She’s my Bahama bikini mama

Guys, I’m really tan right now. I’m so happy to be home. The boys had their last day of school on Friday and we decided to celebrate with a trip to my favorite vacation spot, the Bahamas. I took Stephanie with me and 1 nanny to help out at night. The nanny said sign her up for every trip this summer because she had a blast. Stephanie asked when we can come back I said we can come back 1 more time this summer if she wanted. That was a solid yes vote. The kids had so much fun playing in the sand and water. We actually got to go on 2 excursions of sightseeing this time around. I had never done that before. It was easy sitting in the back of the jeep while they showed us around. It really is a beautiful part of the country.

At night Stephanie and I snuck off for some adult fun. She looked so beautiful. I mean really really pretty. She was so happy all weekend and I think she’s starting to fall in love with me too. We still haven’t talked about it. I’m not ready. My dusty heart is waking up though and it feels really good. It feels right. My kids adore her and are starting to get attached to her. We are still going to do 2 nights a week for now and switch off weekends at each others’ homes so we can still get the kids acclimated.

In other news I have this entire summer planned out. I’ve been working on it since January. We actually have a schedule of when we are traveling and when we will stay home. We won’t be staying home much Lol Especially once Friday hits and Steph is off work. I asked if she wanted to go on our next trip next time and she said yes. That’s in 2 weeks. Alex is doing great but I don’t want to push his little lungs. We are back on the medicine that cleared him up and it helps a lot. Heston is great, Peace is great. Everyone is great.

I’m happy. I really am things are so chill right now I love it.

I came on to tell you guys a quick update but mostly to share some more photos. Head over to our Family Facebook page to check out all of the photos I uploaded last night and this morning. It takes time to upload then label them and put them in the right albums. But as you will see it’s more organized now. I worked hard on it last night when I got the kids to bed. The beard is gone Lol Yes I look 12. Okay not really but I still look kinda young.

How are things? I missed you all. Especially one of my readers who I stopped talking to at the top of this month. I see you still come here. I’m happy you still care. You will always be a dear friend to me but we can’t talk right now. We keep finding out way back to each other, don’t we. I mean I don’t know why but there’s something. So be safe, know I do miss you and I’m sure some day we will find each other again.

I love you guys, talk to you again this week! Go check out my smoking hot girlfriend in a bikini. Dammmmmnnnn I’m a lucky boy!

It’s sandy daddy, why?

Hi from the Bahamas!

My kids love it here. The weather has been perfect everyday so far. I’m sunburnt, the kids are okay, and they don’t want to go home. I keep asking just in case one of them cracks. The water feels amazing in the heat of the day. It really is nice being on vacation and finally not having to cater to everyone else I’m with. I have real help this time. I didn’t know it would be this easy. I told the 2 nanny (friends) that came along we need to do this more often Lol Although I’m sure my buddy wants his wife and sister back soon. I just posted about 40 photos from this trip to our family Facebook page and I also uploaded the other photos from my phone and Ipad. I think you guys are all caught up on photos. I took this great photo of Peace splashing both of her brothers and she has the most incredible smile on her face. She really is a part sweet and a part naughty Lol She knew not to splash them but she did it anyway. The boys have been so helpful with her this time. They are growing up and I think they innately understand she’s the baby and needs extra attention. We have gotten in some serious beach time, then some doubly serious nap time Lol I think all of this sun is making us sleepy.

Jesse is having the best time. I know this because she keeps saying that to me. We have had 2 romantic dinners together and have found a little alone time here or there during the day. It’s nice to have someone with me that just wants to chill and have fun. She has made this trip very relaxing for me. I really have enjoyed getting to know her more and sharing some of my life with her. She didn’t realize all I had going on. I’m not very boastful about everything so a lot of people close to me are’t aware. I’m trying to balance my work/home/vacation life and I can honestly say, from here, I got it.

Should we move to the Bahamas??? Yes!! Are we going to??? No Lol I wish.

