2 Heartbeats 4 Legs & 4 Arms

2 Heartbeats 4 Legs & 4 Arms

This week was a big week as I turned 41 years old a week ago.  I know many of you would have lost a bet not sure if I was going to make it this far.  As I look back at all of the blessings that I have had in my life I am amazed that one person can have it go so right for them.  Erin and I talk about this all the time the number of things that had to fall just right for us to have met in the first place and now we are expecting twins in the spring.  Sometimes I have to say it aloud so I remind myself that it is real and we are so excited.  Something this wonderful isn’t supposed to happen to a guy like me, from coming home after my third semester of college with a whopping 1.1 GPA and my father uttering the best thing he has probably ever said to me: “I am not spending one more dime on your education!”  I will never forget when they made me call Coach Corradini that night and tell him I was not coming back to MSJ.  It did lead me to one of the best decisions I have ever made, joining the United States Army.  I grew up and grew up fast spending almost 13 months in Iraq in a war zone will do that to you.  When I got out I graduated from Kent State University and started teaching, got my Masters degree from Ohio University and love every day that I get to go to work for the Willoughby-Eastlake school district and coach football at Avon High School.  I married my best friend and without a doubt the best person that I know three years ago this December and now we are awaiting the arrival of our identical twins this spring.  If you would have told me seven years ago this would be my life, I would have told you that you were nuts! Now I wouldn’t trade this life for anything!

Enough about me, because I know that you guys are here for the updates on the babies. We had an ultrasound today.  It has been two weeks since the last one and it has felt like it was two months.  During that time we went to Cincinnati for a weekend and this Saturday we had our families over for my birthday dinner.  We had a lot going on but today was always at the front of our minds, the twins are always at the front of our minds.  The ultrasound nurse, I think that is what she is called, took all kinds of pictures we got to hear the heartbeats again, she measured them and they measured about the same.  This is good because it means that one is not taking all of the nutrients and they are sharing, I’m sure they get that from me.  They had good spine lengths and good skin thickness on their necks, as Dr. Kory said as he walked in the room, “Everything is looking great!”  We are so pumped, we get to go back to get another ultrasound where they look at their anatomy development and we can find out the gender if we want, but so far Erin is holding out at first I thought it was to spite her mother and her sister but also she has a good bet with her father if we don’t find out.  Keep holding out honey!

Week 11 updates and the Ryder Cup

Week 11 updates and the Ryder Cup

The babies are coming! The babies are coming!  The twins are consuming our lives and it is awesome!  There isn’t a second that goes by the I do not think about them or that Erin or I am not discussing them.  We have started to receive clothes for the babies and they are so small.  This time the pregnancy has become real, from hearing heartbeats to receiving gifts and shopping for cribs, shits getting real over here at the Peters’s! I believe this weekend we settled on two boy’s names and two girl’s names, I will reveal them at a later time, but I will tell you this they are strong, classy and fun.

When I think about the coming of the babies in the spring, people have asked me all kinds of questions.  One of my favorites being if I am going to be alright if they are girls?  Of course, I can’t put them back!  I have also been asked if they are boys am I going to make them play football? My answer to this question is simple I am not going to make them do anything besides work hard and be a good person.  These two qualities were taught to me and my brothers by our parents and I hope to instill these qualities in my children.  If you know my father you have probably heard a few of his famous sayings, one of our favorites is “God put us on the earth for two reasons, have a good time and help other people.”  This is what really matters, how you treat others will get you further than anything in this world and as long as the one thing people say about our children is that they are good people I will consider them successful.  The other thing that I believe is that no matter what you do, do it as well as you can.  If you are a ditch digger be the greatest ditch digger that you can be if you are a salesperson be the best salesperson that you can. No matter what you are doing do it as well as you can.  In Brian Kight’s Focus 3 part of it says “Be The Best Version of You Everyday” being a good person and working hard will help you be the best version of you and that is my hope for my coming babies.  Too many times people are worried about what they have, instead of what they can do for others.  I will teach my children to be servant leaders by putting the needs of others in front of theirs.

