It started when I was 4 years old. My parents would take my sister and me out for ice cream the day before school started. We’d go to an ice cream shop called Swanson’s. I’d look over all of the flavors pretending to have a difficult time making a decision (Everyone in my family knewContinue reading “Ice Cream Before School”
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A story about a fridge
This past Sunday I had the opportunity to share a story about a refrigerator magnet conversation I recently had with my kids. The room was beautifully chaotic as families and friends (some as young as 2 weeks and others as young as 80+ years) enjoyed breakfast together. Check out the story and the pics ofContinue reading “A story about a fridge”
We’ve got HOMEWORK!!!
My oldest two kids came into my classroom yesterday after school with giant smiles. “Daddy, we’ve got HOMEWORK!!!” They were ecstatic. They couldn’t wait to sit down and get started on it. They set themselves up at a small desk in the back of the room, carefully got out their homework and went right toContinue reading “We’ve got HOMEWORK!!!”
What should we do today?
At the beginning of the summer, everyone in our family shared one thing that we were hoping to do this summer. The kids shouted out things like camping trips, bike rides, and ice cream parties. I thought for a little while before realizing that what I really wanted was to have a few mornings whenContinue reading “What should we do today?”
Creativity at home
“Why is it that it’s so easy to pour our creative selves into a project at work but so hard to show that same creativity at home with our kids?” I recently had breakfast with a few dads who, like me, have jobs that lend themselves towards creativity. We reflected, somewhat sadly, about our intenseContinue reading “Creativity at home”
Pay Attention, Daddy
My 3 year old is teaching me to pay attention. His method of instruction is not modeling. In fact, he’s not the most attentive kid most of the time. When he wants your attention though, he demands all of it. Yesterday it started with a simple, “Daddy, look at this.” He was building something outContinue reading “Pay Attention, Daddy”
A Birthday Date at the Coolest Playground in the World
For our kids’ birthdays, Morgan and I always give them a special date with us (just us – no brothers or sisters). Bracken turned 6 this month and for his special date, we took him to what I now consider the coolest playground in the world. I’m not exaggerating. It’s called The Berkeley Adventure PlaygroundContinue reading “A Birthday Date at the Coolest Playground in the World”
It’s hard to do things you don’t want to do
The request was simple enough. I’ve made the same request of my kids almost every day for the last few years. “Please pick up the toys in the living room.” They always eventually comply. There are sometimes complaints, bargaining, and tears (theirs, not mine) but eventually, they pick up the toys. When I made theContinue reading “It’s hard to do things you don’t want to do”
We had a poo poo party
We told our 2 and a half year old that when he was no longer wearing diapers, we’d throw a piñata party to celebrate. We even went as far as purchasing the piñata and hanging it over the changing table as a reminder/motivator. Well, yesterday was the best (and so far, only) Poo Poo PartyContinue reading “We had a poo poo party”
God So Loved Your Family
A sermon at Emmaus in the midst of a series called “For God so Loved.” God’s love is vast and specific. It affects everything – including your family. There’s a story in the Bible about a baby born into a broken family in Bethlehem… but it’s not the one you are thinking of.