Celebrating Memorial Day at our House

If Covid was all gone, I’m sure I would have taken my kids to a local Memorial Day parade. Instead we are watching some Youtube Videos on what Memorial Day means. I’m showing my kids my family photo albums so they know who served in the Military and who have passed away. We are hanging out waiting for Sarah to come by. My kids are all playing with their toys and getting along (For now). Once Sarah has loaded things up we will all travel over to her place and help her load boxes inside. Then I’m going to order pizza and salads so we get to have a nice meal with her and Rain.

Later today we are going to get the house picked up. I have maid service coming tomorrow. I love having that back. Cleaning this house has been a pain in the butt.

We put our flags out. I wanted my kids to see the flags go up. Tonight we will take them down. I don’t leave our American Flag up all year. Right now it’s a good day for it, but this neighborhood is diverse and I don’t want issues with my neighbors. Things are calming down. I do see a bunch of Trump stuff finally going away. Either way I don’t want to deal with any negative issues. The next time I put it out, it’s not coming in until winter hits.

I’m so happy to be an American. Things have changed forever. A lot of unbelieveable events have taken place the past year and it doesn’t make me happy to see the changes. I’m sad, mostly. I would love to live in a country where we all work together and everyone looks out for each other. That’s not what America is anymore. We have some areas that are like that. Not in my neighborhood. Here, we keep to ourselves and don’t really socialize together. I do know my surrounding neighbors. I do walk around safely, for the most part. The police did stop Trey once when he was riding his bike down the sidewalk by our house. I RAN, okay I mean I SPRINTED up to the cop car and told them to leave him the he** alone, that’s my son. I had to show them our house then they took off. I’m sure one of our neighbors called that in. My racists neighbors are still in the hospitals fighting Covid. Their family took the son with them and stop by from time to time to get more clothes and stuff the kid needs. It’s a nice neighborhood but it’s not a community. That part makes me very sad. I want to build community around here. I just don’t know where to start.

It’s a different Memorial Day. I want to THANK all of the veterans for their service. And their families too. It’s a great sacrifice on the family of a service member. The constant worry, the not hearing back for days or weeks at a time. It’s hard on them too. Thank you to all my family and friends that served. Without you, we would not have our Freedoms. Our military is the best in the world and that is a fact.

Please be sure to spend some time today educating and celebrating the life of our loved ones. Let your kids know about their family. That’s the only way the legacies will continue.

I miss all of my family that have left this Earth. I pray to God to watch over them. I know their lives will live on through me. I try my best to remember. God bless you guys. God bless your Families.

That’s Yacht All, Folks

I had been thinking about what can I do for a woman who has been my nanny for more than 6 years. Someone who has completely dedicated her life to my children and as I added more and more kids never ran away. Nothing I threw into her life was easy, she kept our house running smoothly, she created schedules for all of us to follow and on vacations she always made sure each adult who was meant to help watch the kids had plenty of real vacation time to make it fair. What do I buy for someone like that? What do you do to celebrate her departure?

Sarah had always wanted a party on a Yacht. Before every birthday with me, she asked is this the year I get my Yacht party? I told her there was no way I’m doing that, I don’t even do that for myself. She kept asking anyway. The only way to send her off was to throw her goodbye party on a Yacht. I don’t have a Yacht. I had to charter one. It came with a Helicopter so I had the Helicopter pick us up from Los Angeles and fly us out to the boat in 2 groups. Lindsay has a friend in California that owns and runs his own Yacht Charter business. He must be doing well because our party night was absolutely perfect. The staff was wonderful, they helped with the kids. I mean, I actually got to eat supper with the entire adult table! That never happens. I was so happy to see Sarah in her moment. She was excited, happy, none of the sadness and tears she said would ruin our last weekend together. That will be happening today.

If you are ever invited or blessed enough to go on a Yacht for a party or a weekend, DO IT! I highly recommend the adventure. I have been on them for parties or social gathering for work events. I’ve never had an overnight stay on one. I would love to buy a Yacht but I wouldn’t use it as much as I want. I’m cool with renting them from time to time. Obviously that’s not something I do on a regular basis because this is the first Yacht post I’ve had since 2010 Lol

Today is the big move out. She’s been storing things in my garage from Chicago. She has slowly moved some of the boxes a few at a time to her new downtown condo. Today we are using Brenda’s truck to get it all and then we are going to help bring it all up to her place. She can’t move boxes very easily with a baby in tow.

Sarah booked her flight back to Dallas, Texas. She’s taking Rain to visit family for 2 weeks then she’s going to start working on her paperwork and things for her new job. She is going to teach Nursing at a local community college. She wants to stay in Denver. I had pushed her to move back to Texas for family support. She doesn’t want to be that close to her parents and sister. She wants to do things on her own. I get it. I moved out of Nebraska when it was time for me to go. She is happy to have a job that gives her summers off, but she does have the opportunity to teach a summer course for a few weeks in a close related subject. She’s thinking about doing that. If so, we will watch Rain for her. We have always been the babysitter option for Rain. That makes sure we see Sarah and my kids see her. It also makes Sarah know for sure her baby will be okay and not in daycare. The other option was for her parents to sell their home and move up here. There are condos for sale in Sarah’s building. I told her that would be best. She said HECK NO! Okay, okay.

