7 Things I Learned at Summer Camp (2015)


Last Sunday, I left for church camp with my son (Camden), my nephew and almost 300 campers. The four days were packed with fun activities like water games, zip-lining, swimming at the lake, scavenger hunts and more. I led a team of 19 campers and two junior leaders. As a team, we ate our meals together, had small group time and participated in team games. I also slept in a dorm with nearly 30 elementary-aged boys. It … See More >

11 Things I Appreciate About My Son on His 11th Birthday


Today is my son Ethan’s 11th birthday. It blows my mind. I don’t feel old enough to have an 11-year-old son, especially since I can clearly remember what life was like for me at his age. It’s been quite the ride. Parenting is one of those things that you have to figure out as you go. Sure, people give you advice but every situation is different. It’s become pretty common for my wife and I … See More >

Sometimes You Have to Go Outside and Get Your Shoes Muddy


On Saturday, we had some beautiful weather. It was really nice outside after several days of pouring rain. The kids were getting on our nerves and we wanted them to go outside. I won’t get started on the whole “when I was a kid, we played outside all day…” rant. I’ll save that for another time. We suggested that the boys go in the woods and explore. My youngest son and nephew (who had spent the night) … See More >

A Kid’s Laughter is the Cure for EVERYTHING


Last night, my daughter asked me to jump on the trampoline with her. Typically, I enjoy jumping on the trampoline with my kids. It is hard on my knees (and one heck of a workout) but ultimately, we have a lot of fun. When my daughter and I were jumping, she was giggling uncontrollably. I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m sure I was smiling ear to ear. Below is my attempt to record her laughing with my … See More >

Cherishing the “Last Time” Moments With My Kids


Today, I went with my oldest son, Ethan, on a field trip to a University of Louisville baseball game. In all honesty, I didn’t want to go. Don’t get me wrong. I like watching baseball games (in person). I just wasn’t thrilled about burning half a day of vacation to go. Over the past week, every time Ethan asked me to go, I would tell him that it depended on what I had going on at … See More >

RECAP: My Nostalgic Day at the Louisville Arcade Expo


Yesterday, I took my boys (and one of my nephews) to the Louisville Arcade Expo. After our experience last year, I really looked forward to visiting again and playing games from my childhood. As a quick recap, the Louisville Arcade Expo is a big meet-up at a hotel conference center where people bring their Arcade games, pinball games and old gaming consoles (there wasn’t anything newer than the Sega Dreamcast). The event was even more packed … See More >

Sometimes You’ve Got to Get Away (From the Kids)


This past weekend, my wife and I spent three nights in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (right next to Gatlinburg). You know what was the best part? None of our three kids were anywhere in sight. In fact, they were with our parents over 300 miles away. It was glorious. Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids more than life itself but I’ve learned a very important lesson in my 10+ years of being a dad. … See More >

RECAP: Father/Son Road Trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (February 2015)


Last weekend, my son, Ethan, and I embarked on a road trip to Canton, Ohio to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF). I last visited the HOF over 13 years ago and had been looking for a reason to go back. I thought it would be a nice opportunity for us to get away and spend some quality time together. Ethan really started getting into NFL football this year and I thought he … See More >

Just Call Me the Tooth Whisperer


I’m not sure what it is but my kids are losing their teeth left and right. My daughter even pulled out two on her own.  It’s costing the “tooth fairy” a small fortune. Anyway, tonight my oldest son came downstairs after going to bed and wanted me to pull his tooth. After wiggling it around for a little bit and giving him a chance to pull it out, I had to use my ninja tooth-pulling skills … See More >

Is There Anything Better Than a Sunday Afternoon Alone (To Do Whatever I Want)?


At the current moment, it’s cold and pouring down rain outside. So why the picture of the beautiful, sunny day? Because that’s how I feel right now. I am sitting at my house all by myself. No wife. No kids. It’s so quiet and peaceful. I feel so free. The possibilities are endless. I could: Go out to my garage and build something. Fire up my Xbox and play Madden 15. Write something for one of … See More >