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A Great 2019 and Even Better 2020!

This was supposed to be the Christmas Card!

It has been awhile since I’ve written and I apologize, we have been busy watching the ladies, Ava & Elizabeth, grow into little people. Every New Year Erin and I have a new word that will guide our actions for the year and this year is…Grateful! The first thing that I am truly grateful for in 2019 is the birth of our beautiful identical twin daughters Ava Grace and Elizabeth Marie on March 22. I am also grateful for Erin’s company Deloitte that she got six months off after the birth and we got to spend the entire summer having adventures with our girls. We went everywhere this summer Boston, Washington D.C., Lakeside, and back to Boston for the Baptism of our Goddaughter Quinn Caroline. I could not have envisioned a better start for the girls’s lives, I kept telling Erin everyday that it was like being retired but with newborns. I will post pictures of them in this blog, but if you follow my wife or I on Instagram or Facebook you’ve probably seen them all. I am so grateful for our family and the time we got to spend together. Two things that I found to be true and the first is time flies but it really flies when you are tracking things by months such as the girls’s age. The second truth is that I have no idea what I did with my time before them, legitimately I cannot remember what it was like when it was Erin, Hank, and myself. 2019 was fantastic and we are looking forward to 2020 as the twins turn 1 and start walking and talking and terrorizing Hank. We are having so much fun I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Christmas Eve 2019

Another event in 2019 that I am so grateful for is that I was a candidate for Avon City Council and even though the results weren’t what we had hoped they would be, I learned a lot about myself during the campaign. It is very surreal to see your name on a legitimate U.S. election ballot. I have a number of people to thank that helped me get onto the ballot and this list is in no particular order. I want to thank my wife Erin, who put her heart and soul into this election also, she was amazing she put together my signs, advertisements, and fundraisers. There were times during the campaign that she would call me and tell me, “this is not your wife, this is your campaign manager!” It was usually because I had not done something in time and she had to do it or something else I screwed up. In the end I loved working that closely with her, but man is she tough! I also need to thank all the neighbors that supported this idea from the first announcement. Jay and Julie setting up a lemonade stand at the Duck Tape Parade route. All the neighbors trekking up and cheering us on as we passed by the entrance to the development. All the kids and adults that that helped pass out candy at the parade we couldn’t have done this without you. Also, letting me put signs in your yards and coming to our fundraiser to support my campaign. Thank you to Anthony Detillio and his family for helping get my petition signed and taking a sign and getting a bunch of others to take them too. Also thank you to you and Laura for the fundraiser idea and being supportive every step of the way on the campaign. Also thank you to my family you guys were supportive from day one whether driving up for the fundraiser or editing my write ups for the newspaper, you guys were awesome. Thank you to Erin’s family you also were supportive from day one, walking in the rain in the Duck Tape Parade,coming to the fundraiser helping with advertisements and prizes for the trivia night, you guys were awesome. Also thank you to my father-in-law Mark Cunningham, trustee in Columbia Township, for all of your council during the campaign. Thank you to everyone that helped me in anyway whether that by actually voting, coming to fundraiser, a kind word, whatever you will never know how much it meant to me, thank you thank you. I got roughly 2000 votes in the election or 20%, if you would have told me ten years ago 2000 people would have voted for me in a legitimate election, you would have been laughed out of the room. I could not have gotten 1 vote without the help of so many wonderful people that supported me, again thank you.

These were the two big events of 2019 that helped me grow and made me a better person and a better husband, father, and all around human.

I know a lot of you will stop reading here as I get out of the serious stuff and get into more newsy things. As Erin says this is my favorite time of the football season, the coaching carousel and two of my favorite teams are looking for coaches, the Browns need a Head Coach and Notre Dame needs an offensive coordinator. I’ll tackle the OC at ND first since that is easier. A couple weeks before signing day BK fired Chip Long as offensive coordinator. This is kind of a big deal since the Irish are coming off a 33-6 stretch over the last three years. In the Camping World Bowl Tom Rees, former ND Quarterback and current QB coach, called the plays and ND won 33-9 against an over matched Iowa State squad. Rees is still young and may not be the guy ND needs right now to take them to the next level which is beating top 5 teams and winning playoff games and NY6 bowls. There are a lot of big time jobs out there and BK needs to get busy and hiring a big time guy to take the offense to the next level.