So our new normal will start. Lynn and Brenda here during the week. Weekends it’s all me vs the kids. Trey and I work very well together. My daughters are older now so that helps a lot. The twins are sorta helpful. They don’t listen very well and they walk off the job Lol But that’s okay. I think we can do this. We have always been a “It Takes a Village” to raise the kids and I anyway. I’m going to miss Sarah. It really is going to be hard for me to know she’s gone. I tried to keep her. I really did. She wants to do this. She went through her education and received her Master’s. It’s time to use it.

That’s all guys. I will be posting my Memorial Day post in a few. I have some thoughts. Love you guys!

Another CashApp Giveaway soon! $5000!

The last time we did a Cashapp giveaway it went very well. I had hundreds of DM’s and comments/emails on this blog about entering. The cash went to pay bills and fix a car. I’m so happy for the story that went with the gift. I love helping people. I prefer to do DIRECT cash giveaways so I know the money goes right to the person that wins. I don’t like the winner to wait or have to go through any red tape to receive the gift from me. Cashapp makes it easy and I’m so happy to be involved with the Cashapp family.

This giveaway will be for $5000! I will be posting details soon. The money is already transferred into my Cashapp account and is ready to go. We will again notify the winner via DM on Twitter. Then the transfer of funds will begin and confirmation the winner receives the full $5000. All you have to do is have a Cashapp account and sign up for the chance to win once I post the Tweet opening it up. Easy!

Hope everyone is doing well. My prayers and love go out to all the victims and families of the recent San Jose mass shooting. God bless you all!

There’s no way it’s almost over already

What are you going to do next Friday when all 3 boys are out of school for the summer?

WTF! No way!

stomps off to look at the calendar on the fridge

F***!

Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen. It’s that time of year again. I have no summer plans that are solid. I have no idea what we are going to do this summer. I don’t even know what we can do this summer. All I know is I have 1 week to figure something out.

I do have a heck of a surprise for next weekend. I’ve managed to keep my big mouth shut and not tell anyone. It will be announced Friday, right after school. Hehehe Oh this is going to be so good!

So my boys, Trey, Heston, and Alex will be officially done with school next Friday. It will also be Sarah’s last weekend being our nanny. I’m already anxious about that. She has interviewed twice for a teaching job at a local community college. She wants to teach nursing. She doesn’t think she got it. She is already searching for nursing jobs at the local hospitals. She does not have to rush off and get a job because I’ve probably over paid her for 6 and a half years. She probably has more assets in clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry than I do in my Batman stuff. I’m not even kidding. I may have spoiled her while she worked for me. I can’t help it. It’s guilt money Lol We will be saying goodbye to her. She will still be around. She won’t be working when she comes over anymore. She finally gets to be our guest. I told her we can start doing Family dinner on Sunday nights. We used to do that in Chicago and I have no friends here (Yet) so we can’t start up that tradition just yet.

What are my plans for the summer? I need to make some friends. That I will work on. I probably need to start dating. That probably won’t happen this summer. Maybe next year. I’m not sure what I want to do. The kids are older so it will be much easier to travel with them. Oh guys. I forgot to share this.

I had to go talk a short walk outside before I type this because it’s upsetting. My dog, Bubba, aka Sam jr. is having problems with his left leg. My vet had been warning me about this and he is slowly showing signs of it being real. We put him on a slight diet (Okay we stopped feeding him snacks and table scraps) to get some weight off to help his knees and let joints. He’s ummmm, okay. He’s 11 pounds overweight Lol Aren’t we all! So I am really working on that, he has lost 1 pound in the past 2 weeks. It’s hard because I’m so used to scrapping the vegan food off of the kids plates and giving it to him so he can enjoy a healthy snack. The vet said, no. Dog food only. But it’s vegan. No, DOG FOOD ONLY! Okay! Geez! So now he is limping. It’s all my fault. I was in his room cleaning. I moved his couch near his bed so I could vacuum under it. He jumped up on his couch to sit down and watch me clean his room. I mean he could have jumped in to help me clean it but he’s lazy. For whatever insane reason, he decided to jump from the couch onto the bed. They were about 4 feet apart, facing each other. He missed. He hurt his leg. I dropped the vaccuum and went to see if he was okay. He had his left paw up in the air and wouldn’t put it down. So I picked him up and took him downstairs. OMG! I killed my dog! I called the vet in a panic. He was fine btw, but I panicked. She came over because at this point, she owes me a million favors. She said he sprained his leg and he needs to rest and stay off of it. She iced his knee a few minutes to see if the swelling would go down. It did, thank God! He’s still limping around. I feel awful. My nannies, kids, teachers, anyone that has spoken to my kids, are chastising me. I already feel bad. They are making sure I feel worse. I tried to defend myself and say, well he’s the one that missed his jump. No no. It’s all my fault. He’s doing okay. He hobbles around. I brought most of his stuff downstairs. He’s in the Junior Master now across the hall from my main Master bedroom. I’ve turned that into his bedroom temporarily and I keep the baby gate on the stairs all day/night now. He’s not allowed up or downstairs at all. This is what our future is with him. We will get the weight off of him this year. I know how to maintain his weight and get him out exercising with me on walks. I had already been taking him out once a week for a long 1 mile walk. Now I have to wait for him to recover. It upsets me. I feel so sorry for the little dog. He sleeps mostly now. I can tell he’s not doing so hot. I told the kids to leave him alone. They like to lay on his bed with him and tell him all about their day. My daughters check on him all day long and report in what sleeping position he’s in. We are all rehabbing him as a family. I’m sure it drives him nuts. Either way, we have a sore Bubba in the house. The vet will be by this weekend to check on him. She has been texting every day to check in. He just needs more time. I’m an idiot.

