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...

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 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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

$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...

Fall Cravings Oct04

Fall Cravings

  The weather dropped yesterday, there is snow on the caps of the mountains, and Zoe was craving a little pumpkin bread! I love my little Zoe and I love getting her all alone when I can give her my undivided attention.  She is my child who talks a million miles a minute and always has so...

Fairy Pins Aug30

Fairy Pins

You may recall from my last date with Aspen that I was excited to make some wood pin fairies.  To my joy, this was a FatherMoment activity that was right up Zoe’s alley!  She is a little girl who loves crafts.  Almost every day I come home to my little girl who is excited to...

Disc Golf Jul26

Disc Golf

Last night Zoe was torn on what we would do for our date.  She really wanted to play tennis again, but decided that we should do something a little different since we played on our last date.  She wanted to go golfing because she really liked doing that in the past.  She also really liked...

Tennis B-Day Jun21

Tennis B-Day

I think that tennis is going to be the perfect sport for my little Zoe.  First, I was amazed at how good she was on her first time ever playing the sport.  I have written this before, but her hand-eye coordination is impressive, and she is a natural at positioning herself and swinging a...

Bonsai Trees May10

Bonsai Trees

Zoe is one step closer to adopting one of my hobbies… Bonsai Trees!  I needed to bump Zoe’s date up a week since I am going to be in Asia for the next three Fridays. I knew that she wouldn’t mind. We started our date the good old fashion way by going to the bakery and...

Racquetball IV Apr12

Racquetball IV

Zoe is an official racquetball player!  This was our fourth time playing and she loves it. Since we have done this date thrice before it is sorta feeling like a routine date.  We wake up, eat a little breakfast, have a little devotional, and then set off to the American Fork Recreation...

Snow Globe Mar15

Snow Globe

  To celebrate the official end of winter, Zoe and I created an amazing homemade, ski Barbie, snow globe!  I am not sure where she learned this, but making snow globes was Zoe’s idea. I had stopped by the store the night before to get the supplies that we needed.  I was thrilled...

Monster High Feb15

Monster High

All week long Zoe has been super excited to watch Monster High for our date.  She has been telling me about her favorite parts, and was thrilled to give me the real-time play-by-play even as we watched the movie.  She is super cute! So, our FatherMoment was very simple this morning.  I...

Box Game Jan18

Box Game

Another great morning with my darling Zoe! We started our date with a little devotional where we watched a video telling a story about a man who was living below his priviliges.  We had a nice little talk about Zoe’s potential and her opportunities in this life.  Last night when I...

Boxes Dec21

Boxes

Well, we finally finished the boxes that we started months ago!  Just in time for Christmas too! I am currently over 2 months backed logged on these FatherMoment posts, and my goal is to have them all posted before Christmas.  So, you may notice that my actual content is a little thin and...

Red Velvet Nov23

Red Velvet

This has been a wonderful, yet busy, weekend due to the Thanksgiving holiday!  It was very nice since I was able to take off both Thursday and Friday of both work and school.  This made it so that we didn’t have to wake up at 5 AM to go on a date. It was quite cute, because Zoe was so...

Rope Repair Oct26

Rope Repair

Guess who can still do criss-cross and double-dutch?  That’s right…. I still got it! Our morning devotional was quite simple.  We watched the churches most recent video about when Christ declared himself as the light of the world.  I have not been a big fan of this video...

Chocolate Morning Sep28

Chocolate Morning

Last night when Zoe and I planned our date she stated that she wanted to wake early, paint her fingernails and then watch a movie.  However, we both woke up feeling a bit chilly, so we changed the plan. For our devotional we watched the same video that Aspen and I watched on our date.  It...

Racquetball III Aug31

Racquetball III

I was so thrilled when Zoe told me that she wanted to play racquetball for our FatherMoment date!  This is our third time doing this, which means that she legitimately likes a sport that I love. Our court reservation was from 5:00 to 6:00 AM; so, we didn’t have time to do a little...

U-swirl Aug03

U-swirl

I have been to U-swirl for the last three FatherMoments!  When I started these weekly dates I decided that I would let the kids pick whatever activity they wanted to do (within reason).  However, I am tempted to start making some changes so that our dates include more activity and less...

Love Note Jul06

Love Note

One of the best parts about going on dates with my kids is seeing the smile that instantly comes to their face the moment I wake them up!  This morning Zoe had a hard time opening her eyes, but her face lit up.  She tried popping up immediately and stumbled around for a second before she...

