They are okay

Last night my phone was going off and it was Drew asking if I’d heard from Lindsay. I said no why. He told me about the Las Vegas shooting that was all over the news. After about 20 minutes of both of us blowing up her phone she finally called him back. Then she called me back.

Lindsay and Dave were not at the music festival. They were out to eat down on the other end of the strip when things happened. All of my employees in Las Vegas are okay none of them were at the concert either. I am so thankful they are all okay, however.

My deepest prayers for healing for everyone that was injured or family members now dealing with the death of a loved one. My prayers are also with all of the first responders that helped people and to anyone else that tried to help everyone get safe. I can’t believe something that horrific happened. I don’t understand what is going on with the world these days. My goodness, why does something so horrible happen to innocent people? I will never understand that.

Lindsay is fine. She said her phone was blowing up and she needed to start calling her family and friends back. I told her to please stay off of the strip a few days and she said she will. Drew said that would be our luck she doesn’t die on her own it would be something like this that randomly takes her out. I said if that happened we both would go looking for whoever did it Lol He said yeah. I can’t believe how many people were hurt during this.

Thank you all to everyone who has been asking if she’s okay. She’s fine. They ate dinner and quickly left the strip before law enforcement shut it all down. She was not over there and they are both okay. So are all of my employees. Big sigh of relief. I pray all of you guys are okay and that everyone heals quickly. God will take care of all of us. Rely on his strength and love at a time like this.

Once we find out where we can donate to help the victims I will post the list so we all can do something to help them out with medical bills or anything they need.

Just pray guys. Pray God eases their suffering. My family sends all of our love to Vegas today. God bless you all.

Our week in #LasVegas and wow this got random

I’m not going to go day by day on our week in Las Vegas. I don’t really want to blog about the places we went because we go there often enough someone might try to find us. It’s happened before (Phone calls to my hotels) and I just try to avoid that a little bit. I like doing my reviews on places I don’t visit that often. It makes it fun for me to remember where I ate at and also it gives back to the restaurants for good service and great food.

When we got home from Ireland my wife and I were going to sleep in and the next morning get going. Instead my cousin and my baby cousin, my boy’s birth mom, were already at the condo when we arrived. By the time we got in from Dublin the time change had made it Friday morning. They weren’t supposed to get in until Friday night. They drove this time. They are trying to do a mother/daughter bonding thing because the whole 18 and pregnant issue caused a major rift in the family. My cousin was supportive but not happy. She was fine with me adopting the boys only because I agreed to a legal open adoption. That way they can see the boys grow up. You have no idea the negotiations we went through on what Open adoption meant. It was difficult enough add in lawyers and a judge telling me to share my kids 2 weeks a year and that was enough for me. I did agree on it for my boys. If it was a different situation I would have burned through my savings accounts on lawyers fighting for full custody. They get their 2 weeks, they stay at my home the entire time that way I don’t have a funny feeling about it and I won’t worry, they get all 3 nannies the entire time and use of my vehicles. I do give them spending money but they barely use it now. They don’t feel right doing that. At first it did help with expenses but they say it kind of feels wrong and I’m okay with just leaving them a few thousand dollars for emergencies or whatever they need. They are really good to me. Most of my family puts out a hand as soon as they see me or calls and starts crying about being poor. None of us can even say we are close to be poor. They cry about not getting to summer in Europe. We have condos in Florida. It’s tradition. There’s no reason you need to move over to Europe to summer. It’s ridiculous. Yet every year I get the same phone calls about needing more money for the summer. If they want more money they can go get jobs but most of them won’t work. My family tree is not adding to the workforce, sorry about that America Lol They are spending lots of money though and they all pay their taxes except that one Uncle.

My wife floated the idea that we go to bed and when we wake up we take off. I was fine with that and everyone else was too. We slept a few hours. I wasn’t that tired anyway because I wasn’t the pilot and I did manage an hour nap on the plane as soon as both of the boys nodded off. The only issue was do I take my dog or not? Her cat stays. We don’t take the cat on our travels. He’s not a travel kind of cat. He’s a lay on my couch and chew on phone cords kind of cat. I had already been without my dog for a week going 2 weeks I didn’t like it. Plus he does get involved with the boys and sometimes can get hyped up.