That’s about it. It’s been a very busy week. I’m happy things are wrapping up for the school year. Virtual school sucks. I don’t know how the kids have made it through. I pray all of the kids will realize it was the safest option, not the best option. Everyone tries hard to make it a fun school year. I can’t even imagine the final comments on the boys’ report cards. Heston has been a lil shi* lately and real mouthy. He’s also been doing a lot of work since he thinks his mouth can say whatever it wants to me or his teacher. I do enjoy sitting drinking an ice cold lemonade and snacking on veggies while he sweeps my 6 car garage bay LOL LOL Tell me to shut up when I told him to come here. Was it worth it, my dude? Nope! Will you be washing all 6 vehicles the next time you run your mouth off at me? YEP!

TRY ME!

Have a great weekend guys! Love you all!

Rowboat Book Club #101

The Soulmate Equation

by Christina Lauren

Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents–who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno–Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely.

But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess–who is barely making ends meet–is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist–and the science behind a soulmate–than she thought.

Ponyboy is still Unnamed

I traded 2 things for a pony yesterday. I’ve known about the pony for a long time. He was a former carnival pony. The kind that gives rides to kids for hours with no breaks. He was badly abused. He was surrendered by the owner in lieu of no jail time for the abuse. He went to a guy that just put him in a field with not enough grass to eat. He got reported to my vet who went out to see what was going on. She told the guy she wanted to help the pony heal up with the full intention of taking the pony out of his care. The pony has been in her care for over 3 months to get him fixed up. He’s still a mess but all of his main injuries and surgeries have healed. She said the guy wouldn’t take cash but he would do a trade. A little weird, but okay. So I gave him 2 things I didn’t use or want anymore. He signed the paperwork and she and I went to pick up the pony yesterday.

My daughter Peace is obsessed with ponies. She has ridden on other ponies that I have rented. This pony no one will ever ride on him again. No way. He’s been through enough. The plan is to put him in my huge backyard and let him mow my grass. He will also be loved and petted. I spoil all of the animals that come my way. He’s going to be a cherished member of the family.

We have no named him yet. He’s a young 10 year old ponies. This pony breed lasts about 30 + years. We brought him to my backyard to check things out. I needed to see if my fence would hold him in, if he would run around, if he would feel comfortable and to show him off to my kids. Then my vet and I trailered him back up and she took him to her place for a week. My fake trees are still being installed and the workers will finish up by next weekend. She said she will give him a bath, put on the fly spray, and tend to his grooming before he officially comes home.

My daughter Peace squealed as soon as she saw him in the yard. I didn’t let them near him. All the kids hand to stand on the patio to look at him. I’m not ready for them to get out there and pet him. He does buck and kick. That’s something I’m going to have to work on. The kids love him. We have been throwing out name suggestions for hours. We like a few but have not settled on one. His former name was Steve but I don’t like that Lol I don’t want a pony named Steve.

Bubba just barks at him for now. It’s going to take time for all of us to get used to him. And then I have to go to the city this week and explain the situation. I think I need a permit sponsored by my vet to have him in my yard. She knows how to fill the paperwork out and what to say to get it approved. If they don’t approve it, we can’t keep it so I’m going to call on Monday to see what I need to do about this. She said I would know very quickly if this was something we could keep.

Today is the last day of family fun with Sarah and the kids. It’s craft day. I just finished setting up the garage with the tables and chairs. I moved out the Ferrari and the Tesla because I don’t trust my boys Lol I don’t want handprint paint all over them. Yesterday was a lot of fun. Last night was a pain in my butt. A new day, new time for fun.

Hope everyone has a blessed Sunday. Be sure to send up prayers to all still working or dealing with Covid. I’m working on a feature article about our Pandemic journey. It’s been hard remembering all that we went through. The gut wrenching decisions I had to make in order to keep my family healthy and safe. I want to share our perspective. That will be coming out soon. Love you guys! Eat your fruits and veggies!

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!