Custom Cards Nov21

Custom Cards

  Our date got a little bit of a late start because when Aspen rolled into my room at 5:00 am I grabbed her and pulled her I to bed with Alicia and I, telling her that I “needed to cuddle” to start our date. We ended up falling asleep for another 15 Minutes. It was...

Career Day Nov14

Career Day

I never got to go to wor with  your dad when I was young. What a cool opportunity for me to spend some time with Chase and expose him to a day in the office. I was the first person to arrive at the office today and I had Chase join me for my little routine of eating some breakfast in my...

Christmas – Lola Nov07

Christmas – Lo...

  I must say that love the little peace sign that Lola threw in our picture above. She has no idea just how cool she is, and I love her for it! Lola has been so excited for our date. The only bad thing was that her date fell on the week that Alicia went in for a major surgery and was in...

Jack-O-Lanterns Oct31

Jack-O-Lanterns

  It was very convenient that our FatherMoment date landing on Halloween morning and that we has two big uncarved pumpkins from our garden! We started with a nice little devotional reading from the Friend. After we jumped into the kitchen and started cleaning out the guts from our...

Christmas II Oct24

Christmas II

Aspen kicked off the Christmas shopping early this season on our last date and Zoe was excited to follow suite. In trying to emphasize the meaning of Christmas Zoe and I read about how God’s work and glory is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”, and...

Christmas I Oct17

Christmas I

Nothing like knocking out the Christmas shopping before Halloween! Aspen is already excited about Christmas.  She made her list of presents that she wanted to get for her siblings and made sure that this was what we did for our FatherMoment date. Since our theme was Christmas centered, we...

Baptisms Oct10

Baptisms

It was great to be able to go with Chase to the temple this morning since our plans to go on our last date didn’t work out. Going to the temple would be my first choice, and I have visions of going to the temple for 100% of the dates that I have with my children once they turn 12.  I...

Paper Game Oct03

Paper Game

Lola jean is the cutest little girl!  She gets so excited for our dates, which makes me feel good as a father who is trying to create a good relationship and meaningful memories with my kids. Last night, she woke up and came into my room and 1:00 AM asking if it was time for her date....

Office Visit Sep26

Office Visit

Scotland is one of the cutest little guys that I have ever met. He has the sweetest little personality and he makes me smile and laugh. I woke Scotland early and he popped right out of bed excited to go on our date.  We hadn’t had time to make any plans the night before and I suggested...

Sonic Sep12

Sonic

I returned home late on Thursday from church meetings and was starving and craving some junk food.  I used this as an excuse to suggest to Aspen that we do our date that night rather than wait until the next morning.  She was eager to accepted this proposal.  We hopped in the car and...

Pele’ Game Jun27

Pele’ Game

What a fun and crazy week! William was born last week and this week I enjoyed some paternity time given by my employer. I did a lot of fun activities with my kids that Chase missed out on because he was at scout camp all week. We ended up doing his date on Saturday when he was home and while...

Zoe’s Cafe Jun06

Zoe’s Cafe

Zoe had a fun idea to make a little restaurant and serve breakfast to the rest of the family! We started with the usual devotional, and this time we simply red from the Book of Mormon. Our next step was to come up with some a decorative menu with some delectable options. Recognizing that...

Bike Fix May30

Bike Fix

This morning when I woke up Aspen, I went into her room and shook her a little and asked, “What do you want to do for our date this morning?”  She responded, “Lets just cuddle for a little bit and then we can think about what to do.”  I must admit that cuddling up...

Chicken Coop May23

Chicken Coop

Alicia and I bought some amazing tickets to the Real Salt Lake game.  They were Lions Club tickets that came complete with valet parking, dinner, pre-game meeting with the team manager, snacks, premium seating on big padded chairs, half-time snack, stadium entry through the same tunnel that...

Corn Hole May16

Corn Hole

I played corn hole this morning with my sweet little Lola Jean! I woke Lola early and told her to get herself ready for our date. I thought it was super cute to see her back asleep when I came back into her room a few minutes later. I teased her by saying, “Lola, did you fall back...

Pigeon Book May09

Pigeon Book

Scott and I were hoping to go and play a little racquetball this morning, but when we called the fitness center this morning we just got a message saying that they were closed.  This wasn’t too big of a deal because we had a backup plan in place.  Scott is very proud of a little...

Bike Ride May02

Bike Ride

  This is another post that I am writing a long time after the actual date.  This was right after Alicia’s birthday where we bought her a new bike.  For our date we decided to assemble to bike and then ride to Macey’s to buy some donuts that she could share with her...

Movie Night Apr25

Movie Night

I am writing this post very late and I forgot most of the details of this date.  I do know that this was the night that Aspen and I stayed up late and watched a movie with Alicia. We went to Smart Cookie and got some of Aspen’s cookies and then came home, popped some popcorn and then...

Temple Apr18

Temple

Today was one of my best date ever with Chase!  Now that Chase is 12 years old he can hold a limited use temple recommend and we were able to go to the temple and perform baptisms for the dead. We accidentally slept in a little bit and got a late start to our date.  Nonetheless, we just...

Cabelas Apr11

Cabelas

Little Lola’s date fell on a Friday during Spring Break while we were staying at a hotel as a family; so, we ended up sneaking out on an evening the following week. The plan was for her and I to decorate my new and freshly painted beehive boxes. We were going to dip her hands in paint...

Long Date Apr04

Long Date

  Scotland and I did our date a little bit early since I was going to be in New York of the Friday of our scheduled date.  This made it extremely nice because it made it so that we were able to spend a lot of time with each other.  I will write about the details later when I get some...