I do think we need to make this a yearly trip though. I already don’t want to go home and we are 5 days from it. I needed this guys. I really did. I also needed that couples massage we are about to get. Rub my legs and my sore feet please! All of this walking and chasing sandy coated babies around the beach has made me a little sore.

Hope you are staying warm or at least trying to back in the States. I will update again this week. Love you guys. I will be home soon!

Vacation anyone? Okay

We will be leaving tomorrow for our 1 week vacation. We will get home late Sunday night next week. I’m really looking forward to the warm weather and playing with my kids in the ocean/sand. It’s going to be so much fun. I’ve hired 2 nannies to help me. Okay, well they aren’t nannies. They are friends of mine who wanted to go Lol We are also taking Jesse. It’s going to be our first trip together. We had a lengthy discussion about getting 1 room for her or she shares my room. Then it turned into okay we share a room, but 2 beds? We settled on a shared room with 2 beds in case she feels like it’s weird but she said or we can just mess up both beds Lol Soooooo I’m thinking this vacation is already awesome and we haven’t even gotten there yet!

Sun, sand, nothing to do but play with the kids all day. It sounds perfect. I’m almost done packing up for all of us but I’m still not sure what else we need. Oh well I will figure it out. I have someone coming to stay at the house all week to take care of my dog, my 2 cats, and the damn birds. I really wish the cats would get used to the birds instead of trying to eat them every morning. They also both sit underneath the cage and plot how to jump high enough to knock it down Lol

I hope everyone has a great week coming up. Stay warm and enjoy the week ahead! I will miss you guys. Love ya’ll, see you soon!

#Dublin #Ireland Day 3

Where am I at? Oh day 3. Okay. The third day we had spent a lot of time with my wife’s Irish family. They were sharing so many funny stories and really explained to us about how and why a lot of them stayed in Ireland. Her parents obviously did not. They left in the 1970s because it was getting too dangerous and they wanted to move far away. I don’t blame them after reading some of the books I had read before we got there.

Me and a few others went and grabbed bagels, donuts, and Starbucks for everyone so we could eat and get going for the day. This was the day we all stayed together, all day. Huge mistake. We are better off in smaller groups. The dymanic of all of my wives’ siblings all grouped up can be overwhelming. My boys aren’t so good in crowds yet anyway so actually being a part of one wasn’t their favorite thing. We struggled with them a lot this day. After lunch I took them home myself and hung out for a few hours.

This was the day we really looked at our Dublin passes for all the great things you can do.

I better add the website for anyone that’s thinking of going to Dublin soon.

https://www.dublinpass.com/dublin-attractions/?aid=171

I think it’s 40 things you can do and it saves you a lot of money. With a big group like this we were going to go to all of the sights we could and this pass gave us a lot of free info on each site. It was a very good deal also. My wife found out about it and made sure we bought some asap.

We decided to do the 2 cathedrals in the morning. I wanted to see if they would bless my boys and our new baby. They did which was very cool. I appreciate both Churches doing that for me. It was selfish but I just thought it would be a good thing to do. And let’s face it, with my luck as much of God’s help as I can get, I need to take it.

We went to St Patrick’s Cathedral first. Wow. It’s huge first of all but all of the great history. You can read about it here:

https://www.dublinpass.com/dublin-attractions/st-patricks-cathedral.html

Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, St Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the most important historic landmarks in Dublin. Dating back to 1191 to the site of an ancient well where, legend has it, St Patrick used to baptise new converts into Christianity, St Patrick’s Cathedral has played a vital role throughout Ireland’s social, cultural and spiritual history. Walk through the nave and see the 200 monuments and impressive alter which makes St Patrick’s so breath-taking.

