Much to be thankful for

This thanksgiving I want reflect and remind myself all that I should be thankful and really grateful for. Our lives are often so busy and stressful that it is just too easy to get caught up in feeling inadequate, negative or wanting more. Ashley has taught me over and over again to be thankful, so here is my list:

I am thankful for a wonderful family, they are so supportive, caring and always have my back.

I am thankful for my health, I have no ailments and no physical issues that prevent me from taking full advantage of life.

I am thankful for myself. My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic, smarts and creativity that has made achievement come naturally for me.

I am thankful for Ashley especially. She embodies all that is really good and pure in my life. She makes me a better person and is someone I admire greatly.

I am so thankful for Emery. She is the sweetest child. I was on the treadmill today and she came over just to tell me she wanted to give me a hug! I had to fly out tonight and she walked out to the Uber with me because she was so sad to see me go. She gets up every morning, dressed herself, brushes her teeth, and sometimes even packs her own lunch. She never needs any nagging about homework and she is always so cheery and cute. Ashley and I are so lucky.

I am lucky to have such great parents who have worked so hard to support me. They give to us all they can spare.

I am thankful for great in laws. Ashley parents come over and stay at our house for a month or two at a time and I love it. They are so helpful, they clean, cook and are so happy and kind. They really make me feel like a son.

I am grateful for my career and my job. No matter how hard or stressful it is, I am learning so much and growing so much. I am thankful for being where I am today.

We stopped by this store yesterday and Ashley really loved this saying.

So long 2015!

2015 started out with a bang, we moved to Marietta shortly after the New Years after finding a place on Jan 1st last year. Ashley started workin again and I got into my MBA program. So unfortunate things also happened. We lost Cappy, our as I called him “Mr. Wappa”. He was a good boy but it was just his time. We also lost Ashley Po Po, who lived to 96, born in 1918. She was so dear to Ashley, almost like a second mother to Ashley. 

Emery started kindergarten and has begun to read and do simple addition and subtraction. She is growing to be a caring, thoughtful and conscientious person with a really high EQ. She’s very bright and wants to work hard and be a good person. 

2016 will be an interesting year. Ashley’s motto is a good clean start and mine is “just survive somehow”. I stole the line from “the walking dead” and Ashley thinks it very depressing. I sighed and told her it’s the true, the zombies are really taking over. In all seriousness 1016 is going to be a tough year. Work is going to be extremely busy with multiple projects all converging at UPS, running the BC department, and keeping up with B-School. I have a good start this past term on my MBA, 1 A and 2A-, with a DS (A) in Business Steategy.  Woot!!

Ashley is doing great at her job and her bosses like her a lot. She’s starting to do some interesting things are getting acclimated to the job. The commute is terrible but she’s been able to work 1 day a week from home. I hope things get better for her in 2016 and she can reduce her commute. 

2016 will be a critical year. We both need to be more healthy and our lives are more busy the ever. Our goal is save enough to buy a nice home, settle down and grow roots. 

Farewell 2015 and aloha 2016!


Christmas 2015 in ATL 

My parents and brother came down to ATL to spend Christmas with us. It’s great having them here and Emery is having so much fun with uncle, grandma and grandpa. 

We did so many activities during  this trip it’s hard to list them all. 

Mom and dad took Emery to Chattanooga. We ate about 15 different restaurants. We watched Star Wars , old and the new one that came out. We cooked lots of food, made bread using the bread machine. We open gifts, played lots of chess and saw a whole bunch of sites in Atlanta. Eugene even go Ashley and I to join in on two of his cross fit work outs. What a Christmas. I need a detox from all the holiday family craziness. 


Father’s Day

I am getting used to this Father thing now. At first it was overwhelming and even though it still can be hectic, I really cherish having a wonderful daughter to take care of. I am also really grateful for my own father who taught me important things like how to horse around and be goofy. Not to mention teaching less critical stuff like English and computers.  

Happy Father’s Day to myself and my dad!


Christmas Merriment

We had a great Christmas this past week. Emery received lots of wonderful gifts and we were able to take a short road trip to Nashville.

Here some pictures of the good times we had.

Nashville- We had some good ramen at a Japanese Pub in hip East Nashville. We took a wonderful tour of the Belle Meade Mansion, dated back to the 1800s who made their money from horse breeding. We saw a wonderful show “The Rockettes Christmas” at the Grand Old Opry Theatre. We also had some time to just relax at the hotel with the dogs. Emery loved jump and climbing on all the furniture and she only hurt herself once.

Belle Meade Plantation




Two of Emery’s favorite things, rides and candy!



Grand Old Opry



Gaylord Opryland Resort





Irish Food On Canton street near our house!




Getting Ready for Santa and Xmas Morning
















And we had some great Mexican food!