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The Kids Are Alright

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If you've been reading my blog so far, you might think I don't like my kids or are wondering why I had any at all. Well, the older two are technically step-children, so I didn't start out the parenting deal slow and steady. It was more of a jump in and go. That hasn't always been easy for me, making the transition. To assume it's been hard would be wrong, too. Oh, the subtleties of life.
I do love them and want the best for them, even if I don't like the way they behave sometimes. I want to tuck them in at night and help them succeed during the day. I want to play a part in their bright futures and have grandchildren to spoil and look after when my kids are losing their minds as adults.
I wasn't looking for a ready-made family when I fell for my wife. I met her where I work when she worked there, and since I didn't talk much to her in the beginning, I didn't really know much about her life outside of work. Eventually, I learned she had kids and tha…

The Chicago Experience: Part Two

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Welcome back! As promised, here's Part Two. If you haven't read or want to read again, here's Part One.
After we met back up with our group, we headed towards Millennium Park. I enjoyed walking downtown partly because I've never done that in Chicago. I've been there many times, but have never walked around like that. There was always a place or a couple of places to drive to. Plenty of things to see to keep the eyes interested in the downtown area.
Before we got to Millennium Park, we grabbed lunch. My family unit went to Subway because our kids don't do well eating Potbelly. My wife and I would have preferred Potbelly, where the rest of our group went. We all met up and went to eat at a small park next to the Art Institute of Chicago. We witnessed a "reveal" while we were there. The poor groom stood waiting pretty close to the entire time we were there. And that was even before the bride arrived, and he had to wait even longer while they took many p…

The Chicago Experience: Part One

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No, this isn't a post about a blues, jazz, fusion, or funk music group from Chicago. In fact, there actually IS a group of musicians that call themselves The Chicago Experience. They describe themselves as "rock with horns." Musical horns, not the hand sign metal heads give when communicating with each other or taking a cool picture. However, this post has nothing to do with them and was merely a title I came up with for it. After writing for a while, I decided to Google this string of words because it sounded like it should be a band name. Like, how could someone not think of it and use it? But, anyway...
Recently, in August (2016), my extended family took a vacation to Chicago, Il. And by extended I mean, my family unit along with my two sister's family units and my parents. My youngest sister and her husband have lived in Chicago for at least a few years now and make great tour guides of Chicago. They have an apartment inside the city limits, and my parents staye…

7 Reasons Why I Blog

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I decided to come up with a list of reasons as to why I blog. I had mentioned in a previous post that there were many reasons. So, why not elaborate on that? Sure, some of the reasons may be a bit of a stretch, but they are all legitimate reasons that have crossed my mind.
Even though it didn't make it on my list, I hope that my blog is entertaining. I know I'm not a stand-up comedian, a riveting author, or a terribly interesting person, but I do hope that all who visit and take the time to read what I write feel like it's worth the time spent.
Let's get to the list!


1. My Kids And Future Generations
I want my kids, their cousins, and everyone after them to know me. Well, to know me better than they might otherwise. This blog is intended to be a window into my life, even if it is dirty or cracked and visibility isn't the best. Regardless, the window lets light in and likewise will shine a light on my life and my thoughts.
My mother has been into family history, als…