Killer Week

This week has been crazy. Last week was crazy. I think I have come to the reality that vacation is in my near future. Work and kids have seemed to have swamped my life and is just enough to keep in purgatory.

Work has been insane. Magazines are keeping me busy and my reps always need me. It is a good thing to busy in this day and age. I know a lot of people who have easy jobs until their organization gets smart and cuts them off and now they are struggling to find employment. I actual just got the biggest section of the year put on my lap this week. Living Here is the biggest section The Charlotte Observer publishes. It has one 300 advertisers in it so I have the lucky job to coordinate this publication with only three months of experience. If that is not trust I have no idea what is. It is a great opportunity but I am scared out of my mind. I have a lot of people putting their faith in me to no screw this up.

My wife is a superstar. I can’t ever say that enough. She is like super mom. I really don’t know how she does it and she works full time. The past few weeks we have ad a run of bad luck it you could say that. My truck broke down. The freezer went out and most not the meat that was in there had thawed out so I had to toss it. Then the battery in the truck died so I had to replace it. It has just been one thing after the other.

This weekend we are planning to get away. We have not had a day trip in a couple of weeks so we decided to head up to Lake Lure. We have never been there and are looking forward to exploring and will make a great blog entry next week.

Hope you all have a great Thursday and I will be back on Monday with another #MedalMonday so take care.

Monday, Monday, Monday

I have started this new challenge. It is more of a personal one then anything but for a solid 30 days I want to post on this blog. It can be a post about anything and everything as long as I blog about my life and what is going on with my family and I.  Here we go!

Today started with a normal trip to Crossfit MNC. I have been working the past week writing some article for the newsletter about some of the members and conducting interviews. I believe in this gym and the work that Coach Greg has put into it. I am proud to be part of this team. This morning I felt different. I was not feeling the gym. I did not want to be there nor did I want to give it 100%. I have not felt this way in a while. Usually when it comes to a workout I am super excited and pumped but not this morning.

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The workout was “Fran” and let me say that Fran is a bitch! Pardon my language, but it is. There is nothing easy or likable about Fran. For those who don’t know, this is “Fran”:

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You might be looking at that and thinking that it looks easy. I bet you that you never tried it and you can go to hell. Seriously, do “Fran” then come and talk to me and any other crossfitter. I bet you will agree that this workout beyond sucks! I even did the scale reps of 15-12-6 with 75lbs and did pull-ups with a band and it still was hard.

After the workout I headed to the office where I was on my 4th of an 8 day work week. I had worked the entire weekend covering obituaries and it was both easy and down right boring. I guess there is nothing lively about putting in a obit. I spent most of the day catching up my legal ads and making sure my upcoming wedding announcements were paid for. It was a rather busy day and people say the newspaper is dead.

After work and finally getting home I was able to enjoy a nice dinner with the family and play with K-Dub. Evie was asleep before I forgot home. She had been running fever and was sent home early from daycare. She was feeling better after a dose of Motrin and was all smiles.

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I was invited to a reunion for some former employees that I worked with at a little grocery store in Wadesboro on August 20. I have say that I am excited to go and see everyone. Its been over 10 years since I worked there and 5 years since they closed. Where has the time gone?

K-Dub and I watch Ninja Turtles and She showed me where her “Grumpy was and I am still laughing cause it was too cute and funny. That kid cracks me up. Watch this video and try not laugh out loud.


I also finally got my Qalo ring I ordered last week!

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Now that tonight is coming to a close and a thunderstorm is rolling in, I have to say that I am blessed to have such amazing people around me all the time. I know this is a little random but I have to say my family, friends, and gym family make Mondays so much more easier to do. Thanks guys!

Oh, I also wanted to thank all the readers who made this blog number #717 on The Parent Blogger Leaderboard! It feels like number one! You all rock!

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Here Is To Hope In 2016

  
So now that the tree has been dragged to the curb, the lights are rolled up, and the ornaments are boxed up, it’s time for that annual New Years post…

2015 has not been an easy year for my little family. We have struggled to make ends meet more then people will ever know. Once thing I am hopeful for us to get a little more financially secure as a family. Saving money has always been a struggle for my wife and I. My plan is to cut back on expenses and put a little back each week and slowly pay off our debt. To also plan for big events like Christmas and to coupon like a beast. 

This year I want to get lean. I want to work on building muscle and getting that lean body I have struggled to get my whole life. I am turning 30 soon so it’s time to get lean and get big. My diet will have to change a lot but I will get there. 

I want to run more races. 2015 I ran both a half and full marathon which were huge accomplishments but it did nothing but make we want more “bling” for my wall. The more metals the better. I at least want to run six races this year and I want to also keep a steady running routine. 

I want to get more organized this year. Throw away useless stuff that I don’t need a make more room for useful items. 