The Cleveland Browns are about top embark on another Head Coaching search as the disaster that was the Freddie Kitchens experiment and the guy who hired him John Dorsey were both fired last week. According to reports they have already interviewed Mike McCarthy former Super Bowl Winning Green Bay Packer’s coach, the Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh from the San Francisco 49ers, and Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy from the Kansas City Chiefs. My second choice would be Mike McCarthy he won a Super Bowl with the Packers and has a ton of experience dealing with egos. My first choice is Josh McDaniels Offensive Coordinator from the New England Patriots. Josh was a former HC with the Denver Broncos about 10 years ago where he took them to the playoffs. He has been apart of 6 Super Bowl winning teams, he has worked closely with the greatest QB and Head Coach of all time, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. He has buddies he has worked closely with in the Patriot’s organization that will fill open spots in the Brown’s organization. I’m not sure that Josh can bring us a Super Bowl but I know one thing if he is our coach we will be competitive and competent on the field. I do hope the Browns get this one right we are setup for the future and can be competing with Baltimore for division titles next year if we get the right guy.

I could write another 1000 words on the state of America and the world but I’ll save that for another time. I see a lot of big things in 2020 for the Peters and I hope nothing but success and health for all of you.

We had a lot going on at the end of the year so we weren’t able to get a Christmas Card out so here is the picture that was going to be on it. Spoiler alert I’m not in it!

We love you guys, I can’t believe how lucky I am to know all of you. Stay safe and remember be kind to one another you never know how much a kind word might mean to someone.

Ava and Elizabeth Adventures

Ava and Elizabeth Adventures

I haven’t written in awhile so buckle up this is going to be a long one. Not only will I update you guys on the latest exploits of Libby and Ava, but other observations that I made over the last few weeks. Erin, Elizabeth, and Ava are all doing great! Erin was a little nervous after the girls were born as I went back to school until summer break. She rocked it though! My mother, Catherine Peters, came up for the first week I went back to school. Erin also had other assorted help from neighbors, Mark Cunningham and Barb Cunningham, her parents, and my father Marty Peters all came to our aide at one time or another. Also, let’s not forget the twins’ Friday visitor Erin’s Aunt Kate has spent plenty of time over here helping out. We can not thank you enough for the love and especially the support you have shown myself, Erin, Elizabeth, and Ava since they have been born.

People reading this probably think that we have a screw loose or something but we decided early on that the girls were going to come with us when we went somewhere so they could get used to traveling. May 31st was a particularly busy day for the ladies as we ventured down to Columbus for the morning and early afternoon. Erin’s cousin Jenna, who happens to be Ava’s Godmother, had a baby boy Jackson James a few days before and was released home the 30th of May. Erin being the wonderful person that she is organized a meal train for Jenna and Tim and also organized for the not so techy of the bunch to make meals that we could load in our car and drive to Columbus for them. Once there, Erin went into full mama bear mode. She made lunch, got coffees, put all the food away and at one point was vacuuming. All the while the girls and I watched in amazement at their supermom. Around 3:30 PM we left and headed back to Cleveland and to a birthday happy hour for one of her closest friends. Remember when I said the girls go everywhere with us, well this might not have been the best idea but it worked out since the are the best babies in the world. We walked into Lindy’s Lake house in Lakewood not having any idea what we were getting into and the place was packed and loud. We sat down and left the girls in their stroller and knew whoever sat behind us was going to have babies at their table too. Luckily we had a great group of ladies at the table behind us and of course they loved the girls, so it all worked out. Lindy’s is excellent by the way and we had a great time as mama got after it!

We figured since the girls did awesome going to Columbus and then happy hour back in Cleveland, we decided to attempt Boston this weekend for our nephew Teddy’s second birthday. The ladies again were awesome! We left around 5 AM on Thursday morning after we feed them and then we took off. We stopped twice to feed and change and that was it until we got to Boston. On Friday the girls had their first train ride as we headed downtown to have lunch with Uncle Mike at Parish Cafe, which by the way I highly suggest if you are ever in Boston. It is a pretty cool little concept they take the best sandwich from chefs around the city and recreate it on their menu. They give credit to the chefs and the restaurant and the have a great beer list too. I digress, what happened on the train downtown restores your faith in the youth and the future of America. As we enter the train it is packed and we are 100% looking like out of towners. We squeeze in the back with the double decker stroller and Erin and I are hanging on to the bar. As the train starts to take off this young man stands up and offers my wife his seat. The young man was probably 15 or 16 years old and gave up his seat and stood so Erin could sit. It reinforced my belief that the youth of today as a whole are good solid citizens and shouldn’t be judged by a few bad apples.

