2 babies crawling, What do I do now?

Heston started crawling. And finally tonight when I got off of work and walked in the door Sarah put Alex down. And off he went. I can’t believe it. I picked him up and kissed all over him. He started laughing. Then I put him down on the blankets in the living room. And they both crawled after me. They are slow. But I know they will pick up speed when they figure it all out.

My babies are crawling! I was warned once they start crawling they will get into everything. We are overly prepared. I’m in shock. These 2 little peanuts that I held from Day 1 are now these mobile little beings. This is all happening way too fast.

I Facetime’ed everyone to show them. Same response from everyone. So happy and then they warn me they will get into everything. Yes I know. We are ready.

The best part is when they start chasing my dog Lol He loves them so much. He thinks they are his new toys now. They crawl after him, he puts his butt in the air and then takes off. It’s been fun. I just can’t believe it. My little Alex is crawling. I wondered when he would start. His brother was pretty much crawling over him at this point. But now they are racing over to me. Kisses for everyone. Big airplane rides then back down to the floor so they can crawl all over me and yank on my tie.

Best day ever! We are at the lakehouse until Sunday morning. Because Josh and I are hitting the Bears game at noon. We all needed a break from the city. It gets too intense there. It’s go go go all the time. Even if it’s just a day break we all voted to come up here.

I need to go cook dinner. The girls want brats on the grill. Yuck. I’m grilling tofu and veggies for me. And I made some brownies last night and brought them up here. They are made out of cauliflower I pureed Lol I didn’t tell them that part yet.

Have a great Friday night, friends. Love ya’ll!

Pittsburgh Day, Chicago Night

pittsburgh   Greetings from Chicago. I went to Pittsburgh yesterday for a meeting and then I was finally able to stick around a little and check out the sites. It was fun. I learned a lot and have a whole new respect for the foundations and history of Pittsburgh.

I don’t even want to talk about the Bears game. Geez. What else could possible happen this season? So many key players out with injuries. A QB1 and QB2 that aren’t getting the ball down the field. It’s been frustrating. 0-3. Not a good start at all.

But how about them Cubs! Looking good and getting ready for some post season action. The final home stand was fun to watch. I’m going to wait a little while before trying to get some post season tickets for me and Josh. Cam said he had fun at the game we went to but that was enough. Figures. It’s me and Josh from now on. The girls were both embarrassing and divas. They can go to games with their friends from now on.

It’s a little chilly in the mornings now. My morning workouts and runs are going great. I’m getting excited. The big Marathon is coming up! I registered under the best Marathon name ever. It cracks me up. I can’t wait to see my finish line photo with my Marathon name on the photo. You can purchase them right after the race. They also put your time on it. How cool is that! I bought a fitbit just for that race. To see how I do. I also bought new shoes last week and I’ve been breaking them in. It’s feeling pretty good. I think I’m ready to go. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. 6’6″ and a lean 175 pounds right now. I float between 185 and 175 anyway. I’m eating healthy, I’m hyrdating a lot. And I have been doing a great job on my warmup stretches and cooldown stretches. I don’t see any flaw in my training. I feel proud and ready to go.

Work is going great. We are set to close out the 3rd quarter and in a few weeks we will know what our profits are. I’m excited. Lindsay wants her bonus. She gets them twice a year according to her contract and she’s already texting me to just direct deposit her bonus in her bank account. I asked how did she know she even earned it and she just laughed and said silly boy then hung up on me. She has been doing very well. She goes to Mexico a lot. She goes to LA a lot. She is keep the West Coast busy and happy. I think she has finally calmed down a little. Well at least in her professional life. On weekends she still parties too much. She has not been drinking according the Peyton and Sarah. They both have vouched for her on that. It’s been interesting.

