That List is Too Long

Brenda found a list of 50 Fun things to do in Colorado this Summer in a magazine article. I looked at the list and check marked about 10 things I think the kids and I would like. I like she’s taking a more active roll in planning, it does help me out a lot. We will be doing our best to hit all 10 things. First up a trip to Estes Park. It’s gorgeous up there. I’ve been reading a lot of facts and information on the area. I know there is a scenic road trip we can take up and back down the mountains. I bet that would be beautiful in the fall. I’m trying to fit in this short road trip in between a few medical appointments for the kids in the next week or so. I think we can get this done this week. It’s an hour and a half away. I can get us there in an hour Lol I want us to be able to get out and walk around. I’m going to have to strap my daughters in a stroller and have each adult hold a boy’s hand. The last thing I need is for the boys to be let loose up there. They are like wild savages running in 3 different directions. I was thinking about bringing my dog but he’s still recovering from his leg issues, so not this trip. I’m going to call the Estes Park Visitor Center today to get information on any Covid related restrictions. I don’t even know if the park is open or not. We will have plenty of space to social distance and I’m not someone that needs to stand on the edge with a selfie stick to try and capture an insane photo. I’m good standing behind the railings and snapping a family photo.

We are in talks with my family about going to visit next weekend. I have to mentally prepare myself for whatever BS I’m going to find there. Basically if they don’t have their Covid card with at least 1 shot on it, stay away from us. I’m not fooling around. I know not everyone believes in the vaccine, but I do. It saved our lives. I’m not going to be loosey goosey about it. And I just want a Cheese Runza Lol They are delicious!

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week. Eat your veggies and fruits, get outside, exercise. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy your life. It’s important. Love you guys!

Travel schedule filling up

We have some fun family trips planned for this year. We are going to Ireland in the summer. We are taking the boys to go meet my wife’s family members. We are taking her parents and a few of her siblings and their children. It should be a lot better than the trip to Greece I went on Lol Nothing will ever be like that I hope.

My wife wants to show me places they have owned and maintained for decades. I’m happy to go along and let her be our guide. She’s been working on our itinerary for months with her mom. She’s really excited.

We will be going to Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend with the boys. We are going to meet up with their birth father and his parents. We are going to take a bunch of pictures and hang out together for 2 hours. That’s all he wanted. He said he wants to meet them while they are small and make sure they are okay. That way he has photos of them and will feel better about everything. Their birth mom is going to join us with her parents so this may be interesting. After that meetup the boys and Brandi/Heather will go back to my cousin’s house for the weekend and I’m taking my wife to Las Vegas. Lindz got us tickets to see Ricky Martin. My wife is so excited. She can’t contain how happy she is. We will be front row and mid center so we can see everything that goes on. I was told to just let her freak out for a few minutes then try to reel her back in Lol That shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve only seen her lose her shit one other time and that was the day of our wedding. After we were married and we walked down the aisle she lost it. She was so happy and crying and excited. She gave me a bunch of big kisses and kept saying how much she loved me. I hope she doesn’t jump on stage with Ricky and get thrown out. I probably should bring bail money just in case Lol Lindsay and Dave are going too so I’m guessing I’ll hang back with Dave while the girls dance the night away. I know a few of his songs but I’m not what you would call a fan. I did hear he does a great show so that should be fun. I’m more excited about Lionel Richie than I am Ricky Martin. Now that guy is awesome!

It will be a full weekend of travel and hopefully zero drama. I pray both of the birth parents families all get along. That’s why we are limiting it to 2 hours and I warned both sides if things get uncomfortable for my boys, we are cutting things short so we will start off with photos. That way we can do that before anything happens. You never know. My cousin tends to run her mouth and I told her this may be the only chance I ever have with both of the birth parents in the same room. It’s already going to be very awkward. We don’t need to add to it. Nice, pleasant, use your manners. That’s all we need to do. The boys will lighten things up. They always do. They make people very happy. My boys really are a blessing. So sweet and funny.

I wrote this last night and forgot to post it. So the last 2 posts are out-of-order but that’s fine because who cares anyway Lol It’s my blog and all of my 20,000 plus readers today will figure it out. Have a great day!


Work Trips and snuggles

Just started out the week and I’m already mixed up. I woke up thinking TGIF…no it’s TGIW? Yesterday was a very busy day. I made it back home from my trip. It was fun. I didn’t like being gone overnight but that’s how life goes. Work trips happen. We are all planning around Sarah’s vacation. Her being gone will have a huge impact and I really hope we are ready. Every time she’s gone my boys look for her. They are so attached and I love it. I was the same way with my nanny (Her grandma).

