M R Aight

I usually write these blog posts while listening to music. Today, I’m listening to my daughter and Sarah’s daughter babbling on about kittens. It’s cute. I had an MRI on my knee. I have ripped a ligament from the bone. My MCL is hanging on by a thumb size. It’s painful and delaying surgery was the bad news I have been dealing with. I’m 6 months out from them rescheduling it. I pray they get a cancellation and I get in sooner. For now they shot gel into it, and I’m supposed to be a good boy and stop doing stupid things to reinjure it. I’m not going to lie guys, it hurts. I’m going to do what the doctors tell me to do and wait for my turn to get it fixed.

School is going well. So far, none of my kids have gotten kicked out of class. I can’t say that for my girlfriend’s kids who are doing virtual school in Canada. I might want to add, they have been booted twice Lol Alex had an incident where a kid shoved him and he bonked his knee into a sharp edge and cut his leg a little. I did go get him and bring him home for the rest of that day. School is full steam ahead. All 4 of my kids love it and the best part, they are finally making some friends. Covid has prevented all of us from meeting new people. I’ve lived here 2 years and you would think I would have a ton of friends by now. Nope. I’m working on it now. Finally. I like hearing about what classmates did what or said this. My twins actually like being split up into separate classrooms. It’s all working out and I couldn’t be happier. It’s the most normal thing we have going on.

The entire backyard has become our private park area. We have summered it so hard I don’t know where to store allof our outdoor toys at. It’s getting that time of the year when it’s almost time to call it a day on the swimming pool. I’m going to drain my pool. I want to make sure next spring when we open it back up that there are no cracks from all of the construction mess I had going on. I think I see 2 but I’m not really sure. Either way I scheduled the pool company to come next weekend.

This weekend we are all flying to Chicago. I finally bought a Brownstone and it’s time to check it out. This has been a few months journey. I outgrew my downtown condo. It used to work just fine. I have a lot of kids. We are going to do out best to fix it up so everyone is comfortable. I’m really excited to see it. I don’t think we will need to double up the kids. If they want to, I will get bunk beds and get their bedrooms filled up with the basics. What I learned the last few years is, whatever clothes you leave in your “vacation home” won’t fit at all when you arrive back to it after a year away. I had a pile to donate and now I think bringing in our clothes is the way to go. At least until my kids are all done growing. I’m excited to see my friends. I’m really excited to show my new place to Lindsay and Cam. I’m going to get with my interior designer and start coming up with a plan. I don’t want to renovate. I want to paint the walls and get all of my furniture moved in from my condo. Once that is done I hope to fill it up with whatever we may need. It’s going to be fun. I think we will renovate over the winter if we need to. I refuse to fly my plan in snow and ice. In fact, as I’ve gotten older, I really don’t like flying anywhere near bad weather. I’ve always put it in my mind that I will stop flying privately when I hit 50. I don’t want my cognitive skills to diminish to a point I refuse to admit it. Commercial airlines are getting better and if I really insist, I can hire a private jet. It’s really not as expensive as people think. It’s important to me we are all safe. I trust my kills. I trust my planes. I just want to make sure we are okay.

My house is finally done. I’m done redoing things, fixing things. It’s done. I had all of this year in it, finally, and realized I need to get rid of some of my oversized, ridiculous furniture. I’m starting to see I have too much stuff. I have donated what I could. Covid shut down all donations for the past year. Now they are opened back up and I hauled over 3 truck loads of things. I always believe in donating old clothes as they are replaced. I know as a kid when we hit hard financial times the Church garage sales and thrift stores helped my family get what we needed.

I’m entering that part of my life where things are always, well….fine. No big drama. Nothing holding me back from doing what I want to do. I think it’s peaceful. Finally. My girlfriend still tells me about once a week to behave. I just laugh and say Who Me??? Things are calm. I love it. I love just being able to live and breathe. I’m so thankful for all of God’s blessings. I appreciate the things I have accomplished and worked hard for. Is this the part of early retirement where I need to pick a hobby? I like golf but I really just want to hang out with my kids. I love being a dad. I feel it is a calling in my life. I’m finally getting good at it. When we merge both of our families, my girlfriend has told me she knows we will have some issues at first but she can’t wait for her kids to see that I want to be with them, that I want to be their step-dad. I really do. I can’t wait for us to start our lives together. We have to wait a little longer for Covid to calm down. That’s the hardest part.