On Friday night we had a birthday dinner for Teddy at Southern Proper. On a side note, it seemed the new food everyone was trying to perfect in Beantown was fried chicken and deviled eggs, they were on every menu. Back to the apartment and bed for the ladies Friday night. Saturday morning I went to core power yoga. This was no joke at some point in the middle of class I thought I was never getting up again, but alas I made it and am much better for the experience. Then we gathered the ladies and went to the park for a minute and then Trillium Brewery for lunch, excellent. I managed to bring some beer home from there so I got that as my souvenir. Saturday night we grilled out on Mike’s patio overlooking Southie as we all rested up for the big birthday bash Sunday in the park. I do not know where they get it but the girls have been awesome the entire time.

Sunday was the birthday party followed by a do or die game six for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup. Bruins won 5-1, birthday party was awesome as weather was great and all the kids, not mine, ran around and played. Ava and Elizabeth just slept. Monday moring we took off around 3 AM and wound up getting home around 4 PM. That was Ava and Elizabeth’s Beantown adventure. They were awesome! I mean no fussing, little crying when they were hungry but I do that too. I feel like I have been blessed with legitimate angels. Anyway the girls had a great time but are happy to be back home with their brother Hank awaiting the next adventure, wherever that maybe. Like I told Erin, with her on maternity leave this summer and I’m off it’s like we’re retired this summer!

For anyone that does not know, with my free time I am running for Avon City Council At-Large this November. I want to be at the forefront of bringing high end jobs to Avon so that we can turn our city into a place we can live, work, and play. This weekend we are walking at the Duck Tape Parade this will be the official start to my campaign and I hope to see everyone out there. I will also be at the festival so don’t be a stranger if you see me it is my mission to meet as many residents of Avon as possible before November.

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2 Weeks in and So In Love

2 Weeks in and So In Love

We got home the evening of March 26th and it has been a blur ever since. It is hard to imagine Ava and Libby are 16 days old and that I have to return to school tomorrow to finish out the year. From the day we arrived at our house with these precious angels, they have been perfect. All they have done is be perfect, we moved their pac ‘n plays into the living room so that they could get used to noise and they sleep right through everything TV, dog barking, people over, etc. They eat about every 2-3 hours even at night so Erin and I have been getting sleep at 2-3 hours a clip at night. Everything has been going swimmingly at the Peters’ household.

Telling them apart has been a bit of a challenge for everyone including yours truly. We tried painting Libby’s toenail but that was an epic fail since she always has her foot covered. They have no visible birthmarks on their face, but we did find one on Ava’s thigh, not that that helps unless all she has on is her diaper, which is never. The only thing we did find is that Libby’s face is a bit longer, while Ava’s face is a bit more like her Dad’s, chubby! This will be a good thing to remember if you ever decide to come visit since their mom is insistent on dressing them alike, for now.

We have had a few outings since the girls have been home from the hospital, admittedly most of them have been to the Dr. On that note both girls are over their birth weights which indicates that they are eating well. I’m assuming they get that honestly too. We have taken them to Target, Whole Foods, Westside Irish American Club (obviously) and yesterday we went and visited the Easter Bunny at Babycakes in Rocky River. After we saw the Easter Bunny we walked around River had lunch and enjoyed the beautiful Saturday. Last night, was our first night out as Erin’s parents came over to babysit, I hope they never get tired of the trip from Columbia, as we went to a birthday party last night for a few hours. These babies are rock stars anywhere we go they are the topic of conversation and people ohh and ahh over them and how beautiful they are, I think I’m going to be in trouble down the line.

My wife amazes me every single day to the point that sometimes I forget that she had major surgery. She is up and about feeding, changing, holding, and snuggling the girls at every turn. I have to admit that I was a little worried about the middle of the night feedings with her. I’m not sure if you guys have ever met Erin before she has had her coffee but it’s not a nice place to be (obviously I’m joking). We have taken 4 am flights places before and there has not been a word spoken in the car least I get pushed out on the road at 55 mph. I am a bit more of a morning person so that is the big difference between the two of us and my wanting to chit chat is not welcome. Erin has been amazing and honestly I never thought she wouldn’t be she feeds them pumps then goes back to bed, and repeat in 2-3 hours. She never complains and I fall more in love with her each day watching her interactions with the girls.

