Back At It

So it has been a while since my last post but I am back. A lot has happened since my last post. My family and I have been very busy and things don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

First, Happy New Year, I missed writing this blog, I missed you, yada, yada, yada. I am not going to waste my time or yours writing about goals for 2018 as if I was going to try and stick to them anyways.

It is really hard to find the words to put on the screen. Usually it is pretty easy but I am finding it hard these past few months to find my voice again. I really hate to waste your time so lets start with some updates.

K-Dub has been enrolled in dance and LOVES IT! All she talks about is dance class and her teacher. She is really cute in her outfit and to watch glide across the floor. She just turned five and the attitude is starting to be more intense. I cant believe that it will not be long before she is in Kindergarten. Where has the time gone? She still is a Daddy’s girl and I love every minute of it.

Evie is Evie. She is still mean as a snake. The best way to describe her is that she is a sour patch kid. She hits you in the face one minute and then the next she is hugging your arm and telling you she loves you. She is not a big fan of me but a die hard follower of my wife. She loves my wife. Her new thing now is to fight going to bed. When she commits to hating something she really commits to it.

BrittWhitFun is still the same. She is the leader of the pack. She spends her days working and calculating schedules and making lunches in the evening. She keeps our family going and I really have no clue what I would do without her. She is awesome.

As for me…My job has taken off in a very different direction then I ever thought would be possible as I am now more then ever in the core of my magazines. South Park Magazine has really taken off and we just had Greg Olson on this months cover. Carolina Bride has a new editor and I am working very close to her to get our magazine in front of as many eyes as possible.  In addition to working with the magazines I am also coordinating events which puts me in front of some new people and new places. I think this is by far the most fun thing about my job.

As far as fitness goes I have been in slump for the past few months. I have given up Crossfit and decided to journey out on my own. So far I am just not feeling it. I have however been focussing on my nutrition very heavy. Trying to find what works best for me and how different food affect my body. Once I find a new balance I will get back to it.

Very thankful to be here working hard to be a better me.

My Hopes For 2017



Here we all are again about to start a new year. It is a chance to start over. A chance to work on things that we had put aside. 2016 was a hard year. From loosing tons of Hollywood legends to loosing my amazing mother, this year has been rough for everyone.

I always feel like when it comes to starting a new year, I want to make my resolutions realistic. I want them to be obtainable but also a challenge. I want them to push me, to motivate me, and to make me step out of my comfort zone. I want them to make me a better person and for my friends and family to see me as a better person.

In 2017, I want to…

Break the cycle of how the world sees Millennials.

I was on Facebook the other day and found a video that was not only enlightening bout my generation but was also spot on exactly why we are the way we are. The answer is very simple. My generation grew up thinking that we were special, that we should have everything handed to us quickly and in a hurry. This is true. I find myself angry when things take forever and I have to wait. My generation grew up with participation trophies being handed to us so we did not feel left out. The truth is we should not be rewarded for simply participating. We should only be rewarded if we put in good work and accomplish something. Nothing should be handed to us. If everyone gets a trophy or a medal for simply being there then what is the lesson? That is why my generation can’t stay at the same job. When asking someone in my generation if they are going to quit and they say yes, ask them why. I bet the answer is that they feel like they have not made some kind of difference. How can you do that if you only been at that company for 8 months? Change does not happen overnight. I want to break this cycle in my own life. To do that I am going to be patient, work harder, and realize that I am not special and there are somethings that I can’t do.

Put the electronics down.

This coming year  I want to break free from electronics. I want to be able connect with people on a more face to face level. When my wife and I go out to dinner I am going to leave my phone behind and enjoy a real conversation with my wife. When going to bed, I am going to plug all my computers, iPads, and iPhones downstairs so that I can enjoy being in my room without any distractions. No more looking at Instagram at midnight cause I can’t sleep. To leave my phone at my desk when going into a meeting to show I am there to listen and that I care about what is going on my with coworker’s dad who has been sick for a while. My hope in doing this is to strengthen my relationships and to be a better husband, father, coworker, brother, and friend.

Get a handle on my nutrition.

When my mom passed away I ate my feelings and now I have gained 20 pounds that I am not sure is muscle, fat, or a combination of the two, Anyways, I want to venture out into the world of clean eating and really look at what my body is consuming. I want to track all my meals and meal prep. I want to really research different recipes and try new foods. I think this may be the year I finally get over my fear of bananas.

Train harder then ever before.

Now that I have my gym in the garage, there is no reason not to train harder, I am literally surrounded by exercise equipment. I have my local crossfit gym, Crossfit MNC, my home gym, and my gym at work. There really is no reason for me to be fat and not be in the best shape of my life. So this year I want to train hard. I want to burn at least 900 calories a day and I want to workout twice a day. I want to push myself. I have a Spartan Race in April that I am going to do with some friends at my gym so I need to be ready.

Blog more and more and more…

I know I am the worse about this, I always go really hard for a couple of weeks and then stop posting. It amazes me that I still have readers on this site. You guys must really love me. My goal is to blog up to three times a week. I want to keep you informed in whats going on in my life, share some articles that I found, post pics of the kids and our adventures, and to share cool and exciting new recipes I come across. I can’t wait to share my Disney World vacation with you guys or my Spartan Race and other great things I have planned. I can’t wait to get started.

2017 is going to be a great year. I am going to Disney World in less then 75 days. I have an amazing family. I am have the best friends and coworkers, I even have the best gym family. I know this year will be a challenge but with hard work and motivation and with the help of my favorite blog friends, I know this year will be great.

Here is to 2017!

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.


