It’s a very special post today!
At the beginning of the year, I asked you girls what you wanted to see more of on my blog and the number one thing was MORE ANDREW!
You ladies love it when Andrew stops by and says hi, so today, he’s sharing “A Day in the Life”.
Full disclosure: I wanted to micromanage this because…well…I’m an Enneagram 8, and that’s what we do, but I didn’t. I turned the blog over to Andrew today, so I hope you like it! If you don’t, I will give you his email and you can address it with him. 😉
Thank you, Andrew! Love you!
Announcement…It’s amateur hour on the blog today! I have a few disclaimers before I start just to make sure we are all on the same page. 🙂
- I am not a blogger, English professor, nor do I have a degree in journalism. Therefore, I ask you to excuse all typos and rambling boredom I provide.
- All photos were taken either wearing a mask, or following CDC guidelines for social distancing. Please don’t send me a comment regarding that issue.
- If I get on my soapbox I promise, I will quickly step off. I can’t remember the last time I got a chance to post so I have a lot of things to say……HA!
Let’s go! 4 am wakeup call. Yes it’s early, yes I get tired, blah, blah, blah. I turn 40 this week, so being the old man that I am, sleeping long hours in the bed just aren’t going to happen. More to follow on that topic and I guarantee you it’s not what you think it is about.
Been doing this for a year with different guys. This plan is the One Year Chronological Plan for reading the Bible.
On this day something stuck out that I feel called to share with you. In 2 Samuel 9, we read about King David and his kindness for Saul’s grandson, Jonathan’s son. On this morning this is how I tried to apply it to my life. Trust me when I say this, I am the first one to say I am a sinner, not perfect, saved by the grace of Jesus.
Jonathan was one of David’s best friends. They had a deep love for each other. Saul on the other hand, pursued David and tried to kill him time and time again. Saul used his troops to chase David all over the place. In 1 Samuel, we read about Saul trying to kill David at almost every turn. In previous chapters (after David becomes King and after Saul’s death), we read about David conquering thousands of people in battle. Imagine the responsibility and time it took for him to be King of Israel. David was a man with a mission! And yet we think we are busy?!
In today’s world you can be hated for anything. You can be hated for your skin color, political support, mask/no mask, faith, something you say, or don’t say in social media, even the #OOTD (I think I did that right)….etc. The littlest of things can set people off. The question I have to ask myself is this, “Is any of the things I deal with on a daily basis worse than how David was treated by Saul?”. Am I busier than King David? Hint….the answer is a big fat NO! No matter what happens, no matter the negativity or hate, the comment on social media, the dirty look, I am to show kindness to others who mistreat me. I am to show the love of Jesus. Here we have David, a man after God’s own heart, showing us how to live. The other question I thought about was this. Did he just do a one-time act of kindness? Nope! We go on to read that Mephibosheth ate at the King’s table regularly. It actually says, like one of the king’s own sons. David took Saul’s hate, replaced it with his love for Jonathan, and made the decision to offer kindness too Mephibosheth. And finally one last thought. Twice in the story we read that Mephibosheth and how he was crippled in both feet. I am sure mobility was a problem for Mephibosheth. I am sure David’s decision effected many other people. Imagine the example David gave to Israel and David’s family. Am I being the example that I want my kids, employees, friends to see? Am I showing kindness when faced with even a small amount of hate or negativity? I am NEVER too busy to be kind. What our world needs now more than anything is Jesus. Plain and simple. I encourage you to read the Bible. If you want a printed copy ask Shay and we will send you one. Or you can download the Bible app.
During my QT I had a some oatmeal with protein and coffee. Now off to the gym, but before I go I get to say bye to this person already working at 5 am. I am so happy she finally has a work space to call her own. It’s quiet, out of the way, and considering I get to “go” to my office everyday, I can totally understand having your own space. I keep telling her I am going to be her co-worker and work from home more, but she hasn’t been sold on that idea yet. Most things are done virtually anyway, for both of us with our clients, so it only makes sense, right?! Who is with me?! Pipe in a little Starland Vocal band, and we are in business! HAHAHA!
I had some flowers that I bought the night before and I needed to unload and haul off some trash. Planting those flowers and fern before I go to work.
You have all met Ty before. We have worked out together for over 10 years.
I only show this video for a couple of reasons. A little over a year ago, as you already know, I blew my bicep and extensor tendons at the elbow. I was limited to lift less than 5 lbs. of weight for 6 months. Interestingly enough, I tore the top of that biceps tendon in college, and had it repaired. What I am finding, is that the older I get more things have started to pop-up. I am a regular at the Carrell Clinic here in Dallas. My low back has always been an issue. It’s the reason I had to hang up my cleats (that and the amount of talent in the NFL was far above my pay grade). I am always blown away by O-line and D-line players that play 10+ years. It is truly incredible. One of these days I will have a spinal fusion for a slipped vertebrae. As for now, that problem gives me a ton of numbness in my right leg, but I manage the pain and move on. Right now the issue is my right hand. At night when I lay down, it keeps going numb (the reason why I don’t lay in bed for a long time). I know it is something with my neck, but considering it’s not all the time, I just deal with it. Thus, this is why I work out 7 days a week. I find the more mobile I am in the a.m., the less pain I have throughout the day. I posted that video to show two things. 1. The human body is really amazing in it’s healing power. I thought I was never going to be normal again. 2. I may be almost 40, but I can still push the same amount of weight I could when I was 25. Ha!
Picking up some odds and ends. This isn’t some score boarding thing on the flowers. Yes, I buy MMM flowers for the kitchen every week. Which one should I get?
I liked the yellow ones! And then other odds and ends. Milk for Smith, water for me!
