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 >

Kids Say the Funniest Things…

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Last night, I went to grab a snack from our kitchen pantry and a box of Oatmeal Creme Pies screamed out to me. It wasn’t because they are delicious either (although they are). I immediately feel nostalgic whenever I see them because my youngest son used to call them “Pie Cookies.” How adorable is that? Just the other day, one of my friends asked a question on Facebook about correcting your kids when they say certain … See More >

37 Things I Appreciate About Being a Dad

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Last week, I celebrated my 37th birthday. As part of that, I thought it would be fun to write about 37 “somethings.” I was going to write about what I was grateful for in my life but decided that would be too sappy. I thought it would be more appropriate to share some things I appreciate about being a dad. There should definitely be more than 37 things on this list but here’s a start: 1) Parenting is a … See More >

8 Things I Realized During A Recent Family Road Trip

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My family just returned from a week-long vacation in Florida. We spent 30+ hours driving on the road over the past seven days to get from Kentucky down to Florida. During my time on the road, some realizations popped into my head that I thought were worth sharing. 1) No adult conversations were ever private. It didn’t matter how distracted my kids were. They always seemed to hear or interrupt my conversations with my wife. … See More >

Letting Your Kids Go Sucks

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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

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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

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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

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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 >