That’s the little info from their website. This is what we thought about going inside.

https://www.facebook.com/stpatrickscathedral/

My wife’s family was very proud to show us this on our trip. It’s the Irish equivalent of the New York Cathedrals, all historic, all beautiful, all very well known. I had been reading articles on this place for a few months not only because my wife kept printing them out, but because she said it’s more than just a Church. It’s a spiritual parcel. You have to walk onto the grounds to feel a shift in your spirit. It really is a holy ground. I loved how detailed all of the rooms are. You go from one to the other and just see all of these great tapestries, banners, and very colorful decorations. They welcome you and they want to show you around. We had called ahead to get a tour time set up so we had our own little group going together. That’s why all of us stayed together for this. My father in law acted like it was his vacation home and we let him. He kept grinning and puffing out his chest as he walked. One of my brother in law’s said Look Dad’s bursting and he really was. We got to sit in for a service which I was very excited about. I wondered what the difference between Irish Catholic Mass and American Catholic Mass was. It’s not that much different except the blessings are much much longer. They really are proud of their Church and we loved learning about it. There’s so much more to see and we tried to fit it all in but we missed the 2 famous graves that are there. We ran out of time but I told my wife, next year we will make sure to come back and see it all. She agreed.

 

We were shuttled off to the next Church and I have to say it was equally beautiful. A little less decorative and a little more stoic. You walk in and are blown away by all of the grandness of it.

https://www.dublinpass.com/dublin-attractions/christ-church-cathedral.html

Christ’s Church Cathedral is also huge. It’s the oldest building in all of Dublin. They have a crypt built there from the 11th Century I think they said. We were there in time for another service and we got to see their choir. Now that was amazing! So beautiful and very harmonious. My wife teared up just in time for my boys to start fussing so I had to take them both outside to walk around a little. Sarah came with me and she said it really is an amazing trip and thanked me. She said she had called her mom a few times to tell her everything and she said her mom said to tell me thank you for taking her. I told them both when I hired her I would show her the world and take care of her the rest o her life. I hope she believes me. She must have she’s still here after I told her it’s twins! Lol I realized how thankful I was too. God is showing me a little piece of his heart with all of these great sights and I know I need to do more to praise him. I try everyday to share his word with people and offer my prayers several times a day. I am very humbled by all of these things we keep experiencing and I am also proud to be able to afford to take all of these people with me. My boys did calm down enough for us to go back in. My wife said we missed 4 songs but that’s okay. There is always next year. As we were leaving we were in time to hear the bells tolling. Wow. Such a huge bell and it sounded great. They said it had been replaced a few years ago because the old one had hung there for 70 something years? Amazing sound.

After that we decide to go eat. I thought they said they just wanted to go back home to eat but one of the Irish cousins said we weren’t too far from The Bull and Castle.

Bull and Castle is a pub that serves really interesting food. We tried 10 different things on the menu. Most everyone got steak or burgers. I went for the salad with my boys but we got to also try some nachos. The place is so huge we went upstairs to eat. My wife got the buttermilk chicken and said it was the best she’d ever had. I tried a bite and it was okay. A little too greasy for me. Not a big fan of the animal heads all over but the photos on the walls were nice. It was loud in there. It was pretty packed for a lunch. Great place to eat!

700 years ago the Vikings took over Dublin for a time period that is well documented. We were all full and wanting a nap but this was the one place I was really pumped up to visit.

Dublinia is an entire medieval experience. You walk in and they immediately start harassing you Lol It was hilarious. My boys were in awe. They both had big eyes looking at all the cool stuff. We learned so much on our tour. The best part was getting to see everything up close. We got to try on some clothing and we shackled up my brother in law who’s the cop. They were going to lash him a few times but his wife said “Maybe tonight” and we all just laughed. Some of the kids didn’t get it but he really laughed at his wife’s comment. They have some really cool souvenirs here too. We got to see one of the battle performances and it was really fun for everyone. They come right up to your group and try to mess with you a little. One of the shirtless Viking guys tried to take my wife and she just laughed and went with them. We found her a few minutes later in a new outfit. She said they converted her and she’s going to live there now Lol Okay babe. It really was a fun experience. I think everyone really liked it.

