Hawaiian Style

I am finally sleeping longer into the night. I have been crashing right after I put my kids to bed because I’m up early talking to my girlfriend to start out her work day. The past 2 weeks have been hard but I am able to call her, talk a few then go back to sleep. I think I’m finally over this insomnia phase. That’s been a 6 month struggle. I only need about 6 hours of sleep a night but being on a different time zone than all of my business calls or meetings has been hard to adjust to.

The kids are all doing well. We are all adjusting to our 2 new additions to the family. Life is peaceful, boring, and easy. I love it. When the kids are in school I glide along the weeks because it’s pretty much the same routine. Homeschooling is a challenge but we are working hard with the boys teachers to get the school year started in a positive direction. We have been at it over a month now and I can say it is getting better. The first few weeks were rough for a lot of their classmates. I have opted out of this school year, they offered online school for those that want it. We are back in lockdown for another 2 weeks which means I can only go out for emergencies or food. They are looking to pull back some restrictions but it’s been a roller coaster. I have to buy food for 3 weeks at a time just in case we go back on lockdown. We had it so the girls and I could go out Monday through Thursday anywhere we needed or wanted to go. The understanding was mask up, glove up, or don’t go. I keep telling everyone we all have made it through this COVID mess without getting it. I have to keep doing the exact same precautions to ensure we are all healthy. We could sign up for the drive thru COVID testing but no one has any symptoms. I don’t want to waste any tests when I know we are on the compound and not coming off of it for a while. If someone had been sick, of course I would take everyone for the test. I thank God every day that we have made it this far.

I also pray everyday for healing and purpose. There have been almost 10,000 cases of COVID so far with 87 deaths. I’m so thankful I made the right choice for my family removing us from Denver. Alex’s health is number 1 to me and I was scared he would get it and die. In Denver county they have 11,579 cases with 434 deaths. I don’t know why the death rate here is so low but I’m thankful for all of the medical professionals that are keeping us all safe. They are all heroes. It’s a tough time in the world. Pray and try to show grace to all. That’s all we can do.

How are you guys doing? We are going to be talking about the Michael Cohen book on my #VeganSam podcast. We knocked out about 5 episodes of that one and my #SoulToLife podcast over the weekend. I’m still working on editing but I promise all of my podcast fans they will all be up soon. I’m loving our new spot! It makes editing, adding filters and text to our videos much better. Yes I just got a haircut and yes it is much shorter than I wanted. You will see that in the videos. I’m happy it will grow out fast but I needed a new style and this one is called Hawaiian style. Feel free to add your comments in our comment section over there when you watch the shows. And yes my dog was barking a lot in one of them. Sorry? He was playing with the boys.

That’s about it. No huge updates. Quiet, calm. The best part of the year. Is it almost fall? I wouldn’t know. It’s 84 degrees here every day Lol

We had to make some Tough Decisions today

Good morning.

Last night my cousin Mark Evans passed away. He had Covid 19 for a few days. He had symptoms as far back as 2 weeks ago but he continued to go to his friend’s dinner parties and shopping for food. He was resistant to believe this would get him. He did get a test when he went into the hospital. He never came out. I spoke with him about 6 days ago and he said he was surprised he had it. He felt really guilty for anyone he infected. So far no one has been tested. I pray he did not spread it around.

My Aunt called this morning to tell me. We both cried. She doesn’t even know if they can bury him. She thinks they need to cremate him so the infection ends with him. She said there will be no funeral. Only her and my Uncle paying their respects and saying goodbye. She said in a few months we will hold a memorial service for him and that this is the worst thing that has ever happened in her life. I have no idea how she is going to make it through this.

Tomorrow we will be under a Stay at Home Order until April 30th. I had to talk to the adults and make some decisions. Sarah is pregnant and very near the point she can no longer fly. She does not want to have her baby in Hawaii. She wants to be in Dallas with her parents and family. Lindsay needs to get back to Chicago to handle work from there. Brenda wants to stay here with me and the kids. Gabby wants to stay here too. We have all been here since March 12th. We have put in 12 days of self quarantine. None of us are sick.

So I called my cousin Big Tyson and asked him to go borrow my buddy JJ’s plane and com here. It’s been sitting in a hanger in Los Angeles for several months. No one was touched it so it will be 100% safe for them to go home in. He’s on his way now. The girls are packing up. We are figuring out what supplies I can give up. They will each go home with a few boxes of food and what toilet paper I can spare.