This weekend in Paris the Ryder Cup took place between American golfers and European golfers.  I love the Ryder Cup and events like it where we can all be Americans for a weekend.  America is the greatest country in the world with freedoms like no other but somewhere we get lost in appreciating what we have and what we are afforded.  America has lost the ability to admit when it is wrong.  It does not matter when someone takes a certain side they will fight to the death that they are not wrong even though they know deep down that they are wrong.  Also as Americans, we have lost the ability to listen, really listen to each other when we have discourse.  A lot of times we hear but we do not listen to the other side of a disagreement.  We are to busy formulating our rebuttal instead of listening to the other side.  Too many times in this country people think the longest, loudest talker is always right.  When we do not listen to each other we also lose the ability to see things from the other person’s perspective.  As Americans, we need to listen to each other, be good people, and work hard and America will continue to have a bright future.  Oh, and by the way, the American lost the Ryder Cup to the Europeans 17.5-10.5.  We will see you in Wisconsin in 2020 Europe!

Babies are Growing!

Babies are Growing!

Erin has signed me up for this e-mail that tells you what your baby or in this case babies looks like in the womb.  Great news they became fetuses this week, we are officially in week number ten only about 26 more to go!  Also, this Friday morning was a major milestone, I gave Erin her last shot in the morning, what a glorious day for the both of us!

Anyone that follows us or has been to our house in the last 18 months has met our English Springer Spaniel Hank. Hank lives the best life of any puppy that I know, as my father-in-law, Mark has stated: “when I come back I want to come back as Hank!”  He definitely hit the lottery when we adopted him in December of 2016.  Hank spent about one month sleeping in a crate, then one morning as I put him back in the crate as I was leaving for work he started whining and Erin who did not need to be up for a couple hours said: “oh just put him in bed so he’ll shut up!” Hank hasn’t slept outside of our king size bed since unless he is sleeping over at his grandparents, where he sleeps with Mark in his king size bed.  Well, his life is about to change as he knows it, in fact, it already has started.  He has been getting less and less attention and his whining has been getting him nowhere.  He likes to spend every waking and sleeping moment with someone and he also enjoys swimming in the pond in our backyard.  Well as we have been working and preparing for the arrival of the twins in the spring he has been fending for himself.  Yesterday was a great day for Hank because he got to spend the day with Poppy.  Poppy is very active and has a lot of property for Hank to run around which he loves.  Apparently, Poppy was working and Hank wanted to play so he went into the garage and got the frisbee and dropped it at Poppy’s feet.   Today, the neighbors had a brunch for their daughter which we went to directly after church so Hank had to be alone for about two hours then I went outside when the landscapers came to plant the rest of our flowers in the beds.  I let Hank out and man did he take advantage, he went swimming multiple times, he knew that everyone was at the neighbor’s house so he ran in there, and it took me forever to get him back in the house.  He is a nutcase!

Erin has been feeling pretty good except for being extremely tired.  We go back in for another ultrasound October 9th to make sure everything is ok.  It seems so surreal to talk about but everytime that we get another gift from our wonderful friends and family I realize it is happening.  Erin and I aren’t the most patient people in the world and we can hardly stand it that we won’t meet our little pumpkins for 26 more weeks but preparing for them is keeping us busy.

This football season couldn’t be going better as Notre Dame is undefeated, the Avon Eagles where I help coach is 4-1, and the Browns won a game Thursday night.  All is right in the world of football.  Erin and I went to ND’s third game against Vanderbilt, we never get to go to a game before November so we jumped at the chance when Andrew said he had some tickets.  It was hot but we enjoyed the trip there and back, plus they won.  This Saturday night my Dad and I will be in attendance when the Irish play in a top ten game against the Cardinal of Stanford.  The Irish have seemed to find their stride with a new QB in Ian Book.  They seem to be set up to go undefeated as the schedule is not that tough and hopefully we can sneak into the College Football Playoff.

