2 Birthdays and a Miami Beach week

It’s hard to schedule things for this time of year because I have 2 birthdays 2 weeks apart.

Peace’s birthday was small and fun. She loved it. She cried when she saw the whole set up. I told her that the virus was still out there and we couldn’t have a big blowout. She was upset at first until she saw her party. I had Sarah decorate it with her Brazilian friend and it came out perfect. We had a pool party with small kids carnival games, we had presents, cake and ice cream. I mean, my family and friends always take care of my kids on their birthdays. They get way too much stuff but I use that as a time to get rid of the old toys to replace them with all the new stuff. We clean things up and donate what we can. It’s very important. She loved it, I asked her at bedtime what her favorite part was and she said the part where you said it wouldn’t be a big party and it was the hugest party ever Lol I think 4 years with me has made her dream big, and want for big things. I love it.

Now we ride out this week at home and continue to look online for a new Chicago house. We are going to leave on Friday to fly down to Miami Beach, Florida. We will be staying for a week. My kids wanted one last “big trip” before they start school. I just want out of Denver, its too hot here. I can’t jump in the Ocean whenever I want here.

And then on Friday evening we will be throwing Sky’s birthday party. She’s turning 2. OMG. My baby is growing up too fast. She is going with a Peppa Pig party. That will be easy. She loves Peppa Pig.

After 2 years of struggling and dealing with things I have no more diapers to change. I am officially off diaper duty! And FYI I refuse to change another diaper the rest of my life Lol I’ve done my time. It’s someone else’s turn. Sky is potty training, walking, talking. She’s her own little person now. It’s awesome. I’m glad I’m finally out of the baby/toddler phase. It was too much.

I hope to relax and catch up on sleep on our Miami Beach week. I need it. I’m so tired all of the time lately. I don’t know what’s going on. I just know that life is a blessing and I’m trying to enjoy everything I can.

Love you guys, stay in the nice cool breeze inside if you can. It’s too hot outside! Love you guys!

Another Chicago Weekend

We have a lot to cram into one weekend but it’s going to be fun for the kids. Lindsay is actually home so she will be hanging out with us all weekend. She came over last night to talk about today’s house hunting. She took the women back to her house for some fun and because I didn’t have enough room for everyone to sleep here. Gabby came with us, so did Sarah and her baby. I kept the baby because she doesn’t need to see what goes on over at Lindsay’s house after dark. It’s shameful behavior.

This morning we are going to go look at 2 newly renovated Brownstones. Move in ready. If I find one I like, I’m buying it today. My condo just doesn’t fit all of us. It was perfect before I started adopting a million kids plus 2 nannies, not 1 nanny. I didn’t think Sarah or Gabby would be traveling with us much to Chicago, I was wrong on that one too. It’s time to upgrade. I need at least 5 bedrooms OR at least 5 rooms I can turn into bedrooms. My boys can get bunk beds and all share a room. That makes it much easier to deal with. My daughters share a room now, so that’s not an issue. That leaves me with my room and a room each for the nannies. However, if others join us, they can share a room, a bed, a couch, I don’t care. As long as my kids are comfy.

We are also going clothes shopping. The weather is going to be nice and cool, so I’m looking forward to some shorts/tshirt weather. And tonight we are going to a kids play. It’s a social distancing event outside. We have one of those tent things that you sit your chairs in. That will help us social distance, keep the riff raff away, and also get the bugs to stay off of us. It’s going to be a lot of fun. My kids love things that are interactive like that. It’s like tv but a live performance. I’m excited to see their faces.

I’m doing well. I plan on having a nice, calm weekend. Nothing too crazy. Tomorrow we are staying late because Lindsay wants to spend extra time with the kids. Peace Taylor will be turning 4 next weekend. The party planning has been nuts. Sarah is in charge of it, I’m paying her to do the birthdays and holiday planning, I’m useless. It’s going to be a beautiful pink/teal theme party. She did not want Winnie the Pooh or anything like that because “she is not a baby daddy, duh”. Okay.

Have a great weekend, folks. Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Yes, that one rumor is true, and I will be going up to Utah soon Lol And no the other 2 rumors are all bullsh**.

OG Family Weekend

Sarah asked me a few weeks ago if we could make this weekend a family weekend with just her, I, and the kids. She wants to do a lot of craft activities, movie night, baseball games, Uno so we can have one last weekend alone. I sent Lynn and Brenda to Dallas for the weekend to visit family. She hired a professional photographer to join us and take photos so she can pick out a few to hang on her wall at her condo. She is leaving us at the end of this month and she felt strongly about having a weekend with just the kids. I offered to leave too but she said 6 kids vs her was too much.