My twins are growing like weeds. Everyday it’s something new with them. A new facial expression, a new thing they discover. They are soaking up everything. Last night I took them out in their stroller so I could walk my dog. As soon as my dog started doing his business they both cracked up laughing. Apparently it’s funny. It made me laugh too. They both still have that baby smell that someday I’m going to miss a lot. For now I’m enjoying every second I have with them and praying to God our lives are all healthy and happy. I am truly blessed with them in my life. Twins is not easy at all. I wouldn’t change it for the world. It has made me a much better and stronger man. I’m still working on my patience and my coordination. Trying to carry 2 babies is a little hard sometimes. I’m getting better. Diapers, no problem. I remember changing their diapers for the very first time. My hands were shaking. The nurse was helping me out and she said don’t worry you’ll do this about 5000 more times and you won’t remember how nervous you were. Well I did remember. And I got it right. Little did I know the first few months that would be my only job with them Lol Either changing them or carrying out a giant diaper genie bag of bad diapers. Yuck. Someday they will be potty trained. I can’t wait.

Eating is going well. No first tooth yet. I bet Drew Heston gets his in first. He picked Alex. That will be $50 and an I Told you So coming soon. I know Heston will get in a tooth first. They are both drooling like crazy and the baby books all say that’s a big sign it’s happening. Geez, my babies with teeth. This is going too fast!

I’m doing great. I am no longer dating anyone. I just like my life as is for now. I tried it, it didn’t go anywhere because I wouldn’t let it and I’m happy. At least I got back out there and know I can handle it. And I’m ready. Right now I’m focused all on my boys. And I don’t want to take any time away from them to go on a date. The lunch stuff was fine. But I can have lunch with my friends. It doesn’t need to be a date. So that’s on the shelf once again for a while and I really am happy I am making the right choice. When God wants my next girlfriend to show up in my life it will happen. I’m not looking for it at all.

I am happy. I hope everyone could be as happy as I am. Things are great and I can not wait to tell you guys what my babies will be dressed as for Halloween. It will be awesome!

Have a great week. I love ya’ll and I will update more later.

25,000 and counting!

It was a little over a month ago I had hit 15,400 followers. And now we’re at 25,000! How exciting. I appreciate all of the followers. My Crowdfire App is amazing. It does all of the work for me. I’m very happy to continue to build a community of people who read my feed and also get directed back here to my blog. It helps get my story out there.

I am getting off work at noon today. We are all heading up to the lakehouse for some fall fun and relaxation. It’s cloudy but it’s going to be a nice cool weekend. I’m getting on my boat (Without the boys this time) and going out for some exploring. At the last-minute my buddy Josh asked if he could drive up tonight after he gets off work. He needs a weekend out-of-town I guess. The more the merrier. I’m going to drop everyone off then run to get a bunch of groceries. The service I have got everything on the list for us already but there are some new things I need to pick up for this weekend’s recipes. I’m so excited to get to cook all of this new stuff. The girls did a really good job in picking out meals. Adding my own vegan twist to all of them will be fun. I really hope they turn out well.

Another great week at work. Not as stressful. Things are going along. The money is flooding in right now and I love that. It helps me put a lot to the side to cover expenses. We have 2 more businesses opening this year and then we are done expanding until after 2018. Next year will be focused on getting all of the businesses showing a profit and making good financial moves to secure a great future. Next year will also be my swan song as I want to focus on my family. I don’t mind 2 board meetings a month. I can handle that. I’ve worked so hard for so long I worry I might get bored within a week but I know my boys will keep me busy and right now they are the most important.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. My boys and I will be enjoying some college football then some NFL. The girls aren’t going shopping this weekend. Not sure why. I do know Sarah sat them both down and worked on their budgets with them. They asked her for help. They both have made a lot of money working for us and are getting ready to decide what to do with it. I stay out of it. I just sign their checks. I am happy to know they are looking out for themselves financially and working on plans to save as well as plans to move into a different building. I have offered them one of our apartments. It’s closer to me, it’s nicer, and it is safer as far as I know. They would get a discount on the rent of course and I would finally feel good if they wanted to take the boys overnight for a weekend. They both have earned my trust on that. They have been asking about it for months and I said NO! They have both stepped up and stopped being brats (Thank you Lindsay) so I really think we could try that soon. But not yet. I love time with my boys on the weekends. We do man things. Like eat, and spit up on our shirts and go outside and roll around on the blanket Lol I can’t get enough of them. They are growing up so fast. It won’t be long and they will be crawling all over the place. They are both getting really close to it.

