To be hip or not to be hip…

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 by rcgreenway

I had dinner with some friends on Tuesday night and a lot of our conversation was centered around the plethera of social networking avenues in the world today. I’ll admit I am not really up on all the latest in this area. But I can’t help but wonder am I missing something? Or are the folks who get caught up in the world of web based quality time with their friends really the ones missing out?

Maybe I’ll start tweeting, or fluttering, or something, but will I be selling out by doing so? Or is this the wave of the future and the only way I’ll have to stay in touch with my friends?

Will there soon be virtual class and family reunions? Instead of meeting people for dinner will we sit and eat alone while telling our friends how great the meal is via the internet?

I’m not suggesting that these situations are the current state of things, but could they become that way?

Eventually I’m sure I’ll go the way of the future, but in the mean time, does anybody want to meet me for dinner? ūüôā

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I have the greatest wife ever!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2009 by rcgreenway

I just wanted to take a minute to tell the world how wonderful my wife is. I just got off the phone with her and she has had a less than stellar day today.

While we were talking she was trying to feed our son and he was giving her all kinds of problems. Nothing was going right for her. But she doesn’t complain, she just does what she has to do.

Having a baby has made things difficult sometimes, but Tiffany takes it all in stride. She loves our son so much and I love them both so much more than I could ever imagine. I’m sorry that today has been rough for her, but I want everyone to know that she is doing a wonderful job as a mother.

She is great at everything she does because she gives everything 100%, and motherhood has been no different. I love you sweetheart

Best steak I have ever eaten, and it only cost $10.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2009 by rcgreenway

Okay that is a pretty bold statement, but as best as I can recall it is true. I went to a steakhouse in Mooresville North Carolina on Friday night and had an absolutely incredible steak. I have never heard of the place before, but I’ll be on the look out for it in the future. It was called Texas Steakhouse. It looked like a chain and it was very similar to places like Logan’s Roadhouse, or Texas Roadhouse. My wife and I had driven around town for about 20 minutes and we couldn’t decide where we wanted to eat. After tossing a few ideas around, none of which seemed incredibly appealing, we decided to check out this steakhouse. Ironically, after all of our driving we ended up at the resturaunt that was directly behind our hotel. Neither of us were thrilled about the place, but we were ready to eat our hands and our son was getting upset because he was hungry too. I am making a big effort to be make healthier choices when I eat so I first went to the salad section of the menu. Nothing jumped out at me, and I thought to myself “I’m at a steakhouse, surely I should get a steak.” I looked at the options and in order to salvage the healthy effort I chose the smallest cut available. It was a 7 ounce Texas sirloin. Honestly I wasn’t expecting a whole lot. $10 got me a salad, the steak and a baked potato. The steak was incredible. Perhaps there were other forces at work that contributed to my opinion. Afterall I was very hungry, I haven’t had steak in a while, and it was only 10 bucks. However, I do believe if all of those factors were removed this steak would still rank among the best I have ever eaten. Even my wife, who is not a huge steak fan, procalimed “I should have ordered that” after I gave her a bite of mine. So if you ever see a Teaxs Steakhouse when you are out and about, stop in and order the 7 ounce sirloin. I think you will enjoy it.

Life is about choices.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2009 by rcgreenway

Everyday we are faced with a multitude of decisions we have to make. And our lives can be greatly affected by the choices we make. In a perfect world we would always make the right choice, but unfortunately we are not perfect. Not to mention the fact that life would be boring and we would never learn anything. You really don’t hear anyone proclaiming that we learn from making the right choices. Rather it is often said that we learn from our mistakes. So this begs the question, should I eat my protien bar for an afternoon snack? Or should I pursue the potential knowledge held within that candy bar in the vending machine?

quote of the day

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13, 2009 by rcgreenway

“Life is hard. It’s even harder if you’re stupid.”

2008, The year I had to grow up…

Posted in day by day on January 2, 2009 by rcgreenway

Another year has come and gone.¬† 2008 was probably the most eventful year of my life.¬† So many things happened to me.¬† Big “grown up” things that I have never had to deal with before.¬† Some of them were wonderful things, others were terribly painful.¬†

I learned that life is precious at any age, and only God knows when our last day will be. 

I learned that those closest to me can hurt me deeper than anyone.

I learned that forgivness is healing.

I was reminded just how wonderful my friends are.

I learned that no person or institution is immune to disaster.

I saw good people lose their jobs.

I felt blessed that I didn’t lose mine.

I witnessed a miracle and I held him in my arms.

I witnessed the joy of granparenthood.

I saw that through all the good and the bad God is in control.  He always has been and he always will be.

Happy new year!

long time no blog! Oh yeah, I am a dad!

Posted in day by day on December 13, 2008 by rcgreenway
That's my boy!

That's my boy!

It has been a long time since my last post.  For that I apologize.  Truthfully, more has happened in my life in the last 2 months than has happened in a long time.  Some of it wonderful, some of it not so great.  I guess the good news is that there is plenty to write about, and I intend to do just that.