We woke up and took showers. We didn’t really unpack. We sort of just threw all of our shit out of the bags and put in fresh stuff. We made sure to pack the gifts we bought for Lindsay and Dave and the LV office staff. Then we kissed the boys, hugged the boys, kissed them again, waved bye-bye a 100 times and left, with the dog. Lindsay really does love him and he loves hanging out with her dog.

We got to Las Vegas and Lindsay was late picking us up. That’s become a thing. She does it on purpose. She is always there just not at the curb to make it easier. She parks and calls me and acts like she forgot. She says she thinks it’s funny how I panic and my wife goes along with it. Big hugs and kisses, here’s the dog, let’s go.

Dave got a haircut. He had a little longer hair and he looks completely different now. I like the style. Short on the sides longer on the top. I’ve tried that one a few times. Lindsay says she likes it much better now and had been bitching at him for months to cut it. I asked them at dinner if they were ever going to get married and they both looked at each other and laughed. Lindsay says she’s never getting married again that Ben had ruined marriage for her and Dave said he will never marry her because she would say no every time he asked and Ben is still not away from her and he doesn’t like that. I said

OH REALLY??????

Ben and Lindsay have been talking again, just friends and I said well then I want to see Ben. She said she would invite him over and Dave just shook his head. I wanted to see the world in which she had to manage the ex-husband and the new younger boyfriend at the same time. My wife did too. She said when I said that she almost died laughing because she was thinking the exact same thing.

Skip to a few days later Ben came over and I asked him what he was doing and he said we are trying to be friends now, it’s very weird and he of course hates Dave but as long as she’s happy, yeah yeah ok. Ben has dated off and on but he hasn’t moved on yet. He said he’s trying but it’s hard because she’s everywhere. I asked what that meant and he explained. Lindsay has been doing more business on the Strip and she is getting well-known for her gambling adventures. We have all seen the photos of her holding stacks of hundreds or more when she’s won cash. She’s good at the slots but she’s great at blackjack. She’s getting really good I guess now that she lives in a 24 gambling mecca. Dave said she doesn’t gamble every night it’s mostly on the weekends. He said she’s only down there a few hours though, not all nighters. I asked her if things were getting out of control and she said she’s so far up right now it will be a year before she’s flat even. I think that means she’s won more than she has lost. I also think that means she’s betting big amounts and getting lucky.

We worked all week on the transition plan. I’m retiring December 31st from SJC, she’s taking over most of it and changing the name. I’m fine with that. I want to move on from it and go do something else anyway. We spent all week in the office going over things so we could take it out our lawyers and let them write it all up. I’m still 50% owner. I will always own a piece of it all. I’m no longer the managing partner, that moves to her. I still get a say-so in what she does, but within reason. I told her I will keep my hands off of Mexico. Right now we are making more money on her Mexican energy investments than anything else. I told her I don’t want her to ever use our company money for her pot investments. She said she keeps them separate. There were a  lot of little things back and forth and some things we flat-out disagree on. That’s what lawyers are for.

My wife and I decided a week alone in Las Vegas would be our second honeymoon. Our first honeymoon was way better. This time we went and did everything we wanted on a whim. We heard something fun and did it, we wanted to go jump off of an amusement tower, we did that too. That was a lot of fun. Scary, I admit that, but on the way down it gets fun. That jump, though. Wow. You really have to trust that God won’t let you die because it feels like I’m about to die right when they start counting down.

We ate so many great meals, mostly vegan. My wife is starting to enjoy a few vegan dishes. She is trying. I always pick places I know she will like and she always picks places I can at least get a salad. I can never give up being vegan. I do take small bites of things when she says I have to try something. That’s not against the law. It’s not good but my life is mostly good with a little bad here and there.

