I’m grateful for an incredible vacation and trip with my two daughters. My youngest daughter was planning a couple of months ago to go to Canada to see all the sights where Riverdale has been filmed. She has a crush on Cole Sprouse and, as she says, has purchased $424 worth of Cole Sprouse merchandise, showing to her friends, her dedication and love to this incredible star.

 

The interesting thing about this trip was, she never quite asked if we were going. It was implied that we were going.

 

And, as a father who still struggles with boundaries and saying no, she was right. It was set in stone. We went!

 

The three of us visited Archie’s house, Veronica’s house, Betty’s house, Cheryl’s mansion, Sweet River, the football field, the Town Hall, the Register, the Sheriff’s station, and of course, Pop’s diner. We spend about 17 hours in less than 5 days in a car, not including watching The Quiet Place at the Twilight Drive-In, another film location.

 

We had so much fun going from town to town on a mission throughout BC, Canada. Typical ups and downs of any vacation and a road trip with teens, although, memories that will last a lifetime. So much of what I’ve read about parenting is to embrace what your children enjoy. I admit, that has been hard, but when I’ve learned to follow that advice, the rewards are amazing!

 

I’m grateful for my two wonderful daughters and an adventure of a lifetime!!! Thank you and lots of love!

 


I saw a Facebook post the other day where Will Smith explained the difference between Fault vs. Taking Responsibility. My plan was to share only just this one video with my Fledglings today. And, as is my tendency, I searched for more. I found that I enjoy listening to Will’s insight and motivational thoughts. And, what I really gravitated toward, is the relationship he has with his wife, Jada.

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A week and a half ago was really tough. I relived the complete story about my marriage, my addiction, and my recovery with a fellow peer. It’d been a while since I re-experienced the full, detailed history of how my addiction shattered the three people closest to me.

 

As I remembered who I was and what I’d done, I could not understand why my former spouse and I still had as strong a friendship that we still do. I had to battle the shame and guilt that once again threatened to tear down my self-worth and self-esteem.

 

Using my tools, I was able to ground myself and stop the stories lies I kept making up.

 

That’s not always an easy process.

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