Erin and I were watching the news Thursday morning and the 5 day forecast came on and I got sad because I go back to work on Monday. I’m not sad I have to go back to work, I’m sad that I have to leave my girls tomorrow morning. I love my job and can’t wait to get back to the students and finish the year strong. I’m not gonna lie though I’m going to be thinking about my girls all day long. Which leads me to my point Erin was extremely nervous that I am going back to work and she will be at home by herself with the girls for the first time. My mother, the saint that she is, is coming up tonight to stay with us for the week and it really put Erin’s mind at ease. The following week Erin has someone coming over everyday to be with her. Between Mark, Erin’s father, Aunt Kate, Erin’s Aunt, Erin’s mother Barb, and our neighbors my mind will be at ease that Erin will be good to go while I finish the school year. People really are amazing and we couldn’t have asked to be surrounded by better family or neighbors that are willing to do whatever is needed.

Enjoy the greatest sports time of the year, March Madness, Masters and Baseball is starting. Can’t wait till summer and all the adventures that the 5 of us are going to go on. Love you guys have a great week!

Here We Are!!

Here We Are!!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for finally arrived on Friday March 22nd. Erin and I knew we were having a c-section at 7:30 am at the Fairview Cleveland Clinic Campus. We got to the hospital around 5 am that morning and the nurses proceeded to poke and prod my wife to prepare her for the procedure. Then the Physicians Assistant came in, real nice guy by the way, and told us that our appointment would not be until 9:30 am, well damn. We got that news about 6:45, so my parents were already in route from New Philadelphia, so they would be at the hospital shortly. I called my Dad and suggested they go to our house, it would be more comfortable, they could nap in a bed, get something to eat I thought I was being a good son offering my parents comforts rather than sitting in a hospital waiting room for two to three hours. Nope. My Dad responds with, “Why would I do that? We will just drive there and turn around, we’re coming to the hospital be there in 15 minutes.” Click. Mind you I live 15 minutes from the hospital not in Toledo, but I digress. I was able to get a hold of Erin’s parents and they were able to adjust and show up at 9:15.

As Erin and I sat in the room we were asked all sorts of questions from the most popular “What do you think you’re having?” After the realized that we did not know gender. To the obvious next question, “Do you have names picked out?” The same Physicians Assistant came in and was talking and in the middle after asking the first two most popular questions asked if I was going to call out gender when the time comes. I of course said yes which he responded to by telling me stories of guys calling it out wrong. At this I thought to myself, huh, I’m pretty good at multiple choice tests and there are only two possible answers so I got this. Also, I thought how do you miss that , there are two pretty distinct body parts you are deciphering between. Finally Dr. Goebel got to our room we did our safety huddle and they took Erin back to get her epidural and spinal shot. This was the longest fifteen minutes of my life. I was hoping and praying that everything was going smoothly, but the time seemed to crawl by. Finally a nurse came to get me to go to the operating room.

As I walk into the operating room I am greeted by the great sign that Erin is fine and the glorious vocals of the late great Tom Petty singing “Won’t Back Down.” The nurse pulls up a chair by Erin’s head and Erin tells me no pictures when they first come out. What felt like about 3 minutes past and they said, “Get ready Dad!” I look over the curtain and there she was! I told Erin, “It’s a Girl!” As I’m looking at our new daughter the Dr. and nurses are yelling at me, “Take a picture!” As I fumble with my phone to take the picture, I look down and see the second ones bubble of fluid coming and the doctor hands off baby A and 3 seconds later her comes baby B. The process of putting Erin back together is something else, I can’t even comprehend how they put that puzzle back together.

At 9:48 Elizabeth Marie was pulled from the womb followed closely by Ava Grace at 9:49. They are the most beautiful, perfect beings I’ve ever laid eyes on. Erin and I were in love from the first moment we saw them. Libby, that’s what we are calling Elizabeth, has been with us since the moment that they cleaned her up. Ava has had a bit more of an adventure. Being the second one out Ava was having trouble getting the fluid out of her lungs on her own so she had to spend some time in the NICU. The first time we went down to see her it was a little overwhelming with all of the tape and hoses all over her little body. I went down to the NICU about 100 times Friday and every time I did she got a little bit better. I was down there so much the lady at the desk told me I set a one day record. I went home Friday night as Ava spent the night in the NICU and Libby went to the nursery.

