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.

New Beginning, Something New

Anyone that has had a conversation with me over the past couple of months knows that I have been looking to do something else career wise. I have been doing a lot of soul searching, praying, and talking to my wife but I could just not seem to make up my mind what I wanted to do.

I have been at the local paper here in Charlotte for over 2 years working in the Advertising Department. I am in charge of all legal classifieds, weddings and celebrations, worship directory, backing up obituaries and classified call center for not only Charlotte but multiple surrounding  papers also. I love what I do. I am really good at managing so much on my plate at one time and I never miss a deadline, however I was getting burned out and I did not know how much longer I could keep going.

An opportunity crossed my path recently and I had give it a try. The magazine staff was looking for a new account and layout coordinator. I had no real expectations but decided to throw my name in the hat to see what would happened. Soon my name spread like wildfire on the 11th floor and everyone was super excited for me so naturally, I got excited also.

Two weeks later I was called in for an interview. The manger made me feel comfortable like I was talking to a friend. I explained to her why I was looking for a change and I left thinking it went very well.

Monday I was called in and… I GOT THE JOB!

So now I will be moving into a new role at paper working with the amazing magazine staff. I am so excited to start and look forward to what the future holds for me and my little family.

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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Finding That Full Time Groove

  

I have to say that the end of 2014 up until now has been hard for my wife and I. We have struggled to maintain or house and we have faced a lot of challenges. At a few points we spent our nights crying on the couch cause we did not know if we were going to make it. How were we going to take care of our daughter and the one on the way if we could not keep the lights on?

I spent the late part of 2014 working odd jobs, couponing so we could have our next meal and spending all the time I could with my daughter. I was the most domestic dad you would ever meet. I told people I was a part time stay at home dad and I secretly loved every minute of it.

Then in February, I found a small part time job was available at the local paper in Charlotte. Did not think anything about it and applied. I never thought that I would get a phone call that night. I was interviewed over the phone and asked to come in the next day. I interviewed two more times for this position and was offered it the next week while making a Target run.

My job was taking classified ads for garage sales, pet, and automobiles. I worked five hours a day and still had time to workout, pick K-Dub up from school, have dinner on the table, and my house was always clean. I loved it! I got a satisfaction of being able to bring money in and still take care of my family. I was the dad that I always wished I had.

After 8 months of working really hard at the paper, I was offered a full time position that I could not turn down. It was my dream job and I felt like I finally arrived. Months of praying to be full time had finally been heard.

What I did not expect was that I had to give up and change some things in my day to day life. I was now not able to take K-Dub to and from school, I had to stop going to my 6 am crossfit class, and I could not longer make dinner cause I was now getting home after 6 pm. Life has changed and I am still finding my groove as a husband, father, athlete, and now a full time employee. I have had to adjust my schedule a lot but I think that I will find my groove. Has anyone else had these issues?

I am grateful for this opportunity and I feel I deserve it but I just hope that the relationships with my family and friends stay strong as I spent the last year trying to strengthen them.

A Step Back

  

Well I am really surprised I have any readers out there at all. My wife actually made the comment to me yesterday that it had been a while since I last blogged. Our little family has gone through some major changes.

In case you have not followed me on social media lately, then you must know that I got an amazing promotion at work and now I am full time! This year has been hard and with the power of prayer and a lot of hard work I managed to score this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to see what happens next as I continue to grow and learn more about the exciting world of advertising! Now I have to get use to working 8 hours again, fighting traffic, and getting up early.

Also I found out why my leg has been bothering me. My knee started to swell last week and it was really hurting. I found that my knee and entire leg became inflamed. The reason was that I was doing way too much exercising. So now I have cut back on my routine. Now I am just doing my cool down run  and my long. run. Today is the first day I feel like I could run again, which is good because my marathon is less then 8 weeks way! So this week I am back to hitting the pavement and I could not be more ready.

We are only 3 short weeks away from Baby E coming! We are in crunch mode as we finish her room, wash her clothes, fold her blankets, and bring out the high chair. Things are changing at our house. As the days get closer I am getting more scared and excited. I am ready to meet her but I am dreading the lack of sleep that any parent will tell you is a real struggle.

There are a lot of things to be thankful for and a lot to be scared about. Thanks to everyone who has kept my family in your prayers and continued to support us. You love and encouragement means the world to us!

This Week Was A Good Week

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So just like the title suggests, this week has brought a lot of changes to my little family. I look back on everything bad that happened to us over the last few months of 2014 and I see whats happened now and it confirms the saying that everything happens for a reason. I finally get why that is.

As many of you know I have been a stay at home dad since the end of October. I have been picking up little odd jobs here and there to make extra money but mostly I have been taking care of K-Dub. We have had a lot of fun and she is amazing! This week I was given an opportunity I could not pass up. I accepted a position at the Charlotte newspaper called The Charlotte Observer. I will be working in the advertising department. I am so excited to finally use some of the skills I learned in college. It is in many ways my dream job. I can still be an amazing dad to K-Dub cause the position is very flexible. I will miss our days of nothing but playing princesses and puzzles but I am ready to spend some time with some other adults.

When I got the job, I told my wife and we were both so excited. I was excited to start a new chapter in my life and she was excited for this…

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So it looks like I am going to be a daddy again! All I remember was crying cause I was so happy. My wife and I talked about having another baby but we’re just “not trying” to conceive one. It was still a total shock. We are just praying for a healthy baby. We are due October 9th and we are currently five weeks along. I am super excited for a new member of the family to come.

So yes life is good this week. I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to keep praying for. It’s funny how when you lose things you get them back and it’s better then what you had originally.

Please continue to have my family in your thoughts and prayers as we start new jobs and expect our second baby.

This was our announcement yesterday…