Time with the Kids

This blogging thing has gotten tough for me. I am actually forcing myself to sit down and write something since it has been some time. It’s going on 11pm and the kids are all in bed. I’ll head that way myself shortly, but I wanted to get a post out.

Today was a good day spent with my son after he got home from school. My wife Jen works at the preschool and on Wednesdays, she does aftercare so she does not get home until closer to 5 or 6. This means that Ricky, my son, and I have a few hours to hang out. After I wrapped up working me and him took a walk, that turned in to about a 3 and a half mile walk around the soccer park. I was going to try and have him practice soccer a bit, but the fields were taken so we just walked around. That’s all we did, and it was great!


Ricky taking a break after getting to the soccer park


This is the soccer park a short walk from our house. I normally run to and around this place when I go for runs. It gets me a decent 2 1/2 miles round trip. 
Stopped at Lions Choice on the way home for some ice cream. The red on his lips was from a red Sunny D he drank on the walk back. Maybe we’ll shoot for a straw next time we drink things like that ha. 


Moments like these are things that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. The idea that there is going to be a point in time when I won’t have the luxury of just hanging out with him when I want to. He’ll get his friends and his own little life, and those moments of hanging out with dad and being pumped for it probably isn’t as long as you’d think. I also saw a post on Reddit today about things girls would have liked their dad to know growing up, and the top item was just having moments together, like just her and dad thing. This is something I want to work towards. Now my daughter is 3 1/2 so I still got time to find that “thing”, but even just finding time if Jen takes Ricky out for me and her to just hang out is something I really want to start appreciating more. You really think about how you are doing as a parent, and I don’t want to miss opportunities with either of my kids.

This definitely holds true for setting time aside to just hang with my wife without the kids. It’s a constant balance of making sure that opportunities are not missed and also making time for all of the above. Finding time with the wife is probably even tougher because we can tag-team the kid time by taking one or the other, while with each other, we have to find a poor soul who will take on the two hooligans for a day/night. I say that jokingly, our kids are pretty well behaved, and we have tons of family who would absolutely adore taking them for a day. It’s harder for us to ask probably.

On another note, I’ve been doing this WeRally program through our health insurance which allows me to earn gift cards for various challenges completed. One, for example, is like a health survey and a biometric test will get me a $150 gift card. I can earn $50 for walking about 7.5 miles in three days or complete 3 tasks over a month to earn a $75 gift card. I can max out at $600 worth of gift cards, and I’ve already knocked out a couple. The annoying thing is that I have to wait for my biometric test to be received before they release the gift cards, but when they do I believe I’ll have about $325 worth of gift cards. You may ask what I am going to use that little bit of dough towards? Well, how about a sweet authentic cosplay Red Power Rangers costume? Yeah, that’d be sweet. No, I’m kidding…I think. God, I would wear that to work. Look at this thing. 

I’m partially embarrassed that I have researched this, but it was strictly as a Halloween costume. Yeah, that’s it.

On a final thought, I have been listening to the Story of the Year station on Apple Music, and it pretty much is bringing me right back to my early college years. I’ve been thinking about compiling a playlist of music from that time. A lot of it will come from this station, but there is some music that isn’t heavy/screamo type stuff. If I come up with a playlist, maybe I’ll post it for those to check out. I could probably even share a link to the playlist if I got super inspired.

That’s all for today, I need to head to bed. We’re almost to the weekend, I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. I’m ready for some nice weather!


Super Bowl Weekend

This won’t be a long blog as I just wanted to get something written as I didn’t quite get one in this week. It’s late Saturday evening and I’m having the internal debate of whether I want to stay up and play some XBox or just go to bed. I’ve had a goofy sore throat the last two days so for some reason going to bed and waking up for some coffee sounds amazing since I haven’t enjoyed it for that time.

Tomorrow is the Super Bowl which I’m sure I’ll watch. I don’t have any stock in either team, but I think I’m leaning towards rooting for New England over Philly. Hopefully it’s a good a game, and I think the part I’m most planning on skipping is the half time show. Outside of Bruno Mars those tend to disappoint. I’ll take that back, Lady Gaga held her own, but I just don’t get too excited for Justin Timberlake. Unless he comes out singing that Trolls song like 3 times in a row then I’ll probably use the time to get up and stretch or make food.

We are about a week and a half away from making another trip to Kansas City. This one will be kind of a birthday celebration for our son Ricky who Recently turned six. We’re staying at a hotel/indoor water park place and I know he’s been super excited for it. Hopefully it’s not bitter cold so we can walk around KC again but there’s plenty to do indoors around there.

Well I think I’m going to choose bed instead of XBox so I wish you all a happy Sunday!

Social Meda and News Vacation

I am a little late at posting a blog today as I normally try to get them up and posted by about 8am on Mondays. I started writing a blog yesterday, but just wasn’t feeling it so I’m starting fresh now.

I’m thinking this week might be a good time to take a little break from the news and social media. This isn’t one of those “rage quite” social media deals where I got into some argument about politics or something like that. This will be more of just a life refresher. I have paid more attention to the news in the last year, and I think it’s just a good time to step away a bit.


