Friday, March 7, 2014

Where is time going?!?

Our little Ivy Jane is 9 months old! She is such a good baby and so much fun to be around. I'm glad we were able to capture her scrunchy face last month because she has traded that in for a cute little smirk. She is always changing and learning new sounds and facial expressions. She is pulling herself to standing and starting to walk around the coffee table. She's a very busy little girl! Jared and I took her to the park while Oliver was in school and snapped a few shots. For some reason she did not want to give us many smiles but luckily towards the end she showed off her toothy grin. So cute!

 When we got home Oliver saw the camera and said "cheese, cheese, cheese..." until Jared took his picture. I'm excited to do his four year pictures later this month. :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Not what you think!

So, normally Maggie writes most of these blog postings for the family.  Giving awesome updates on Oliver and Ivy and what is going on with the family.  Lately some things have happened that have opened my eyes to life, being a husband and a father... actually... being a BETTER husband and BETTER father.  I also have had some things happen with my employment that I thought would NEVER happen, but as it turns out, just when you get comfortable and settle into something, it's bound to change... hopefully for the better!

First off, the whole job thing.  I can talk about it a little more, but I have to wait a little longer for the completeness of it.  The first half isn't secret anymore.  Sure Tones Entertainment, the company that I started back in 2009 has officially closed it's doors.  As a whole, the company was doing great, and I was getting bookings like crazy!  So the decision to close up shop wasn't easy and it didn't have anything to do with finances or lack of interest.  I am very proud of what I built from the ground up, and I am honored that someone else within the industry saw what I did and came to me with an idea that I had actually fiddled around with for a year or so, but never was able to start due to not having enough capital.  As you all probably know, I am working with Event One DJs now for Wedding and Event Hosting.  Weddings and Events are a passion of mine, and I don't think I will be able to give that up anytime soon.  Wes and his team have been very gracious and welcoming me with open arms, and I feel that my talent (trying to not make that sound ego-centric) will bring something new to them, and help them expand even more than they have since 1996.  In addition to Event One, I will be starting a new company with a partner (press release coming soon) that will be focused in the event industry, but with a much larger scale and scope of demographics.  I am VERY excited about this, and it is going to take up a TON of time, but I honestly think that if we do it right, this will be a VERY big success.

Secondly (here's where we get real folks) I want to address something that has bothered me for a long time.  My weight.  I am going to try to be as transparent with you all as possible, but to be honest, I have no idea who reads this, or who even cares.  My size has always been something I have battled.  From a young age, I was always the big kid.  I was always the one whose clothes were a little too tight.  As I grew older, I made poor choices and I allowed myself to continue down a road that is now causing pain in my life, Maggie's, Oliver's and Ivy's.  I am failing them.  I have known that I shouldn't allow myself to get to this size, and I still gave myself permission to do it.  Most of my job requires that I sit at a computer for most of the time, and the physical level of my work is very minimal.  When I was working construction, I lost quite a bit of weight for the simple fact that I was moving concrete around for days on end, and when I got into a size 34 jeans, I flipped out!  Since then, I have expanded to 36... 38... 40.  I am a taller guy, so some think that it's not a big deal.  It is.  I shouldn't be this heavy.  I shouldn't get winded while playing with my son and daughter.  I should look better for my wife.  I should WANT to be better for them... AND myself.

And I haven't.

I don't know why I haven't.  I don't know why it's taken me 31 years years to realize that I HAVE to WANT to be a better ME.  I want to be around for my 50th anniversary.  I want to be around to see and play with my grand kids.  I want to be the best person for my family.  Weight and health are simply a small part of that, but with my families health history in the past, I need to make sure I focus on them diligently.

I have nothing... absolutely NOTHING... standing in my way now.  Recently, Maggie and I had the opportunity to purchase some equipment to help with this.  Tonight it finally clicked in my thick skull.  I have to change the way I think before I can change the way I feel.

So, with that, I am asking anyone that is reading this to encourage me and keep me accountable.  With a very new and different adventure for me regarding job change and a new opportunity to not have ANY excuses to work out more, the only thing that would keep me from doing what I need to do is myself, and I need your help to prevent that.  :-)

OH.  By the way.  Oliver and Ivy are amazing... just sayin'.