Frisbee Jun08

Frisbee

My life continues to be crazy since I am currently sleeping in a bedroom with little Cooper and waking up with him each night for his feedings.  Nonetheless, Zoe and I were able to sneak off this morning and have a little date.  I must admit that I completely failed to plan an activity for...

Bracelets May12

Bracelets

I was thrilled when Zoe told me that she wanted to go and play racquetball for the third time!  Unfortunately, we were unable to reserve a court for this morning; so, we ended up going to Walmart instead to purchase a bracelet kit. To start the date we watched a great little Mother’s...

Golf Apr13

Golf

Zoe lucked out this morning!  Alicia and I are leaving on a little 9-day get-away, which means that I will not be here next week to take Zoe on date.  So, we decided to let Zoe skip school this morning and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather while hitting the sticks on the golf course. Zoe...

Racquetball II Mar16

Racquetball II

Imagine my delight when I heard that Zoe wanted to play racquetball again for this morning’s FatherMoment!  This means that 1) She must have enjoyed our date last month, and 2) She really likes racquetball! We started by reading a few scriptures about marriage and chastity.  The one...

A Sweet Day Feb17

A Sweet Day

There were three things sweet about this morning’s FatherMoment: Donuts, Lots of candy, and Being with my Zoe Lynn!  We started by watching a video with an awesome story.  It was about a 13-year-old boy who competed in a triathlon while towing, pulling, and pushing his friend with...

Racquetball Jan20

Racquetball

Zoe is looking like she might be my most athletic daughter!  We had a racquetball court reserved for 5:00 AM, which we were running a little late to.  Zoe was so cute, because she reminded me twice throughout the week to call ahead and make a reservation.  If it wasn’t for her, there...

Goodies Dec23

Goodies

Did anyone else create a “fat budget” this Christmas season?  Personally, I planned on gaining about 10 disgusting pounds during the holidays, and thanks to our FatherMoment, this afternoon, I think I will be right on track. Christmas falls on Sunday this year, and I happen to...

Red Mango Nov25

Red Mango

Nothing like a little frozen yogurt when it is freezing outside!  After giving her several options for a place to get a treat, she liked the idea of going to Red Mango the best, since she would be able to pick her toppings. Zoe and I, actually, did not make it out on a date this last Friday...

Tink Nails Oct28

Tink Nails

The famous fairy is getting ready for the Halloween party tonight!  Zoe is extremely excited about the trunk-or-treat being held tonight in our neighborhood, and really wanted me to paint her nails in preparation for the event.  She is going to be Tinker Bell! We started our date on our...

Zucchini Bread Sep30

Zucchini Bread

Does anyone remember when Zoe and I planted some zucchini plants a while back?  Well, today was the day that we harvested the benefits our of our labor, by baking some delicious homemade zucchini bread! Zoe’s favorite zucchini was, of course, the jumbo-sized one that we failed to pick...

New Swimmer Sep02

New Swimmer

Guess who is officially swimming?  Alicia took Zoe swimming last week and was able to get her to swim from the middle of the pool to the edge, all by herself.  On the day that this happened, Zoe was extremely excited to tell me, and she made up her mind, then, that she wanted to go swimming...

Jewelery Shop Aug05

Jewelery Shop

In case you haven’t heard…. Zoe got her ears pierced last month!  Now, one of her favorite things is to switch her earrings several times on a daily basis.  Since this is causing her ears to get infected I decided to remedy this by helping her create “the most amazing...

Gardening Jul08

Gardening

Guess who is falling in love with Gardening?  Zoe Lynn Gardner, that is who!  To my excitement, Zoe wanted to go pick up a few plants at Lowes and bring them home to plant in our garden.  I, personally, love gardening and think that working in a garden along side my children is a blissful...

Banana Bread Jun10

Banana Bread

Delicious banana bread anyone?  Well, I was very excited when Zoe liked my suggestion of baking banana bread for our FatherMoment.  We had 15 super ripe bananas sitting on our counter which allowed us to make five large loaves!  I love to bake!  In fact, over the years I have tried several...

Bike Ride May13

Bike Ride

Well there are two problems with this post!  The first is that today is the 27th of May, and the date that Zoe and I actually had our FatherMoment was on the 13th.  The second is that the pictures in this post where taken today.  On the day of our real date I did not have a card reader in...

Monster Shirt Apr15

Monster Shirt

Can you believe that this shirt is homemade?  This morning’s FatherMoment was a little bit different due to the fact that the kids don’t have any school this week.  Zoe and I didn’t get started until 6:30 AM, which was very nice since I still need to catch up on some sleep...