The Simpsons™ LEGO® Minifigures (#71005)


About two months ago, my mom told me that she had a surprise for me and handed me a package (like the one pictured to the right). I excitedly opened the package to see what was inside and found a Bart Simpson minifigure. It was cool because I had no idea that LEGO had released The Simpsons minifigures. I knew about The Simpsons House set but I didn’t know that there were plans to release … See More >

Letting Your Kids Go Sucks


Today, we dropped off our youngest son, Cam, at church camp. It’s the first time he’s been to camp and it’s definitely the longest he’s ever been away from us. I’m not excited about it at all. You would think that I would be overjoyed about being down one kid for three nights. Nope. I don’t like being away from my kids for any extended period of time (more than 24 hours). Over the past 10+ years, I’ve learned that parenting is a … See More >

Monopoly Empire is the Perfect Board Game for Family Fun


My family has found the perfect board game. It’s called Monopoly Empire. I love it because my kids (all 10 and under) can play, it’s a lot of fun and we can play a full game in less than 20 minutes. It’s a nice way to get the family together and avoid vegging out in front of the television. I grew up playing Monopoly. If you’ve ever played, you know that games can easily last … See More >

Father’s Day Weekend 2014


This past weekend was Father’s Day. I’m not usually a huge fan of “Hallmark” holidays. I feel like you should appreciate your family year-round and not feel like you need to buy a gift to show your appreciation. I had a great time with my family over the weekend. It wasn’t that they did anything special for me. We just had a lot of fun together. Here’s a recap of our weekend. Friday Night: LEGO … See More >

#AwesomeDads Profile – Eugene “Smurf” Topps


Next up in my #AwesomeDads series is Eugene “Smurf” Topps. I’ve spent a lot of time with Smurf on the basketball court the past couple of months and we’ve developed a friendly rivalry (even though his game is much better than mine). If you’ve been friends with him on Facebook for any amount of time, it’s not hard to see that he loves his family. He’s a good guy to know even though he cheers … See More >

Life Isn’t Always About the Destination. Sometimes It’s About the Journey.


Awhile back, I wrote about the importance of backing up your digital photos. As I was going through the process of making sure that all of my photos were adequately backed up (after my hard drive crashed), I came across the photo above. It’s my kids having lunch at Lyndon Lanes back in 2010. Lyndon Lanes was a local bowling alley that my grandmother, Phyllis, cooked at for over 30 years and worked at up … See More >

#AwesomeDads Profile – Andy Stillwagon


Next up in my #AwesomeDads series is Andy Stillwagon. I’ve worked with Andy in two different stints at Power Creative. He’s one of the most creative and hilarious people I know. I enjoyed working with him and swapping stories about our kids. 1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, I followed my college sweetheart to her hometown of Louisville. We’ve been here since the late 90′s, married, started careers and … See More >

#AwesomeDads Profile – Chris Thompson


Next up in my #AwesomeDads series is Chris Thompson. Chris and I grew up in the same neighborhood and have been friends for nearly 30 years (holy cow). We played the old school video games back in the day and used to compete against each other in everything. Now he’s probably the most in shape person I know and shames me anytime I try to play a sport with him. Oh well. It’s amazing for … See More >

Being a Video Game Pro Athlete is Killing My Productivity


In 2014, I committed to blogging at least two times per week. As part of that commitment, I started this blog because I thought it would be fun to write about two of my favorite things: being a dad and video games. When I started this blog back in January, I couldn’t publish content fast enough. I was churning out the posts and had to pace myself. I had some nice momentum going. Then I … See More >

#AwesomeDads Profile – Joel Anderson


Next up in our #AwesomeDad series is Joel Anderson. Joel was referred to the series by his wife Amanda. I’ve never met Joel but it sounds like he’s having a blast being a dad. 1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. My wife Amanda and I both work at Humana and have been happily married since 1999. In December of 2013 our world changed forever with addition of Piper Kelty Anderson. We had pursued adoption … See More >