The week went by way too fast. We had so much 2nd honeymoon sex it was ridiculous and awesome. We spent a lot of time with the LV Staff and got to see how things were going. It was a great week. But…

I was missing my boys bad. I always do this. I tell myself they are fine, don’t worry.  I spend all day worrying and not saying a word until I can’t take it anymore than I say I want to go home. I told my wife Friday night I wanted to go home. She said we should stay and not be rude. I told her of all of my friends Lindsay is the “She really doesn’t care at all what I do or say” type and will never find it rude. I said she probably wants her house back so her and Dave can do whatever it is they do alone. My wife told me to calm down and we will make it through. Until…

She finally broke down and started crying Lol She said she was trying to make us not be that couple that ran home worried about their boys every time they go out-of-town. She said she misses them so much and loves that they call her mama and come up to her to be held. She never thought it would be like this. She thought I would take care of them with the nannies and she would just be around. She said she thought she would help out and would love them but she didn’t think they would like her at first. I said my boys love everyone and they really love you because you sing to them. It’s not about the legal division, the boys don’t even know about that. It has to do with who takes good care of them, kids know who to go to. They don’t run up to me all of the time anymore. They go to their mama. I told her the first time they call you mommy just wait until your heart swells up and you really feel it. I haven’t gotten a daddy yet but we’re getting closer. I’m dada. Sometimes I’m @#$@@#%% because I have no idea what they say Lol They really do have their own twin language that only they understand. I see them talk to each other making weird sounds and it’s a whole other style of communication. Heston is always sharing with Alex. Alex is always taking things and running off with it. They work it out without us really getting involved. The only time we have to separate them is when they get in a mood. My boys already fight a little bit. I think that’s normal? I don’t know. I just know they like being together. I have taken one out with me a few times and when we get back the other one hugs on him Lol It’s hilarious. I read in the twin books that you do need to do some things separate with each kid. It’s a healthy way to get quality time and also shows the child that they can be on their own. I don’t know, we probably need to do that more but it’s something I do maybe once a month with each of them.

We are back home, getting ready for the day. Church was really good yesterday. Great sermon on the falls of grace and how we all need to not fall from grace, but fall into grace instead. There was also fall into the grace of God’s mercy and fall towards an everlasting life with Jesus. I think that was all of them, I was paying attention.

Busy week at work. I have 2 weeks to catch up on phone calls, meetings, and emails.

In September I am taking all of my employees that want to go and don’t have to work to Hawaii for a weekend. My family has owned a compound out there since the 1970s and it’s a great place for huge groups. At last count we are taking 160 plus people. This includes mostly my construction guys. They all really deserve a break and I told them to bring their wives and kids. It’s a massive trip we have been planning since January. I had a phenomenal financial year last year and I want to pay them all back. I did the raises and bonuses already and hired new staff. I still had money left over so I wanted to do something as an entire organization. A weekend retreat. All expenses paid. Just bring your clothes and we will take care of you. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Being the host to a group this size will be overwhelming but I’ve hired a ton of locals to help us all out. We are pretty much taking over Oahu Lol That’s in September so it’s coming up fast.

Now that we are back home as soon as all of the flooding up in Lake Forest goes away we are moving up to the lake house. I warned the girls this would happen so they needed to decide on what to do. Come with us or stay in the city. They are all moving in with us. God help me Lol It’s only for a few months. I need to get my 2 condos put back into one giant condo. All we did was have a company come put a wall up to separate the two condos out. I had it as one giant place. Sarah wanted privacy and my wife wanted to have our own space. It worked out great. The 2 part-time nannies have kept their apartment this whole time but do move in for their weekends. They are giving up their apartments to stay with us in the lake house. When I move they are all moving into their very own apartments. They picked out the building they want to be in and I said okay. They are each take 2 bedroom apartments downtown, their rent will be the family discount ($250/month) and they have to pay all of their own bills. Unless they can’t than I will pay them Lol I already told them that and my wife smacked me. It’s my newest building, it just got renovated and the apartments are huge! It was an old warehouse that had been sitting for years. I bought it last year and they have been working on it the whole time. It’s ready to be leased out. It’s a great space. They will love it. The neighborhood is safe too.

My wife is moving in November. I’m taking her to Paris to get the house ready for us and to get ready to have our baby. I’m moving in early January so I’m going to have to do a few trips back and forth. I will work it out I think. It’s going to be very hard without her but this is her plan. With the baby coming in January we need to get her over there soon. She is resigning her job at the end of October. She wants to find a different kind of legal position after the baby is a few years old and I’m fine with that. She wants to stay at home the first few years and work on her education. She  wants another degree. I love how smart she is and I really love how she wants to continue her education. I think that’s awesome.