2014- The Year It Will Change



I can’t believe that this blog is on its third year! Wow! Where has the time gone. I know that there has been some breaks here and there but really you guys have been there since the first post and I can’t thank you enough!

So here we are! 2014! I can’t believe we made it! Where am I today? I am stuck at the office working or should be working. I just wanted to take some time and share some hopes and dreams that I hope to accomplish in the year 2014. I want 2014 to be a year of change and a year of endless possibilities. I want to see new things and meet some new people. Here is my list of things I hope for in 2014.

  • To eat an apple a day- I already started doing this and I have to say that it makes a big difference. Sometimes I eat two a day just to give me some extra energy for my workouts.
  • Run  my first 5K- This is my big goal for 2014 cause I have now been running for two months and I love it. I need to take my new hobby to another level. I run 5ks on the treadmill at least 3 times a week but I am going to wait until fall to make this goal a reality so I can go from 32 minutes to under 26 minutes.
  • Be active- I have been active now for the last months of 2013 and I have to say it makes a huge difference. I have taken my workouts to another level from running to now weightlifting, biking, and swimming. As long as I break some kind of sweat everyday in 2014, I will be ok with that.
  • Travel- I want to go somewhere that I have never been before this year. If it is a beach or a new city, I just want to experience a new set of scenery this year.
  • Pay off my credit cards- I don’t have a lot of debit but I would like to pay these 3 cards off and keep them that way.
  • Save more money- It never hurts to save a little more. I want to set a goal that is obtainable, and if I reach it, then set another one.
  • Spend time with my wife and daughter- I want to be there with my family more and share some memories with them. I want to go on dates with my wife and spend afternoons at the park with K-Dub. She is only going to be small for so long.
  • Laugh more- That goes with one above but I want to try to not be so serious and let things bother me. Laughing them off is the only way to see the humor in every situation.
  • Drink more wine- That is always a goal but I really like wine and I always say every year that I never get to drink enough.
  • Be more uncomfortable- I want to go to places and experience things that I don’t normally do. I want to try skiing, go to jazz bar, go camping, and even try deep-sea fishing.

As you can see there is a lot that I want to do this year. I know that some of these will be hard to accomplish but I am game to get them done. The only thing I can do is give it my best. So here is to a great 2014. Bring it on!!

2013: What A Ride!



I know that a lot of blogs this week have been talking about their own little accomplishments for the year 2013. I am sorry to say that I am to. Its time to reflect on the current year before watching that sparkly ball drop tonight and kick off 2014. I have to say that this year went by so fast. I am still getting over Christmas. I just threw my dead tree out of the house Sunday. I am so glad to have this year over with but I also have to say that I had a very busy and exciting year.

This was the year in which I became father. This is one of my favorite accomplishments and one that I will always treasure. As my loyal reader know, becoming a dad has been a real challenge. I went from baby thong maker to being able to change a diaper in my sleep. Oh that lack of sleep in the beginning that I still don’t miss. Those days were horrible. I eventually found my stride and got my parental self in check. Now I am never surprised by what happens next and I am actually pretty excited to see what 2014 has in store for K-Dub and I. I just hope that in 2014 that there is less poop up the back and a little more walking.

One of the other big events that happened this year actually happen towards the end. We built a house! This had to be one of the most stressful things I have ever done. I remember having to check on the house once or twice a week to make sure everything was done and installed the way we wanted. This went on for about 5 months. A very long 5 months. In the end everything looked great and we moved in without a problem. We love our house and the extra room that comes with it. I could not imagine us living anywhere else. My hope for 2014 is to get the inside of the house painted, get a fence in the backyard up, and buy new living room furniture.

2013 can also be known as The Year of The Babies! After K-Dub came in this world, it was not long after that her cousins HJ (Born in June) and Hayden (Born in July) came in to the world. She got one cousin on BrittWhitFun’s side of the family and an extra one on mine. So lets just say that Christmas was a lot of fun this year cause we had new members of the family to spoil. So now I guess in 2014 we will be having first birthday parties and new milestones to watch for. I can’t wait. I love kids!

This year brought so many changes to my life and they were all welcomed. I hope that in 2014 that the changes continue and that my family is continued to be blessed. So here is to a great 2014. May this year be just as amazing as 2013! Cheers!!!

Cheers To 2013!

Its been a long time since my last entry. the last you heard from me my wife and I just stole our Christmas tree. Well the good news is we never went to jail and looks like we actually got away with it! I decided to take break from blogging to not only get ready for the holiday season but to help my now nine month pregnant wife prepare for the birth of our daughter.

2012 was a great year for my wife and I. We had our ups and downs but in the end it has made us a stronger couple. No one ever said marriage was easy. We struggled through the loss of our first pregnancy which is something that we will never forget. We also had some hard times with money as we struggled with adjusting to new jobs. These transitions have brought us more closer and i am glad we are going into 2013 hand in hand as a new united front.

2012 was the year that i finally put away the cigarettes and the lies that come with them. It was the year I finally joined the rest of the world and got a iPhone. I even went as far as getting an iPad too. These devices have helped me keep in touch with my family really good friends. That brings me to my next point. 2012 was the year where I became the person I always said I would not be until I turned 30 years old. I am a full-time husband, father to be, and really good friend. I think I really did break out of my shell this year.

Now since its 2013 I am happy to say that I first of all excited to meet my baby girl for the first time. She will be here any day now. I am also excited for my new work schedule as I will be able to spend more time with my new little family. I can’t wait to spend my second anniversary with the love of my life in May. I am excited about the newest additions to the family this year. I am also excited for the next phase in mine and Brittney’s life as we go from just being married to being parents. Its going to be a fun ride that I can’t wait to take you guys along with us.

Here is to 2013! Bring it on!

2012 In Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.