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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

TemptAsian Oct24

TemptAsian

A few weeks ago my kids were talking about their favorite FatherMoments.  Chase mentioned that one of his favorite was the time that we went to to a restaurant and bought some walnut shrimp.  Remembering this made me suggest that we do our date on Thursday night so that we could go and get...

ChasesBlog.com Sep20

ChasesBlog.com

ChasesBlog.com was born this morning! Alicia maintains a blog, aliciaandmatt.blogspot.com, and I have two, FatherMoments.com and DearAlicia.com.  Chase thought it would be a good time to follow in his parents footsteps. We followed our established routine of waking early and starting our...

Driving Range Aug17

Driving Range

Chase forgot a “great idea that [he] had for a date”, so he decided to take my suggestion of going to the driving range instead.  To start the date we actually drove to my work where we picked up my laptop computer since I was going to be working from home this morning.  This...

Blue Gills Jul12

Blue Gills

Chase was a little slow to get out of bed this morning so we were a little rushed.  We decided to have our devotional in the car, which ended up being the memorization of 1 Nephi 3:7, “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord...

Book Walk Jun07

Book Walk

Tonight was one of my favorite dates that I have had with Chase! I am still trying to catch up on a few dates that I missed while in Asia, so we slipped out on Thursday night at 10:00 PM right when I arrived home from school. Chase and I decided to go on a walk to the grocery store that is...

Racquetball Apr26

Racquetball

Chase and I finally made it out to play racquetball on a date!  I think that there has been three of four times that we have tried to play for our FatherMoments over the last two years, but I have usually waited until the last minute and we have had problems reserving a court. Our court time...

Party Pong Mar01

Party Pong

One problem with being a Mormon is that you are often ignorant to fun games like, Beer Pong.  Well, thanks to a little marketing project that is going down at my work, I have been introduced to this fun game. I should note, now, that the only difference between “Beer Pong” and...

Pao de Queijo Feb01

Pao de Queijo

We have some great neighbors, the Sousas, who brought us home a mix of Pao de Queijo (Cheese Bread) from Brazil that Chase has been dying to make.  We took him to Rodizio a few weeks back to celebrate that he had finished reading the Book of Mormon for the second time, and he was introduce to...

Just Dance 4 Jan04

Just Dance 4

It is a new year and FatherMoments is getting a great start!  We actually went to our friend’s cabin this weekend which made it so that I did my date with Chase on Saturday night after we were back. My brother, Rick, bought us Just Dance 4 for the Wii for Christmas and Chase has really...

Futsal Dec07

Futsal

Nothing like a little early morning soccer with my boy to start my day off right! This is something that I am always secretly hoping that Chase will choose for our FatherMoment dates.  I prefer doing active things with my children as opposed to sitting around.  Anyway, this morning was a...

FIFA 2012 Nov09

FIFA 2012

    Chase definitely didn’t fall too far from the tree.  He is at that age where he loves video games!  He doen’t actually play them very much, since he only likes playing the Wii when he is with friends, and he is not able to get his hands on my phone very often to play his...

Meal Plan Oct12

Meal Plan

I am one of the worst parents when it comes to being involved with Chase’s cub scout program!  So, it felt great to spend some time this morning working on the Fitness Requirements which are apart of his Webelos program.  I actually have strong feelings in support of the cub scout...

Stratego Sep14

Stratego

When I started the game I planned on taking it easy on Chase, feeling like my intellectual ability to play a strategy game was superior to his.  However, I came to realize that I had underestimated my opponent! I was excited when Chase told me that he wanted to play Stratego for our...

La Roca Aug17

La Roca

I finally made it to one of Chase’s soccer games (well…. half of it at least)!  I missed his last tournament because I was on a campout with a youth group from my neighborhood, and the tournament before that was during the BYU EMBA “Residency Week”.  So, it was so...

Bike Ride Jul20

Bike Ride

I was actually at Lake Powell last Friday on a campout with my priest quorum, so Chase and I ended up doing our date after FHE on Monday. Chase wanted to go to U-Swirl, so to make it into more of a date we decided to ride our bikes which was a lot nicer.  I ended up convincing him to go to...

Fablehaven 5 Jun22

Fablehaven 5

Chase has been the most amazing kid ever!  Ever since we brought home Cooper, Chase has stepped up his game and been the most wonderful helper around the house.  He takes care of his younger siblings, cleans up, runs errands, does favors and keeps a smile on his face.  His willingness to...