Life is going well at the Peters’s household as we are very blessed.  Stay tuned as I will have a week 11 update on the twins next week on foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog

Peters Family is Expanding!

Peters Family is Expanding!

This summer Erin and I embarked on the journey of a lifetime.  Neither of us knew what to expect but we were positive what outcome we wanted to happen.  After getting pregnant in the fall of 2015 and unfortunately having a miscarriage we were ready to give it a go again, for crying outloud, I’m 40 years old I want to still be able to hang during Dad’s weekend when the kids get to college.  In early June just after I had finished school for the year our summer of trips to the Avon Cleveland Clinic commenced.  We were starting IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and we had no idea what to expect but we were willing to take this journey together and see where it ended.  We signed up with a wonderful Dr. at the clinic and her nurses and the fun began.  First off if you ever decide to do this process you and your spouse’s relationship will never be the same, you will be closer than you ever thought and this process will not work unless you really love that other person because your privacy is practically over.  Erin gave herself the shots and took all of the medicine that she had to and we came out with three viable embryos, one great, one good, and one that barely made the cut.  First time around we implanted one, with plans to implant the others at a later date.  Unfortunately, the embryo did not take and it was on to round two.  This time we discussed it and decided to implant both embryos that were left, this gave us a greater chance of getting one baby but also increased our chances of getting multiples, meaning twins.  In August we implanted the two embryos and had to wait two weeks to get an ultrasound to see if they took and would become babies.  All this time I had to give Erin shots in the rear end every morning before I left for school, which I was usually waking her up between 6:30 and 7:00. Not sure if any of you guys have seen my wife in the morning before coffee but I have felt safer doing missions in Iraq than waking her up!

September 4th is a day that I will never forget as we went in to get our ultrasound to find out if the embryos implanted successfully into a pregnancy.  As we sat in the ultrasound room Erin was laying down and her feet in the stirrups, I was sitting beside her and I could see the ultrasound on the screen on the wall, now this is where things took a turn.  As the nurse was scanning her uterus she says”there is one baby”, well on the other side of the screen I could see the exact same image and then she says “…and there’s baby number 2!”  Erin starts crying tears of joy as we were so happy that we were having a baby it was overwhelming us.  I’m not sure if I really remember much of what was said afterward, but when we left the Clinic we went to First Watch for breakfast.  At breakfast, we sat right next to this young couple and Erin told them all about our wonderful news.  Then the Dr. called Erin and her face dropped as she was talking to her.  The Dr. was not in the ultrasound and saw the scan afterward and then called Erin.  She told us that the one embryo split into two babies creating identical twins, but they weren’t sure about the other embryo that they had implanted.  We had to schedule another ultrasound with a high-risk pregnancy Dr. in two weeks, September 18th.  This was the longest two weeks in the history of time.  Every day we would look at each other at least a half a dozen times and say, “what if it is three?”  We would lie in bed and try to figure out a way for one of us to trade-in our vehicle for a mini-van.  Erin was relieved when she found a triplet car seat for the Volvo.  We knew that whatever the lord intended for us to have we would be able to handle because we have a wonderful support network of family and friends.  I’m still giving Erin shots in the butt at this point and her ass looks like a war zone of needle punctures!

September 18th is finally here and we have two appointments, Erin was able to get us into her OBGYN in the morning while we are seeing the high-risk Dr. in the afternoon.  In the moring, the Dr. does an ultrasound and confirms that the babies are in the same placenta, but isn’t sure if they are in the same sac (which would be the worse case) or in their own sac (which is the best case).  We go to the high-risk Dr. in the afternoon and he confirms that the babies are same placenta and separate sacs which is medium risk and best we could have hoped for knowing that they already shared the same placenta.  As we stand now the Peters family is growing by two as we are expecting twins in the spring of 2019.  As of right now, Erin does not want to find out the gender as well as I do not either it will be the greatest surprise of our lives!

Stay tuned and follow foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog as I will be updating how Erin is feeling and how we are preparing for the arrival of the twins in March 2019. Please keep our growing family in our prayers.

