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!

#Barcelona #Spain was awesome!

We spent the first weekend family trip in Barcelona Spain. My wife has wanted to go there for a long time. We got in there Friday night. It was only an hour and a half flight. I didn’t realize that. The hotel we stayed in was amazing! It was really nice and my wife loved it. The kids had such a great time. We were able to do some tourist things. We didn’t have a guide. My wife told us the places we needed to go which were very close to the hotel. I was very happy to see how many things the boys and I could eat there. Spain has a great vegan selection. Very fresh veggies and a great variety. We went into a grocery store and they have an entire section. It wasn’t even that expensive.

We went to an art museum, toured a historic cathedral and spent the day on the water. I loved it. We will definitely be going back. It wasn’t that hard traveling with all of the kids. Our nannies had fun and they were able to get some time off to go exploring on their own. The one thing I didn’t like about Barcelona is all of the wandering animals. We saw so many dogs just walking around. My wife said it was sad but I said they all looked fat so they get fed.

We definitely will be going back someday. We have a lot more to see in Spain. Next trip my wife wants to go to London. I have no idea when that will be. I think some time in May.

Hope everyone is doing great. Sorry I haven’t updated much lately. I’m at home with the kids all day and it’s hard trying to find time to get anything done. I’m still struggling to find a good balance.

Home from Paris

What a whirlwind the last few days have been. At noon on Friday I left work and went to pick up my group from the condos. My wife said a tearful goodbye to our first home together. As soon as she’s moved over to Paris my 2 condos are going on the market.  I don’t want or need them anymore. She loved living there. She loved the location but with thing way things are going I don’t want to live downtown in Chicago anymore with our kids. I don’t want to raise our kids there. It was a great location to start out. Right across the street from a hospital. I really liked that part. I can pretty much handle things now and I’m not so worried all of the time.

We will skip the stop in NYC for a few hours because that was a mess and I’m still angry Lol

We got to Paris and it was dark. We had a driver with 2 huge vans pick us up at the airport to get everything and everyone loaded. We had every piece of clothing that Brandi owns, we had our 2 pets and we had all of our luggage for my wife and I. We had a LOT of stuff. In fact one and 1/3 van was just our stuff Lol

Now before we left I took both of our pets down to get all of their things updated and ready to go. It turned out they both were up to date on all shots and microchips and everything. I just needed their paperwork. It took longer get US through inspection than it did the dang dog and cat Lol They just looked at them and said Okay. I was like WTF! I wish it was that easy for me. I got flagged or something and had to be taken to a back area. I guess being this good-looking is dangerous in France Lol Okay that was lame I know but for whatever the reason I got pulled aside. I knew I hadn’t done anything but there’s always that Oh SH*T moment you feel. After about 10 minutes I was able to rejoin my group and my wife asked what happened. I said they told me I’m too good-looking to enter France, she just rolled her eyes so my joke failed.

We got everything through, everyone loaded and headed to our new home! That part was exciting. I had seen the photos and a lot of videos but it’s completely different looking at it all in person.

WOW. Our new home is awesome! I love it. We are 15 minutes outside of Paris. We have a nice sized walled around back yard which I prefered. We live in Asnière sur Seine which is west and north. It has everything we want and need. Great location and it won’t take us long to go do all the things we want to do. Immediately my wife started testing out her French. She has gotten good and I only corrected her a few times. I’m surprised at how well she caught on. Great job! Brand and I are both fluent so that wasn’t hard. We decided to only speak French until we needed to throw out English. My wife wanted us to and I was fine with it. We did the big tour and looked at all of the bedrooms. We let Brandi pick her room. She is on the upstairs in between the kids room. I think that’s awesome because our bedroom is downstairs and there’s a small bedroom across the hall from us that we were thinking of putting Peace and Talon in for now. The other 2 part-time nannies will be on the adjacent sides of the boys’ room.

We did talk about maybe putting them all in one room but my wife said with the babies getting up so often not a good idea. She said maybe when all 3 boys are older they can share a room or something.

We looked at the entire property and my wife kept hugging me. She loves it.


My very pregnant wife, who I love to death, has major attitude right now Lol Making her happy will be short-lived but also welcomed. She did manage to make it a full day before she started getting mad at me again. So I did have a little break from the puffs, huffs, and side eye.