After that we hit the last stop for the day, Dublin Castle.

I have more photos to put up of it but I did add some to my Facebook the day we went there. It’s this huge sprawling place filled with more Viking stuff but also a great amount of Irish history. I really liked learning how the city went through so many changes. It even shared some of the lesser known tragedies that I hadn’t read about. Some of the Irish cousins even said they hadn’t ever remember learning that. We got to walk around and this place let me use the stroller. Usually we have had to take the boys out and wrangle them. I was very happy I could just push them along. At this point they were getting pretty tired and I think we all were.

We went back to the house and decided to go out for dinner. I fed the boys and left them with Sarah and Brandi for the night. A few of our older relatives wanted to stay in too so I made sure they had plenty to eat and snack on before we left. Heather was finally ready to go out with us at night since it was a much smaller group. We decided to try some Irish cuisine.

The Irish cousins told us to go to Gallagher’s. Boxty is an Irish potato pancake and they leave a bag of the mix you can buy right on your table. I tried a bite and it was very light and good. Great taste. It’s a great location with this huge bar. The bottles go all the way up to the ceiling. Very classy place and it was a great meal. Huge portions of food. You get what you pay for there. It was a nice quiet dinner because everyone was so tired from walking around all day. My wife grabbed my arm and told me she was having the best time. I thought that was sweet. I was really trying hard to make sure everyone was okay. I felt bad for my boys. I knew 3 tourist things in a row would be too much but they held in there as long as they could. My wife said her feet were a little sore but she would make me rub them later before bed Lol Anything my pregnant wife wants, she can have!

We made it home and some folks went out to a Pub nearby. They just wanted a nightcap. I think no one stayed out too late that night. I don’t know I was sawing logs around midnight again. My boys slept in from all the fresh air and traveling around so I was happy about that. The next day we were going to the zoo so they really needed their rest.

#notbatmanyet #SamuelJacobCooper

 

#Dublin #Ireland Day 2

We all got a decent night sleep except the drunk family members and 1 nanny that tried to out drink Irishmen Lol Good luck on that one Brandi. We got up, had a great breakfast that was quick and easy than we packed up some backpacks for haul around for the day.

In the morning our entire group toured my wife’s family farm. It’s right outside of Dublin and has been in her family for 6 generations. That’s a very long time. Her great x 5 bought it because it has a small creek running through it and he thought it would be a great place to live. He got married soon after and had 9 kids. I see now where that tradition started. It’s a very beautiful family farm and nothing at all like the farms in Nebraska. They have all of the modern-day equipment but they don’t irrigate like we do. I found that very interesting. I asked how they do it and they use a system of man-made or non man-made aqueducts that feed into each other. How cool is that? We just pipe water in from the nearest, whatever there is really. This system has worked for the farms around the area for over a hundred and something years. I thought it was very cool and had a lot of questions about it but no one else seemed so excited. Everyone else just wanted to pet or feed the animals. The 3 houses on the land aren’t close together. They are spread out but we took the trucks out to visit each one. We spent about 5 hours out there and came back into the city for lunch.

We ate at a place called Paulie’s Pizza. They have very good food there. My wife loved the pizza and pasta. Some of her sisters got sandwiches. I guess it’s a pretty good place to eat at. A little small for our group but fast service. It was a nice place to relax plus my wife’s cousins kept bragging about how good the pizza was. They were right.

After lunch my nannies took the boys back to the house for a few hours so they could rest up for the night’s activities. We were going to be hosting family for a cookout. We split up into 2 groups. The men went to the Guinness Storehouse and any woman who wanted to join us did. We had a few. The women went to a full tour of the Cliffs of Mohr. I had no desire to go look at cliffs. I’ve seen photos, they look cool, I’ve seen cliffs before.