On November 8th 2008, at 5:44 AM my son was born.¬† This experience was like nothing else.¬† I cannot equate it to anything.¬† It is truly something you have to experience to understand.¬† As you may or may not know there are certain “guidelines” or “rules” associated with labor and child birth.¬† These are the things you read about in books while you or your wife is preganant.¬† This is where my story begins.

My wife and I explored the option of natural child birth while she was preganant.¬† After discussing it with friends and reading up on it, we determined that this was the route we wanted to go.¬† We both recomend it for several reasons, and we’d be glad to discuss it with anyone who is interested.¬† After we decided to go this route, we read up on the Bradley Method.¬† This method teaches you physical and emotional sign posts to look for during labor to help you know what stage you are at and therefore know how to deal with what you are feeling.¬† I felt like I knew the signs pretty well, and¬†I was confident in my ability as a coach.¬† Little did I know how much my confindence would be shaken.

I got home from work on Friday November 7th and thought it would be like any other night.¬† My wife had to work late and didn’t get home until about 8:30.¬† I was still getting over a cold I had come down with the weekend before, so after a less than eventful evening I took some cold medicine and went to bed at about 10 pm.¬† My went to bed too, minus the cold medicine.¬† At 1:30 am my wife coereces me out of a nyquil induced sleep, and she tells me she¬†has been having contractions since 11:30 PM.¬† My first reaction was “when were you going to tell me?”¬† “Okay, time to put Bradley to work here,” I thought.¬† We learned that if labor started in the middle of the night the best thing to do is try to go back sleep.¬† Afterall you are only at the beginning of a long difficult journey and you need as much rest as you can get.¬† So me being the coach I told my wife she should try to go back to sleep.¬† Going back to sleep was the only thing I wanted to do because the nyquil was still very much doing it’s thing.¬† Well this really didn’t work.¬† My wife could not go back to sleep.¬† So I started to time her contractions.¬† Another thing we learned¬†to look for was a pattern of contractions that were 5 minutes apart, 1 minute long and held that pattern for an hour.¬†¬†This is the cue to go to the hospital.¬† Well this pattern never came.¬† That made strike 2 for¬†Bradley.¬† My wife’s water¬†had already broke¬†and somewhere around 3:30 AM she began to doubt her ability to go all the way through labor without pain¬†medication of some kind.¬† This is a post i recognized, but it is not supposed to¬†come until close to the end of¬†labor.¬† It was at this moment that I had a bit of a freak out of my own.¬† I went down stairs to feed our pets¬†and I thought¬†“if she is already doubting herself, how can I possibly coach her through 15 more hours of this and convince her that she can do¬†it?”¬†

Since nothing was happening the way we had learned it would, and my wife was clearly in a lot of¬†pain we decided to go to the hospital.¬†¬†Being only a few hours into labor I was¬†convinced this was still the beginning.¬† I¬†thought we would end up¬†going with the epidural¬†after all.¬† It was not what we wanted, but it was okay.¬†¬†Most women choose this route and they are fine.¬† At 4:30 AM we were in the car and on the road.¬† I took great care driving and didn’t drive any faster than normal.¬†¬†Had I known exactly what was going on I may driven a little differently, but it was for the best I am sure.¬† At 5:00 AM we were at the hospital and theu took us to the labor triage room.¬† This is where¬†they decide if you are really in full blown labor, how far along you are etc.¬† My wife changed into a very fashionable hospital gown and the nurse proceeded to check her.¬† We had told her what had happened up until that point and she¬†didn’t really act to concerned.¬† When she checked her though, she said “you are fully dialated”¬† with a bit of an alarmed tone in her voice.¬† “WHAT?!?”¬† I thought.¬† That is crazy.¬† My wife had been in labor for about 6 hours and it was time to push!¬† This is unheard of for a first baby.¬† The nurses couldn’t believe it either, but started moving quickly and immediately took us back to a delivery room.¬† My wife hadn’t broken under the pain, she had made it all the way and she didn’t even know it!¬† She is Super Woman!¬† I always knew it!¬† My wife was anxious about the pushing part, but she made that look easy too.¬† At 5:44 AM, a whopping 44 minutes after we had arrived at the hospital, Jake was here!

The team of nurses took him away and got him all cleaned up then one of the nurses said something I will never forget.¬† She looked at me and said “Dad, come get your boy.”¬† 1st I was officially a dad!¬† 2nd Jake was my boy!¬† I took him into my arms and held him while the doctors and nurses finished tending to my wife.¬† I looked at him and thought he is absolutely amazing.¬† The world as we know it seems to be falling apart around us.¬† The economy is in shambles, there is fighting and turmoil around the world, but in that moment the very walls of the building we were in could have been falling down around me and it wouldn’t have mattered.¬† “This is my boy, and he is perfect…”¬† “His mom, my wife, has never looked so beautiful…”¬† I didn’t know my heart was capable of holding so much love.¬† And that love keeps growing everyday!¬†

Thats only the beginning.¬† I’ll keep posting updates about the life of the cutest baby in the world, and the adventures of his parents.¬† But for now it’s time for bed.¬† Sleep is a precious commodity these days ūüôā