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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.

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.

Mock Draft 1.0

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Here it is the inaugural mock draft from foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog

There are a few caveats that I have to make clear one I truly believe, or maybe I am just hoping against hope that the Browns do not take a QB first overall and either trade the pick while still staying in the top ten with two or taking the best player in the draft.  I am also assuming they sign a veteran QB in free agency.  Full disclosure I feel that there will be other trades in the first round but I am not going to predict them here.  I will also assume Cousins to Minnesota, Keenum to Denver and McCarron to the Browns.  So without further ado, here we go the inaugural mock draft.

  1. Cleveland Browns– Saquon Barkley RB Penn State, the Best all-around player in the draft
  2. New York Giants– Sam Darnold QB USC, the heir apparent to Eli.
  3. Indianapolis Colts-Bradley Chubb Edge Rusher NC State, This dude is a stud
  4. Cleveland Browns-Minkah Fitzpatrick Safety Alabama, Instantly makes the back end of your defense better
  5. Denver Broncos-Tremaine Edmunds Ilb Virginia Tech makes an already great defense younger
  6. New York Jets– Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma, the most polarizing player in the draft, you either love him or hate him, I think he can be great for a franchise that needs a face.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Marcus Davenport DE UTSA puts up Clowney like numbers at the combine and fills a definite need for Bucs.
  8. Chicago Bears-Quinten Nelson OL Notre Dame, Best Offensive Lineman in the draft and the Bears just hired his college Oline Coach.
  9. San Francisco 49ers-Denzel Ward CB Ohio State, best CB in the draft from the new DBU.  Bucks have put some studs in the NFL last few years.
  10. Oakland Raiders– Roquan Smith Ilb Georgia, Gruden goes defense in his first draft back and takes my favorite player in the draft Smith.  A sideline to sideline playmaker that will be great in the league for years to come.
  11. Miami Dolphins-Josh Rosen QB UCLA, I think the Dolphins are pumped that Rosen fell to 11 and I think Rosen is pumped he is going to play in warm weather Miami and not have to start right away.
  12. Cincinnati Bengals– Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame, Unanimous choice as an All-American at ND he is the second best O-lineman in the draft.
  13. Washington Redskins-Christian Wilkins DLine Clemson, Wilkins was a stud at Clemson that played in three college football playoffs he will be an awesome addition to the D in D.C.
  14. Green Bay Packers– Joshua Jackson CB Iowa, The Packers opt for JT Barrett’s favorite receiver, he had three picks in a blowout win vs. theBuckeyes. It also just seems right that an Iowa player ends up in Green Bay.
  15. Arizona Cardinals-Josh Allen QB Wyoming, missing out on the QB race in free agency the Cardinals get the big-armed Allen to throw to the ageless wonder, Fitzgerald.
  16. Baltimore Ravens-Calvin Ridley WR Alabama, Ravens opt for the speedster out of Tuscaloosa to shore up the receiving corp and give Flacco a number one receiver.
  17. Los Angles Chargers– Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama, if you need a linebacker The University of Alabama is a great place to start looking and the Chargers find another great one in Evans that has the ability to come in and start right away.
  18. Seattle Seahawks– Connor Williams OT Texas, the Seahawks break tradition and actually draft an offensive lineman instead of trying to make one out of a failed D-lineman or tight end.
  19. Dallas Cowboys-Courtland Sutton WR SMU, the Cowboys look right to their backyard and pluck a great wide receiver from SMU in Sutton.
  20. Detroit Lions-Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson, Another dominating DE from Clemson, the reason why they have elevated themselves to the top echelon of college football.
  21. Buffalo Bills-Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama, the third defensive player taken from the Tide and another that will be a solid player in the league for years to come.
  22. Buffalo Bills-Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma, Really good feet on Brown will be able to contribute right away.
  23. Los Angles Rams- Arden Key OLB LSU, Another SEC linebacker that can play right away.  Key is a good combination of size and speed.
  24. Carolina Panthers-Braden Smith OG Auburn, great interior lineman to help protect Cam Newton.
  25. Tennesse Titans-Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia, big time O-lineman to help propel the running game in Tennesee.
  26. Atlanta Falcons-Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M, speedy slot receiver form A&M to go alongside Julio Jones for QB Matt Ryan.
  27. New Orleans Saints-Mike Gesicki TE Penn State, Combine freak at TE moved him up the draft and position board.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers-Josey Jewell ILB Iowa, great fit for Pittsburgh getting a run stuffing linebacker out of Iowa.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars-Anthony Miller WR Memphis, a big WR threat for Bortles if Jax can become a little more explosive on the outside a Super Bowl win is not far off for this franchise.
  30. Minnesota Vikings-Billy Price OC Ohio State tore a pec muscle at the combine but he will still be a great addition to the Vikings Oline.
  31. New England Patriots-M.J. Stewart CB North Carolina, will help not only on defense but take some pressure off of Edlemen in return game.  Belichick loves guys that are versatile.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles-Ronald Jones II RB USC, versatile back out of USC will add to the diverse offense in Philly.