Everyone knows my passion for the The Ticket here in Dallas, but since they are on Spring Break this week, I jump over to McKinney’s own Elvis Duran on Z100 out of New York!
Another random stop at the Home Depot for a project I am working on later in the week. I always try to get my chores done early in the am.
Head home real quick to get these sleepy heads out of bed with Shay. I always make sure I get to see Smith, Ashby, and Madeley before they go off to school, and before I jump on some cardio.
Hop on the stair mill. I only do the Peloton once a week for cardio, and because it’s a beatdown. I get on there and try to compete with the world and my lungs are on fire at the end. The other days I spend between 30-40 minutes on the stair mill. I can turn on a show and do intervals all day. I am always watching some documentary on Netlflix/Prime, or some series. It makes the intervals fly by. I just got into Below Deck, and am working my way through. For the life of me I can’t figure out why anyone would want to be a guest on the ship. They are always getting ripped on TV. Brutal to watch. It’s great TV though. I think I like seeing them work on the boat, and enjoy seeing the food more than anything. Shay asked me what it would take to be on the show. I told her Andy Cohen himself would to call me personally and offer $1,000,000 an episode. That goes for any Bravo show. Her number was actually higher! BAHAHAHAHAHA.
Just doing a little work and getting caught up on things. Anyone recognize this office? I am loving having my own quiet space to work. I am thinking we should repaper with Yankees pinstripes wallpaper.
Breakfast ready to go. Have to hurry! I noted the time it took me to prepare and eat breakfast. I love breakfast! 9 minutes.
Popped my lunch in the air fryer.
All ready to go!
Picture with one of my employees/friends. It’s hard not to work with someone for 7+ years and not become really close. This is Adriano, he is my bro!
I always eat lunch at my desk. Need to maximize my time. Literally takes me 1 min anyway! (That’s what she said)
Next, look who I got to eat lunch with! The Mades! I surprised her and sat with her during her lunch at school.
Late in the day off to baseball practice. I am not a coach, but help out where I can. Hitting fly balls to the outfield today!
After my job is done I get to watch in the peanut gallery!
Head home with Smith. I call my parents pretty much every day. My dad and mom were both on this call!
Due to the ice storm in February, I lost 33 plants that needed to be replanted. I was checking out the new Dwarf Yaupons. Speaking of the storm…..other than that, we were very blessed to have only lost all of our pool pumps and heater. I say only due to the fact I have at least 70 claims ongoing in my office for busted pipes. Some were entire first floors filled with water. After this past summer, I have a whole new perspective and empathy.
And the Tulips Smith’s sweet violin teacher gave us. She gave us the bulbs to plant in the fall.
MMM making beefy mushroom pasta. It’s a fan favorite at our house!
Eating outside with the crew, trying to soak up the weather.
Then K offers me a gluten free chocolate chip cookie. She has a secret to the recipe. She adds a ton of Vanilla! How could I refuse!?
Madeley wanted a post dinner snuggle so I am all in!
I absolutely love 2 things in this photo…..the girls playing and drawing with chalk and the fact they know not to do it on the colored concrete. HA!
Back outside to do some chores before I wind down. Smith flexing in the window.
Time for Algebra and 6th grade math. I love math!!
Started watching Hop with the girls after homework. She is always playing hard to get!
Hello my name is Andrew and I like watching Bravo. Not sure what to tell you. Especially this time of the year when it’s basketball only. NOT A FAN OF THE BASKETBALL. Sorry! During baseball season I usually multi-task and have the Yankee game pulled up on my phone. During football, Cowboys reign supreme. For me Summer House is my favorite, but Below Deck is probably at second right now. Love sitting down with Shay and finishing the day.
Time for bed! Here I am tucking the girls into bed. These days I am a lion or a tiger and tickle them until they turn blue. I am a dad, what can I say.
Smith likes to eat before he goes to bed. Milk, hot pocket and the boy is set.
I started the kids on this show last week. Kensington loves Sister, Sister. I think Will Smith is hilarious in Fresh Prince too. I can also sing the full lyrics to the opening title. Anyone else?
A little King of Queens in the background while I get ready for bed. MMM always like to have background noise!
My nighttime snack.
Last photo before bed. Two scars in that photo. On my shoulder you can see the scar from my shoulder repair from KSU. The other is on my massive forehead. BAHAHAHAHAHA. I got a cut on there my senior year of high school. Every time I practiced or played in a game it would get ripped open. Blood would pour down my face. I am sure it looked cool, but I have had that scar for 23 years. The other thing I notice is MMM earrings. Not going to lie, I don’t care if the whole world said they hated them…..I think they are super sexy (especially when they aren’t bleeding). And guess what…. only my opinion matters! HA!
Shay reads, and I watch a little more TV. I hope to finish the Enneagram book by 2023…??♂️
Hopefully you stuck around for the end! I will leave you with this. I did a lot of running around on this day. Some days I have are like that. Could I have worked more, or gotten more knocked off my to-do list? Of course. One of the reasons I decided to open a State Farm office was because I wanted to control my own schedule. No one at the end of their life ever says I wished I would have worked more, made more money, spent more time doing to-do lists. It’s always, I wish I would have spent more time with my family. I have been there many times, and heard it. So for me, if I have to work a few more years, or maybe don’t max out my earnings one year, I always tell myself this. Don’t have any regrets with Shay, or the kids. Spend as much time, invest as much energy as you can into them. (Side note- I have like the best staff in the world who steer the ship for me when I get busy-love you all). God has blessed us more than I ever imagined, and I am so thankful Shay gets to show you a little window into our world.
Thank you for letting me share my day with you!
Thank YOU, Andrew!!! Love you so much!!! xx