We got a lot of things done in the Big City and I’m proud of all the work we are doing. We still haven’t made a profit there and I won’t expect that to happen this year. It’s why I never wanted to expand there but Lindsay came up with the numbers and said if we start small, stay small we can slowly work our way up just like everyone else had to do. I only asked that we keep on budget and I mean it this time. She has so far managed to do that. We are buying small. One building at a time. We bring in one of my construction crews from Nebraska, we hire local subs, always union guys, and we work together. We are almost done with our very first building and I’m excited to travel back there in a month for the opening. Lindsay said she needs $40,000 for the grand opening party and I said no way! She said we have to spend it, give me a check Lol Oh boy, this is already starting out bad. However, she did say the new leases will be signed and the money will be back in the bank the next day. We are not taking early leases. We want everyone to tour it then shoot us their prices. That way we know what it’s worth. I would hate to be uneducated about the local market and put our leases too low. And as always, I’ve saved 2 spaces for Small Businesses to rent for FREE for the first year for any Non-Profit org. It’s how you get communities to see you want to give back. The businesses love it and they can spend rent money on the really important things. It also allows them to network with all of the other businesses that lease in the same building. It’s a fundraising scheme and it works. We are very selective on who gets in my buildings. And it works out well. We have only had 1 problem with it over the years and we learned.

I got home late last night and kissed my babies. Then I woke my wife up and kissed her too. She threw the covers back and said hold me. By the time I got showered and crawled into bed she was passed out. So I gave her one more kiss and rolled over. This morning I woke up with arms and legs wrapped around me. I tried sliding out but she said no I missed you, stay. So I stayed. She really is beautiful. I love watching her wake up in the morning. She does a little small yawn and a big stretch. Then she always smile. She says she wakes up happy because life is so good.

We are going this weekend to shop for a house for her parents. It’s something she has always wanted to do for them. Their house is nice but needs work and it’s time to downsize for them. She always wants them closer to our Lake Forest house and I told her whatever they will be happy with its fine. Her parents said no for months. Then she finally said let us upgrade your downsize. That made sense I guess and they finally agreed. I’m happy to do whatever we can. The main thing is they want a much bigger kitchen. They host a lot of family and my mother in law said that’s all she wants. We have a budget in mind and I told her let’s buy something, have it fixed up and they can move into it within 2 months. I think we can make that timeline. It helps I have my own construction crews. Her parents have been emailing her houses and she is so excited.

This morning she printed 6 houses out and said these are the ones we are considering. All within our price range, all with big kitchens. I said okay. Then I said whatever they need and kissed her and my boys bye as I left for work. I’m happy to see my wife this happy. She said it’s been a dream that she has been saving up for and with my help she can get them something better than she can afford on her own. I paid off all of her school loans as one of her  wedding gifts and that made it easier for her to put more money into her Savings for their new house. I said I would chip in X amount of dollars and cover all construction/decorating costs then she said we can really do this? I said sure.

I hope they will be happy. They have lived in that house over 30 years. It’s a good house with a lot of great memories. But both of her parents said it’s time. They want smaller, more affordable, and as long as it’s fully paid for they will accept the gift. Her dad tried to give me a $10,000 check and said this is all we can help with until our house sells, then you can have all of that. I ripped it up and said I can’t take it and no, they will be getting their money for their house. They paid for it for years, why would I take that? He hugged me. A real dad hug which I haven’t had in years. I know what this means to him. I know what it will mean to my wife’s siblings too. They all adore their parents. They are such great people and I am so blessed my boys have such great grandparents. They love the fact they can have them anytime they want. They don’t have to share and with my situation we can now do all holidays together with them. Last year my wife’s aunt was in the hospital and no one wanted to celebrate. So we had a quiet holiday season and a few days before Christmas we all attended her funeral. It was heart breaking. This year we will celebrate. And hopefully have a baby on the way by then. Adoption or our own, doesn’t matter. With my luck probably both Lol

I hope everyone is having a great work day! I am excited to get back to work here. It will be a great day today. Windy, but great!

We turned the comments back on. I had them off because I wanted to catch up on all of them. I mostly read and delete. I will do my best to reply to all of the interesting and nice comments. As always, if they are nasty, Lindsay deletes them before I even see them. And anyone that’s a troll, you get banned immediately. We don’t let negative anywhere near this awesome blog.

I will update more later. Have a great day guys!