The idea is similar to social media. I think I have found a common theme throughout the years where I just like to take a break from social media and take in things that don’t need likes, comments or retweets. I also find the irony that as I say that, I’m writing a blog that requests likes, shares or comments. It starts after this blog ok!

I may go for a run after this. The weather in Missouri is crazy, and the fact that it can go from 60 degrees this afternoon, to possibly have a chance of snow tonight drives me nuts. I’ve lived here for years so I really shouldn’t be surprised by any of this.I do like the brief taste of nice weather, and being able to run without feeling like my lungs just shot by a spear from Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat would be nice. 51iXc35sV5L._SX355_.jpg

Work is wrapping up, and I just picked Ricky up from school, so I think this will be a short blog, but I wanted to get a little written down before I disengage. I hope you all have a stellar week, and get pumped for WWE’s Royal Rumble this Sunday, I will be attending the annual Bird Royal Rumble party, I can’t wait! So long everyone, and social media, I will see you soon.

The Urge to Write

I feel like we’ve entered in to that lull time of the year where the craziness of the holidays has passed and now we are just sitting in a time where there are no immediate holidays coming up, and we are still recovering from the holidays that past. Outside of our house being sick for the holidays we still had a good time, and I think the kids got to enjoy Christmas for the most part.

We have made arrangements to go out of town in the middle of February as a fun way to celebrate Ricky’s sixth birthday. Last year we didn’t do much, and we have been talking about making a return trip to Kansas City since visiting it in October for Tippin and Brooke’s wedding. This allows us some time to get out there, and celebrate Ricky’s birthday part at an indoor water park as well. It should be a great time, and a fun little mini family vacation. I still have some anxiety though about what we are going to do for the dogs in the days that we are away.

In other news, I’ve decided that 2018 is going to be the year that I get my health in check. I don’t necessarily mean getting in to the gym and becoming a physically elite specimen, but instead going to see the doctor to get a checkup done. This probably needs to include not just a regular doctor, but also an eye doctor, and dentist. I actually made an appointment for this Friday to see the eye doctor so I can try and get some more contacts and maybe some new glasses. The ones I have now are scratched all to hell and definitely are ready to be replaced.

I want to see how my health is overall though when I go to the doctor. I honestly cannot remember the last time I went to see a doctor for a checkup. The last time I even went to see any type of doctor was just before the new year when I had the flu and an ear infection. I want to just see where I am so that I can make sure I am tackling things that may need to be addressed. I turn 32 in April, and I know it’s not an old age by any means, but as I’m starting to see hints of gray in my beard, it makes me want to just make sure everything on the inside is checking out ok. After you have kids your mindset changes from, “I’m going to just live it up” to “holy crap I want to be around as long as possible for my kids.” Don’t get me wrong, I think I’m a pretty healthy guy, but that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be something that I need to get a handle on before it gets out of control.

Anyway, I hope to make a general check appointment here in the next month, just to make sure everything is ok.

It was almost 60 degrees today and I had the urge to go for a run had I not had a phone call I had to join about 30 minutes before the idea came to me. Jen got me some new running shoes for Christmas so I’m really looking forward to the weather being a bit warmer than 15 degrees so I can get back to running. I need to find a good pair of over the ear headphones that I can wear when running that aren’t like $300. I can’t wear the Apple ear buds because they fall out of my ears and it drives me nuts.  I need something that actually goes over them, plus I’ve always preferred that style instead of ones that wrap around your ears or go in them. It seems like any time I search for good running headphones that go over your ears, I always get ear bud results. My ears are stupid, give me what I’m searching for Google!


2018 Backlog

One of my goals for 2018 was to actually go in and complete video games and read books that I have backlogged over the last few years. It is kind of funny how growing up you only had so many games because digital wasn’t a thing. You’d be lucky to have more than maybe 10 game cartridges for a single console. Now I look at my Xbox One game library and I have almost 115 games that I could download and play. It made me think that maybe I should spend some time completing some games and reading books on a regular basis.

I am notorious for starting games and never finishing them. I don’t necessarily mean obtaining every single item or finishing a game 100%, but instead completing a game’s story before moving on to another. I’ve decided that my goal for 2018 when it comes to video games is to complete at least one game a month. That means playing through the story/campaign to completion, and then I can go back and get the extra side quest items if they apply. On top of that, I also would like to read at least one book a month. I thought that maybe if I compile a list of books to read each month, then it will help keep track better.


I boosted my gaming goal right before 2017 ended by completing Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch. It was such a fun game, and only the second game I think I beat in 2017. The other was Sleeping Dogs on Xbox One. So with that goal set, I’ve outlined a few games and books that I plan to tackle in the first couple of months of 2018 and I hope to really go through my backlog of games and knock some out as well.