I think I’m done rambling, wow is this one random or what Lol Oh well, time to get ready for work.

Have a great work week guys. Love ya’ll!

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!

 

What happens in Vegas may not stay in Vegas

We made it to Las Vegas friday night. Lindsay and her new man, Dave, were there in 2 vehicles to pick us all up. Dave took all of the bags in his truck and Lindsay took the babies and both my wife and myself in her Escalade. She has so many gadgets on it I can barely find the radio to turn it down. It’s really tricked out. She told hugged and kissed my cheek than said I put all of the guns up this time. I said good because the boys are walking around a lot better this time. My wife just looked at us as if we were nuts.

We got everything set up and then she gave us the 5 cent tour. Her house is amazing. They did a great job on it. Her pool is a lot bigger and her kitchen is my dream kitchen. She has a lot of stuff I want. She told me I can’t have any of it or even touch it. She knows me so well. She showed us to our bedroom and it’s very nice. She has everything in there that I asked for. We set the boys up in the room next door where she put cribs for us. She also started yanking out stuffed animals and for whatever reason my little Heston latched onto the small dinosaur. He had to have it with him everywhere. He has never done that before. Alex has a few he loves and carries around but this was Heston’s first buddy. It was very endearing. He calls it dada. Of course because that’s one of the 10 words he knows well. He also likes to run over dada when he takes off walking. Dada hits the floor like an old piece of sausage and forget it Lol I thought that was funny.

We all ate the big meal Lindsay and Dave made for us. It was so good! I ate 2 helpings. It really was very delicious. Then I told her my plans. She said she had zero plans of going and doing anything all weekend. Her and her girlfriends were all gathering to babysit the boys. She asked if she could take them to 2 places and told me all about them. I said yes as long as she watched them closely. My wife said she was fine with it too. I keep forgetting I now need to ask if it’s okay with her as well. I’m so used to just deciding on my own. We are a family now and as I’ve learned (And been reminded, gently) I need to think of US and WE not speak as myself anymore. We still haven’t had our first fight. But I can tell you whenever it comes and for whatever the topic will be, I am going to lose. There is no way I can out argue my wife. I have heard her on the phone at night talking to people at work and she does not back down. One thing I love about her. She stands up for what she believes in.

We all hung out and just relaxed. The flight was a lot for the boys and I know it was too much to take them out the first night. My dog made himself at home very quickly. Of course he has his own room which he doesn’t sleep in. He sleeps with Lindsay Lol Which is fine by us because that gives my wife and I a break from his snoring and pushing our feet all over the bed at night. Lindsay loves him as much as I do and has had serious talks about kidnapping him someday. She keeps telling me how much happier he would be with her. That he loves Las Vegas and belongs there. That’s not going to happen. He just ran around the house and yard and played with all of the toys he got. He also tried to take off with Dada, Heston’s new buddy, and Heston had a complete meltdown. I had to wipe dog slobber off as fast as I could then give it back to him. That made him calm down immediately. And if you are wonder, yes he was able to bring it home with him. Lindsay tried to give us all of their stuff to take with us but I told her leave it there for our next visit.

Saturday my wife and I got up early and went hiking. It was cloudy and a little rainy off and on. That wasn’t cool but we worked it out. Then we got dressed and went out for breakfast. We had a nice time together. The conversation started into the pending adoption of a girl. She said that when she thought she was pregnant she was slightly excited but wondered about my reaction. I explained if you were pregnant and we adopted a little girl I would freak out because that’s too many kids under 2 for me to handle. That may potential 4 kids under 2. That’s nuts. She said good because she was a little hurt the way I reacted. I said we either need to work on having our own baby and that may sideline your career plans for the next year or we just focus on getting our marriage stronger, and more time together and wait a year or 2 for the adoption to go through. Once the adoption happens then we can start working on having our own baby. She said what if we reverse it. She said what if we string out the adoption longer, which I can do, and start working on our own baby. I said but that’s your plan. She said she’s got baby fever. I said WHAT????? But??? You??? said??? and she just laughed. She said she just didn’t want to plan it all out. With the adoption it’s a huge question mark and it may actually take 2 years. She wasn’t sure waiting 2 years is what she really wanted. I said well I want as many kids as possible. I know in my heart I want to adopt a little girl. I know that but the rest is up to both of us. She said she wants us to think about having a baby now. I said let’s go Lol She said no here and not now. But let us think on it now. I said okay.

