My dad’s old house was infamous for BBQ gatherings.  Friends and family would come over on certain holidays for some good wholesome fun. Shoot, it didn’t even have to be a holiday; sometimes we just powered up the grill for the heck of it and waited to see who showed up.  Since moving in with my mom we haven’t had any type of get together mirroring that, so the only logical course of action was to bring back some of that old house soul. Yup, cookout with the Adkins ya’ll!

I was so excited to get things rolling — well, until I realized I actually had to help setup and stuff. The most daunting task was attempting to clean out the pool house, a pool house that I don’t recall ever being used by anyone. I figured some type of weird fungus, like species had been festering in there. And, of course, my pessimism was proven correct. Well not to its supernatural extent but close enough. We found a huge snake just chilling in the pool house! This was a moment to man up and handle the situation. Some may have said I punked out in that little debacle.  I, on the other hand like to remember it the way that makes me look the most cool. That being said, my dad and I were about to get the situation under control — Adkins men 1, legless lizards 0.

Terrifying snakes aside, getting my dad’s sign back was the most fulfilling part of the day. Through special covert operation, like techniques, and some help from my friend Ryan, I was able to retrieve the last memorabilia from the old house. Witnessing his reaction when we revealed it was a special moment because my dad has done so much for me in my life that it was gratifying to be able to give something back. I think it’s safe to say things are starting to come together as we continue to adjust to living under the same roof.

I’ve always tried to maintain a more serious outlook when it comes to health. Eating healthy and staying active has become an integral part of my daily regimen. I will admit I was more on the heavier side during my teen years, mainly due to my terrible excuse for knees. After both knee surgeries I took it upon myself to create a plan to prevent myself from getting any heavier. Today that plan consists of lifting weights, martial arts, and maintaining a healthy diet.

Staying on any regular workout plan is fairly difficult for my father. It’s not that he doesn’t want to do the work or is lazy but due to his constant traveling, he is never in one place long enough to perform any type of active routine. However, the rare times he has breaks, the gym is the first place you will find him. Same applies towards his eating habits, while at home he will stay true to a healthy diet. When he’s on the move, the amount of healthy food options becomes quite scarce. Anyone living the nomadic life will understand the difficulties which come with such a lifestyle.

Now lucky for us, our dad has had a little time off so we decided to make the best of it. We became concerned when our dad’s high blood pressure came to our attention. But instead of freaking out over it, we decided to solve the issue Adkins style. We went shopping and got ourselves some healthier food.  Paige called Chef Sam Bell to come cook for us, now that was a nice treat I must say. He showed us a way of making the meals we like while keeping them healthy, it was the craziest thing. He did come off a little aggressive at first but I guess it was only tough love. After that we had ourselves a nice family workout and just to be adventurous, we took a hip hop class. In the end my dad got his blood pressure down so yeah, mission accomplished. Oh and one more thing – I would just like to point out that I am not a strong dancer so I ask that everyone refrain from judging me off my performance if at all possible. You will have my deepest appreciation.  Thanks.