Fablehaven 4 Jun01

Fablehaven 4

Well, I am officially in the busiest season of my life!  Our sixth child, Cooper, was born yesterday, I started a new job two weeks ago and find myself extremely buys, plus I am commuting to Sandy each day, the demand from my executive MBA program is currently intense, and I continue to be...

Pencil Car Apr27

Pencil Car

We are fast approaching Chase’s second pinewood derby!  When I asked Chase if he would prefer, “the best looking car or the fastest car”, he replied, “Both.”  So, we got some work to do! For our devotional we talked about pornography since this happens to be...

Rematch Mar30

Rematch

Technically, I lost our last paper airplane contest, so I was thrilled that Chase gave me a shot at the title this morning! We started our date at McDonalds where Chase enjoyed some cinnamon pull-aparts.  Chase is getting old enough that we is quite self conscious of having his dork dad take...

Dark Chocolate Mar03

Dark Chocolate

I keep trying to explain to Chase that dark chocolate is for older women, but he continues to claim it as his favorite!  If you recall, I took Aspen to Starbucks a while back, where we worked on authoring a book.  While we were there we purchased some of their hot chocolate that she thought...

Bowling Feb10

Bowling

I know that my FatherMoments are supposed to be focused on the children, but guess who just bowled a 206?  Yes, that is right!  My fatherhood was at its finest this evening as I performed an amazing feat, in front of Chase; knocking out 5 strikes and 4 spares in the great...

Paper Planes Jan06

Paper Planes

The New Year has started and Chase and I kicked it off with a great FatherMoment! Chase has been working on the Faith in God program, so we spent the morning memorizing the 6th Article of Faith and discussing what it meant.  He has a great brain and is good at memorizing!  Because it is a...

Indiana Jones Dec09

Indiana Jones

Guess who thinks his dad is super cool because of his gaming skillz?  Correct Answer: Chase! Chase had been struggling with the “Escape the Mines” level on Wii’s Indiana Jones game, and badly wanted me to spend some time helping him figure it out.  You can only imagine his...

Bad Planning Nov11

Bad Planning

He who fails to plan, plans to fail!  This is a difficult lesson for me to learn.  I woke Chase at 5:00 AM, and we decided that we were going to head over to the church and play a little soccer.  Chase just started his Futsol season and playing on a basketball court would be good practice...

Christmas Lights Oct14

Christmas Lights

Christmas is almost here!  Okay, maybe we are a little early, but there is something about putting up your lights when it is 70 degrees that is much better than when it is freezing! The kids did not have school since it was Fall Break, so Chase and I took advantage of the opportunity have...

Apiarists Sep16

Apiarists

For Christmas I gave a Chase the royal garb of the apiarist (a beekeepers suit) so that he could join me in my honey farming.  At the start of the Spring I loaned him the money to buy his apiary (beehive) as well as some packaged bees with a new queen.  This was the start of some great...

Fox Hollow Aug19

Fox Hollow

The day has finally arrived that I can justify playing a round of golf on the weekend!  Now that Chase is older he is asking to play golf with me.  Oh blessed day!  This is something that, in the past, I was only able to squeeze into my schedule when it was played during work hours, or on...

Fishing Trip Jul22

Fishing Trip

Chase is a serious fisherman these days!  Unfortunately, I am not the greatest fishing guide.  Nonetheless, we packed up the car and journeyed to Strawberry Reservoir in pursuit of catching some big cutthroat trout. We started our trip by stopping off at Train Burger in Heber where we got...

Tennis Jun24

Tennis

Chase is a natural tennis player!  As Chase gets older it is getting quite fun to play sports with him.  We started our FatherMoment with the regular routine and then went to the tennis courts in our neighborhood.  We had given Chase his own racket last year on his birthday, but we...

Disneyland May27

Disneyland

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth!  As you can see from the featured picture, Chase was pretty excited to be at Disneyland.  It all started on his 8th birthday.  Alicia and I gave him a Book of Mormon and “encouraged” him to read it.  We gave him a pencil with the book...

Waffles Apr29

Waffles

We have obtained the best waffle recipe in the world!  About 5 weeks ago our great friends, Dan and Krystal Dobron, stayed with us for a weekend.  They generously surprised us by making the most amazing waffles for breakfast.  Ever since that day I have been looking for an occasion to...