The Moments That Matter Most

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This weekend, I took my oldest five kids up backpacking. (Wife stayed home with the 2 year old.) Unlike the King’s Peak trip last year, this one was fairly benign. We hiked about 3 miles to this lake and camped nearby in this meadow. We did climb up an 11,500 feet mountain. (Well, the two oldest did. My five year old froze at this rocky part of the ascent, and so I took him back, and the seven and nine year olds followed.) This was the first time I went with my kids on a two night backpacking trip. Food (or lack thereof) became a much bigger issue. My 13 year old boy and I had to carry an extra sleeping bag for the five and seven year olds.

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The Need for Order

When I first came into contact with Star Wars (2007) I was introduced to the prequels first. I read the books for Episodes I-III, along with several other accompanying novels and the Dark Horse “Clone Wars” comics (excellent, by the way).

My next foray was the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. These books are very good and kicked off the whole Expanded Universe (EU) of Star Wars. The EU is now known as “Legends” post-Disney, even though there are some things, such as Thrawn, that carry over into Disney’s Star Wars canon.

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Planning a Cheap Summer Picnic

As more and more kids just spend their days with their face glued to a screen, I try to come up with fun things for my kids to do outside.  Sunday’s are a “device free” day where we all unplug and enjoy each other’s company.  I try to find things to do that don’t cost too much, but are also rewarding.  You’d be surprised how little it takes for the kids to have a great time they’ll remember forever

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Stop and Smell the Roses

The other night was kind of stressful. Coming on the end of the school year, the kids who do the online charter school have their major projects due soon. It is becoming apparent that two of them have not been keeping on schedule with their assigned tasks. My daughter was cramming, throwing together this last minute paper that she should have been working on for over a month now.

At this time, I take the opportunity to grab out this church publication “Eternal Marriage” and read with my wife from where we left off the previous night. In it, it talks about how we can have our relationships continue into eternity if we do the right things. That is when my wife starts getting teary eyed and starts to lose it. Continue reading “Stop and Smell the Roses”

Teach Your Kids This: Priorities

At church on Sunday, I had an interesting conversation with a couple my wife and I are good friends with.  The topic of discussion eventually fell on their son who is now a Sophomore in high school.

They were discussing a few aspects of their son, mainly centering around his dating life which gave me quite a bit of fuel for a few Teach Your Kids This articles that I will be posting in the near future.  This is the first of such articles that was inspired by our conversation.  Continue reading “Teach Your Kids This: Priorities”

The Lone Leader

This isn’t my typical article, just a view on life as I go through it. I promise no protein, eggs, coffee, or tae kwan do. As I figure out this thing called life, I feel that you reflect on things as you experience them.  Wisdom, to me, is truly grasping a problem or concept that you have lived through, viewing it from all possible angles. All of you seem to be on a path to bettering yourself in some way.  When you better yourself, you tend to go against the grain of most people.  Most people seem to follow patterns and will take the easy way out.  Furthermore, I’m finding that as you lead in life, its quite lonely at the top. Today I’ll go over just how I’m dealing with this, why I think its ultimately good, and how you can deal with not only being focused on your goal, but also enjoying the process too.

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Teach Your Kids This: The SMV Curve

This is a new series I’m going to occasionally touch on based off one of Illimitable Man’s memetic catchphrases he uses all the time on Twitter “Teach your sons this.”  In his Tweets he will drop a knowledge bomb about various subjects, mostly centered around intersexual dynamics and end it with the “Teach your sons this” or “I will teach my son this.”  It has become quite popular within our realm of the Twittersphere with various knockoffs because it is simply just that good! Continue reading “Teach Your Kids This: The SMV Curve”

Home away from Home

Over the holiday weekend, I was invited to a friend’s campground on a lake.  He was hosting Memorial Day activities and invited my family to join.  Upon arriving I felt like I just belonged there.  Everyone was so happy there and while only 25 minutes from my home, it felt worlds away.  It got me thinking on how important a known destination that isn’t your primary home is.

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Get Out of my House!!

For most of us, summer is basically here already.  While the “unoffical” start is Memorial Day, the nice weather makes me want to get outside and do things.  I want to be out in the sun, with the family, enjoying the day and each others company.  Yet, as simple as this may seem, I’m seeing a disturbing trend these days with families, and especially children.  There seems to be a lack in the desire to spend time together outside.  Today I’ll go over why this is a problem, and what you can do to maximize your summer.

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Be Your Own Man

Do you guys know that couple that are always doing something together?  You rarely ever see them apart and they tend to engage in all the same activities together.  Last weekend I witnessed a couple like this.  The guy a legit hard working guy and his fiance a good mom, but they have a flaw; they feel the need to spend every free second together.  This is commonplace for many married couples I see, and in my opinion, it leads to a boring, miserable existence.  Today I’ll go over why this is toxic to you, your wife, and your relationship and what you can do about it.

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