I have to stay here for Alex but also for myself and my 3 other kids. It’s a very tough decision to make. Denver is starting to really show an outbreak. My pets are with me in Hawaii so I have no real reason to go home. I have to keep my kids safe from this. Especially Alex. It would take him out in a few days. We all cried talking this over. We spent 2 hours figuring it out. Ultimately I want the girls to make their own choices. Sarah’s parent said they are okay if she can’t come to Dallas. She wants to go. She’s excited to welcome her baby but is scared of what world her daughter will be born in.

Please follow all medical advice from the experts. Don’t listen to Trump. I no longer believe he is even doing his best. I just wish he would read a prepared statement each day and then go do whatever he does all day. Leave this to our medical people. They know best.

Thank you for all the sweet comments this morning about Mark.

Mark was a brat when he was younger. He was always following us around to see what we were doing. I loved him. I will always love him. I’m so upset he’s gone. God needed him more than we did. It’s still tough.

God bless you guys! I love you. If you need help, contact me. I will do my best. Take care of each other.

We are still in Hawaii

Hey #Batfans. I’m finally getting a minute to update everyone. I pray you are all okay. I have been thinking about all of you and wanted to get my words out there.

On Thursday March 12th I received an email from the Denver Catholic school my boys go to. They said they were going to stop school for 2 weeks. Within an hour and a half we packed up the kids, the 2 nannies, all the pets, my neighbor Gabby, and all the food, toilet paper, anything we needed. We fly all night long which wasn’t a bad trip. I had to land my plane in Los Angeles. That part woke up the kid but we needed to refuel. Then we continued and got to Hawaii pretty early in the morning. We packed everything into a shuttle and got dropped off at my Family Compound.

We are in Waimanalo, Hawaii. My family has owned this small island since the 1970s. Over the years, they have put a lot of money into building houses that we call cabins, a huge 3 story main house, and various outdoor buildings. The infrastructure has been an ongoing construction for years. We have a golf cart path all the way around our little island and we have beach access to every house. You can lay in bed in all of them and listen to the waves.

The reason why I decided to move out here is because of my son Alex. He had heart and lung surgery 2 years ago and is still dealing with a few health issues. The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus and I’m not going to take any chances of him getting it. So here we are. We have rationed out food, essentials. The girls all have their own cabin. I’m in the main house with the pets, and the kids. It’s working out. It’s not a bad place to self quarantine. And then here comes Lindsay and her 2 huge dogs Lol She got here the day after we did. I can say we have all been here almost 2 weeks and no one is showing any symptoms. We are not going outside of the gate. I put a huge chain and padlock on it so no one goes in or out except me. I’ve been out to a local Walmart 1 time to pick up a prescription. I shared photos of what the empty shelves looked like on my Twitter. Check that out if you want to.

I know how lucky I am to own a plane, own a Hawaiian private compound, and have money. I’m not struggling to stockpile food or supplies. What I am doing is doing our part to Flatten the Curve. We are doing our best to keep the kids happy and busy. We even did a family Color Wars over the weekend. My team came in 3rd place. It was a lot of fun and my kids have been talking about it for 2 days. This may become our new Spring Break tradition. Hawaii + Color Wars Competitions.

I pray you are all okay. I promise we are going to be. A lot of challenges and bad days to come. God is going to take care of us. I believe that with all of my heart. Please do not go out unless you have to. It’s really hard shutting down your life, work, family time. You have to. Please help others.

I have donated 2 of my paychecks to give out via social media to strangers in need of a small amount of cash. It only took 4 days to burn through it all.

Our Family Foundation is giving out canned foods, next a toilet paper, Kleenex, baby diapers, wipes haul. This will be announced for 2 weekend from now. It’s taking a lot of work to coordinate these things but I know it’s the right thing to do. I want to help as many people as I can. I have been sending out cash to people in DM on my social media accounts because they are requesting help. I’m trying to help because that’s what I’ve been called to do.

I just uploaded about 400 new photos to my Family Facebook page. You can see all of our volunteer efforts for the canned food give away, the screenshots of over 50 + people reacting to the cash giveaways, as well as video calls with a few that needed encouragement, prayers, and cash. I’m doing what I can.

I also uploaded photos of our Hawaii trip so far. My kids are happy, we are relaxed and just trying to stay calm. I can feel anxious at certain times when I am overloaded with information. This is scary stuff.

If you need help, reach out to me. I will do what I can to help. It’s important that we try to take care of each other. I will be donating more money soon and announcing more free giveaways as we get items in. I’m working on getting some ventilators bought and sent to hospitals. We are in coordination with New York, Washington, and Nebraska. It’s expensive and I may only be able to buy 50, but at least that’s something.

God bless you all. It’s going to be okay. Hang in there guys. I love you all!

P.S. Homeschooling twins is *@#$)(*#$%)(*!!!! Lol This is hard! Much love to all the teachers out there.