Dubai 2017

We are in Paris now. We got in yesterday. My wife was so happy to see me. She is so big now. Wow. This baby is coming soon guys! We are officially 33 weeks in. We have 6 weeks to go. My wife looks so beautiful pregnant. I can’t wait to have more kids with her. If she makes it through this one. Talon is doing great. They went to a doctor’s appointment. He’s growing, getting big. My wife has only gained a few pounds since the last checkup which is good. She is trying to still stay active but she said she can’t do the things she wants to do anymore. I said that’s what the other people around here get paid to do, help you out. She said she no longer feels safe to walk Sam jr at night. She’s okay doing it in the mornings and afternoon. I told her with it being so cold I didn’t want her out anymore. I assigned that to the nannies and they are cool with it. They realize he has a lot of energy and if he gets in his 3 walks a day he’s a lot easier to deal with. Sam jr can be a handful at times. He loves to run around the whole house going crazy and then he will pass out and sleep for 2 hours. I really don’t want her to slip and fall outside trying to walk him. He gets a little anxious and wants to pull on the leash some times.

Dubai, where do I even start. We got there and decided to grab dinner after we checked into our hotel. Lindsay was craving some mediterranean cuisine so we found a near by place that had all the things she wanted. We ate, and ate, and ate. I guess airplane food just doesn’t fill you up. I was more hungry than I realized. After dinner we walked around a little. It was 75 degrees the first night we were there. How perfect is that?

The next day started a series of meetings after meetings. First with our office staff. Everything seems to be going fine. The guy that sponsors our company in Dubai was pleased with how things have expanded so quickly. I told him without his help we couldn’t be in Dubai and I really appreciated all of his help so far. We have been in Dubai a few years now and are finally seeing some bigger profits. That makes me happy.

The rest of the week was work, eat, looking around and going on adventures. A lot of fun really. Lindsay and I had some very nice talks about the direction the companies will go in under her rule. Again I stressed not to expand too fast and she said she has no plans to go crazy. She said she needs to start training people to take her Mexico trips for her so she will be more free to travel around. I agreed.

I can’t wait to be done working for a while. I do want to find my next path in life but I’m not in any rush. I just want to be home with my wife and kids for a while. A few months. I want to give Talon a solid month of my full attention. I have always done that with all of my kids and I think my wife will really appreciate all of the extra help she will have. I told her it will just be like when we brought Peace home. I will get up at night, she takes care of her during the day and when she needs an afternoon nap or anything at all, just let me know. At first she was trying to do everything and I told her it’s not a 1 person show here. We have all of these helpers. Let them earn their money.

Guys, I can’t wait to meet Talon. I am so excited. We bought the Batman outfit he will be coming home from the hospital in. It’s perfect! I’m so glad my wife lets me geek out on Batman when it comes to my kids. Even Peace has a few pink batman outfits.

Things are very chill this weekend. We spent the day hanging out and going out to eat. My wife wanted a few things from the mall so I went to pick them up for her. Lindz stayed home with her and they had a nice talk. I’m glad they FINALLY get along so well. At first Lindsay told me to “Get rid of that one, done with it” Lol My wife was so pissed when she heard that. Now they are really good friends. I needed them to get along because neither of them will ever be out of my life.

We will be going to bed early tonight. Lindsay and I have a long flight back home. Geez I miss my kids. I can’t wait to see them tomorrow. It’s been way too long. We were going to get back on Tuesday but instead Lindz needs to get back to Vegas sooner.

I hope everyone had a great week. I’m doing great. Got to see my beautiful wife and our baby. I got to hang out with my do and at least pet the cat a few times. Tristan doesn’t like me Lol

I will update more next week when I’m back home and back into my usual routine. Have a great weekend! Love ya’ll!

It’s Dubai Time again

I have a lot going on in the next few days. A lot of change in plans but we are trying to work everything out.

Lindsay is in town. I just picked her up at the airport. I had to wake up Sarah to let her know to watch the kids until I got back. As soon as I was leaving Heather woke up too so that makes me feel a lot better.

The first thing Lindz said to me was “Yeah Hi, can you make me french toast with powdered sugar on it as soon as we get back to your place?