So now I may end up with 4 kids in the next 2 years Lol I wanted to string it out longer. So that my boys have a little gap between siblings and I can give plenty of attention to each of them. It really is hard raising twins. I don’t care how easy some people say it is or what they do to make things easier. It’s hard. And for me it’s a constant worry. I think about my wife and the boys all day. Even at work and constantly question my decisions on if I’m doing this right. Half of the time, guys, I feel like a bad dad. I feel completely stupid and think to myself how I’m screwing up these 2 precious little babies. Then I see how happy they are to see me or how much they don’t want me to leave in the morning to go to work and I know I’m doing somethings right. My wife is very happy. I may be doing a good job. But I don’t know.

I really thought she wanted to work on the marriage for the first year. And try to get in our own little rhythm. That’s why we put Sarah in her own condo until. But maybe that wasn’t enough. She said we have Sarah and 2 other nannies. We can do this. I don’t know. I want to be selfish and wait but then again I really think having a baby with my wife would be amazing. I don’t want to hurt her feelings. We did talk about it all weekend. It was exciting and scary and a really fun idea. So I don’t know what to do. I’m going to pray on it more.

We went to see 2 movies, 2 shows, had every meal together. We spent time with the boys but we mainly focused on ourselves. I did receive some hilarious photos of my boys in a huge suds pools with their faces all covered in soap suds. Then I got a video of them laughing so hard. Both of them. Lindsay had taken them to an indoor pool place that has an area for babies. She said it’s a new place and seems very clean. Then she also took them to a huge park. She put them on the swings and sent pics and videos of that too. My dog got to go to the dog park 2 times a day and Lindsay bought him small ice cream cones and a hamburger each time. I said he’s going to expect that now every time we go in the car. She said so what.

Sunday was all about packing up and taking photos. We really did have a great time and I do miss Lindsay a lot. She is in Mexico a lot now and Dave said even when she is home she is working a lot. He said they only go out to eat 2 times a week now instead of the nightly venture. He said her no drinking rule has helped him a lot and he really doesn’t miss it anymore. He’s a nice guy. I have always liked Dave. I miss Ben and I did get to see him. I introduced my wife to him. He is happy and doing fine. He still hangs out with Lindsay a few times a month and doesn’t like Dave Lol I told him she is happy so we all have to be happy for her and that I liked Dave a lot. He’s a nice guy.

The flight home was quiet. My boys passed out and my wife was able to come sit with me a little on the way. She loves that I have my own plane and can pilot it myself. She says it makes her feel like we can go anywhere we want without anything getting in the way.

We got home and Sarah helped get the boys in the bath. I got all of the bags upstairs and my wife started going through all of our mail. We brought Sarah some gifts from Lindz and she started laughing at some of them.

We really did have a great weekend. And we may have decided to start trying to have a baby together. If that’s what she wants. I’m slowly coming around to the idea. I just didn’t want to have a baby and 2 months later our adoption goes through. It will be just like having twins all over again. And as we all know, I almost didn’t make it Lol

God bless you all, have a great week at work everyone! I will update more tomorrow.

 

Weekend in Las Vegas

We are going to be leaving a little after noon to go to Las Vegas for the weekend. We are taking my boys with us. We are also taking a bunch of paperwork for the new 50% owner of my businesses, Lindsay. She want to get familiar with more of the company and pick my brain on how things run. She has a lot of faith in herself and I do too. So far everyone has taken the news well except for a few of my VPs that don’t get along with her blunt business style.

My wife is so excited. I woke up to a hug and a kiss on the check then she jumped out of bed and started dancing and singing Las Vegas baby! So happy to see her this excited. I’m at work for a few more minutes. I probably won’t get time to update over the weekend. I’m so happy to update you all sometime Monday.

Have a great weekend! I hope everyone digs out of the snow if they got hit with that storm.

God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

Lots of baggage

Tonight after work my wife and I will spend several hours debating the luggage and packing situations. I told her take one back per person minus the babies. They need 2 bags plus their baby bags. So they get 4. Auntie Lindsay already had cribs, play pens, and too many baby toys ready to go. She also bought me a king size bed instead of the queen size I had been using when we stayed out there. I guess she was tired of me complaining about it.