  • December
    • Super Mario Odyssey (COMPLETED)
    • 50 Positive Habits: Transform your Life (COMPLETED)


  • January –
    • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)
    • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
  • February –
    • Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360 B/C)
    • The Seven Songs of Merlin
  • March –
    • Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One)
    • The Fires of Merlin
  • April –
    • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo Switch)
    • The Mirror of Merlin


Thoughts for 2018

**revised 1/1/2018**

So 2017 was brought to and end with a dose of the flu during Christmas for my kids and wife, and later for myself on The Thursday after Christmas. My stint involved a rare trip to urgent care for treatment of the flu and a possible ear infection which has dulled my hearing in my left ear. I’m extremely stubborn with going to the doctor and I probably would not have gone had my wife not stayed on me about it. The new year was brought in with my recovering little family as we hung out playing Nintendo Switch and watching the new year specials in our pajamas.

We have now entered the year 2018, which means we are full of excitement, motivation, and maybe some new goals with the start of the new year. I am guilty of developing a list of new year resolutions, only to easily fail at completing them. I don’t expect to accomplish every one, but I realize that I only really may tackle about 5% of the ones I put on my list. I still enjoy the list creation process, but I don’t think I’m going to hold myself to a strict standard of completing them. With that said, on top of some goals, I would like to complete this year, I also have some things that I’m just generally excited for. With that said, below you will find my general list of 2018 new year resolutions.

Goals for 2018

  1. Read, Read and Read!
  2. Blog once a week (specifically, post on the same day each week).
  3. Tackle my huge backlog of video games
  4. Get in better shape
  5. Drink far less soda/energy drinks and far more water
  6. Cook at home more, and eat out at fast food/restaurants less
  7. Declutter the house
  8. Have a garage sale
  9. Decorate our house for Christmas with more than just one string of lights
  10. Go to a St. Louis Blues game
  11. Learn a new skill or hobby
  12. Have more dates with my wife
  13. Pay less attention wrestling “dirt sheets”
  14. Go on a long bike ride with my father-in-law
  15. build something
  16. Use a calendar for scheduling more often
  17. Limit my phone activity (Facebook, Twitter, News)
  18. Grow my hair out
  19. Buy a used electric guitar and write some music
  20. Embrace my kids still being young

This surely isn’t everything, but they are the items that immediately come to mind. What are some of the items you have on your list for 2018? Are they ones that carried over from 2017? What do you do to try and complete some of your goals? Comment below and let me know your new year’s resolution process.

As a side note, I’m trying to get more active on social media in 2018, so if you have a second, please follow my account below.


Last Blog for 2017

I feel like every blog I have posted this year always seems to start with “it’s been a while since my last blog.” I guess I’ve kind of taken 2017 off from blogging, but I plan to get back to consistency come 2018. I just did a quick count, and I only wrote 16 blogs in 2017. Weak!

This year has felt like it has flown by faster than any in recent memory. I’m not sure if it’s the structure of my work that kind of takes projects in a months at a time, and so things just blur together. I can’t believe we are only about a week or so away from Christmas. We put up our Christmas tree and inside/outside decorations much earlier than we have in the past, and I think we could’ve decorated more, but maybe next year.

I won’t win any awards for interior holiday decorating, but just wanted to get a feel of Christmas in the house. 

The sickness has been making it’s way through our house and to the kids. Amelia started with a constant cough where she would occasionally get sick. She finally started to get over that and then last night she was complaining of her ear hurting her. I was going to take her to urgent care, but the 3 we tried were closed. She ultimately fell asleep and seems to be acting normal today. Ricky had a dose of the sickness a about a week or so back where he threw up about seven times. I know this because he kept count every time.

I have one more week of work before the holidays and I was dumb not to use my PTO for this time. I told myself throughout the year that I was going to get it locked in, but just never got around to scheduling it. Not a big deal, but I’m sure it would have been nice to be off for a week before Christmas.

So as I said above, I have been really slacking with writing blogs this year. I spent a few solid years writing pretty consistently and I’m not sure if I just got overly busy or just burnt myself out. I really want to get back in the swing of things in 2018 by writing a blog at least once a week. I am thinking about picking one day a week (at least) where I post a blog.

To wrap up 2017, here are a few images that I really like for various reasons. Have a great holiday and a happy new year everyone!

Charlie Bird catching some zzzz on the bed.
This was from our trip to KC for my best friend Tippin’s wedding. On our last day we did a little exploring around the city and my wife Jen fell absolutely in love with the city. 
Participated in the Making Strides walk to support my sister-in-law Kathy who is battling her second round of breast cancer. She is the strongest person I know, and it was more than an honor to get out there and be a part of this. 
This is Ricky and I at my parents’ house for Thanksgiving. He is rocking his first year of Kindergarten and I’m so proud how smart he is. He also has way better hair than I do.
This is probably one of my favorite photos I have ever taken. I just got an iPhone 8 Plus with the portrait mode, and I just happen snap this pic of Amelia one day with my hat on. 
Another use of the portrait mode on the iPhone. It’s hard to get a picture of him without giving a silly smile, but I lucked out with this one.
I have this picture in a frame in our living room because it’s amazing. This was a caricature drawing done at Tippin and Brooke’s wedding. I look like I returned from a shoot of Swamp People and Jen looks like a model who loves me for my money haha.