We are just coming off of a week with Rain’s 1st birthday party, family meetings figuring out the new work schedule for the summer, and planning the last weekend with Sarah party on the 28th to the 30th. She has an interview on Monday to become a professor teaching Nursing at a local community college. If she doesn’t get that job she is going to try for one more teaching job that’s open. Also a local community college. If she doesn’t get that one either, she is going to apply at hospitals in Denver. She wants summers off to spend with her daughter and visit family. We wish her the best on whatever career she ends up in.

The other party will have everyone here to celebrate all of the years Sarah has been my nanny. I’ve got some BIG surprises in store Lol It’s going to be a lot of fun. Lynn and Brenda may have some text messages for me today after they read this. I didn’t tell them that’s why they were going to Dallas Lol Sarah asked me not to. She didn’t want them to feel left out, she wanted to have 1 fun weekend with the kids to get ready for a very emotional, ugly cry weekend that will be happening soon. She thinks she’s going to be a total wreck saying bye to my kids and didn’t want that to be how they remember her. She wants this to be the fun weekend they will always think about. I mean, I had plans to slob around my house all weekend and maybe do some yard work if it didn’t get a hard rain.

We did movie night last night. We watched Tangled. I fell asleep within 15 minutes Lol I woke up with 3 kids snuggling me also asleep. Sorry Sarah. I don’t watch tv or movies much. I’m also not use to sitting down longer than a few minutes so my body tends to shut down as soon as I’m resting. This is 48, guys. It’s not easy. I’m starting to nap for an hour in the afternoons with my daughters. And I like it Lol

So today is spending time as a family. Enjoying special treats Sarah is having delivered, and getting our FUN, FUN, FUN weekend started. I’m happy she thought of this. I’m going to miss her. I’m also going to crying on her last weekend. I depend on her. I rely on her completely. I’m more worried about how my kids will handle it. I know we will ween off of her over the next 2 weeks, but this is a huge change in their life. They want a mom, Sarah can never be their mom. This will be hard.

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. I plan on kicking my kids butts in Uno and baseball. I’m tired of them piling on me with their Draw 4 cards. Enjoy the nice weather if you have it. Love you guys!

Weekend with Stephanie

Hey guys. How is everyone? Who’s going out for Cinco de Mayo tonight? Well I guess today also. Anyone? I’m not. I’ve already had all of my weekend festivities and I’m tired. Stephanie left a little while ago. She had to get home to do laundry, go get her groceries for the week and take care of things at her apartment. We are all invited to come stay at her place next weekend so we can see how that goes. I already know how it will go but that’s okay. I accepted and I’m looking forward to seeing my kids over there. We will have to put the boys in the same bed because it’s only a 3 bedroom but we will work it out. Peace will have her own room so I like that a lot.

The Stephanie weekend went very well. She was helpful, nice, and fun for the kids. Peace did warm up to her and we all had to adjust to how things go. The kids just wanted to sit on her the whole time. They are such snugglers. We spent a lot of time trying to do things with them and at night we spent more times doing things to each other Lol I’ve had more sex the past 3 days then I’ve had in a loooonnng time. That’s not the main reason she stayed, however, it was a giant bonus. I told her the sooner we try to see how the kids are with you and how you are with the kids the better for me to talk more indepth about dating. She agreed and was up for the adventure.

I’m tired. It was a lot. She even said she was tired which is good beacuse she needs to get this parent thing is full time. I don’t get a break unless the nannies take them for a few hours.

I did like waking up next to her in the morning. That made it all feel more real and I guess feel comfortable. She loves to snuggle. I had to keep the dog out of the bedroom and that was a small issue. He’s so used to sleeping at my feet. The kids did come into the room and they let him in so I would wake up with him there either way.

I would give this weekend 2 thumbs up. I mean I did score the weekend at her place invite. That means it went well, right? I think it’s working out fine. We did not even get near the I love yous yet. I’m not ready. Frankly, I don’t know when I will be ready. It’s going to take time. I don’t think she’s ready either. I’m good if it happens later, like the end of this year Lol Maybe sooner, I don’t know guys. It’s hard to gauge that, especially the first one. You can’t leave it hanging out there. It’s awkward.