Enjoy the nice weather guys! Get outside and do something fun. You all deserve it! I will update more tomorrow. TGIF! Love ya’ll!

First day of Fall

Welcome to the end of my summer and the beginning of my fall 2016. So summer was a huge amount of fun this year. I had my boys, I had the Olympics. I had all kinds of baby stuff going on. I honestly don’t deserve all the good I have in my life. The best things are yet to come though. Fall is here! Pumpkin spice everything, candles that make my house smell great. Football! And Cubs post-season play. It’s going to be a great fall season for my little family. The boys have completed swim lessons. I got their certificates tonight. Our last swim lesson and I’m happy. I think they enjoyed it a lot. I found out the next cycle for baby fun is usually baby yoga. Which I find ridiculous and I said no to. I told the moms in the class my boys will be signed up for another activity at night but we haven’t found one yet. I want to get them into something before it snows. Because I’m already paranoid about taking them out into cold weather. I don’t want to deal with it again. It was hard enough at the beginning of this year. I didn’t know what to dress them in. I was confused so I kept them inside for 6 weeks.

We are going up to the lakehouse tomorrow. I’m getting off work at noon so we can enjoy a long weekend. I’m dropping everyone off then making a quick trip to Sam’s club to get a bunch of stuff for this weekend. The girls want me to make a few things. Cookies was high on the list. But of course not vegan cookies because no one put me and the boys like those. I think they are really tasty. But I’m used to it. Oh well. I’m also supposed to make chili. Yuck. They want 2 kinds of meat to go in it. I could just about hurl thinking about it already. Sitting there stirring that pot all morning. Is there any good slow cooker chili recipes that I don’t have to mess with much? Anyone know of one?

I’m really getting into these cooking ideas. I’ve been trying a lot of different things the girls find for me. They wanted a cheese fest night. So I got all kinds of things and made 4 different dishes. That was a big success. You know what didn’t go over well? Seafood night. Yuck. I told them I really don’t know how to cook seafood but they didn’t listen. It was a disaster Lol Really bad and the smell for days. Even worse. Never leave cut up fish in your garbage can for 2 days, people. It was really bad.

The Cubs won last night! Great game that started off with 2 runs. And then it died down for a little while. Then more and more. Great game. Cam and I sat on our European pillow seats he bought. It was hilarious. But everyone in our row asked to try it out and we all agreed very comfortable. Not very practical to carry around but no one thought we were smuggling in anything bad. Just 2 dudes, with seat pillows Lol You know, typical Chicago Cubs fans! Geez, Cam.

Work was good. Got a lot done. Lindsay is starting a campaign to get me to move to Las Vegas with the boys. She said if she starts now I may change my mind and stay in America. I doubt it. I have bigger dreams than raising my kids here. I want to go explore and travel with them.

She has been traveling more than I have. We haven’t been talking much. Just business. Anytime I ask her what she’s up to she does the whole Huh thing, goes completely silent then says gotta run and hangs up. She’s squirrely.

So what is everyone doing this weekend? Anything fun?

Have a great rest of the week. I’m sure I will have time to update more this weekend.

Chicago Bust

Josh and I went to the Chicago Bears game last night. Fun guy’s night out. Wrong. Well we did have fun and we laughed a lot but the game was a bust. Cutler got hurt, then 5 others got hurt. It was bad. And now the next day one more went down. That game didn’t look that bad. Ouch.

Today has been busy. I have been going out a town a lot for day trips. But I make sure I’m back in Chicago by 5pm. That way I can get home in time to cook for supper or at least pick something up for me and Sarah. The boys are enjoying their random and various baby foods. We are trying different ones. Figures they both like the same ones and both don’t like the same ones. Very interesting.