I hope all of you are okay and doing well. I will start blogging more. My podcast schedule changed as soon as the kids got back in school and Jessica wants to do them in the evenings or weekends. It’s been an adjustment but it’s finally smoothing out. I will get back to all of your comments, messages, and emails this weekend. There’s going to be a lot of sitting around just getting decisions made. I know my nannies will be very opinionated on how they want their rooms and the kids rooms set up. I just get to sit back and wait for someone to say my name. Have a wonderful weekend. Love you guys!

A little up Date

My knee surgery date got cancelled because of COVID, that’s fun. I get to ice my knee when it gets bad and spread on the Icy Hot. I mean, this can’t get any worse, right?

4 of my 5 pack are in school all day. That leaves me with baby Sky and baby Rain all day. Sarah does not quality to put her daughter in daycare at her new work yet. She has to be there 6 months because it’s one of those extra benefits they offer once you establish yourself. I told her yes we will watch the baby. We’ve been with her since she was a week old anyway. And this will be our last full time babysitting with her I wan to enjoy it. She is such a sweet little girl. Sarah is trying to get all of her life out of my house, which I appreciate. She LOVES her new job. It is her dream job. She has spent so much time getting her life ready for her career I’m proud to see it finally happen. Her parents are thinking about selling their house in a few months to be closer to their only grandchild. Sarah’s sister has had the same boyfriend for years, no engagement, no kids. They don’t want to miss anything and they both recently retired so this will be a big move. I will love having them nearby. I have known Sarah’s mom since I was 3 years old. We were raised together because her mom was my nanny. And Ray and I get along great. We are always getting in trouble together. I love this idea.

My kids love their teachers, love school, hate wearing a mask. I told them that’s the only way we can keep them healthy. It was a lot of discussion all summer to make sure they do understand how important it is. I told them if they do not keep it on every day I have to pull them from school and they will do virtual class again. None of them want that, I don’t blame them.

This is the year they are FINALLY making friends. I’m happy to see that and I hope to be able to host a few swim parties soon. We are running out of the hot weather. We all know it’s going to snow in Denver next month Lol It always does.

I am starting to get and about a little more. I hope I start making friends too. It’s easy to see who takes COVID serious by still wearing a mask. Those are the kind of people I would love to be friends with.

Things are busy. I’m doing my best to get these kids into a routine. We are going to do some weekend trips back to Chicago. I’m still trying to find a new condo. The 2 I have put a bid on got outbid and I wasn’t willing to go up higher. My account said $6 to $8 million. Once we move we can fix up my downtown condo that’s too small and sell it. That will recoup some of what I spent on the new one.

Life is great. My girlfriend and I are getting along much better. We have been off and on for 2 and a half years. We go great for months and then we break up for a week or 2. I think we are finally maturing into the relationship. As soon as I can get up to her area safely, without it being a hotspot for COVID, we will most likely get engaged. We are older, there’s a lot of moving parts to getting her and her kids moved here. But her and her kids need to get away from her ex and his family, too many issues going on. It’s going to be a new chapter for both of us. I can’t wait.

Hope everyone is enjoying the last bit of summer. Get outside and enjoy it. Love you guys!

There’s no way it’s almost over already

What are you going to do next Friday when all 3 boys are out of school for the summer?

WTF! No way!

stomps off to look at the calendar on the fridge

F***!

Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen. It’s that time of year again. I have no summer plans that are solid. I have no idea what we are going to do this summer. I don’t even know what we can do this summer. All I know is I have 1 week to figure something out.

I do have a heck of a surprise for next weekend. I’ve managed to keep my big mouth shut and not tell anyone. It will be announced Friday, right after school. Hehehe Oh this is going to be so good!