When I came back on Saturday, all three girls were doing awesome. Libby was in the room with Erin and Ava was in the NICU. Ava was breathing 100% on her own without the C Pap and they did not have to give her any additional oxygen. She ate like a champion on Friday night and all that was keeping her from her mother and sister was being able to regulate her body temperature. The second time I went down Ava was out of the covered box and in the open. I did the Tiger fist pump about three times when I saw this. The plan was for Erin to go down and see if Ava will latch at 4:45 pm, but the nurse came in and told us you aren’t going to the NICU they are bringing her up to you. Sure enough about 6:00 Ava Grace Peters came rolling through the door. Erin about lost her stuff and one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen in my life was the first time Erin had the two of them on her chest at the same time.

This has been quite the journey that Erin and I embarked on starting in June. I will never forget the day we got the eggs planted and got home and just our luck our neighbor had two extra tickets to the “Zac Brown Band.” Everyone that was on the party bus that night claims that’s when the egg split. I will never forget the ten weeks of giving Erin shots to help the embryos grow. This is a fantastic journey with a wonderful end to a wonderful beginning. I would not want to be on this ride with anyone else in the world, Erin is the strongest, mentally toughest woman I’ve ever been around. This pregnancy she never complained even when she couldn’t put her shoes on by herself. If she did complain to me, she would immediately apologize. I love and admire this woman, she is my hero.

Erin and I would like to thank everyone who was on this journey with us. The love and support we have received from our family, and you guys are no longer friends you are all family, has been overwhelming. You’ll never know how much it meant to us to see pure joy and excitement on your faces talking about Ava and Libby. Sometimes when you think about bringing children into this world you worry about everything and keeping them safe, but it eases our minds to know that Libby and Ava will have awesome role models to follow their whole lives. From the bottom of our hearts we want to express our deepest gratitude to you all and tell you that we love you and truly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and kind words the last 9-10 months.

If you would like to keep up with adventures of Ava, Libby, and Hank, I will be updating the blog every so often. Have a great week and hope everyone’s bracket isn’t busted yet!

Last One!

This has been an incredible journey and it is hard to believe that it is coming to a marvelous conclusion. Friday we had our final scheduled ultrasound, as I write this we are 12 days from meeting the Peters twins. Friday they each grew a 1/2 lb and their heartbeats were between 135-145. The biggest change came when Dr. Khoury came in the room and told Erin and I that both babies were head down and in the shoots ready to come out. Since we first started this process Erin and I were planning a c-section but now with this new information a natural birth maybe in the cards. We have an appointment with Erin’s OB on Tuesday and we will find out more information then. This new information has thrown us a bit of a curve ball but we will get through it like we do everything else, as a team.

We still do not know the gender, which is a tribute to my wife for not finding out. As I told her the other day, we have become exponentially more interesting since we didn’t find out the gender.

We feel incredibly blessed to be living in the Cleveland area and access to one of the greatest hospitals in the country. Our experience with this whole process from the start has been amazing and it is because of the Clinics outstanding nurses and doctors. From our first meeting with Dr. Tan and all of the nurses we encountered with the IVF process to Dr. Khoury and the nurses in Avon and Fairview we could not have been happier with the service we have received. Every ultrasound technician, and we saw a ton of them, was very patient and kind and answered all of our questions as best they could. We will not use another hospital system other than the clinic as long as we live in Northeast Ohio. We feel very fortunate to have this resource at our disposal.

We are excited to meet these little nuggets in twelve days no matter how they arrive. The best thing these babies are going to have going for them is that they are going to be born in the greatest country in the world. From day one these guys (no not a hint at gender) will have opportunities that others around the world only dream of having. In America, and Erin and I will drill this into their little minds from day one, hard work is rewarded. You can be whatever you want but it is not going to be handed to you, you have to work for it. LeBron James said when he came back to Cleveland to play for the Cavs, “Nothing is given, everything is earned”. That is not just a nice saying to sell t-shirts but is 100% true. Hard work always wins!

As always thank you for being a part of this journey with us and reading the updates. Erin and I truly feel blessed to know we have so much love and support coming our way. We love each and everyone of you guys, and hope that this journey has been as enjoyable for you as it has been for us. Thank you and the next time you hear from me you will find out names and gender. The wait is almost over!!!

Under a Month to Go and Fired UP!!