Hello, yes I can Lol

I asked if she had a craving for it or why she wanted that and I got shushed. Lindsay has been in Mexico for a few days. She always buys my kids things while she’s there. She usually has it all shipped to my house then I have to figure out how to wash, clean, or even what to do with the things. I appreciate it and my kids love presents but it’s too much stuff. We are trying to downsize before our big move. She doesn’t care.

Today we are going to spend a few hours with the kids. We are going to pack up my kids and take them to their grandparents house. They will be there until tomorrow afternoon when my cousin Tyson flies into town to pick them up. From Sunday until Friday of next week my kids are going to Lincoln, Nebraska to spend their “Christmas” with my side of the family. We will be taking the kids to Paris for Christmas.

This is the 12th plan my wife has decided is the “Final PLAN”. At least for today.

Lindsay and I are flying to Dubai tonight. We will be there until Friday morning of next week. It’s my annual business trip and this year she wants to go with me. Last year I took Sarah. Sarah loved it but wants to use this week off to get her new apartment ready to move into. She has a lot of things moved into it already and she’s also been shopping for things. She’s moving into it January 1st. That’s a solid plan. Heather will be moving into her apartment on December 27th. She is going to her family’s house for Xmas and when she gets back she will be moving the rest of her clothes.

On December 22nd after work I will be taking my kids to Paris. They are moving there officially. That’s what my wife has decided and we have all our paperwork with that specific date on it now. To me we can’t change it. Well, I’m sure we can but I don’t want to. So the kids and I will be going there and the kids will stay.

I will be in Paris from Dec 22 until Dec 26th. I will fly back and get the rest of our lives buttoned up. Finally. I will stay until January 3rd and finish all of my legal/work/family/friends/whatever things left on my Take Care of it list. This include FINALLY getting my 2 condos in a pocket listing. My wife insisted that we don’t sell them until after Xmas because she has family coming into town and she wants them to use the condos to stay. Fine by me. They can also stay in our house and she said well she already filled up the house with other family members that are flying in Lol Okay, good to know I guess.

This also means that from Dec 26 until January 3rd I won’t see my babies and I won’t be spending New Year’s Eve with my wife. She is not happy but in order for me to wrap up the last 10 years of my Chicago life as well as move the rest of my things for our big move I need that week. She says as long as I promised this was the ONLY NYE that I miss in our marriage, I did. I don’t see any other holiday we won’t be together for. I hope so anyway.

That’s the plan. For today Lol She will probably change it.

The good thing about going to Dubai is on our way back home we are going to stop in Paris for 2 days. I want to check on her and Talon. I also miss my dog and I want to make sure we have absolutely everything ready for Christmas. We have to plan everything way in advance because my wife may literally going into labor at any time. She is healthy, she is fine, but we also watched a lot of videos and some times the baby comes early. I hope not but if it throws off our schedule I want my other kids to be well taken care of and able to enjoy everything while we are dealing with Talon’s birth. We are very VERY prepared for his birth. We have lists of lists Lol

Now that we negotiated (My wife told me) the schedule we have everything ready. I just need to finish packing, take my kids out for lunch and then the toy store before Lindz and I take off. She is happy to be back here. My kids love her to death. She can make Peace laugh just by talking. It’s the Australian accent I’m sure. My boys crawl all over her and they all have a great time playing Ducky Wucky. It’s some weird game and they just love it. I am not allowed to play it. I can only watch and referee when someone gets tagged out.

Big huge sigh, this week is going to be crazy. Our flight is almost 13 hours, some of which I wanted to sleep but Lindsay said she has to go over a lot of things that will be happening to our companies in January. She has a plan.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I don’t know when I will be updating again. Maybe in Dubai. I’m not sure. Wish us luck on a great business trip! Love ya’ll!

P.S. And yes I made the french toast as soon as we got back here Lol

St Louis/Iowa City yesterday

Yesterday morning I got up really early. However before that let me do a quick update.