Work is busy. My boys are perfect and my personal life is so quiet it’s finally back to normal. Finally. I love that. No one bothers me, no one harasses me online anymore. The trolls are have imploded. I knew I would be old news soon. The entire world is over me. Thank goodness! I’m over myself actually. I was over myself months ago but it was still a small presence.

Things are going great. I’m training hard for marathons. I’m working out every morning and taking my dog for a walk every night. We hang out a lot actually. He misses me during the day. Sarah plays with him some, the pet nanny takes him out to the dog park if it’s not too hot. Lately the weather has been great. He’s got a funny personality. Great dog.

I’m going to a Cubs game tomorrow night with Cam. I promised him I would take him to a game this season. Our schedules finally lined up. He’s excited. He’s taking me to a Cuban restaurant before we go. I’m chugging pepto before we eat there. I love Cuban food but it’s spicy for me. Different flavors and I don’t even know what they make the sauces with. But it’s very easy to find vegan cuban food. They load things up with veggies.

Great week so far. Well it is Tuesday. I can’t wait to get to Friday and head back up to the lakehouse. I’m really looking forward to some boating/jet skiing combo adventures. Should be a nice relaxing weekend.

Have a great week everyone! God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

Rowboat Book Club Book #45

This is a very interesting book that I found via a newspaper article. We are going to read The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner.

Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father—the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony—is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant.

In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where her mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As Ruth begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.

Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable true story of a girl fighting for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

I’m ready to go and no one else is

Who’s going to see the Cubs play today? This guy! Our 94-53 Cubs have clinched the division and it’s time to start thinking about October. Everyone is up, I made breakfast and the girls are in the bathrooms getting ready. I heard one of them holler which sunglasses are you wearing today? Oh boy. My fun adult outing has turned into a fashion show. I understand it’s a great place to meet guys, but really girls. This was supposed to be family day! Not pick up Cubs fans and get free beers because they look hot day Lol Oh well. So I’m sitting here waiting. I’m in black shorts, my new Division Champs Cubbies shirt and ballcap with my new black Nikes. Oh and my Ray Bans. Aviators. Classic.

They picked a nice restaurant to go to for lunch. We’re going to sit on the patio and people watch while we eat. Then we are walking to Wrigleyville from there. There was a lot of debate on that too. Heather and Brandi said they would prefer to be dropped off because they can’t walk in their shoes that far. I said why can’t you walk in sneakers? And they both laughed at me. Whatever. So Sarah said we can all walk, plan different shoes. It’s almost like the LORD HAS SPOKEN when Sarah bosses them. At least I don’t have to do it.

Have I mentioned lately that my boys are the cutest babies on the face of the Earth? Oh I have? Well guess what. They still are! They are really getting big personalities. They do everything alike. It’s hilarious. If you get one laughing and start making a fuss the other starts then they go back and forth. The competition has started early. We go on Monday for our 7 month checkup. Yes I go monthly. I don’t care. I want to make sure we are hitting our nutrition marks for growth. And we are. My babies eat vegan food. Only vegan food and it has not in any way hampered their development. That was my main worry about deciding to do that. I’m going to have to get over myself when the boys start hanging out with other kids and they start discovering other food. When they decide they no longer want vegan, ok. It will kill me inside Lol but okay! Because I just don’t want to look at or cook meat. It’s disgusting. Yuck. Even the thought of it makes me want to hurl. Gross. I’m going to try to sway them as long as I can but eventually those Golden Arches and those beautiful looking french fries will win their hearts. And then it’s off for Happy Meals once a week. At least we have a solid basis to start from. The doctor actually said starting them off from day one with the vegan aka elemental formula has proven to him that it is not at all a bad choice. And he will start doing some research into this. He said if it really is all vegan and all natural it is the absolute best thing besides breast milk. Duhhhhh, doc. That’s why we’re doing this. My boys get the best. Until they are brats and tell me they hate me. Then they get NOTHING! Lol

Looks like 2 of them have made it out here. Brandiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii LETS GO! Bye guys! Go Cubs!