Spending New Year’s Eve Like…

1st New Year’s with children.Β  Anyone else have this as their “Party Goal” for tonight?

Comment with your plans and any advice you have for year 1-2 of raising kids, which starts for us in 2018!

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First Christmas With Kids – Twins Edition

Woah this year has flown by!

I’ve wanted to write so many articles, share thoughts, silly stories – it is truly impossible to find time to do all of that and raise TWO boys, deal with work, enjoy my side gig, and also manage the basic duties of life like clean underwear and cooking soup.

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That said, I wanted to quickly share the joy of Christmas with our new family.

First off, having kids in January is GREAT because it means by December they will be old enough to at least recognize something festive is happening AND see that their are treasures underneath that loose wrapping paper.

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…as well as one special Cubs ornament for dad!

We were blessed with three different people sending us dual-baby ornaments, so we will always be able to commemorate the boys’ first Christmas with people that they love.

After years of teasing my wife for always wanting to open presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas (she’s an only), we ended up having two events to attend to on Christmas itself, so we dug in for presents early Sunday morning Christmas Eve.

In true Ivan-fashion, I started the camera on my cell phone rolling and after two presents checked back and the camera wasn’t rolling!Β  I tried again, and found out that my phone memory had filled sometime in mid-December.Β  That said, we did get one or two pictures all together.

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Who wants to watch a camera when there is a Gingerbread Village instead?

Christmas Day itself we were invited in the morning to a friend’s house where the entire neighborhood came together for a feast of tamales, menudo, and Christmas cheer while smelling the salt air from the ocean.

 

Christmas night the boys’ Godmother invited us to a wonderful formal dinner that we will never forget.

We are hoping that these will become traditions as we strive to raise our kids with some sense of normalcy in the wild city of Angels.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions you’ve instilled since your kids’ first Christmas?

…is One Step at a Time

Yesterday I had a client cancel a meeting.  I used this “opportunity” to stop by the local LA-mega-complex that included a fine off-the-rack retailer, a grocery store, & of course Target for the necessaries.

Because fatherhood means being prepared!

I was immensely proud of myself, because when I arrived home I could present my wife with a treasure trove of things we had needed.

Of course, the second I came in the door Rexford needed to go out, one baby was crying while she fed the other one as quickly as possible (a feat only mothers can do which amazes me – how do you make them eat faster?!), & I was carrying two grocery bags, a Nordstrom Rack bag, Target essentials & my messenger bag with laptop in hand.

FYI – if you take your laptop with you to work every day, do NOT get a 15″ screen!

My magic moment gone, I immediately rushed to the tasks at hand.  Proud to say I rose to my wife’s level & we got those kids fed, changed, laid down, right back up again & fed, & finally to sleep by 9 PM for her to start resting.

It feels good to be king.

Until you look over at 11:45 PM the NEXT night & realize you forgot to put away the two most important things from your trip:

I still haven’t put folded the Laundro-Crib either…