This weekend was all about the twins. Friday we had an ultrasound and again we got great results. The babies are growing rapidly but at the same rate which is ideal. Dr. Khoury is the high-risk doctor that we see every other week, and we love him. He works at either Avon or Fairview and we will go to whichever hospital he is at. He is one of the smartest people that I have ever encountered and he makes Erin and I feel at ease when he walks in and says, “Everything looks great”. He likes that they are progressing so well but he says what is most important is their gestational age and that getting them to 36 weeks is the most important thing. The babies have been within two ounces of each other every time we go in to get an update and since the beginning Baby A was always in the lead but this week Baby B took the lead in the weight department weighing in at 5lb 2oz and Baby A was 5lbs even. Which places them at the 97th and 95th percentile for single babies. Erin currently has over 10lbs of babies in her belly, she, of course, blames me because I was a 10lb baby weighing in at 10lb 12oz. My Mother was a trooper!

Yesterday my awesome neighbors threw me a diaper party/brewery crawl and it was a great time. There were about 16 of my closest friends including neighbors and my dad, brother, brother-in-law, and father-in-law. We went to Masthead, Noble Beast, and Collison Bend, on a sidenote Cleveland has some of the best breweries I’ve ever been too. Anyway, the diaper party was put together by one of my neighbors who thought why should the wives have all the fun, so he put yesterday together. I live in the greatest most generous neighborhood in the world. I was amazed at how many people took time out of their busy lives to come and celebrate the pending birth of our twins. Looking back and knowing how busy people are with their kid’s activities it is overwhelming to think that so many guys think so much of us that they came to celebrate. I always told Erin if you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be living in a development, with a dog, and expecting twins I would have told you that you are crazy! Here we are 27 days out!

Finally to wrap up this week’s update. The world is made up of some great people, you just have to look around to find them. People tell me that I am overly optimistic but I feel that if you peel back the layers there is genuine good in everyone. We have to get past the evening news and all of the horror stories out there and find the good in the world. I am going to tell you a story because it lit up my world on Friday. One of my toughest students came in on Friday morning looks at me and says, “Hey Mr. Peters, I got something for you”. The student reached into his bag and pulled out a chocolate apple that said #1 Teacher. I almost cried, him and I have been partners all year and we have also had our battles but for him to think of me meant a lot. There is good in everyone we just have to keep fighting the good fight.

Have a great week everyone hopefully March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb and we can all hit the golf course soon.

Update 30 Weeks: They are Big!

When you read this we will be under 5 weeks from delivery and Erin will be 31 weeks pregnant. Last Friday afternoon we went to the ultrasound and everything was great again. The twins are measuring at 95 and 87 percentile respectively with regards to weight. Baby A is measuring at 3 lbs 14 oz and Baby B is weighing in at 3 lbs 12 oz. That is a lot of babies, as the technician informed us they do the percentages as if they were single babies! Whoa! The babies heartbeats, my favorite part of the ultrasound, by the way, were both in the mid 140 to 150 range. They showed us the kidneys, spine, heart, legs, feet, hands, and arms and of course their brains. I’m going to fill them with plenty of information in the years to come.

My wife, Erin is a trooper! She is getting bigger every day as the babies keep growing, which is great that they keep growing and at the same pace, but they are sucking the life out of her. She is constantly tired and hungry, but she never complains. She is the best and understands that she has to go through this so that we can get the greatest gifts of our lives at the end. I have a deep respect for women in the first place, but after watching what Erin’s body is going through my respect level for her is off the chart. Watching her work every day, and she is damn good at her job, and also battle through the hunger and tiredness from this pregnancy. Don’t worry babe it will be over soon and it will be well worth it!

Today I gave a talk about my military experience to the eighth-grade class as a part of a career day at school. The Marine Staff Seargent that was supposed to speak got the flu so they called me in from the bullpen. I was stoked to be able to talk about my military experience and especially the time I spent in Iraq. I loved my experience and as I told the students today it was truly a life-changing experience for me. I hope at least one of the students that listened to me today considers the military as a post-graduation option and they get as much out of their experience as I did.

This past Thursday was Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day means love and not just love for your significant other but love for everyone. This world could use more love. Love helps unite and enables us to not be afraid to lend a helping hand to someone who needs it. You never know how much it will mean to someone if you tell them good morning or just share a smile with that person. You never know what others are dealing with and what a kind gesture may change their mindset. Be kind to one another you never know what one kind word or act can change.

Love you guys, can not wait for these next five weeks to fly by and then we can start our journey with our two new additions. This week be kind to everyone, remember you don’t have to like everyone but you should love everyone. Have a great week, next Friday the 22nd we go back for another ultrasound. Thank you for your love and support.