My wife did ask all of the questions she wanted to with Peyton. I guess Peyton talked to Lindsay afterward and said she felt grilled and slightly burnt Lol My wife is very thorough. They did whatever it was needed to be done or needed to be ridiculously overdramatized and when I picked her up from work I told her now UNFRIEND HER NOW. She did. I said don’t re-add her. Drop it. She did finally calm down about all of that. Her pregnancy hormones have turned her into a nut job. She admits it and that’s the label she put on herself. I don’t think or even refer to my wife as a nut job. I know better. She said she was jealous and she doesn’t ever want to feel that way because I don’t give her any reason to be jealous at all. She said it’s all the b****** in the world that flirt or hit on me that she’s afraid of. She said I’m a good-looking smiling friendly guy and she knows that’s very attractive. It doesn’t matter I have my black wedding band on and I openly express how much I love my wife and kids. Women are still trying to get at me. I said well they can’t. I’m married and I don’t ever want a divorce so no thanks. That made her feel a lot better, I hope.

The next morning was my St Louis trip.

I was invited to speak on 3 panels. It was all about commercial investments and how does it work in today’s economy. Actually right now it’s pretty good. Next year not so good. I did ask a PH.D economist on twitter about the economic downturn probability and he said it’s going to be a slow growth next year. That verified what I had said in 2016. The conference was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed learning from the other panel members. I had a great time discussing how my business has been able to sustain. I have never overreached, that’s why I’m still in business. I told them I’m not just conservative with our money and expenses I’m downright Grinchy about it. I won’t spend it unless we need it. I will use what we have until it falls apart. When it’s time to upgrade things I always have the money to get the best quality of items and we make sure to take care of it all. That’s how. I think that’s just common sense though.

We left St Louis and decided to stop into Iowa City to eat. It is one of my favorite places right by the airport. The food is delicious. They offer vegan options and I probably ate way too much. I took a bunch of muffins and cookies home.

My wife surprised me by picking me up at the airport. I texted her when I landed. She knows it takes me about 20 to 25 minutes to park my plane, lock up the hanger, and walk to the terminal where I exit the airport. She called me and said to text her when I was walking over. I did and when I walked out I called her. She was just pulling up. I know this because she honked at me Lol It scared the SH*T out of me! I jumped a little. She rolled down the window and said GET IN SEXY MAN! I died laughing then I got in and gave her a big kiss. I said what are you doing here! She said she missed me. I said what’s the real reason. She said she did miss me but she also just got off work so she timed it all together Lol I said I knew it was just because you missed me. She said she did but it was both reasons. I gave her a cookie and told her all about my day as we drove home. Then she told me about her day and what she had to do the rest of this week. Her work schedule has lightened up a lot so she’s really able to work on finishing up her last few things before she’s out of there. We are at almost a month and a week or so before she’s done working for a while. She excited for the break so she can really focus everything into her pregnancy but she’s also very nervous about when it’s time to go find a new job. Her current job she can do research from home online for their cases. They will pay her but at a reduced amount. She doesn’t want her law degree to go to waste so she is going to see what she can do about working in Paris. I’m all for it. Whatever she wants, I’m fine with it. Plus we have nannies to help out if she does go back to work.

We got home in time to hang out with the kids. I gave kisses to all of my babies and spend about 2 hours with them. We got them to bed late which made Sarah a little mad but I told her she now gets to sleep in a little so it will work out. She likes to keep our routine the same. It’s fine.

Today I had a big meeting to go over everything I learned at the conference. We all came up with some new ideas on how to market the businesses. I really like opening up discussions and listening to what my employees have to add. I always feel challenged but also interested. Someone wants to wrap up my Audi with one of those full company logos over the entire car. I snort laughed and said over my dead body. No way. I like to advertise but we don’t need it that bad. We are actually doing very well so far this year. I’m very proud of our teams and I’m really happy that we are NOT expanding any more this year. I told Lindsay don’t do it. Let us get caught up from the last one. Our Atlantic city office is finally showing a little bit of a profit. That one took forever to get going.

So I’m getting ready to go eat lunch. I don’t know where I’m going today but I’m happy to get out and enjoy the day.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Day 5 #Oahu #Hawaii Work Retreat

We all slept in and got up early still. I don’t know how that works but a 5 hour time difference helps. We only had one thing left to do and that was to take all of the remaining folks over to the Dole Pineapple plantation. My son Heston has all of a sudden decided Pineapples or as he calls them Ooohhhh’s are the best thing in the world. I think it’s because the pineapples are very fresh, very ripe, and bursting with flavors. He has not stopped eating pineapple since we got here. He smells it then he eats a bite. Oooohhhhh, Daddy Lol It’s hilarious. We took a video of him saying that and doing that. I just put it on our Family Facebook page.

