What Life is all about....my past weekend!

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My wife and I just finished building a new home last week.  My wife asked if we could move into it this past week.  I said no way.  You see, we had spent almost one entire year building this home.  It's takeing a lot of money, but most importantly, it's taking a lot of itme.  We have 5 kids and 1 niece who life's became intermingled with a lot of time being spent with our builder.

Sooooo, this past weekend, we went to our farm in Wisconsin.  We have a farm that's really been converted to a nature conservancy.  I told my wife no moving....I just want to be a family again for a week.  Here's what we did;


1)  Dine out at the all you can eat Pizza Ranch in Oostburg Wisconsin (famously known as the town where Screech from Saved by the Bell lives.

2)  Next day stopped by my brother's house as a surprise....he wasn't in. 

3)  Had lunch and went swimming and played beach football on the beach in Sheboygan Wisconsin;

4)  Took the kids to an old fashion dime and candy store...they each got 1 piece;

5)  Went to church saturday night....it was awesome...I wish that church was in my hometown;

6)  Ate out back at the farm and rode the 4 wheelers with the kids;

7)  Built a big fire and told camping stories around the campfire;

8)  Cleaned up this am and came home

Can't say that I conquered the wrold, but I can say that I conquered the family.  My kids keep saying that I'm the best dad in the whole world....the 14 month doesn't, but then again she can't talk.  I loved life this weekend.  I feel that we bonded as a family.  Now it's time for prayers and off to bed.  Back in the saddle tomorrow.

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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Larry~ Nothing beats spending quality time with your family.  You know they are only little for a short period of time, and time passes so quickly!  Enjoy them! 

Sep 28, 2008 04:07 PM #1
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Larry.... sounds like a good relaxing time. Don't you wish it could have lasted for about another 3 to 5 days?  I have been on that so-called beach in Sheboygan....  I know I definitely will be up in Whisky in 2 years for a reunion. Hopefully before that though. A good chance would be to going to the Phillies/Cubs game... if they both make it that far. And the campfire stories... I had an uncle that lived in or near Sheboygan.... large back yard and farm with a pit....  anyhoo...sounds like a good time and with family.

jeff belonger

Sep 28, 2008 04:13 PM #2
Jeremy De La Garza
Corpus Christi Realty Group - Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX

Sounds like a good stress relief.

Sep 28, 2008 04:18 PM #3
Thomas Tolbert
Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Legacy - Savannah, GA

Sounds like you had a great weekend!

Sep 28, 2008 04:34 PM #4
Dean Moss
Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL - Chicago, IL
Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team

Hey, Larry -

Sometimes, you need to kick back - no sin in that!

Funny how doing just that recharges you for weeks - and how working like a dog with out a break burns you out even quicker.

Keep time blocking, my friend.  You and your family will be in the new house before you know it.

Stop over anytime you're in the city, or nearby, or run into anyone who needs help down here!


Sep 28, 2008 05:00 PM #5
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV

Larry - that's wonderful, you'll have the rest of your life to get moved into your new home,  The minutes you spend with your family can never be replaced.  (P.S. I hope u finally met up with your brother).

Sep 28, 2008 05:06 PM #6
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Sounds as though a good time was had by all. Glad you got some family time. All the best.

Sep 28, 2008 08:23 PM #7
real estate real estate
Providence, RI

Larry, that is life. I feel the same way. I like this part: stop by your brother's and he was not in.

Sep 28, 2008 11:52 PM #8
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


Great post! I can't show this post to my kids...they would be envious of your weekend!!! You chose the better part...move or ???...??? is always better!!! Thanks,   Fran

Sep 29, 2008 03:15 AM #9
Jeannie Philbeck
Myers Park Mortgage - Gastonia, NC

I'm so jealous-you had a wonderful exciting weekend and I spent mine with a bunch of old classmates at my high school reunion. Seriously though, you are right-you have to work hard and play hard to make this crazy thing called life worth it all. I tell my husband all the time that sometimes you just have to "escape" your troubles and the stress of real life. After reading this blog, I think I'm ready for a day hiking in the NC mountains-time to close the pool and concentrate on sweater weather. Besides, I feel young again after reliving my high school days this past weekend. Honestly after the reunion (which was my 20th by the way) I feel pretty good about myself even if my career choice is not at the top of the most glamorous list right now. Ah, it's good to go back and remember how dumb you really were at 18! Thanks again for the refresing blog entry!!

Sep 29, 2008 09:59 AM #10
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Vickie...it's zoomin by already.

Jeff....brother, I wish that I was still on it.  It was so great....It was so awesome.  Hard to come back and address life.  I need some more brews.

Jeremy & Thomas...it was!

Dean...I'm going to take you up on that.  I was just down there last week.  Thanks D!

Mary...great point there.  I had never thought of that....at all.  But you're right.  I have the rest of my life to move in there...thanks for the perspective.

Bob & C...it was...thanks.

Huiiting...so funny isn't it???

Fran...thanks for making me feel good.

Jeannie...you had an awesome time I'm sure.  I had my 20th as well, but mine was a few years back.  Needless to say, it was awesome...nothing short of awesome.  Don't apologize...we're in the most honorable profession out there.  Great stuff!






Sep 29, 2008 02:58 PM #11
Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

Larry, what a nice post.  CONGRATULATIONS on your new home.  It sounds like you have a great relationship with your family so congrats on that too - it is quite an achievement.  You have the priorities straight.

Oct 01, 2008 03:36 PM #12
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