Catching Up


What’s shakin’?

Cool. Me?

Oh, you know, the usual – growing a baby, buying a house, working, traveling, running. Life’s been crazy for us. I’ll go through things one at a time to catch you all up on what’s we’re doing. First of all, Jenn’s been pregnant for the past six months, which, if my math is correct, means we’ve got three months to go. I know Jenn is excited to welcome our baby girl, Stella, because being pregnant is miserable. At least that’s what I’m told. It’s actually miserable for the guys as well, just not as miserable. Not even close. But still miserable by our standards. I’m excited as well, but also nervous. I’ve heard it all, “two kids is easier,” “two kids is harder,” etc. Doesn’t matter, really. We’ll find out when we get there and it will be awesome and super tough.

As far as the house thing goes, we are in escrow. The process of buying a house started and is proceeding very quickly. We’ve had our eyes on the market for the past three or four years, but we weren’t in a position to buy until now. Mostly, due to the generosity of our incredible parents. When we started looking again, about two months ago, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted. Unfortunately, everything in our price range were short sales or foreclosures, which turns out, makes for a miserable buying process. We eventually found the house that we are currently in the process of buying. It is a great first home for so many reasons – it’s close to parks, safe, only five years old, close to friends, but mostly…’s ours. We are only starting to wrap our heads around the idea that we can put holes where we want, change the floors or the counter tops, or paint or kid’s rooms. It’s really such a privilege to be in the position we are in where buying a home is a possibility. It’s something we honestly never thought would happen, but we are SO ready to move in once escrow closes next month. Keep your fingers crossed. HUGE shout out to Holly Rodgers Realty. She’s been great to work with. Super encouraging through the process, but also really honest, even when the news wasn’t positive. If you’re even remotely interested in buying, email her. She’ll find you a great home, complete with a 14 color rainbow and garden gnome.

Work stuff is boring. I’m working like a dog, traveling all over kingdom come, blah, blah, blah. Nothing new there. But business is great and I’m thankful for having such a great gig.

My lovely wife has been….uh….encouraging me to exercise lately. With all the work and stress, she wants me to stay healthy. At least until my life insurance policy is worth more. I’ve tried all sorts of things, but the bottom line is that I just don’t like exercise. I hate it actually. Exercise hurts. The only exercise I enjoy is surfing, but surfing is difficult because you are a slave to the conditions. You also need at least a few hours from getting suited up to getting out of the water, showered and ready for work. It’s just not an acceptable substitute for a consistent workout. So, despite my own fears and hesitations, I’ve begun running. It’s just the easiest way to get out and do some cardio to keep the ticker ticking. But I’ll be honest with you. I absolutely despise running. At least at the moment. I started last week, and so far I’ve run about two miles nearly every day. There are people who love running. Love being outside in the fresh air, love the challenge, love setting goals, etc. I’m just not one of those people. I’m not an especially motivated person. I don’t really care to set goals for myself, or challenge myself physically. This presents a problem because running sort of requires that you push yourself to new boundaries. At least most of the initial pain is gone, having done it for a week now. My thought is that if I can run three or four miles three or four times a week, I should be in pretty good shape. I’ll be even more sexy and my wife will get to keep her husband around. Win-Win.

Sorry for the lengthy post, but this is the last topic. Writing.

I’ve got a project that I’m working on that had to be put on hold until I thought it through a bit more. I’ve begun working on it again, and now, it just needs to be finished. I’m plugging away at it, slowly but surely, and I’m excited to share it once it’s done. It’s an essay about our responsibility as Christians to love others who are struggling with hopelessness, given the dilemma of the human condition, realizing that we ourselves are subject to the same condition. It’s a monster of a subject, so I wouldn’t expect any revelations. But writing about it has allowed me to better understand it. Hopefully it will be done soon, considering I’ve been working on it for two years.

So that it, folks. Hope you all are doing super awesome. Why don’t you tell me how awesome you are in the comments section. It would be nice to get something other than spam comments.


5 thoughts on “Catching Up

  1. glad to hear from you travis. sounds like you’ve got a ton going on over in Avila world. i really can’t wait to meet little miss stella!! have fun running, if i ever see you out and about i’ll holler for ya!

  2. ahhhh running.. yes. there are 2 types of people when it comes to that… You have actual “runners”…and then you have the people “who run because it is excercise” and I am in the latter part. I have done a couple races.. but i know one lady that I work with who FREAKS out if she does run at LEAST 12-15miles a day, and if she does miss it. Thats all you hear about in the office…she is a tad crazy.

    Congrats on buying the house. we just closed on ours in July.. and it was a long road to get that the point.. but now its ours, and i just put my finger over the computer screen when i log on to make my monthly payment b/c seeing how much we still owe.. makes me cry a little ;)

  3. Travis- I heard you guys are moving and I’m pretty sure your new pad is just on the other side of Soto from our pad. We would love to help move if it works out or to help with anything else you guys might need. Congrats! by the way.

  4. umm, about that realtor- all good stuff, but you forgot the unicorn. yes, buy a house, get a house and a unicorn. your welcome.
    in other news, thanks for the shout out. and way to go on the run. seriously.
    also, b has to go to vegas for a work trip in january. he wants me to go with him. what’s funny is everytime i think of vegas, i think of you. i’m not sure if that is a compliment, but it’s happening nonetheless.
    maybe we could work on a better word association for travis other than vegas.
    can’t wait for next week, you guys are great clients!

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