The place opened at 9:30 but its way up north so we decided to start out early. The shuttles showed up on time and off we went. I had picked up a bunch of donuts, orange juice and waters for the trip. Coffee was already passed out at the cabins before we left. We all yawned and enjoyed the trip up north. Then we arrived.

The place was already packed. We had to wait in line for a little while with such a large group. Then we split ourselves up. Some of us rode the train, some of us hit the gift shop. Some of us went in the maze. We all decided to meet back up in an hour to see if we wanted to do more or we had enough. I learned so much about Pineapples. I have never had Dole Whip before. I tried it and oh man. You guys need to take the tour there and try that. We also bought Heston a little side dish of his Oooohhh and he lost his mind. Alex likes them but not as much as Heston. Everyone had a great time, we bought souvenirs for the group and off we went to the airport. All of our bags were there waiting for us to go home. Our chartered plane filled up fast and we decided to take all of our Miami people back to Chicago since Miami is both flooded and not capable of taking in flights yet. I think they also have no power too. They will stay at the condos for a day or so until we can get them home.

We made it home and all of my kids survived 2 huge flights in 5 days. We all crashed last night. I am exhausted but I have to go to work today. I am going to miss being home with my babies but it’s time.

I am praying for everyone that has been impacted by both hurricanes. CNN is doing a great job covering the whole thing. People in Texas and Louisiana still need our help. They have lost everything. The water and flooding have finally stopped by they have a big clean up going on. Send money or supplies, guys. They need it!

Our Hawaii work retreat was a lot of fun. It was worth the amount of money I spent on it. I told them if our profits for this year are the same or better we can do it again next year. I think we can. Lindsay’s business expansions are working out great. She spent a lot of money to do it but we are already receiving profits. I’m so happy she decided to take over. Being her partner in business is a huge challenge because she’s extremely aggressive with decisions. It’s all worked out fine minus a few issues. I’m happy we can pay our employees and treat them with an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii. They all deserve it and I really wished I could have done it sooner but it took me almost 10 years to be able to save up that much. I love all of my employees. I hope they get back to work and feel completely refreshed and appreciated. We tried really hard to give them a great time.

God bless everyone in the storms’ paths. Stay safe! God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

We are going to Dublin, Ireland

  A one week vacation with my in laws, friends, twin sons and more. Oh boy.

This website has been my info guide for the trip. My wife rattles stuff off that I have to Google.

All I know is I’m not allowed to say I’m NOT a James Joyce fan and I’m NOT supposed to crack any stupid Irish jokes. I only have one Irish joke and it’s actually hilarious…but fine.

All I know is my father in law told me I’m going to try a “Proper Guinness” as soon as we land which means the airport bar. I had no idea the American Guinness was improper but raspberries were blown my way when I asked. My Irish wife’s family will be drinking our way across the tourist attractions. I think one of my brother-in-law was born in a bar. Or so they say. I wouldn’t be surprised. I know my wife was born in Chicago so that’s a plus Lol I asked in a bar and she said “In a hospital, duh.” Oh ok.

We are almost all packed up. The dog sitter is prepared to stay in my condo for the whole week. The kid is very easy-going. I told him no friends over. Go hang out with your friends after you take care of my dog. I have cameras everywhere and I know when my security alarm is Armed/Disarmed which will make me turn on my app to see my cameras. I hope that scared the shit out of him. I need to make sure my dog and her cat are okay. I mean he’s earning $1000 to sit on my couch, eat my food, and watch tv. I’m also leaving him $200 extra to buy groceries. Which means he will buy ramen and pocket the rest like last time. Whatever he does, that’s fine by me. I know he does a great job and our pets love him. Plus they are both very easy to care for. You walk my dog 4 times a day, let him out on the roof if it’s not too windy and he’s perfectly fine. All he does up there is bark at the pigeons anyway.

We are leaving first thing in the morning. Our flight is at 10am. I chartered a plane and I’m not flying it. However, my smaller plane I leave in Paris is being moved to Dublin just in case my wife wants to go somewhere in Europe for a day. I told her I was having it moved and she said “We are so spoiled, you know that, right?” I said yes. She said “How much does it cost us to move a plane over to Dublin just cuz?” I said I paid $1200. She just looked at me with her jaw dropped open. It’s a special trip. I don’t think that’s bad!