We looked around the area a little before we got to unpacking things. I wanted the ladies to know where the groceries were, where the police station is, our new bank, and where to go shopping at. It’s all very close which I love. We got unpacked, got all of the pet stuff set up and then I took Sam jr for a nice walk. He just wanted to sniff (and pee) all over his new area. The cat hide for the first few hours but Tristian is not a very social cat at first. It takes him a while. We ate, got changed for bed and all decided to at least try to get 5 hours in. I knew we would all be too excited to stay in bed and that’s exactly what happened.

In the morning we had to go to the bank first and make sure our new account was active and ready. I did a wire transfer from home to test that out. I will need to move money both ways so I wanted to make sure we had plenty. Also my wife will be moving this weekend and I made sure she has PLENTY of money and access to more if she needed it. I was happy with how fast they took care of us. We all 3 tested out our new ATM cards and made sure we had some pocket-money on hand for the weekend.

Next stop groceries. I told Brandi buy anything you want for a week. She picked out the things she knew and wanted to try a whole bunch of new things. I picked out 2 things to try also. I’m very happy to report how much vegan selection they have. I do see I will need to order some things from the states but for the most part I’m going to be okay. So are the boys and Peace. We will have plenty to eat. I know it’s really dumb but I did have a fear they wouldn’t have much of a selection. Way to go Paris on that one.

We spent the afternoon buying vehicles. We took the vans back and met up with the rest of the staff. We finally got to meet the security staff. Great guys who I have known for years. I was very happy my wife and Brandi liked them. We had a family meeting and I told them all to keep their f’in hands off of my wife and our staff Lol I meant it. I know these guys and I was not going to put up with any of their crap. From what I can tell they have all changed. Maybe a few bad moments but it seemed like to me they have all matured. I’m very happy to find that out.

We got everything we wanted and got back home. I told my wife just send someone if she didn’t want to go. I know she’s not used to it and I’m not really that used to it but that’s what I’m paying them for. I said be patient with everyone until they figure us out. It’s going to take a while. She said she would try. I said BE NICE. She said STFU Lol

Shelter, food, water, fun. We finally got to look around the next 2 days. My wife wanted to go see the Eiffel tower during the day and at night. We also drove past a lot of things but really didn’t stop in to go look. We had a bunch of other things to check out so I said sorry, maybe later. She was okay with it.

Of all the cool things at the house my wife was most excited to see a Chipolte Lol I couldn’t believe it. I mean I knew the Starbucks being far away would be a major issue but as soon as she saw the Chipolte she made us go in and eat. That helped. I told here there are so many cafes with way better coffee choices and she can’t even have it right now anyway. She said okay with a pout. We will have to figure that out in February Lol

By the time we got up Monday morning and went over to my Paris office to check in it was already time to get ready to go home. Everyone was fine there. They love the new location of the office. They fee safe and that’s all I care about. Business is doing well but not amazing. That’s okay. It’s a small office and they generate profits at least. Not a huge amount but enough to keep the place going and throw money into the savings each month.

We got packed up went for a nice dinner and crashed for a few hours. Our flight was late Monday night with another stop in NYC.

I made sure Brandi had everything she needed. I told her the next time I saw her we would have all of her boxes for her and anything else she requested me to bring over. She said she would take good care of our pets and that she was going to go check things out. I said take security or you won’t be allowed to leave Lol I mean it. Ya’ll have seen the violence over there. It is random and kind of scary at times. She said fine. I gave her some extra cash and told her to stuff it in her bedroom that it was an emergency fund. I told her I would give her more next weekend so not to spend it all by then. She laughed and said I’m not Heather. That’s true Lol She gave us hugs and told us to text her when we got back home.

We made it to NYC and had a nice long wait before my wife was ready to go. I went in and out of the airport 5 times getting her stuff. It would have been 4 but I forgot her snack the 3rd time in and had to go back for a 4th. Then I made the huge mistake in telling her I saw some new Pringles flavor and she made me go back to get them Lol

We finally left, great flight home and boy is it chilly! We (I mean me) got all of Our (Her stuff) off the plane and into the Range. Sarah told us Brandi had called twice and so far no problems talking on Skype or the home phone at the Paris house. I told her to test all of it out. That’s a relief.

