Melty Way Nov01

Melty Way

Well since the kids were up late last night due to Halloween, I let Aspen sleep in a bit this morning by postponing our FatherMoment date until the evening.  I am grateful that Alicia allowed us to do this. Aspen and I decided to go and get a bite to eat for our date, since this is something...

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...

Cookies Oct18

Cookies

Every dad needs a little Lola Jean!  I love my girls and they are especially cute and fun when they are miniature! Lola and I started our date by watching a video about the time when Christ healed a man on the Sabbath.  I didn’t think Lola would comprehend the lesson in the video, but...

Charades Oct11

Charades

I was laughing last night when talking with Alicia about how Scott wanted to play charades for our date, because it seemed a little funny to play with just two people.  However, I must say that this morning was one of my funnest dates with my little man. We started our date on our knees...

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...

Scripture Chart Sep27

Scripture Chart

On Aspen’s eighth birthday we gave her a cheap Book of Mormon and encouraged her to read the entire thing, crossing off every verse and page as she completed it.  Like we did with Chase, and plan to do with all of our children, Alicia and I will take Aspen on a trip to Disneyland once...

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...

Tubbing Sep13

Tubbing

Lola Jean is the cutest little girl!  Grandpa Gardner just fixed his hot tub in preparation for the cold weather that is on its way and Lola and I decided that we would take advantage of this hookup. Before sneaking out into the dark morning, Lola wanted a little chocolate milk bottle to...

BB Gun Sep06

BB Gun

Nothing like shooting in the dark!  Scott was excited to wake up early and doing a little target practice.  Our original plan was to go buy a poster, draw a picture of a big monster on it, and then put a few holes in it’s vitals.  However, last night Scott changed the plan as was...

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...

Yoga X Aug23

Yoga X

Aspen and I woke up early for our date this morning without a plan of what do do.  After watching a little video about member missionary work we started brainstorming ideas.  Aspen had a great idea to finish the box that we intended to give to Zoe a long time ago.  Lola and Aspen both got...

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...

Nice Acts Aug09

Nice Acts

Lola is one fun little girl!  I am so glad that she is now apart of my FatherMoment Dates.  You can tell that she is still not used to being woken up early!  It takes her a while to wake up and I think she is the cutest little things when she is lite a little lion cub waking up from a...

Zucchini Morning Aug02

Zucchini Morning

It is Zucchini season again and we have already been given a few zucchinis from our good neighbors.  Since Scotlands loves zucchini bread he decided that this would our FatherMoments activity. Unlike some of my older children, Scott doesn’t seem to have a problem popping right out of...

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...

Finished! Jul19

Finished!

After two years and three dates, Aspen and I finally finished our book! I should mention that Apsen was very tired this morning.  It took her a while to wake up, so that it why she is looking a little tired in the pictures. We were able to finish the text for the last 5 pages, and Aspen was...

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...

1st Date Jul05

1st Date

Lola is now officially enrolled in the FatherMoment dates!  Today was Lola’s 3rd birthday and she has been so excited for her first date. I snuck into her room early and snapped some pictures of her trying to wake up at the early hour.  It was bad timing for her that her first date...

Binge & Brawl Jun28

Binge & Brawl

Today was an eventful day for a few reasons.  First and foremost, it was Scott’s turn for a date; second, it was Zoe’s birthday; and third, it was my last day class at BYU! With all of these things taken into consideration Scotland and I decided that it was appropriate to start...

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...

Birthday Date Jun14

Birthday Date

  I have been in Seattle for the last week and just flew in this morning.  Since I wasn’t around at 5:00 am, Aspen was kind enough to let me take her out as soon as I got home.  She was really cute because today is also her birthday!  She wasn’t too excited that we were not...

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...

Ice Jumping May17

Ice Jumping

It is so good to be back in the county and with my family.  I am still a bit jet lagged from my trip so Scott (and Alicia) allowed me to do my FatherMoment date on Friday night.  It worked out good because Chase had soccer tryouts up at field by my parents place.  We dropped Chase off and...

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...

Movie Star May03

Movie Star

  Aspen is now officially famous, starring in her first film! For our date, this morning Aspen came to work with me and help create a video where she helped demonstrate just how easy DIY repair can be.   We started our date at Home Depot where we picked up a cute little apron and a tool belt...

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...

Racquetball Apr19

Racquetball

Today was Scott Dogg’s first time playing racquetball.  The exciting news is that he is a natural with some natural born talent and athletic instincts! Our court appointment was for 5:00 am, so instead of starting with a devotional we just went directly to the American Fork Fitness...

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...

Monopoly Apr05

Monopoly

Monopoly must be the best game ever made!  It seems like I have played this game so many times over the years with my brothers.  It was our go-to-game every time there we had a late night as kids.  Well, now I am gearing up for another season of monopoly as I am starting to play it with my...

Culvers Mar22

Culvers

Last week Alicia told me a story about a conversation that Scott had with one of his preschool classmates, Jackson.  When Jackson’s dad shown up to pick him up from preschool Scott got a sad face and said, “My dad used to come and get me”.  The conversation then turned...

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...

Banana Art Mar08

Banana Art

When is the last time you created art on a banana?  Well, that is exactly what Aspen and I did for our date this morning! For our morning devotional we watch a video about an LDS family from Russia who slowly got more active in the church as the made a goal to get married in the temple.  It...

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...

Alien Robots Feb22

Alien Robots

 Well it was an exciting morning!  About three weeks ago Scott received, for his birthday,  a very cool book that teaches how to make 6 different alien robots.  He has been very anxious to start building, but needed to wait for our FatherMoment before he could get my help. I bought a Book...

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...

BFF Card Feb08

BFF Card

When I woke this morning to my beautiful little girl at my bedside I suggested that we cuddle up and sleep for our date, but Aspen wasn’t having it.  I have had an extremely crazy week where I have been up past 1:00 am on most nights doing school and church work.  So, I will admit that...

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...

Smash Bros Jan25

Smash Bros

Little Scott Dogg wanted to go swimming this morning, but the Lehi Legacy center doesn’t open its doors until 6:00 AM.  So, we had to go with his second choice for an activity which was playing Smash Bros Brawl on the Wii.  The good news is that we are going to be going to the pool...

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...

Guillotine Jan11

Guillotine

As I was driving home from school late last night I was talking on the phone with Alicia.  She told me how Aspen was super excited about our date and how she came in just before bed and said, “I know that dad never forgets, but please remind him anyway to wake up early for our date...

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...

Tithing Dec21

Tithing

Scotland received some cash for Christmas this year from his grandparents and it has been burning a hole in his pocket!  For our FatherMoments date he wanted to go buy a gun with his newly acquired money since he has been a little jealous of a gun that Chase purchased with his gift money. ...