On Thursday evening, I went for a poker game to one of my friend’s house. I like to play poker; I used to go play at the casino, once a month. Until I got married. Then, my wife convinced me I was just wasting my money. I think she was more worried that I'd become an addicted gambler and brink our family on the brink of financial ruin. So, I stopped. I did not miss it or not even think of the game.
We were so busy adapting to all the new changes life threw on our way, that we barely had the time to spend time together. Within the past two years we had so much going on, that we were wondering if things will ever go back to normal, and we would be able to enjoy having some time off, away from everything. At first, my dad got sick, and three months later he died. Then my mom broke a leg and she had to move in with us. Then Melissa got pregnant with twins. Then I almost lost my job. And I had to start doing a lot of overtime.
After that the twins arrived - and this is when everything changed completely. We always wanted two children, but never thought of having them in the same time. We envisioned more having them couple of years apart. In the first three four months, I don't think any of us got any sleep. Not me, not my wife, not the grandmother who decided to live with us and help with the kids. We were three adults taking care of the twins, and all three we were exhausted.
Starting the fifth month, the twins started to sleep through the night and we were so thankful for it.
From the seventh month, we got back on seeing friends, dining out and having visits. The kids were bigger and we gained some experience on how to deal more efficiently with them. Plus it since it was warm, they loved being outside.
Slowly our life seems to get back on track and we were having a social life again. I am off the parental duty on Thursday night and my wife on Friday night. Therefore, my friends and I, we started having a poker game each Thursday. Two weeks ago, we had the game in my basement. Last week, the game was held at Kaylen’s. usually we are four players only. But this time Kaylen had invited one of work colleagues. I don’t know what is more annoying at that kid; the fact he won and took our money, or that he spoke the whole evening about the Edmonton asphalt.
From what I understood, he just moved here last year, and we'll see him around more often, since he will be renting Kaylen’s basement apartment.