The storehouse is in St. James’s Gate which isn’t so bad. The place is huge and crowded. I think it was 6 or 7 stories tall. The history of the place was amazing. I really like learning how the brand started and has kept a long, great legacy for so many years. My gosh I think it’s probably the #1 tourist spot Lol After the tour and the smells of aromatic beers of all kinds you get to go up and get a free pint. You can also sit and enjoy the view except there’s not much to look at from up there. I liked that we got a free Guinness Dublin glass with our pass. We bought Dublin passes for everyone. It offers 30 attractions and that way we can plan out which days to go do what things and people could decide. I really thought everyone wanted to go to the Guinness thing but women just aren’t into that kind of thing. And my wife said she’s been around Guinness her whole life she doesn’t need to see how it’s stored Lol I just laughed at that one. She really is funny. I love her.

My wife said they had a girl tourist guide named Sara who was very nice and knowledgable. She said she loved getting there and looking around. She did take some amazing photos. All of them did however she said it was way too long and she learned her lesson. I told her doing anything that involved a bus and a guide, don’t do it Lol I learned from my Greece trip last year. Never again! She said it was something that was easy for all ages and she really thought it would be more than just looking at the cliffs. I said it’s just like the Grand Canyon with no edge on one side. She said it’s beautiful and she’s really happy she went. They all prayed for our family at the cliffs and offered a pray for all of American because they heard our President is nuts Lol Agreed, Ireland, I agree!

We all met up back at the house and got ready for dinner.

We grilled out a bunch of fish and veggies that night. Everyone was pretty tired from the long day and we had some Irish family come hang out at the rentals. We stayed up until 2am talking. I think we all crashed and slept in. My babies woke me up at 6am. I do remember that but I was able to get them back down for another hour.

Great place to vacation with kids!

The photos from this day are now on my Facebook page if anyone wants to go see them.

#notbatmanyet #SamuelJacobCooper

#Dublin Ireland Day 1

  Taking several people on a family vaca is a daunting task to say the least. My wife planned our trip. She coordinated it with her sisters who helped her siblings figure out where to go, what to show us, and how to make it a comfortable trip for all. She dropped the ball on ordering extra transportation. A rookie mistake Lol Since that was the only bad thing that happened the entire week she still gets an A+ and we were all very impressed with her vacation planning skills.

On Thursday night we packed up everything that hadn’t been packed. I told the girls 3 bags each, NO MORE! I took 2 bags for myself and 2 bags each for my boys. We still didn’t wear all the things I had packed for them. Keep in mind we were shopping like crazy and kept laundering, then wearing our new clothes so that helped. We had our flight info from our chartered flight. That was the best part and probably my smartest move. I knew getting all of us on time for a commercial flight would be bad. Or having my boys stuck on a commercial flight for 8 hours would be bad for everyone else. I ordered a 50 passenger plane for the week and told everyone the back 2 rows are for us, ya’ll can have any other seats. I needed room so that we could do things with the boys because I knew they would not sleep the whole way. We even had that conversation of flying in at night on purpose so that they might sleep but I changed my mind a month prior to the trip. They need to learn these things because we are a traveling family. I also need to learn since 99% I’m the pilot and I don’t get the experience of what my boys are doing while I’m in the cockpit.

On Friday morning the flight was supposed to leave at 10am. My wife made that non-negotiable. She even sent out a Group text saying if you are NOT AT THE AIRPORT AT 9am for check in YOU ARE NOT GETTING ON THAT (Bad word) Flight, No excuses!!! <— She added the 3 !, not me. I love her hard-ass side when it’s not unleashed on me Lol Now keep in mind the departure time she picked changed 3 times. I was expecting people to show up late. It didn’t happen and thank goodness. Everyone was there and waiting for us. We arrived at 8:30 at the meeting spot before we were shuttled off to the airport. Shuttles, she should have ordered us some shuttles for when we arrived. She didn’t.