I keep telling her we are going to go shopping. Lindsay and her many friends will be babysitting the whole weekend. That means my wife and I can go explore Las Vegas and do all the things we want to do. I’m not someone will take my twins down on the Strip until they are 25 Lol I don’t think they need to be there. My wife wants to try out several restaurants, go to the big malls downtown, go to some shows, and maybe see the new 50 shades darker movie. I asked Lindsay if she wanted me to bring a nanny she said not unless they want a free weekend in Vegas to goof around. The girls want to stay home and enjoy a weekend with all of their friends. They will all be staying at the condo which is fine with me. They all still have their bedrooms but now they are on Sarah’s side. The 2 part-time nannies still have their own apartment that they share. We had talked about moving them into the other side but Sarah said she needs alone time. She is introverted and studies a lot. She said sharing space with those 2 full-time would be too much for her right now. I’m fine with whatever she wants.

I’m very happy my wife and Lindz get along great. Which turns into 2 against 1 immediately. Lindsay is not someone who likes to live in the past or bring up funny stories about her and I. She is great about only staying in the present moment so that my wife doesn’t feel slighted or get upset by all of the things I used to do when I was single. It’s bad enough she gets to hear all about the affair I had. Thank goodness that awful tv show finally got the axe. And I would not be surprised at all if that douchebag tries to sue me for causing it. Not my fault they aren’t that entertaining anymore. They used to be light and fluffy. Now they are dark and scary.

We will get there in time for supper Friday night. Lindsay is cooking my favorite meal and making the carnivore version for herself and my wife. I can’t wait to have a weekend there. I love Las Vegas and would move back there someday but my wife said no. She wants the distance from the affair. I understand that. I just think it’s a fun town. And I love all of the vegan restaurants there.

We finally agreed on going to 2 shows and I have already purchased the tickets. Now it’s a final discussion/debate about how many clothes she needs. We will see how it goes tonight but I’m pretty sure she’s taking 2 suitcases. My wife loves clothes as much as I do. And like she said I do want her to look good for me Lol I will never argue with that. I bought her a gift to give to her on Saturday night. It’s a surprise. I can’t wait to see what she thinks. We just purchased her a brand new car. We traded in her 2014. She didn’t want to let it go but I said I want you to start taking the boys places. You need something much safer for all of you. She agreed. Usually we just take the Escalade.

I hope everyone is having a great work week. I’ve been busy. Things are going great though. I will update more tonight about my interview and all the reaction I have been receiving. Only a few mean comments but we deleted those off of the Youtube. Mostly shock for Meri being busted, again. I told ya’ll. She lied.

Weekend in Las Vegas

Our little family with no nannies will be traveling to Las Vegas next weekend. We are going to enjoy a family fun trip to see Aunt Lindsay. We stayed with Uncle Drew the last time so it’s her turn again. I’m excited to go out there so soon. It wasn’t that long ago we were having a good time together. I do miss hanging out with Lindsay. I really miss all of the traveling her and I enjoyed. But things have changed and my family is more important.

We are finally going to see her finished home improvements. She bought a new and bigger home last year then began gutting it one section at a time. It’s fully completed. She’s also amassed a serious sports car collection. She has the garage space for all of them and I definitely want to try out some of those cars. They look really cool.

I still keep waiting for her to call up and say come get me I got arrested for all of the illegal Mexican activities I’m doing without our knowledge Lol But every trip she comes back safely without the FBI or CIA following her. I do trust her but her lack of communication when it comes to all of that kind of scares me. I hope to take next weekend to sit down and hear more. She keeps staying “You don’t wanna know” which to me has always meant F*** off and stop asking questions. Aussie people have a different sense of business.

My wife wants to go to some shows. I told her pick out your top 2 and we will get tickets. Lindz said the best shows are at night and it’s a lot of fun to buy up some of the t-shirts or whatever they have. My wife also wants to do some gambling which I oppose. I’m sure Lindz can help her out with that. Lindsay wants to see the babies and wants to see my dog. She calls him puppy. She had him for a little time and bonded with him. She misses him and always asks how he is doing. He loves her. He jumps all over her like she just returned from a year-long vacation or something. Then she starts spoiling him with toys and stuff to eat. My dog travels very well. He sleeps the whole way and doesn’t fuss. You just have to remember to get him out of the crate as soon as you can and let him pee. Otherwise he will make a mess all over. I learned that early on.

