Ignoring my Family, To Bring You the Perfect Christmas Video

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A few weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new commercial advertising their new iPhone. It was a very touching and heartwarming piece, featuring a young teen who seems to be distracted by his iPhone all day, but then it’s revealed he was capturing the whole day on his phone, and quickly editing a moving holiday family video.

Well, that made me want to do the same. So, in turn, I also ignored my family through three different holiday gatherings, but it’s ok, I got it all on video, and put together a 2 minute highlight of the festivities, just like the apple spot. Continue reading

Thanksgiving: A Holiday for the man, made by a woman.

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Thanksgiving. Hands down, my favorite holiday of the year.

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But this is only true, because I’m a man.

My wife would disagree. That is, she would disagree that Thanksgiving is the best, not that I’m a man…I think.

Truth is, Thanksgiving is a completely different holiday to the man than it is to the woman.

I offer you, 3 easy steps to make Thanksgiving better for her.

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“Daddy, have you ever smiled?” The question that changed my parenting.

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Me with Brady and Cameron

I’m a father to two boys, 13 and 9. It was the youngest that asked me the question which changed the way I thought of myself as a parent. He was about 5 years old at the time, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

“Daddy, have you ever smiled?”

I was taken off guard at first by the question. What could he mean? Of course I smile. Anybody who knows me may wonder if I’ve ever been serious.

The more I thought about it though, the kid was right.  His perception of me as not only a father, but a person, painted a terrible reality.

Don’t misunderstand, on the surface, I’m a good dad. I don’t beat my children; I hug them, kiss them, and tell them I love them. All the things we think are the important parts of being a good parent. Obviously, it wasn’t enough.

I had to take a look at myself from my kid’s perspective. I saw 5 negatives I knew I had to change to positives.

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Dear Dad — A Father’s Day Letter

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ImageDear Dad,

When I was a kid, you were 100 years old and 100 feet tall.
My world is what you told me it was. Your favorite song, was my favorite song. Your favorite teams, became my favorite teams.
I knew you were my hero, before I knew what a hero was. You were Captain America, Superman, The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine all rolled into one. That’s right, you were Captain SuperHulkerine.
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This is Real Life

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I’m 40 years old. I’ve lived in the great state of Oklahoma for all of about 3 of those. I’ve seen roughly 87,000,000 tornado warnings, but never seen one tornado in person. Not only that, I’ve never known anyone personally, who lost a home in a twister. Until this week. Continue reading