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 >

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

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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

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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

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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 >