We Live in the Grey Area of Life

We Live in the Grey Area of Life

As I read my Facebook/Twitter timelines it occurs to me that Nike using Colin Kaepernick as their spokesperson has really riled some people up.  Let’s boil this down to what Kaepernick has done:

  1. He exercised his right to free speech and to peacefully protest police brutality, this was not protesting the anthem or the flag, that was just the stage that he used same as Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico in 1968.
  2. He basically made himself a pariah in the NFL because he wasn’t good enough to be that big of a distraction and still be a starting QB in the NFL.
  3. He has continued his work even while being out of the league by donating to police training and helping to reduce excessive force and racial profiling.
  4. Now Nike has dropped an ad campaign with Kaepernick with the title “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”

What Kaepernick did by peacefully protesting is what America is all about.  Is America great? You better believe it, but at the same time, America also has some flaws that we need to work on.  Kaepernick put his entire livelihood on the line in the same vein as Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tommie Smith, and John Carlos.  Kaepernick was bringing awareness to a problem in American society that needed attention and had the stage of the NFL to do it.  The peaceful protest leads to Kaepernick being an outcast in the eyes of the NFL.  It turned out Kaepernick wasn’t a good enough QB to still be in the league with the distraction he would have brought to the team.  Colin has not played an NFL game in two years, because he decided that his cause was more important than his playing career.  Kaep has proven that he is dedicated to his cause by continuing to raise money for excessive force training and racial profiling.  Two days ago Nike launched an ad campaign depicting Kaepernick with the saying “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”

The outrage to this ad has been unbelievable, I had a 2 hour Facebook discussion about it and I was essentially agreeing with this person the whole time.  Here is the problem people want a 100% win about everything.  They need a black and white answer to every question, well guess what people we live in an intensely grey world.  I was reading this morning and people were all up in arms about the way Kaepernick was exercising his rights and I also read veteran responses answering “I did not protect your freedoms so that I could tell you how to use them.” This is America there are no 100% wins that is because we have freedom and are not run by a police state.

America was founded by a group of immigrant protestors that were tired of being oppressed by England, and they wanted change.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lead peaceful protests all around the south as part of the civil rights movement to exact change.  Peaceful protests are a great part of American history and also what makes America great. What also makes America great is the fact that we can have these discussions where no one is right but that we also do not have to fear for our lives because we disagree.  In America Kaepernick is allowed to peacefully protest, Nike is allowed to hire him as their spokesperson, and if you do not like that you are allowed to boycott all Nike products.  This is the way America works and this is the way America works best.  Everyone has their own individual rights to express and exercise how they want without the fear of repercussion from the government. Democracy is not easy my friends if it were everyone, would do it.  God Bless America!

What a Weekend in Sports in the State of Ohio!!

What a Weekend in Sports in the State of Ohio!!

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The first weekend of August 2018 was an awesome weekend in sports for the state of Ohio.  It started on Wednesday with the controversy and allegations of covering up domestic violence by Head Football Coach Urban Meyer, then moved to the Indians hosting Mike Trout and the Los Angles Angels, the finale of the Bridgestone Classic at Firestone Country Club in Akron, and finally the inductions of the newest 7 members into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Oh.  All of that was going on and also the Cleveland Browns entered their second week of training camp in Berea in preparation for the 2018 season.

The Bridgestone Classic has been at the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio since 1999.  The first winner of the event was Tiger Woods, twenty years later the event is coming to a close.  The Bridgestone Classic was originally…

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Crazy Last Couple of Days

Hand up I am not a supporter of President Trump, I am a democrat and I am pretty liberal, but that being said I do believe that I do possess common sense, intelligence, and most importantly empathy for others.  That being said I am a pretty positive person and I love America and what it means to be an American.  To me, the idea of being an American is lost on a lot of the citizens.  If you were born in America congratulations, you won life’s lottery and are afforded rights and freedoms for nothing more than being born in the right place at the right time.  Therefore instead of flaunting these freedoms and being offended by every little thing that happens, I’m talking to both sides here, how about we be thankful for the blessings that we have and as Jesus said help and look out for the least of our brothers.  Americans need to exercise their rights and demand that our elected officials do better and represent us in a better light for all of the world.