I want to get more closer to my wife. This past year we did a lot of our own things. I was running marathons and she was growing our second child. There was a lot of distance between us. Date night stop happening and the “awe” effect of our marriage was gone. We were going through the motions. I don’t want that. I want a more steady date night with my wife. I want to experience the best things about our relationship and I am willing to work for it. She is an amazing woman but I want to make our relationship better. She deserves that. 

I want to blog more. In 2015, I stopped blogging as much. I want to document more for my readers so this year I am going to write more and post frequently. I want to build my readership up like it use to be and post more recipes and funny stories as they happen. 2016 is going to be a great year for this blog. I just know it. 

Well, there you have it. What I want out of 2016. I am so happy to have you along for the ride. Stay tuned. 

The Past Few Weeks

So I would be totally surprised if I had any readers left after this post. It’s not like I have been ignoring the blog but it seems that every time I go to write, it seemed that my mind just would come up with something. I guess I have a case of “extreme writer’s block”. Is that even a thing? 

I don’t want to keep writing about marathon training as that can get boring real quick. It has consumed most of my life at the moment.  My runs are getting faster and by the time I get to the end of the month I start to go further. I am both nervous and scared at this point. I am also excited to see how well I can do this. I have so much support around me. People taking time out of their day to come to the race to cheer me on. I feel I owe it to them and myself to keep going and not stop. 

Did I just bore you with a marathon training update? Sorry. 😁

Crossfit is starting to make a difference in my life. My body has never been stronger.  I actually have muscles on my arms, my chest is looking more chiseled and less like I have “man boobs”. I was really proud of myself for doing a 155 lb squat clean last week! That’s huge for someone like me. I also think I am ready to try a pull up. My coaches are amazing. Coach Greg, Sharon, and Mike encourage me to do my best. To push my limits and to never give up. I think after my marathon I am going to focus more on crossfit and work up to being able to compete. I think I am ready! 

As for the baby… I am not going into too much detail cause I have been working on a post about it. All I will say is that Everly moves a lot! She never stops! My wife has not slept good for the past two weeks and it’s not been the easiest time at our house. 

More on this later. 

  

Life Happens #BlogProblems

  

Wow! I can’t believe that the month of July is almost over. Where did the time go? I also can’t believe it’s been well over three weeks since my last post. A lot has happened. Although, not all good, we are still here. 

Sometimes when you blog you have to take a few weeks off to recharge your creative side. To experience things, even if it is different or the same. I have spent my time away to focus on other things. My marriage, my kids, my training for this marathon, and find some new passions. All have been very rewarding and have made realize that when I set my mind to it. I can do anything. 

My marriage was never in trouble. When I say I wanted to focus on it, I mean reconnect. Our lives together have constantly changed. We are no longer those kids who were constantly all over each other. We have responsibilities like a house payment, kids, and careers. Sometimes there is just not enough hours in the day to reconnect. So with my time away I made it a mission to at least have two conversations with my wife a day. Not only did this actually happen but I learned so much about her. Things that I never knew. Here we are with only three months left before we welcome our little girl into this world and I know that things are just going to get even more crazier. Atleast now I know that my wife and I have an understanding that we can lean on each other and we are each other’s biggest fan. 

I am not going into much detail about this month of marathon training. I am saving that post for the end of the week. All I will say is that it has been both a struggle and a pleasure. I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. I can’t wait to write and share the recap for month three with you. It truly has been my favorite month so far. 

So for the future, I hope to have a few more post about recent fatherhood events. Some are wins and some are fails but that is what it like being a dad. You win and lose but at least you are there. This blog has always been my creative outlet and I honestly can’t wait to see where things go from here. 

Until next post, 

Tyler

300 Strong!

This week I celebrate my 300th post on my blog!!! Yay! It has been a very interesting journey on this blog. I have spent a lot of time reinventing this site over and over again. I never thought that the most viewed entry of all time was going to be my recipe for hashbrown casserole, or that this blog would turn into a fatherhood blog, or a fitness blog. I have enjoyed the ride every moment and it means the world to me to have such strong audience. To have over 909 followers over the course of five years has been a true blessing. I never think of my life as interesting but you guys make me feel like a rock star. My wife and daughter are what keep me writing and to truly tell our stories even if they are hard to tell.

So thank you all from the bottom of my heart and for your uncanny support of my family and this blog!

A New Year Of Hope And Blogging!

As many of you guys know I have been off the blogging map for sometime since my dad passed away. It’s given me some time to sit and think about what happened and also about how I plan moving forward.

Since starting this blog, I have told many stories about my own experience as a father. Raising my daughter has been nothing but an adventure that I would not trade for anything. Being a dad is the best job in the world to me.

So now that 2014 is now over. I can finally breathe and focus on the next chapter. It’s like a brand new start. One of my resolutions this year is to blog more. I hope that during my absence that my readers still want to listen to what I have to say. I got so more great stories and some updates on the family coming your way. Also of course I have some new recipes.

So here is to a happy blogging in 2015! I hope you will join me for the ride.

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