Ireland here comes the Coopers and my wife’s last name which I won’t ever mention that she still legally uses for her career (Insert a very Irish last name into your mind). It’s going to be fun. It will also be a disaster at some points and I will lay in bed asking myself why do I always do these huge family trips twice a year.


9 weeks pregnant, lets stay here

This time next Friday we will be up and getting ready to go to the airport. We have planned a very fun week in Dublin. Okay I didn’t plan it, I just said yes when my wife told me she wanted to show me Ireland. I’m paying for all of it so that does count, right? We are taking some of her family with us. The total number of her friends, my friends, her family, my family, my boys, nannies is up to. I had to go find the paper, 30. It was 31 but 2 weeks ago someone could not get off work so she bailed.

My wife is more excited about this trip than being pregnant, I think. Maybe not. She is pretty excited though. She’s happy to be off of work for an entire week. Her law firm won the big case she’s worked 4 months on but they did not get all they wanted. She said that’s usually how it goes. You win some you lose some. As long as the client is happy they do their best. I’m just happy she works to defend people who wouldn’t normally have the best lawyers to help them out. She does such a great job too. All of her bosses really like her and it’s not just because I own half of their firm Lol It’s because she is smart and savvy. She thinks outside of the box. A very attractive quality to me.

My boys are going to their very first overseas trip. I had them into the doctor this week to make sure everyone is healthy and okay enough to fly. We have the green light on that. I had all of my nannies also go get a checkup to make sure we don’t have anything coming on. The allergies around here tend to mask a cold or whatever so I want to make sure we have all we need. Sarah said she has lost 10 pounds in 6 months. She’s already really thin I don’t know why she was trying to lose any weight but I guess it’s “Swimsuit season, dude”. Okay, okay. If I had a quarter for every smartass answer I get back from one of the ladies I would have twice the amount of money I have in my checking account.

The two that aren’t going are Sam jr and Tristan. The cat could care less because he doesn’t even like me that much. I do try to pet him but he lets me know that my hand is just a scratching post to him. My wife can pick him up, carry him around, and pet him at her leisure. He really is something else. My dog didn’t like him at first either but they seem to get along fine now. It’s taken time. My boys loved him immediately and chase him around saying Titty titty Lol We are trying to correct that but they are too small to know the wrong part.

Speaking of which. My boys are going to be big brothers in January. We are already talking to them about the baby. We are already trying to include them. I mean everyone else is offering up baby names, when I asked my boys what should we name the new baby Heston said Huh Lol I said that’s what you want to name the baby, Yeah Lol Ok. I do tend to say that word a lot around them. They probably think that’s my name.

I asked my wife what we were doing for this weekend. I said we did the lake house. Do you want to stay in the city? Every single time I ask her that she immediately grabs her phone and said “Hold on let me check the weather” I already look at the weather before I ask the question so I know what choice I’m getting ready to make.

This weekend we get to stay home, in the city. She decided she wants to go to some of the festivals. Here are some of the ones we have to choose from.

Chicago Ale Fest
June 23 – 24

Country LakeShake Music Festival
June 23 – 25

Chicago SummerDance
June 23 – September 10

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum
June 24

Ravenswood on Tap
June 24 – 25

Randolph Street Market Festival
June 24 – 25

We are going to miss Irish Fest this year and so are some of her family. Well at least one of the days. They can get drunk and loud the Saturday we get back if they aren’t too tired. My wife’s family loves to drink. A lot. I brought a case of beer once to a bbq at her sister’s place and it was all gone within an hour. I was shocked and she just said I was a Rookie. I don’t drink so I have no idea how to gauge such a thing. She said next time bring 2 cases and I have. After the drinking starts, the loud gets louder and the number of arguments increases as the night goes on. It’s like a really bad B movie with student actors. The best part is when her dad gets hammered and all of a sudden forgets all of his childrens’ names. That part is very funny. He starts yelling at all of them and they just pick on him more. He’s a very sweet man but when he drinks he turns into one of those Tv characters that should be off the air.

Oh my wife just came in and kissed my neck the started reading what I just wrote about her family and smacked the back of my head Lol I told her I trash my family on here too. Which I do. I also trash the nannies which she just laughed at.

I need to go get the shower because I was told to. She wants to mess around. So bye Lol

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!