So my boys, Trey, Heston, and Alex will be officially done with school next Friday. It will also be Sarah’s last weekend being our nanny. I’m already anxious about that. She has interviewed twice for a teaching job at a local community college. She wants to teach nursing. She doesn’t think she got it. She is already searching for nursing jobs at the local hospitals. She does not have to rush off and get a job because I’ve probably over paid her for 6 and a half years. She probably has more assets in clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry than I do in my Batman stuff. I’m not even kidding. I may have spoiled her while she worked for me. I can’t help it. It’s guilt money Lol We will be saying goodbye to her. She will still be around. She won’t be working when she comes over anymore. She finally gets to be our guest. I told her we can start doing Family dinner on Sunday nights. We used to do that in Chicago and I have no friends here (Yet) so we can’t start up that tradition just yet.

What are my plans for the summer? I need to make some friends. That I will work on. I probably need to start dating. That probably won’t happen this summer. Maybe next year. I’m not sure what I want to do. The kids are older so it will be much easier to travel with them. Oh guys. I forgot to share this.

I had to go talk a short walk outside before I type this because it’s upsetting. My dog, Bubba, aka Sam jr. is having problems with his left leg. My vet had been warning me about this and he is slowly showing signs of it being real. We put him on a slight diet (Okay we stopped feeding him snacks and table scraps) to get some weight off to help his knees and let joints. He’s ummmm, okay. He’s 11 pounds overweight Lol Aren’t we all! So I am really working on that, he has lost 1 pound in the past 2 weeks. It’s hard because I’m so used to scrapping the vegan food off of the kids plates and giving it to him so he can enjoy a healthy snack. The vet said, no. Dog food only. But it’s vegan. No, DOG FOOD ONLY! Okay! Geez! So now he is limping. It’s all my fault. I was in his room cleaning. I moved his couch near his bed so I could vacuum under it. He jumped up on his couch to sit down and watch me clean his room. I mean he could have jumped in to help me clean it but he’s lazy. For whatever insane reason, he decided to jump from the couch onto the bed. They were about 4 feet apart, facing each other. He missed. He hurt his leg. I dropped the vaccuum and went to see if he was okay. He had his left paw up in the air and wouldn’t put it down. So I picked him up and took him downstairs. OMG! I killed my dog! I called the vet in a panic. He was fine btw, but I panicked. She came over because at this point, she owes me a million favors. She said he sprained his leg and he needs to rest and stay off of it. She iced his knee a few minutes to see if the swelling would go down. It did, thank God! He’s still limping around. I feel awful. My nannies, kids, teachers, anyone that has spoken to my kids, are chastising me. I already feel bad. They are making sure I feel worse. I tried to defend myself and say, well he’s the one that missed his jump. No no. It’s all my fault. He’s doing okay. He hobbles around. I brought most of his stuff downstairs. He’s in the Junior Master now across the hall from my main Master bedroom. I’ve turned that into his bedroom temporarily and I keep the baby gate on the stairs all day/night now. He’s not allowed up or downstairs at all. This is what our future is with him. We will get the weight off of him this year. I know how to maintain his weight and get him out exercising with me on walks. I had already been taking him out once a week for a long 1 mile walk. Now I have to wait for him to recover. It upsets me. I feel so sorry for the little dog. He sleeps mostly now. I can tell he’s not doing so hot. I told the kids to leave him alone. They like to lay on his bed with him and tell him all about their day. My daughters check on him all day long and report in what sleeping position he’s in. We are all rehabbing him as a family. I’m sure it drives him nuts. Either way, we have a sore Bubba in the house. The vet will be by this weekend to check on him. She has been texting every day to check in. He just needs more time. I’m an idiot.

That’s about it. It’s been a very busy week. I’m happy things are wrapping up for the school year. Virtual school sucks. I don’t know how the kids have made it through. I pray all of the kids will realize it was the safest option, not the best option. Everyone tries hard to make it a fun school year. I can’t even imagine the final comments on the boys’ report cards. Heston has been a lil shi* lately and real mouthy. He’s also been doing a lot of work since he thinks his mouth can say whatever it wants to me or his teacher. I do enjoy sitting drinking an ice cold lemonade and snacking on veggies while he sweeps my 6 car garage bay LOL LOL Tell me to shut up when I told him to come here. Was it worth it, my dude? Nope! Will you be washing all 6 vehicles the next time you run your mouth off at me? YEP!

TRY ME!

Have a great weekend guys! Love you all!

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!!!!!!!!!