Cherishing the “Last Time” Moments With My Kids

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)?

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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 >

RECAP: My First Year of “Dad Blogging”

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Note: The featured image is from my oldest son’s 1st birthday. I thought it was fitting since I’m celebrating that my blog has been around for a year.  “Dad blogging” is actually a thing. There are conferences/meetings around the country where blogging dads get together and talk about blogging. And by “blogging,” I mean getting away from their wives and kids. Just kidding. I’m hoping to go to one of these “conferences” some day. This … See More >

Where Did the Creativity Go?

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I’d like to think that I’m a creative guy. In recent years, I’ve really gotten into woodworking, playing with LEGO and blogging. Plus, I’ve spent the majority of my professional career at advertising agencies working with some of the most creative people around. Surely, some of that creativity has rubbed off on me, right? Tonight, I was reminded that I might not be as creative as I thought. As part of an effort to de-clutter … See More >

A Chip Off the Old…LEGO Brick?

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I love LEGO. I played with them as a kid and still enjoying building sets by myself or with my kids. Here, I’ve written several posts about LEGO and I guarantee there will plenty more. This blog could have just as easily been named “LEGODad.com.” My boys and I have built a lot of LEGO sets over the last few years. They have been old enough to build their sets by themselves with some occasional help from me. When … See More >

There’s No “Me” in “Shoes?”

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My 10-year-old, Ethan, loves basketball. In fact, I’ve written here several times about him and basketball. It’s amazing to see how much he’s improved as a player over the past year. This time last year, he was new to competitive basketball and didn’t seem to know what to do on the basketball court. Now, I see his confidence in what he’s doing. This story is about something he did off the basketball court. First, let me … See More >