Surprise Breakfast Mar28

Surprise Breakfast

Is there anything better than waking up to a clean house and a nice breakfast?  Zoe doesn’t think so. For our date she had the super cute idea to clean up the house and then surprise everyone with donuts for breakfast. Done and done! We started our date with the traditional devotional....

SPCCPT Mar21

SPCCPT

Aspen was super excited for her and I to go “play church” again for today’s date.  It is crazy how fast time flies.  I was looking at Aspen’s picture from the last time that we went over to the church and I am so surprised at how young she looks! I love it when my...

Roots Rumble Mar14

Roots Rumble

Our ward is competing in a “Roots Rumble” with the other wards in our stake, which is a competition to see which youth groups can do the most indexing.  Chase loves to win competitions, so he was excited for us to use our FatherMoment to get a head start to this competition. I...

Flower Seeds Mar07

Flower Seeds

Lola Jean is the cutest little thing! I love how excited she gets for our dates. She starts planning them weeks in advance, changing the plans each time she talks about them. In the end we decided to plant some flowers and, of course, to go and buy a donut, which is her definition of a...

Rematch Feb28

Rematch

Scotland wanted to head back to my office again so that we could have a little Street Fighter III rematch! I love being with my little Scott Dogg.  He is such a fun and gentle little guy who tries so hard to do the right things. We started our date by heading straight into my office where we...

Zupas Feb21

Zupas

Alicia and I are going to be taking Aspen to Disneyland tomorrow, so Zoe and I decided to do our FatherMoment date the night before. I need to caveat this post by saying that I am writing this post over 1 month late and that I am currently in New York writing this post in the middle of a...

Valentine’s Day Feb14

Valentine’s Da...

A FatherMoments date on the day of Love!  Started off the day with my loving daughter where we did some service for the rest of the family was the perfect start to my day! Aspen came to be excited about her great idea to surprise the whole family with a Valentines’ Day breakfast.  I...

Tapioca Flour Feb07

Tapioca Flour

On Wednesday our great Brazilian hometeacher, Michael Souza, dropped by some “pao de queijo” for Aspen, who was sick.  Ever since then Chase has been wanting to make it.  It is one of his favorite foods from Brazil.  We started with a scripture study, reading in the D&C...

Spy Glasses Jan31

Spy Glasses

I just had the most enjoyable morning with my baby girl, Lola Jean! I woke her up with some  back rubs and a big hug and then carried her downstairs where we read an article from The Friend for our morning devotional.  It was cute because she really liked the stories and kept asking that we...

Work Games Jan24

Work Games

Scotland and I started our date by watching jumping in the car and heading off to my work.  When we arrived we began our FatherMoment date watching a video about a retired professional football player whose wife was pregnant with triplets at one point.  I am writing this blog post a little...

Racquetball 5 Jan17

Racquetball 5

This morning was another fantastic and active date with my beautiful little Zoe! I was gone last night at a church activity so I didn’t get a chance to coordinate with her before our date.  She was worried that I might forget; so, she set her own alarm clock and woke up at 5:00 AM,...

Read-a-thon Jan10

Read-a-thon

Well, Aspen is currently pushing hard to finish her goal of reading the entire Book of Mormon.  We have a plan to celebrate this accomplishment by taking her to Disneyland in February, so there is a little but of a deadline.  For our FatherMoment date this morning we woke up and dived right...

Portuguese Jan03

Portuguese

About 1 month ago Chase made the comment, “The only reason that I don’t know how to speak Portuguese is because you haven’t taught me”.  I didn’t realize that he was waiting on me, so I asked him what he wanted from me, because I would be thrilled to teach him...

Oreo Balls Dec27

Oreo Balls

  Today marks the last FatherMoment date of 2013, as well as three official years of dates with my children without missing a single week! Lola was the lucky child that I got to go on a date with this morning.  Our date actually started last night because I let her have a sleep over with me,...

Christmas Tree Dec20

Christmas Tree

Scott was excited to sleep underneath the Christmas Tree this season; so, we decided that this is what we would do for our date. To make the sleepover into more of an event Scot suggested that we make up some hot cocoa.  We had some hot cocoa packets that someone had given to us as a...

Bulb Ornaments Dec13

Bulb Ornaments

We have a Christmas tradition in our home of making a “service chain” to put on our tree that serves as a count until Christmas morning.  We get strips of paper and all write acts of service that we will perform for each other.  Well, yesterday, Alicia’s service of having...

Brawling Dec06

Brawling

Nothing like a little Wii Brawling with my first born girl to start my day! Of course, before we started, we had a nice little devotional, watching a good little video about temple square in Salt Lake City.  This was fun because it happens to be the temple where Alicia and I were married and...

$100 – Chase Nov29

$100 – Chase

Today is Black Friday and Chase and I are ready to battle! Okay, in reality neither of us are too into getting up early and fighting crowds just to save a few bucks.  For Christmas Chase and the kids really want a trampoline.  I am personally not excited about getting my children this...

$100 – Lola Nov22

$100 – Lola

I just enjoyed another incredible FatherMoment with my baby girl, Lola Jean.  Something that I say a lot is, “Everyone needs a Lola Jean”.  She brightens my day.  Last night when I was putting her to bed I said, “Good night sweet pea.”  She paused for a moment and...

$100 – Scott Nov15

$100 – Scott

  Scotland is such a cute little guy!  He has been extremely excited to go and do some Christmas shopping for our date. We just started receiving The Friend and so we chose a story from there to read.  We read a page from Elder Nelson about missionary work, which turned into a nice...

$100 – Zoe Nov08

$100 – Zoe

The holiday season is here and Zoe and I got a great start! Zoe actually wanted to play racquetball this morning, but we were unable to get a court.  So, since Christmas is right around the corner we decided to go and spend some cash.  I gave Zoe a $100 budget that she could use to get...