America needs to step up its game in all facets if we are to be seen as a superpower again in the world.  The actions of our government show that they have zero empathy for any of the refugees that are showing up at our borders fleeing violence in their home countries.  The fact that our leaders hide behind the fact that some of these people maybe MS-13 or other gangs is ludicrous! We are a country of immigrants so we as a people owe it to our ancestors to help immigrants and refugees to get to safety and be able to eat, sleep, and live under our blanket of freedom.  The pilgrims were the original refugees fleeing religious persecution and that was when they landed on Plymouth rock.  We as citizens of the United States of America need to stand up and demand that our country take care of the 95% that are here to make a better life for their families and not make them pay because a small percentage of the people may be here for the wrong reasons.

This is not a slam on Donald Trump’s administration, but I am sure that I will get blowback of “That’s the same thing Obama did!”  Which is another problem with our country that both sides of the aisle are content with two wrongs instead of listening and compromising for the betterment of the United States citizens.  I digress this is not the same as when Obama was in the Presidency, in fact, it was not the same as any administration since the law was enacted in 1997.  The law was put in effect to capture and deport dangerous people, the biggest difference is that President Trump broadened the interpretation of the law to include “criminal offenses” which is applicable to anyone trying to enter the country since they would be doing so illegally.  The broader language is not prioritizing criminal offenses, a first-time offense of illegal immigration is a misdemeanor, so everyone is subject to deportation.  When the Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled out his zero-tolerance policy in April the numbers of separations of families at the border skyrocketed because they no longer prioritized crimes, misdemeanors were treated the same as felonies.

What Corey Lewandowski did on the state-run news that is referred to as Fox News is unbelievably disgusting.  Fox was having a debate between Lewandowski, President Trump’s campaign manager, and Former DNC Adviser Zak Petkanas as Petkanas was recounting a story where a 10-year old girl with down syndrome was ripped from the arms of her mother at the border an attempt to try and highlight the atrocities that are occurring at the border.  In the middle of the story, Lewandowski mocks the little girl, her family, and Petkanas by saying “womp, womp”.  At best he has zero feeling for the little girl and her family that are trying to come into the United States for a better life.  At worst he is mocking the child because of her disability, which is of course he thinks is ok since his boss did the same on the campaign trail.  As a guy that has dedicated himself to helping children with disabilities the actions of Lewandowski make me want to puke.  This is the picture of cruelty and bullying of someone that had no power over the way they were born.  Lewandowski tried to come out today and not apologize to the child or the family for his disgraceful actions but rather rationalize them that he was mocking Petkansas.  If this is true, which I doubt, it shows how low mainstream media has fallen that they would allow this type of action on a show that is meant to inform people of the travesty that is happening at the border of our country.  The President should come out and admonish the actions of Lewandowski since he was his campaign manager.  In case you did not see the video I linked it below.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/06/20/corey-lewandowski-womp-womp-response-ath.cnn/video/playlists/family-separations/

After weeks of digging in on his policy that separated families at the border, President Trump today finally after feeling the pressure signed an executive order that will keep more families together.  All though it took a while to find his conscience I do applaud him for signing this order to keep families united.  There are two things that the order does that are good, families are detained together and families cases are moved to the front of the court caseload.  There are also two things that the order does not do reunite families already separated and they do not know how the DHS is going to house them but at least it is a start to reverse this terrible policy.  One of the biggest problems with the previous policy was that children were only allowed to be detained for twenty days so then they were separated from their families and place into the system and therefore very hard to be reunited.  You can imagine the difficulty of reuniting children with their families when the children do not even know their parent’s full names, it takes weeks even months.  President Trump has ordered AG Jeff Sessions to go to the court and get Flores vs Reno overturned so that children can stay with their families for the duration of their detention.  This will go a long way toward solving the problem of family separation.