Today, I am the Answer!

Today is another big milestone.  It’s the day I become the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.  Yup, I turn 42 years young.  I do have to say that I feel pretty good about things.  Been losing weight, loving my family, enjoying my job, and trying to focus on keeping things positive in life.

I don’t always do a great job in this regard, and I recently had a couple of fairly pissy weeks.  That said, when I just started tallying all up all the things I should be thankful for, it’s a really long list.  I cannot lose sight on just how lucky I am.

So, I’m grabbing my towel, and here’s to many more of these awesome milestones.


Birthday 2.0?

Yesterday I turned 38.

Now if you have followed the blog, you’ve known that my birthdays generally suck. Despite my family and everyone’s best efforts, it just seems to happen that way.

So this year I decided to try to minimize the damage. The eldest daughter had dance class until 8PM, so instead of trying to orchestrate anything, I left work and went to the cigar shop and enjoyed a couple cigars. Then I went to White Castle and snagged some burgers. Made it home before the girls returned, and they brought me ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. We enjoyed some ice cream, and then my daughters gave me Rock Band 2 for the XBox 360. We put the girls to bed and then I enjoyed a slow dance in the living room with my wife to Ingrid Michaelson’s version of Can’t Help Falling In Love.

So in all, it all went wonderfully. Then, this year there was a new aspect. Facebook and Twitter. I received so many birthday wishes on those two platforms, and I got them all day long. There is nothing better than to be constantly reminded of all of your friends. Every time I received one, it made the day a little better. So it wasn’t just a birthday, it was Birthday 2.0. And it was pretty great. Thanks to my girls, my wife, and all my friends out there. You took what has traditionally been a crappy day, and made it something special.

Hello World!

Today I would like to welcome to this world my new daughter Clarissa “Claire” Iris Roling.  She was born at 12:10 pm today and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long.  Mom, Baby, Big Sister and Dad are all doing fine.  And for those inquiring minds, YES, Iris is what you think it is :-)

Two years ago my life changed…

This is my daughter Kalista Quinn.  We call her Kali.  She was born at 10:15 PM, November 10th, 2001.  At that point my whole outlook on life changed. I had always thought that I would never be a father.  Didn’t think I’d like it or would be good at it.  So my plan was to never have kids.  But when my wife and I got engaged, we discussed kids, and my wife really wanted to have children.  As such, I knew that to be with my soulmate, I would have to get used to the idea of being a father.

I have to thank my wife for talking me into being a Dad.  Kali is the most amazing thing to ever happen to me, and every day I’m more thankful that she is in my life.   I even loved being a Dad so much that I agreed to be a father a second time.  My next daughter will be born any day now, and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m going to have my two Daddy’s Little Girls and then I’m done.  It does make for a lopsided 3-1 household, but that’s okay.

I almost feel guilty being so happy at a time when one of our own is so sad.  Bruce, just know that you and your family are in my thoughts.  I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through right now.  I hope everything goes as peacefully as possible for your Dani.  Take Care of yourself man.