Author: WC Peters

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.

#Blessed

 

I picked up a Plain Dealer today for the first time in a very long time and was very disappointed at the headline, “Cavalier’s Season Ends With A Dud”, with the byline, “Cavs lose Finals for the second year, LeBron has a decision to make.”  Now on the face, it seems that these are all facts and unfortunately they are, but my point here is that they could have led with the two positive stories that found the middle of the Finals section. Terry Pluto and Bill Livingston both wrote fantastic articles about how LeBron James left everything on the court for not only the Cavs franchise but also for this city that he loves.  The two articles, written by veteran and award-winning journalists, celebrated another run to the Finals for the Cavaliers led by James, they did not tear down the franchise that brought the city of Cleveland their first championship since 1964. The media should celebrate all the great things that go on around the city and the country instead of always focusing on the negative and what could be better.  Would it be awesome if the Cavs won the Finals and LeBron was locked up in a contract till the end of his career sure would be, but this is the real world and all things are not sunshine and flowers. Let us as Clevelanders, I’m really talking to you Plain Dealer, celebrate the positive that we have now and not the possible negative.

 

The reason that I point out this small sample of what the media is now is because when I look at the national news rather it be NBC, CNN, or Fox or even the local news the stories are always negative and fear mongering with a human interest story sandwiched in there on most nights. My point is fear and negativity sell, and that is our fault.  We as a people need to demand better from our news sources. Not to turn this political, but our President got himself elected by preying on the fears of Americans. If you watch the national news instead of focusing on issues that matter, i.e. healthcare, taxes, and immigration, the news will show 5 minutes of that and then the rest of the hour will be focused on stuff that essentially does not matter to the citizens of the United States.  There are plenty of these situations around the country of people who barely have enough to live and to keep their families alive.

 

I am a big Twitter reader and I see all of these people use the hashtag blessed, but are we really blessed and do we really understand how really blessed we are?  Our response to the Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico was embarrassing, it made our response to Katrina look almost competent. The United States response to Puerto Rico was laughable, Jose Andres had to go down and cook for the island because we could not get enough food down to the American citizens that live there.  The President of the United States spent less than one day on the island after the devastation, and the White House continued to shame the Mayor of San Juan as she complained that they needed more of everything to get the island back to being able to sustain life. The government report on the fatalities of Puerto Rico says that 64 people have lost their lives to the hurricane, but the real number is around 5,000 when you count all the people who died due to the power still being out and they were not able to get the medical treatment that they needed.  If what was going on in Puerto Rico was happening in the mainland United States, we would have had a riot and also demand answers for the reason the situation is not better by now. Hurricane Maria was September 20 almost 10 months ago and there are a number of people still without power and clean running water. We need to demand better of our government and ourselves.

My point is that the next time you are looking around and want to complain about what you do or do not have, remember someone always has it worse than you.  Americans appreciate what you have and especially the country that you live in with the freedoms that you did not have to do anything for besides be born in the right country.  The next time you are stuck in traffic do not complain about the traffic, be glad that you have a car to ride into wherever you are going. The next time you want to complain about your job, be glad that you have a job.  The great thing about America is that if you do not like your situation, change it. This country gives you opportunities that no other place on earth gives you, take advantage of them. Do not complain, do better!

 

To steal a line from Michigan Football, “Who has it better than us? NOOOOOBODY!!!

This Has Got To Be A Joke Right?

Terrell Owens is widely known as one of the most selfish football players in a game full of egomaniacs.   In a last most despicable move Owens has declared that after visiting Canton, Oh earlier in the year he has decided not to attend the induction ceremony but rather hold his own celebration elsewhere at another time.  The move is unprecedented and at first glance, I thought maybe it was a form of peaceful protest against the NFL because of their new anthem policy, that I could have understood. No this is totally a selfish and ungrateful move by Owens who arguably doesn’t even belong in this class in the first place.  I am sure Owens will have 1000’s of cameras at his ceremony probably right before or right after the real inductions of the real Hall of Famers just so he can steal the spotlight. This is a disgraceful move by Owens in a long line of disgraceful moves throughout his career. The guy was the worst teammate there was in the ultimate team game.  

Is Canton, Oh the greatest city in the world?  Having grown up 20 minutes south of Canton and spent a lot of time there I can say it is not.  That is not the point the point is that Canton is where Professional Football was born and that is where the entry point of the greatest most select club is and where Owens should be if he wants to go into the Hall.  Canton, Ohio is a blue collar gritty town that signifies what the NFL and the Hall of Fame are about, the Hall of Fame is not about loud mouth has beens making everything about them, it is about grinding for years in the league to be the best there ever was, putting team and team success first.  

This was  Owens’s third time on the HoF ballot and the first two times when he did not get in he went on any and every radio and TV show and cried about how the voting was against him and how he was being persecuted and he pulls this stunt.  Owens only cares about himself, what about the fans that want to go see his speech and see him get inducted it to the hall, he doesn’t care if it is not about TO he doesn’t care! There is a reason that a receiver with his type of talent was on 5 different teams. I don’t care how many times he gets on TV and cries about, “This is my quarterback man!”  Owens only cares about himself and always has, he is a selfish child that doesn’t deserve to be in the same Hall as the other great players. Randy Moss is another modern day wide receiver that is going to the Hall in the same class and Owens could not sniff Moss in the talent or teammate department.

If the Hall had any guts at all they should strip Owens of his Hall of Fame status, at the very least there should be no mention of him at all during the weekend.  There should be no picture hanging off the side of the stadium as is customary, nothing! If the networks had any guts at all, looking at you ESPN, there would not be a single mention let alone a camera at his “ceremony”, do not allow this child to make a mockery of the most sacred Hall of the NFL and its opening weekend.  I am sure Owens is only =doing this so his broke ass can monetize his induction somehow. Terrell Owens is a selfish child and should be treated as such and have his status taken away by the Hall of Fame. Do not placate him ESPN, NFL Network, NFL, and Hall of Fame.