Monthly Archives: August 2012

Don’t Forget to Play

I was delighted when Jarel asked me to come ride my bike around the yard with him the other night. He’s getting crazy good at cruising around on just two wheels; he definitely has the knack for it. He got super excited when I then asked him if he wanted to go for a bike ride while he was waiting for his turn in the bath. We took off down the street with his little legs pedaling at lightening speed. It was obvious that he was thrilled to be out with Daddy doing something he thoroughly enjoyed. We had a great time out together that evening and we made some great memories. I’m sure he will point out the rose bushes that he crashed into every time we ride past them in the future.
Angela and I have come to notice the high importance of not necessarily including the kids in tasks or jobs that we think they will enjoy, but asking them what they would like to do. Sometimes this even means leaving the yard-work for later, and running full tilt for the kiddie pool towards the kids who want to have a water-fight. Let’s try to remember not to get so busy with life that we forget to have fun with our kids.

I Won!

So apparently I won my first blogging award from Michelle Woodman over at This Time Around!

Thanks Michelle!

This award comes with a condition that I provide you with 11 fascinating (and quite random) facts about me as well as answering the following questions from Michelle.

Here I go.

The Nate

  1. My favorite color has always been blue, but I try to embrace change so I am thinking of switching to something different.
  2. I’m a problem solver (which means it shouldn’t take me too long to fix #1.)
  3. My favourite pizza is Papa John’s, it’s not greasy at all (until you find the garlic dipping sauce… drool…)
  4. I know how to throw a boomerang so it will come back; I have the scar on my forehead to prove it.
  5. My first job was at Tim Horton’s, and at that point in time I didn’t even drink coffee and I didn’t like iced capps. (Bummer.)
  6. I discovered a newfound enjoyment in swimming within the past week, I really enjoy it.
  7. One of my deepest desires is to have dynamic life-long relationships with my kids.
  8. I don’t drink enough milk.
  9. My shoes have often been referred to as canoes. (Size 11-12.)
  10. I’ve always wanted to play the cello.
  11. When I hear a new song I like, I often listen to it repeatedly. Often until I don’t like it anymore.

Questions from Michelle

  1. Do you own an iPhone or Android (or neither)? iPhone. I tend to “pester” others who have the Android but really, it’s whatever works for you.
  2. What is your “go to” snack food? Pass the chips?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? The Pass
  4. Is your writing space tidy, messy, or a mix of both? Depends where I sit. 😉 I don’t see myself as “professional” enough to have my own desk for blogging.
  5. What is the biggest challenge you face as a blogger? Being real and trying not to sound “preachy.”
  6. Is there ever a wrong time for ice cream? If it’s late at night, yes.
  7. Which is your favourite pair of shoes? Vibram FiveFingers. I wear them everywhere.
  8. What is the first thing you do in the morning after you wake up? Hit “Snooze.”
  9. Which household chore do you try to avoid the most? I don’t mind doing the trash, but for some reason I find replacing the garbage bag to be quite a hassle.
  10. What is your favourite summer time beverage? Tim’s Strawberry Banana Real Fruit Smoothie (no thanks, I wouldn’t like to add yogurt for an additional $0.70.)
  11. What one word would describe a perfect Saturday evening? Datenight withmywife!

So now you know a little more about me, have a great Tuesday!

Vacation Notice!

I just wanted to take a moment and let everyone know we will be taking a week of much needed family vacation this week so I wont’t be posting anything new. Please feel free to check out some of my older posts or All Pro Dad for some great wisdom and advice this week!

Take care all!


The Power of a Smile

This past weekend I had the pleasure of doing some sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River near Abbotsford with my Dad and brothers. We had a blast hanging out on the river and swimming when it got too hot to fish (+40 C.)

Both on my way out there, and back home, I made a startling observation while in the two airports.
I believe my generation has possibly forgotten (or perhaps has never been taught) the power released by smiling at a stranger.
Maybe it’s just me and my extrovert personality, but I like to interact with people around me.
I find that a smile is often all it takes to remove the akwardness and tension in a room.

That being said, I am sure that there will always be a percentage of people who are nervous about flying, or about getting selected for the random full body pat down *shudder*, or maybe some had just said goodbye to a loved one.

Regardless, it sure got me thinking about what I look like to other people as I stroll through the crowds of people. Do I have the joy of the Lord on my face? Do I look like I am enjoying life? Do I walk confidently? Do I look like I have anything that someone who doesn’t know Jesus yet would want?

It’s something to think about for this week.
We’re not supposed to fit into this world, we’re here to make a difference.

Let’s start small.
I challenge you to smile at someone today that you normally wouldn’t.

I guarantee that you will feel great, and that person will feel better too.
You never know what some people are facing, and how much a smile can mean to them.

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