Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Love

Good morrow Blog reading patrons!

Quick poll to gauge where I want to go with this Blog for future posts, comment below if you are so inclined to vote, here is the question or rather the two options:

Should I continue posting (roughly) once or twice a month and have really long posts like this one?


Should I write several posts a week, keeping in mind that they will likely be very short?

The thought behind the second option is that I can get myself to wrap my head around a short post every few days, whereas, currently, I have the thought that I need to write The Iliad and The Odyssey every time I sit down to write a post. Not that I am comparing myself to Homer, I'm not that great!

Today is a day of nostalgia for me since I plan on attending the Fridley 49ers Parade with Benson. For any who might read this that don't know about the parade, it is basically the city of Fridley's annual celebration of the year it was founded. I'm surprised I didn't post about it last year to be honest since I ran before the parade for the first time (and did awful...)! For some reason I can't remember my first memories of going to the parade, but I do remember scattered memories from all parades past.

Whether it was biking around with friends during the parade, going to the carnival after the parade or just sitting with my parents and grandparents, there are so many fond memories of parades past. Here are a couple of my favorite memories from parades past (may have to find some old pics as well which will be perfect for TBT [throw back Thursday]):

1. I still remember when our Goddaughter, Sabrina, was a bit younger, Pauline and I were adventurous enough to take her to the parade by ourselves! She was a little shy to us and it was hard to tell whether she was having any fun or not, but by the end of the parade it at least seemed like she was having a good time!

2. Another great time was when I was part of the parade! Well, kind of. Pauline and I got the great honor of chauffeuring around (at the time) Princess Christa Niznik, who later became Queen (Fridley Ambassadors program), not saying it was because we chauffeured her, but I'm not saying it wasn't...

3. There were so many other great memories, but my favorite had to be last year, running in the parade and then spending time watching Benson watch the parade, as well as seeing people from my youth and showing them how lucky I am to have a son in my life now!

So if you plan on being at the parade (those of you who live here), maybe I will see you there!

Okay, that was my nostalgic semi-rant about the parade.

I wanted to reiterate my excitement and joy that came from my wife's efforts the last few days. Some of you may have seen my post this morning on Facebook referencing how proud I was of my wife for what she did. What I was referring to was her awesome research and negotiating skills in getting us a new car (not a van which she was adamant about!) The car she picked out is pretty awesome and has the third row we need for the upcoming twins in November. It's a Saturn Outlook, equipped with a bunch of extras that will make driving twins and a 2 year old a joy! Here are some pictures of the outside, looks pretty good for a 2007!:

It has a little bit more swagger than a minivan which I appreciate and will hopefully last us for years to come! We pick it up on Friday morning, so I am pretty pumped about that!

As I look forward to this weekend, I can't help but praise God for all of the wonderful things in my life. My wife, my son, my future twins, my job, my opportunities at my job, my family, my small group, my friends, my co-workers, my health, my home, my car, so many other things that I can't think of, all thanks to my living relationship with Jesus Christ, I can truly say that he has blessed my path, and although I'm a sinful man and screw up my fair share, even still today, I know that I can return to my Savior and He will forever have my back in this life and the next.

In conclusion I want to highlight some exciting upcoming events in the next couple weeks. One is the wedding we are attending tomorrow for our friends Tyler and Emily, so excited for that! Another is on July 8th we find out what our little twinkies are (if they let us), boy/boy, girl/girl, boy/girl, we will hopefully know at that time. I can't promise we will let everyone know right away, but I do promise I will have a blog post about it, sometime soon after!

With that I leave you with these things, more pictures! Most are on Facebook, some are not, most are pretty random. Enjoy!

Thanks as always for reading and God Bless!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

First Time Daddy... 2nd... 3rd...

Whelp, it has been awhile since my last post, and for those of you who don't yet know, my wife and I are going to have even more babies! The key word here being babies as opposed to baby, yes that in fact means two!

No we are not just avid Twins fans, we are in fact having twins come this November.

Let me first just speak to my elated excitement about this, having one baby is awesome, as you have seen with my joyous posts about Benson, but that fact that two more will be coming into my life is just incredible! Growing up I always thought it might be neat to have twins, but never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would in fact actually have twins. I was sitting at my desk two Wednesday's ago when Pauline gave me a call, she referenced, "I hope you are sitting down," (my thought was, duh, I am at my desk), but I muttered, "Yeah..? Why?" at this point I am assuming it is a bad thing because everyone knows you don't give out good news when you tell someone to sit down... "There's two!" A flood of emotion came over me that can only be described as pure joy! What did I do to deserve such a blessing in my life? 

As I think about the tough times that are in store related to everything that has to do with caring for and raising twins, I can't help but outweigh the toughness with utter happiness and the thought that I am going to have two more loved ones to show my love and care and eventually show God's love and care. It is so incredible that God has entrusted us with the care of two more of his loved ones and I only pray that I can do Him proud and bring all of my little one's closer to Him and show them that He is what they need and He is the one that they should give their whole lives to!

So absolutely awe-inspiring and amazing!

What does this mean for Benson?

Benson will never do anything to receive any less love from me. No matter what he may do, or how many kids we may have, there is absolutely no way that I would stop loving him as much as I do now. Heaven forbid he hurt me in the future in any way, shape, or form, but even still, I am reminded of the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32, it will be such a great blessing to see my son return home if at any time he decides to turn his back on me. He is forever in my heart and I will always pray for his salvation and always forgive any wrong he may do.

But, I don't want to get negative and say that he will do any of what I just said, we just never know, the world is full of sin and it is hard to know how anyone will turn out, but I will keep praying and leaving it up to God to guide and shape all of my loved-ones lives.

There are so many firsts still to come for both Benson and these two new one's that are coming sooner than we think! It is just so very exciting to think that I am going to be a part of it!

Speaking of firsts! Again, if you missed it, here are some pictures of Benson's first haircut!

As you can tell from the pictures, it started with one comb distraction and when that wasn't enough, it was a two comb distraction! Overall though, he seemed to enjoy it! It helps to have your mom be the one doing it I suppose. He is starting to look more and more like a little boy now!

Here are a few other random photos from the last couple months that are some of my favs:

Kid loves balloons, that's for sure, but what little kid doesn't? And unfortunately/fortunately for him, he is going to someday have to get glasses (both mommy and daddy have them), but at least he will look like a stud when he gets them.

MUCH MUCH MUCH more to come on the twin front as well as the Benson front, for now, I leave you with a few name suggestions for the twins that we have already received, brought to you by our small group, and also, a picture of what Benson may want to do when he "grows up."

Cain and Abel

Brett and Favre

Olaf and (insert any other Frozen name here)

Eden and Isabella

Totes and Perf

Wolf and Gang

Wayne and Gretzky

(Thanks again to our small group for the super suggestions)

And here is Benson pretending to be a Firefighter for the day!

As always thanks for reading and God bless!