I hope the weather is warmer next weekend. It’s been cold in Chicago which is normal. But it hasn’t been as cold as the past few years. I think global warming is kicking in more and more. I pray we all learn from the reactions of Mother Nature and amend the way we treat Mother Earth. It’s not okay to pollute and destroy our natural resources. I do my part and have as small carbon footprint as I can. My wife is slowly coming on board with the recycling and using vegan products. She will never get rid of her shoes purses or clothing accessories. I’m glad she has no fur coats or other things. That would have been a deal breaker for me. She said that stuff is tacky anyway. She enjoys clothing not animal pelts to wear.

This weekend we will be at the lake house enjoying the Super Bowl shows. There are a lot of fun things going on to celebrate it and we want to take the boys out to go swimming. They really enjoy it. My boys are both little fishies. They can’t get enough of swimming. I enjoy watching them try to wiggle around. Heston is getting much better. Alex is okay as long as he isn’t dunked under. His water vest keeps him up so he’s happy. Heston would rather yank the vest off and go solo but he’s much too young for that. I think he needs to wear that until he’s 21 Lol I’m not ready for him to grow up so fast.

My wife and I are beginning the adoption process. We have had long talks about her getting pregnant and she wants to wait. She has a large family like mine and I love that about her. All Catholic and all very dedicated to family. I’m very proud of our family and hope to add as many as 6 kids. I love kids and want to have as many as possible. My wife has a limit because she won’t be with them all of the time with her job. She wants a reasonable amount and for us not to go crazy like Sean and Rachel Duffy Lol I told her no way will we do that.

I hope everyone has a great time celebrating the Super Bowl. I’m not going to the game this year. Last year was good, I don’t even like the 2 teams playing. The Patriots are going to win anyway. Wouldn’t be as fun to watch. And as always, GO Bears!

Home Sweet Home, Chicago

I am almost at the 10 year mark of living in Chicago. It’s been a great experience and I’m so happy to call this place my home. I thought I would end up living in Nebraska forever. I didn’t see any reason to go and I also didn’t feel any reason to stay. My move was a turning point in my life. One of those pivotal moments that you are scared to take but you do it anyway.

My businesses have all grown. I keep expanding trying to build an empire to leave to my sons. I’m also entering into 2017 knowing it will be my last year of working full time at this. It’s taking up too much of my family time. The day trips out of town were only supposed to be once or twice a week. My schedule is more like 3 to 4 times a week with my rushing home to eat dinner with everyone. I knew things would need to change. Having my babies my priorities are completely different. I can afford to retire early. I can afford to raise them, educate them, and provide for them. If I had a wife I may have a different outlook but I know it’s better to walk away now than to regret not having time for my boys when they really need me.

I’m going to start a new adventure soon. I have no idea what it will be. I will be able to work at it from home. That way my schedule is what I dictate it to me. My long time secretary Shelly is also retiring. She was my dad’s secretary and helped me grow from a small construction company into all of this. She has given her entire adult life to working for my family. I can’t begin to tell her thank you enough. And as she says just add another zero to the back of that thank you check if you want.

Chicago will always be home. I will keep my Lake house. It’s a great family home.  I will sell my downtown condo when the time to move comes up. I have already been to Paris and looked at daycare facilities, preschools, family homes and spent a lot of time thinking about if Paris is where I want to raise my kids. Just because I love it doesn’t mean they should. I don’t know.

Then there is Dubai. A huge jump forward in technology, government, development, innovation. My boys would be blessed to live and grow there. So many wonderful opportunities and they would be among some of the world’s brightest. It’s a mecca of education.

Or Las Vegas. Where Lindsay is. Where Auntie lives and would be apart of our lives forever. I don’t have a wife but I have a best friend that has been there for me on a monthly basis since my kids were born. And Drew my other best friend has a job offer there. My 2 best friends all together again. It’s the Dream we always talked about. It’s definately something to think about.

For now I’m going into this new year enjoying every moment. I don’t know what 2017 will