The flight was smooth. The pilot had me come up so we could talk a little. I was a little freaked out because I don’t like being a passenger on any plane. I like to be in control of the flight. He was a very, very experienced ex-commercial pilot who had retired young and has his own business now flying families, bands, groups anywhere for a hefty price. His plane was awesome. I want one Lol Of course I do. My wife just looked at me. We are trying to “downsize” my lifestyle. She thinks that would humble me a little more and that I need that. I say Go Big or Go Home! I was raised in Texas so the bigger the better!

8 and a half hours later we are walking off the plane and into Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport is not bad. I had a few friends warn me about customs and how they usher you all over to the self check-in stuff to make it easier but we had no issues. We got going and immediately everyone wanted to go buy something. I asked and Terminal 1 has better shops so we all flanked that way to get some souvenirs. I didn’t want to, but the shopping half of our group made us go that way. I forgot to mention the security part of flying into Dublin is a breeze. We didn’t have any problems which surprised me. Everyone bought a few little things to start off. My father in law was itching to get to a Pub and I wasn’t excited at all to hear that. We got out front and I asked my wife where the shuttles were. Uh oh! She said she thought the place I rented for all of us would have sent some. Noooooooooooo, they send some if I request that. I didn’t request it because YOU WERE supposed to get us shuttles from the airport. She just looked at me like I was dumb and this was about to be all of my fault so I went and got us shuttles. We had to stand there for 30 minutes but that’s fine. It wasn’t that big of a deal. On the way to our seaside house rental (It turned out to really just be apartments) we saw all kinds of really cool places. I’m always amazed at how each country is set up so differently. Of course there’s about 20 Starbucks in Dublin, Ireland (Sure, why not) so my nannies asked if we could stop. I didn’t even have to say it, my mother-in-law said No Lol She’s my new favorite.

We finally arrived just in time because Heston had a meltdown in the driveway. He was all done. My poor little guys had been cooped up for the last hour and just wanted to get out and walk around. The house manager greeted us and then presented me with a basket of stuff. I still haven’t opened it yet. I’m pretty sure by the time I get back home the nosey nannies will have ransacked it anyway to see what was in it. He showed us inside and told us how the setup was. In each of the “rentals” (They were apartments) you can sleep 6 people. I took the top floor for my wife and kids. The rental right next to us we put the nannies and only one complained about that. Then my wife started telling everyone to go pick which one they wanted. We knew each one would sleep 6 people so we pretty much just put families all together and the ones that had more than 6 people (Which would be almost all of them Lol) we had requested extra beds. I told them we would figure it out even if I had to go buy stuff. I wanted everyone in a bed because we were going to be out most of the days and we all needed a good night’s rest. How naive I was at the beginning of this trip. I just laugh thinking about that now.

Everyone got situated and it was time to go hunt for food. I had packed my boys enough food for 3 days just in case we had an issue. I had been lugging it all around in my backpack and we only had to dip into it once on the way to the rentals. Everyone had sandwiches for a snack until we could call the restaurant and make sure our reservation was still on hold. It was so my wife told everyone to go get ready we were going out. I told my nannies to crash my boys so they picked Heather to stay behind and get them ready for bed. At this point the time change was really screwing with them and I just wanted them to get settled in. Heather was not wanting to go out with all of us anyway. She wanted to chill she said. She has a slight anxiety disorder that flairs up when she’s overwhelmed and she told me later on that’s why she volunteered. She said she really enjoyed getting the boys down then walking around the place. She said the view was amazing and couldn’t wait to see it in the morning with the sunlight.

My mother-in-law made contact with the first round of Irish relatives to let them know we had made it. She gave them our address so they could meet up with us in the morning. She told them what restaurant we were going to and also asked what Pub we could go to afterwards. I told my wife I wanted to go check on the boys after supper and she agreed. She said her brothers would babysit everyone anyway so we could be off duty for the night.