We got home and I went right up to see my babies. Everyone was playing upstairs. It was really weird walking into the house without my dog there. The cat tolerates me and I do pet him but my dog is by my side 24/7 at the house. I already miss him Lol I made Brandi send me a video of him.

My boys hugged me and I got a lot of kisses. Peace just smiled and smiled. I gave her tons of hugs and kisses too. My wife and I sorta passed them all around for a while then we snuggled on the couch. I missed my kids so much! I don’t like being away from them. I hope they missed me too. It’s hard to tell with Peace. She’s still at the smiling at everything phase. My boys cried a lot the first few hours. They clung to my legs as I tried to walk a few times. I even had to take a piss with them in there. They wouldn’t let me leave the door closed Lol Oh great. Now they have started that and it sort of makes me shy. I know it’s normal and I know they need to figure it all out so we can get them out of the diapers soon but I still get shy with that.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We did. We are both exhausted and all messed up from Daylight savings and jet lag. I’m going back to bed now. Thankfully my wife gets to stay at home and relax. The movers will be here tomorrow to box up the last of the things they didn’t finish over the weekend. Everything is getting sent out Thursday so that all we need to do Friday morning is get my wife, Sarah and I on the plane and off to NYC to catch our flight to Paris!


Weekend in Paris

We are packed and ready to go. I have to go to the office this morning for some meetings and then I am out of there at noon. I’m taking my wife, Brandi, and Sarah and our 2 pets with us and dropping them off at the condos. They are going to take one last look around and chill with some of their girlfriends while I’m at work. The plan is pick them up, go grab something quick to eat then fly us all to New York City. From there we will park my plane and we will grab a commercial flight (Yuck) to Paris. The next 4 days will be about checking out the house to make sure it’s ready for her to move into next weekend. Also making sure the nurseries are ready or at least close to being ready and making sure our pets are there safely. We also will tour the hospital Talon will be born in and go meet our new o.b. for a checkup.

Our kids will be with Heather and their grandparents. They are coming to our house this morning to stay for the next few days. That will be fun. We didn’t even get a chance to ask my mother in law just said they were going to stay there and help out. I’m giving them a check for their help and if they don’t cash it, it’s not my problem. However my wife said to tell them to use it for grandkids Christmas presents Lol Brilliant way to get them to think it’s not really for them.

I’m really excited. I love being there, I love the food, I will love to show my wife around all of my favorite places.

We will have a 3 man security team with us. I do realize that Paris has been hot with terrorist activity for the past several years. We will not be strolling around any major tourist spots. We will go from Point A to Point B and get out of there as soon as we are done doing whatever it is we went to go do. I told her we can do all of the tourist things later on. She has promised me to take security with her everywhere she goes. She is annoyed but I told her these guys are professionals. They are Americans and have lived in Paris the past 10 years doing exactly what I have hired them all to do. I know them well, I trust them with her life, I know we will be safe. I have already gotten 4 comments about please be safe there. We will do all that we can. Thanks guys!

My wife is now 7 months pregnant. We have a letter from our doctor saying it’s okay for her to fly. He said don’t fly after 34 weeks is the norm and that’s exactly why we are moving her over now. I want her there, comfortable, and getting settled. If she has to go on bedrest she will be already over there and can just hang out all day. I will be moving at the start of January that way I’m there in plenty of time. My prayers every day include Please God don’t let her go into labor without me there! This is her first baby so labor is supposed to go a while. I already have a plan to just drop everything and leave if I have to. Lindsay would immediately fly into Chicago, stay at the house and work from our headquarters. We have gone over this a 100 times and she always says she’s bringing her dog. I said it’s fine but I don’t like her dog at all Lol Lindsay’s dog is an ex military dog. She rescued it and got it into the vet. Now she has it trained to kill, growl, or even look tough just to be a shit. This dog is huge. One of those big German Shepards that you see at checkpoints. Massive! It follows her like a ninja. You never even know it’s there until you try to move. Then it corners you Lol She thinks it’s hilarious. It’s really not. It’s scary. That dog scares the sh*t out of me and I’m not at all ashamed to say it. I also am afraid her dog will eat Sam jr but every time we put them together they just run around and they even sleep next to each other. It’s pretty funny.

I won’t update until we get back home. I hope everyone will have a great weekend! TGIF guys! Love ya’ll!