There you have it the first round according to me.  The only thing I do see happening is the Browns trading out of 1, the Bills trading up for a QB, and New England trading their pick.  That will be for the next mock 2.0. I used to make fun of the guys who did this but this is really hard to do.

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This weekend at the WGC in Mexico Lefty went back to the winner’s circle for the first time in 4.5 years.  He was awesome off of the tee and his short game was magical as always.  Phil Mickelson is gaining momentum heading into the last few tournaments before the Masters.  This year’s Masters is shaping up to be anyone’s tournament, it could come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes and who gets hot late.  There could be as many as 10-15 golfers in contention come Sunday.  I for one cannot wait!

I made ribs this weekend and the recipe is in Friday’s edition so I will just post a couple of before and after pictures:

Before:

After:

By the way, the ribs received ☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️ according to Erin a true rib connoisseur!

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Moving Fast

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Living in the content world it never shuts off, it is a 24 hour a day business.  That is why I am writing this blog today usually, it is twice a week but I think I am going to move to more of 3-4 times a week depending on what is happening in the world of sports. Two things drive the content of this blog sports and food and then what happens in our world.  I feel like twice a week is not enough editions to not be behind.   I feel like I needed to address things that happened earlier in the week, the scandal at Arizona.  As you recall ESPN college basketball reporter Marc Schlabach reported that Arizona Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Miller was on an FBI phone tap talking to a representative for Deandre Ayton offering him $100K to sign with the school.  That Saturday Miller decided not to coach the Wildcats in their game at Oregon, and on Thursday prior to coaching his team at Stanford, he addressed the media.  Miller vehemently denied ever making a phone call to Ayton’s representative, Christian Dawkins, he even went as far as saying that he never met Dawkins until after Ayton verbally committed to Arizona.  This brings up a few interesting questions, one if the ESPN report is false will Miller and Arizona seek damages?, two where did Schlabach get the FBI report? three who else sees a problem with FBI leaks?  In my opinion, Schlabach had to be 100% sure the report was accurate since he reported this damaging report last Saturday.  If he or ESPN were not 100% sure that this report was true, they are taking a heck of a chance, this could be the straw that breaks the ESPN back.  ESPN is losing 100s of  1000s of subscribers every month and really outside of the live games that they have the rest of the content is awful!  I will say that there is something happening when they interviewed LeBron James about it he said, “I grew up poor and let me tell you, whether it was the NBA or college, we were not going to be poor anymore!”

Piggybacking off of the ESPN take, earlier this week when the story broke about Miller allegedly offering $100K to play at Arizona, the yearly pay the athletes debate took off.  Jay Williams and Jalen Rose both had the position that the top players in the NCAA should skip the NCAA Final Four to send a message to the NCAA.  The NCAA needs to change and I think that we can all agree with that. These two individuals asking players to do what they would not is ridiculous.  Neither of these guys would have ever done what they are suggesting, neither of them stayed the full four years in college and took full advantage of everything that the college experience had to offer.  Jalen Rose was part of one of the greatest basketball teams of all time the “Fab Five” I am sure he is still using connections that he got from being on that team and still uses that team to his advantage.  So spare me the tears that you were taken advantage of while in college.  The same with Jay Williams, I am sure he does not take advantage of all of the opportunities that his Duke degree and association with college basketball has given him.  Both of these athletes had the opportunity to go straight to the pros instead of going to college, so they successfully used the collegiate system to educate themselves and make their lives better after basketball.  I wish these former college players would help to educate these young men that college is about the next 40 years and not the four years they will be in school.  At the same time, I do think that these guys should be able to make money off of their likeness, jerseys, and autographs, etc.

Hope you like the new format and you can expect 3-4 blogs a week.  The new ones may be a little shorter, but the original Sunday and Thursday ones will still be the same length.  Well, see you guys Sunday with the mock draft.  Also, I am thinking about including a new Thursday conversation with an athlete, coach, or chef, so if you know anyone that might be interested DM me or have them DM me on Twitter @WCPeters_1

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