Guess what restaurant doesn’t take American Express credit cards Lol The one we went to! I had to pay cash which was fine and thank goodness I had it on me. I wasn’t going to take it out of my bag because I really didn’t think I would need it. At the last-minute my wife said take some cash please, you never know. I listen to my wife so I did as I was told and thank goodness because she was right.

Guess what DID TAKE Amex Lol The Pub my father-in-law wanted to go to. You know how I know that? Because I was called a wee little man (Yes he really used an Irish phrase on me) to get me to go to the Pub and have a pint. After dinner we found ourselves at The Porterhouse Pub. It’s centrally located and near the restaurant we ate at. It also became the place we could find my father-in-law any night he went missing. How he continued to get himself over there is still a mystery.

Irish food, hmmmmm. It’s very meaty which doesn’t work out for me however the way they cook the vegetables, alright. That was tasty. I learned a lot about Irish food and learned it’s not all just meat and potatoes. They have some very delicious local things and I did go off vegan to take a few bites of things because I honestly wanted to know what it was, how it tasted, and to experience it.

Oh yeah, and guess who showed up at the Pub with most of us? Lol The Irish relatives. A few of them at least. It was a holy reunion and there were real genuine tears. It has been a few years since they have all seen each other and my wife made sure to introduce me to all of them. Great, great guys. Honestly, her relatives couldn’t have been nicer. And so funny. They had us all cracking up. They served as our guides the entire week and I did try to give them some money for all of their help which they laughed at and said “We don’t do that kind of thing here” and “Happy to help”.

We got home at Midnight Dublin time which meant I had been up for too many hours and we all just crashed when we got home.

Day 1 recap over with. I am going to go grab something to eat.

Right now my wife and I are in Las Vegas at Lindsay’s house. We will be here all week. It’s a vacation but during the days Lindsay and I will be at the office having meetings because I’m starting to turn things over to her. She will be taking over most things on January 1st and we really need to get started on this process. Everyone is sleeping but my body wakes me up at 5:30am no matter what I do.

Lindsay’s house is awesome. She has bought more new cars. This place belongs in a music video. She has bought more guns now too. That part I could live without. We were supposed to come this morning instead but I felt great and my wife said lets go, so we left yesterday. It’s only a 4 hour flight and I knew I could handle it. Sitting for 8 hours coming back from overseas just made me antsy to get in the pilot seat and go somewhere.

My boys are in Chicago and will be at the lake house all week. Their birth mom and birth grandma are in town for their visit. We had this planned out for a while. I do like to give them privacy with the boys because my little cousin told me it just feels awkward with me around. All 3 of my nannies are at the lake house with them for the week and I hired a chef. I want everyone to have a good time. My buddy Cam is also stopping in to make sure all of the ladies are doing okay and he promised to invite them to his restaurant a few times to feed them. I know my boys will be fine and I pray they both have a great time. They are growing up so much in between her visits and it’s really important to me to always keep that door open to her. I constantly ask her to move to Chicago to be closer and she says it’s just too hard. Plus she’s still in college and wants to finish up there. Having an open adoption has worked out great. We have had a few hurt feelings along the way but I’m always happy to compromise the best that I’m capable. My wife is okay with the open adoption part but always has a lot of questions about why I leave and let them come stay. She is confused by it. It’s because there is a bond that I will never have with the boys like their birth mom has. They need to know who she is just as she is without me telling them things. They need to understand she gave them me. She picked me and she really didn’t have to. They need to know their whole lives that adoption is a great gift of love and they should be very proud to be able to know their birth parents. Their birth dad didn’t want to come this trip but he is asking for more photos which is great. He also can come see them but ONLY if I’m there. I know that’s backwards but my agreement is with her, not him. I barely know the kid and will be happy to host him and his parents anytime. Just not when I’m out-of-town. I explained my feelings on that and he didn’t have a problem with it. I also told him only up to 3 days because after that, it’s an interruption to our schedule. He has certain moral rights to see the boys but he also can’t use his time to get it in his head he can take them from me. My adoption attorney cautioned me on some of the cases she has come through and some birth dads regret signing over rights and try to sue. I would crush him if that ever came out of his mouth and he would be thrown out on the street in 2 seconds Lol No way can anyone take my boys away. We all agreed and it has worked out perfectly (For me). I guess the boys too. At this point they don’t know any better. All they know is that everyone that sees them loves them a lot and are very happy to get time with them. My boys! Mine!