So how is your weekend? Anything new and exciting going on? I just uploaded the photos from this weekend to our Family Facebook page, check it out. I put a bunch of photos of Stephanie with the kids. She looks so happy and beautiful.

I will start getting back to all of your messages later. I need to go get clean things up and put my house back in order. I hope everyone has a great Sunday! I will update more this week. Work will keep me busy but I should get some free time in the afternoons. I love you guys!

It’s the weekend, lets party?

We are hosting a bbq tonight for friends. We all have been having a very boring end of summer (Thankfully so) and I decided to get the group back together for some fun. We are going to hang out at the house, cookout and play cards tonight. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see everyone again and be among adults again. I love my kids and they are finally at the age where it’s all fun and no more tantrums on an hourly basis. I miss hanging out with my friends.

I’m getting ready to hit the stores. My nanny is on the way to watch the kids for a few hours while I get all the things we need. She is working out very well. She asked me not to use her first name on here so I will just call her my nanny. Easy enough. She’s great. The kids like her, they listen to her and she is very interactive. It’s been a big help having her come over as needed. I’m trying to balance my life out a little better. She comes by on our preset schedule and when I do need her for something she is available. It was a good choice.

The kids are doing great. It was a hard adjustment coming back here without Talon. That nearly killed me but I am dealing with it and trying to make the best of a really bad situation. His room has been turned into a spare bed room that we don’t open. It’s too hard for me. I miss him more than I can express.

I hope everyone is having a chill weekend. We are going to party like it’s 1999….no. We are going to party like adults with nothing but fun in mind. I might even bust out the guitar and dust it off for a few firepit songs. We will see.

I just got all of the messages returned and posted the latest photos and videos on our Family Facebook page. Thanks for checking it out guys!

To do list and then a nap

Aunt Lindsay is in town. She came in late last night. I wasn’t expecting her at all. She said she has a fun weekend planned, that 3 of her friends will be in town in the morning and they are taking the kids to a hotel. They want to swim with them and then take them to some kid friendly places. She tries to make it into town once a month to be with the kids. Her work schedule is very busy right now so it’s been hard for her to get here. She also wanted to check out Colorado Springs some more. She’s always here to visit with Mike and never get a chance to just look at things.

We got the kids packed up, loaded up my truck and then  headed out to the hotel early, early this morning. We all ate breakfast and then she dropped the boys off at school. She took Peace to get her hair and nails done (Because that’s a thing with a 1 year old now?) after she dropped me back off at the house. She has my truck with all the car seats. I’m driving around in my new car that I never get to drive. I’m pretty stoked too. It’s beefy loud Lol Vrooom vroom.

My job this weekend is to pack up all of my personal things, get them ready for the shipping company to come by on Monday to get it out of here. We are only keeping our clothes and usual household things. This is supposed to make it very easy for the movers to pack up the rest of our things and send it to Chicago. So far, so good. I went and got a ton of boxes, packing tape, 2 tape guns because I always lose one. I’m ready. And now I’m sitting here writing about working on it Lol

I’m going to get all of the bedroom stuff packed up today, all of the kitchen extra stuff, and all of the living room. I think that will help. Tomorrow I will do the garage stuff because I have way too much stuff in the garage somehow. Sunday will be about finishing up and getting all of the boxes into the garage.

That’s the plan.

Lindsay is doing great. She is tan and slender. She has steadily lost weight. She looks great. I’m so proud of her. She has been eating more vegan foods than regular foods and she likes it. She is also exercising and getting fit. She walks and works out 3 times a week but she told me the best thing in weight loss is change your eating habits. She said that’s made all of the difference in the world for her. Good job Lindz!

I’m going to finish this blog up and get myself going. I have goals and time tables to work with. What could possibly distract me? (My cellphone, Netflix, anything on the radio)

Wish me luck Lol

This is my 750th post, now what?

I decided that I can handle all 3 kids by myself. It’s really not that hard because at their ages things are easy. When the boys are at school for 2 hours Peace and I hang out. I get some quality time with her as we run errands. She loves it. I put her sunglasses on and she cruises and sings to the radio. It’s pretty funny. She doesn’t sing the actual songs. She just makes baby noises along with the music. I love it. The boys are getting easier to handle and they are finally calming down a little. I think school was a good decision. I’ve gotten a lot of comments on our Family Facebook page about they are too young or I shouldn’t put them in the school thing this early. I get it. I hear you. I know. I felt the same way. We were going to try it. If it wasn’t beneficial or it wasn’t a good experience I would pull them out. I have gone up there 2 times now to make sure we are all okay. One time was the first day when I went in with them on parents welcoming day. The second I sort of lingered for 20 minutes with a few other parents to see how my boys were doing. They have this double-sided mirror by the side door you can stand by and look in the classroom. That way the kids can’t see you standing there.

