2016 looking back and looking forward

This past year has been a mixed bag.

  1. I really hate the way politics played out this year.  Not a surprise to anyone that has read my blog
  2. I have gotten much more involved in the kids school and parent organizations.
  3. Work has been going well.  I think I’ve finally hit my stride in the new job and am making a difference
  4. My exercise program and diet have gone completely to hell
  5. My stress level and other related issues are being managed much better

Overall, from a personal standpoint things are good.  From a global standpoint I think things have gotten bad and won’t be getting better without significant effort from everyone.

Looking forward to 2017:

  1. I plan on getting my exercise program back together
  2. Will work with the family to get things around the house organized
  3. Spend even more quality time with my family
  4. Put together a plan to run for office.  I need to investigate viability of a run for local office first
  5. Continue to improve things at work
  6. Become increasingly more involved with the kids school, their progress and the parent organizations
  7. Learn to fly my drone for fun and stress relief

My overall goal is to make 2017 the best it can possibly be.  I am going to do my part to make sure things don’t go completely to hell with the new administration in order to keep the world a safe place for my kids.

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Thanksgiving

Time for something a little lighter… things that I am thankful for.

Every year we have the arbitrary day for taking stock of things we are thankful for.  Here is the highlights (in no particular order):

  • My wife.  She is very supportive of nearly everything I do.  She is my friend, my confidant, my support and the mother of my wonderful children.  She is smart, sexy and a wonderful partner.  I take her for granted too often.
  • My children.  I have the best kids ever.  They are fun to be around and amazing to watch them grow.  They are all a mix of my wife and I and yet completely unique in their own ways.  They drive me nuts sometimes but I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
  • Our form of government.  I complain about our recent choices but we currently have a form of government that has withstood the test of time and as long as we don’t continue to give up our rights and can start to become less polarized we will continue to have an amazing framework for continuing to grow.  I am hoping that this is a temporary blip and we will recognize the need to change things soon.
  • My health.  I’ve reached the age where I am noticing that I’m getting older. I still am in really great health, which is something that I can’t say for everyone else my age.  I need to exercise a bit more but overall I can’t complain.
  • Great friends.  I have a close group of friends that have stuck with me through think and thin.  I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to know and consider my friends.  Even though not all of us live close, technology has made it incredibly easy to keep up with them on an almost daily basis.

This is just the surface of what I’m thankful for.  I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving 

Surprise…

Getting woken up by your wife at 01:30 is never a good sign. This is doubly true if she looks distressed.  My first thought is what happened to the kids and are we on the way to the emergency room.  She says “no”. The next thought is did something happen to the cat. The oldest one is in bad health and we are probably going to need to euthanize him soon. She says “no”.  Okay, this eliminates the big things that could cause her to wake me up when I have a full day ahead of me.  What could it be??? The next words out of her mouth stop me cold — “I’m pregnant”.

As most of you know, our first child was a surprise.  We were engaged and planning the wedding.  Children were in the near term plan, but not that near term.  She was worried about my reaction then.  I think she was surprised when my response was “why are you upset? This is awesome news.” And it was. I wouldn’t trade any of our children for anything in the world.  This surprise however was completely unexpected.

In December I had a vasectomy.  We had decided that we were finished having children so this was a safe move.  I followed up with my “sample” to verify the procedure went according to plan.  The results came back “negative” meaning that I was in fact sterile. The nurse told me that the follow-up appointment was unnecessary because of the result. So, you can see why we were both a little surprised at our latest news.  After a rough night, I had my results verified the following morning.  Guess what… the next test came back “positive”; apparently I’m not sterile.  Clearly, we have set new records for being super fertile… seriously, I got snipped and spent literally hundreds of hours on a bike saddle and we still conceived a child.

The Internet is a wonderful and scary thing.  A little research indicated that failure rates for a vasectomy are 1 in 2,000.  Pretty good odds.  (on a side note, a follow up study indicated that the rate is more like 1 in 4,000 if you adjust for paternity. ouch)  We have clearly used our long odds allotment. To quote Dr Malcolm from Jurassic Park: Life finds a way.

After getting over the initial surprise we realized how great this news is and are looking forward to a fourth addition to the family.  We’ve been lucky enough to have three happy, healthy children so far, and there is no reason to believe that we won’t have another one that is just like them, yet completely different.  So, without further ado and after a number of long conversations, we are happy to announce that our latest addition will arrive late in the year. This does break our deal that we are going to have a prime-number of children since we are really making sure after this one that we aren’t having any more… there is a limit to the amount of awesomeness that one family (and possibly the world) can handle.

We were happy with how the children reacted to the new.  There was much “ooohh”ing and “ahhh”ing, as well as general happiness.  Peri was extra excited that the new baby might have her birthday.

As we progress we will keep everyone updated.