Enough of that. I’m hungry. I hope she has some fresh fruit, I’m really wanting an apple or an orange right now.

I will be posting Day 2 later on. Hope everyone had a great 4th. We did. I will get to that soon! Love ya’ll!

I’m back!

 

We leave in the morning, #Dublin #Ireland vacation

We are all packed up and ready to roll out of here bright and early. Man my two boys have been a pain today. Sarah called me before lunch and asked me to come home. She rarely does that. She said they had been crabby at each other all morning and nothing she was doing was working. When I walked through the door they were both crying and angry, Heston had Alex by the shirt and was kind of whipping him around the floor, well the most a 16 month old can do. They were doing Fight Club. I picked Alex up and said Hey hey hey, NO NO! How many parents have said that exact line before Lol Then I picked up Heston and we all sat on the couch until they calmed down. I gave Heston to Sarah and she said actually he’s the one causing all of this. What??? Saint Heston as we refer to him Lol He rarely even has an outburst and even if he does it’s because he is laughing or excited. So I talked to him then put him down so we could walk into the kitchen. We put them in their high chairs and they were talking things out. I got them fed and managed to eat half of my sandwich before the food throwing began. I swear it’s like an overnight naughty switch got flipped on.

My wife called to see where I was at and said why do I hear babies crying in the background. I told her those were her children and it’s all her fault Lol She just laughed and said she has a piece of paper stating they aren’t her children legally but she will lend me some over the phone emotional support. I explained what was going on and she just said Good luck with that.

I got back to work and almost near quitting time my wife called with babies crying in the background. So I threw her the same line and she said YOUR SONS are driving all of us nuts, COME HOME Lol I said okay okay I’m on my way. This time when I got home Heston had his buzz lightyear in one hand and Alex’s leg in the other. He was doing a hitting motion but wasn’t even close to really hitting him. The issue was the intention was there. My wife said Alex tried to take Buzz away and Heston wasn’t having it. I took the toy away and picked them both up for another couch session. This time I let Heston go first to see what he would do and damned if he didn’t go right around the coffee table and try to whack his brother Lol He was a big brute. Alex started crying and then was trying to tell me none of it was his fault. My dog was barking the whole time letting me know it was all their fault and he didn’t get his puppy nap in for the day. My wife was frazzled, Sarah said she would come back after a shower because I guess during snack time she had a drink squeezed on her boob and she said she felt gross.

Is this how it is! Are these two little rugrats at the beginning of some naughty behavior that I’m still shocked and a little entertained by. I hope not. My wife said we are going to have our hands full when the baby arrives. Yes, I know. It’s going to be a disaster. But a very good one.

To all my fans, friends, family members who aren’t going with us, I’m locking up my Facebook/Twitter/Other accounts for up to 2 weeks. I know how much ya’ll will miss me. I may enjoy the peace and quiet so much when we get back to the States and head to Vegas for that 2nd week I may not turn it back on yet. I will not be updating my blog for at least a week. I will be taking notes though so I don’t miss any great stuff I want to share.

Thank you all for the great messages about our family vaca. It’s going to be fun and I really need/want a vacation. Wish us luck. We will in Dublin, Ireland for 7 days. Coming back late on the 7th then my wife and I leave early on the 8th for a week with Lindsay and Dave.

I pray everyone has a great 2 weeks and I will miss all of you guys. I will catch up on my messages when I get home. Have a great 4th of July, America! Stay safe and talk to ya’ll soon!

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.

http://www.visitdublin.com

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.