Honestly the best part of all of this school thing is I can already tell they are excited about going. I wake them up and tell them it’s time for school. They want to go. They are happy. They are also learning. Colors are the big thing for the next 2 weeks. It’s all repetitive teaching. It’s also a small class. I think they have 12 kids in there. That made my decision easy. If it was bigger than 16 or so I wasn’t going to do it. I want the 2 teachers in there and the teaching assistant (helper?) to be able to give my boys the one and one when needed. They do such a great job. I appreciate all their hard work. It’s working out so far.

My nannies are going home Sunday night. They are taking a big van because most of their stuff is luggage Lol They didn’t really bring personal stuff here. The things they want back home I’m shipping back today. We helped them pack boxes up for delivery. I asked if they wanted to move into my house or go back to their apartments. They opted for their apartments with the option to go to the house on weekends with friends to watch football or to hang out. I said YES! They deserve it. Plus I would like someone using that house while we are away. I asked them to check on Sarah and see how she’s doing. She lives in the same apartment building they do. I think that’s awesome.

It may be a huge mistake but I wanted these kids. I wanted to raise them. If they were younger or if Talon was still here I would never in my life let them go. This, I can do this by myself. When they are all napping or asleep I work on my app and do all of my work related emails and phone calls. It’s easy. We are in a routine. The only issue I have is keeping the place clean. I finally found a cleaning service that uses vegan cleaning products. Thank goodness. They came over and did a whole demonstration of the products they use. It smells amazing and cleans very well. The price for the service isn’t bad and they are coming twice a week. My job is to just pick up after myself, my pets, and my kids. They will deep clean and do the rest. Life is getting easier for me Lol I’m spoiling myself in the right ways.

Things with Jen are going well. We went on a date the past 2 nights. She’s really sweet. I enjoy hanging out with her. I drop her off, big hug, no kissing and off she goes. Then she texts me a half hour or hour later and we text until bed time. I’ve been very upfront about keeping it just friendly and fun. She keeps finding these really cool places to show me. We even went salsa dancing the other night. I haven’t done that in….have I ever done that? I don’t remember. I know when I woke up the next day I was sore Lol We are doing a painting and wine drinking class next week together. She swears it’s fun and at the end we both get to take our paintings home. I don’t get it but I guess it’s a thing now. I told her I’m bringing a bottle of grape juice with me since I don’t drink. She said she will be enjoying the wine since I’m driving. I’m curious about what it is but it still sounds interesting.

Today we are taking the kids out to eat for lunch. They have all been so well-behaved the past 2 days. It’s shocking. So I told them we are going to a big people restaurant and they are going to see what a buffet really looks like. I can’t wait to see their faces when they see that big line of food Lol The place we are going to you grab a tray and go down the line. People put the food on your tray when you pick what you want then you get to the end and get your drink. The nannies have been wanting to try it since we got here and I finally said okay. It’s also a really good time for my kids to try some normal foods to see what they think. The boys are old enough to start telling me if they like something or not. I want them to choose but I will make sure we always have vegan food on the table. I’m not going to force ONLY VEGAN on them. I want them to eat a very healthy meal every time I’m with them. If they are with friends and get a Happy Meal, okay. If that’s what they want. I do know they both hate hot dogs Lol We tried to cut one up once and give it to them while we were here and they hated it. They both spit it out. Yay! Hot dogs are so horrible for you. Good at the ballpark once a year but on a regular basis, don’t feed your kids hot dogs.

My house is starting to get fixed up more. The contractor has a big plan for the kitchen. He fixed all of the windows and walls. The flooring is almost done. It’s starting to look like a real home inside. It was tore up, fixed, tore up, fixed. While we were in Denver he got a lot done. I’m very happy about it. He does a great job and we shot a promo video for my Family Facebook page for you guys. I just uploaded it. Ladies, he’s single Lol A very nice Catholic guy with no kids. So there you go.

Life is going pretty boring and quiet. I love it! No drama, no nothing. Just me and my kids having a good time. I hope everyone has a great weekend. R.I.P. Aretha! I loved all of your songs that I can remember. You will never be forgotten. God Bless you and your family!