Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary

31 Oct

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Five years ago on this very day, I married my very best friend.

It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come in the last five years and how much we’ve already been through in this crazy roller coaster called life. We’ve had ups and downs, we’ve loved and lost, and yet still I am happy to wake up to you each and every day.

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Even though you’re often in the background of everything that’s going on, it would not be even half of amazing of a life, if you hand’t touched it with your love and kindness.

Jenn you’ve not only made my life better, but you’ve made me better as a person, as a father, and as your husband. I am thankful for each and every day that I get to wake up and spend my life with you, and that will never change.

You have the right brand of crazy that matches mine, and I cannot wait to grow old together, to watch our kids grow into adults, and marry their own best friends should they choose to.

I love you with all of who I am and ever will be! Here’s to many more years of fun and excitement on this ride that we call life!

Happy Anniversary!

Treating Nicotine Addiction

21 Mar

Since I was sixteen years old, I’ve been smoking cigarettes.

It started out the way it does for most people that young that pick up that very first smoke. You take a long puff and nearly choke to death and wonder why people do it. You question everything you know about people that smoke and wonder how they manage to smoke a whole one. That was me… almost 14 years ago.

Now I’m coming up on 31 and still interchanging smoking with using an electronic cigarette and I’m really not doing myself any favours. I’ve been a smoker for a long time and have done several “quitting” stints trying to get off this terrible and smelly habit.

About 2 weeks ago I wrote a post about committing to The Run to Quit which is a 5KM run at the end of June that encourages people to drop the smokes and get healthier on your way to running 5KM, however it looks like the run is only in Toronto for the moment so I will have to find another fun event to run at.

The Gym

I’ve been going to the city gym 3 days a week doing some basic cardio work to get my breathing and movement back to an acceptable level. It’s funny to walk at a 5KM an hour pace and see how much sweat and energy I burn. It’s been really interesting but enjoyable.

I may need to adjust my schedule and see if I can make it there more often or maybe even take my daughter outside for walks more often to keep active and try to burn some of this extra weight.

I’m presently sitting at about 304 lbs at 6 foot exactly, and I’d like that number to come down quite a bit. I’d like to bring that down to about 200. I feel like that’s pretty acceptable for my height.

My Kids

My kids are my biggest motivator for weight loss and personal wellness. I want to get off this stupid nicotine addiction and terrible food, and replace it with fun and activity both with and for my kids.

My girls are going to need daddy to be around for a while, and I don’t want to leave them short. My dad never got to be a grandfather. I don’t want the same thing to happen to me.

The Gameplan

I’m of the belief that planning is just as important if not more important that actually doing things. If you don’t plan it properly, you end up missing steps and forgetting things. I really love the planner Shannon has put together and fully intend to print it out and get a binder going ASAP!

Life needs to be appreciated, and I would say right now I have a lot of work to do. Let’s get this sorted!

Becoming Daddy Part 2

8 Nov

On Wednesday November 4th 2014 Jenn and I welcomed our second daughter into the world, our lives and our hearts. She is everything we could have hoped for and we are thrilled to have her with us! That being said, I never really knew how much I needed Jenn before today.

It’s been an incredibly busy and overwhelming day today. I forgot how much work newborns can be when they’re so little and defenseless. Sometimes the formula doesn’t agree with them, they need their diapers changed a lot more often, and they eat like the food is going to disappear!

It’s been a wild ride and as much as I joke about being able to handle this all by my lonesome, without Jenn I’d be dead inside of a week. I have no idea how she handles it and is not completely exhausted by the end of the day.

Good Bye 2014, Welcome 2015!!

1 Jan

Violet Flipping Daddy the BirdLast night my wife, my brother in law, and his girlfriend rang in the new year while taking part in one of the most frustrating games in the world, Mario Party. It was an absolute blast just taking it easy and hanging out. As I sat and spent time with my family I knew I wanted to reflect on 2014 and write down some thoughts.

2014 was an absolutely incredible year! I spent the last year at work developing an application that I am quite proud of, Jenn and I welcomed baby Violet into our lives, and my hosting business has grown more than it ever has over previous years. The last year was an insane ride, and I am truly looking forward to 2015 being even more incredible!

Thank you to everyone who made 2014 such an amazing experience! I can’t wait to spend 2015 finding ways to make it even better than 2014!

Becoming Daddy

30 Aug
Baby Violet Smiling

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On Thursday August 7th 2014, my life was changed forever with the birth of my daughter Violet.

Violet was born at 3:30AM on Thursday VIA a C-Section. During her first few hours of life Violet had what the hospital calls a “spell” which basically means she stopped breathing in her sleep, and for the first time ever, I felt what every parent feels when something scary happens to their child.

I put on a brave face for everyone, but inside I was terrified of what could possibly happen to her when these “spells” occurred.

In the end, our little Violet was just fine and has been home with us for a couple of weeks now. She’s had two follow up appointments with my family doctor and is doing very well.

I’m really enjoying being a daddy and watching my little girl grow bigger and stronger every day! She’s the best thing I’ve ever played a part in creating in my life and she could not be more perfect if she tried!

Our friends and family have been amazing and incredibly supportive! We love you all!

Fathers Day

16 Jun
The Goldenberg Family

It’s been almost three years since I lost my father.

Life became rather interesting and complicated for a short time after he was gone. We were a family without our patriarch. We were a ship without the captain. We we a little lost.

We eventually found our way, but it was because of the lessons we learned from our father. It was because our father had steered us straight so many times that what we needed to do was ingrained in our minds. We had to take care of each other, love each other, and be there for each other.

The Goldenberg Family

This year was the first year that I was wished a happy fathers day. I responded that right now I am just a dad. In my mind a father is someone who loves and nurtures a child as my father did with me. A father is a man who supports his children, and steers them in the right direction when they get off course. A father is someone who is there to talk to no matter what is going on.

My father was a great man, and if I am even half of the father he was, I will be proud. My father did everything in his power for us. He made sure that we had everything we wanted and needed in life, and seldom asked for anything more in return aside from being a good kid.

I love and miss my father every day. But he and everything he has taught me in my life is sealed in my heart and will never be gone.

Happy fathers day to all of the real fathers out there.