m excited for them. I also am trying to remind myself to let the teacher take care of things. I’m so used to rushing over and just handling things. I really do hope my boys behave, but let’s be honest. They are my boys Lol They are going to be a disaster zone. Maybe not the first day. Maybe not the first week. But I guarantee you guys at some point I’m getting “the call” from school Lol

I’m going to go wake up my little monsters and get them ready. I’m dressing them in different shirt colors today to make it easier for everyone to tell them apart. We have to do photos real quick of them before we leave the house. I have a lot of little things to do.

Please God, make sure my boys behave. Amen!