Jackpots and Ice Cream

Who let the cat out of the bag?

Everyone loves surprises! If you don’t, please let me know, you need to have an intervention. Yesterday evening I surprised our daughter with a daddy-daughter date night. She came home from pre-k and the first words from her mouth were: I think you have a surprise for me. It was obvious at this point mama bear had already fanned the flames of a surprise on their way home. So as mama bear left to go play BUNCO with her friends, I let Finley in on my secret that we had a fun filled night ahead of us. First stop……All-Star Sports!

Winner, Winner. Chicken Dinner!

We rolled into All-Star sports on a cool and rainy Tuesday night. As expected, we basically had the place to ourselves. Down side,  all outdoor activities were off limits due to the inclement weather. The next best activity was to load up on tokens and win as many prize tickets as we could!  A couple visitors also showed up to help wreck havoc on the arcade games. My sister, Sara, and her fiancé, Jeff, surprised Finley and spent some of the evening with us. After some intense concentration and emptying out our token bag we strolled up to the ticket machine to cash in our winnings!

As you can see in pictures below we had a successful evening and ended up with 971 tickets. Very exciting until you roll up to the prize area and see that in order to get any of the ‘cool’ prizes you need 5,000+ tickets. We were just a few short…..Instead we finally settled on some other items. Of course Finley was very fascinated by them and that’s all that matters! If you’ve ever been to a place like this you know exactly what I’m talking about. Finally as we cashed in our last 30 tickets, a little frog ring and some fun dip capped off our night at All-Stars.


971 tickets later…who’s hungry?

Our evening could not of been complete without a stop at one of Finley’s favorite places. Chick-fil-A. This place has it all. Seriously. First of all some of the best chicken sandwiches, nuggets and fries. To ice cream and the infamous play area. It’s a win-win for parents and kids. Great food and a place for the kid’s to unleash all their energy. As a family we frequent this place often and enjoy every part of it.

Finley and I had the pleasure of taking part in Chick-fil-A’s daddy daughter date night in 2016. They provide this event specifically for dads and daughters to spend an evening together. Well fast forward to February 2017 and the word has gotten out to just how awesome this event is. Yes, when I signed up the event was already full. However, the amazing individuals that put on this event went above and beyond for us that were wait-listed and couldn’t go. They sent us out a voucher for All-Star Sports, along with some Chick-fil-A gift cards to help make our daddy daughter date night special. A big thank you to the Chick-fil-A in northwest Wichita at 21st and Maize Rd. Families like ours truly appreciate the values and generosity your establishment showcases through special events and the professionalism of the staff that are employed there!


Another daddy daughter date night in the books. I am still not sure who had more fun, me or her. Most of all, my hope and prayer is that she will continue to understand just how much her daddy loves her. I encourage any dad’s out there or mom’s reading this, set aside special times like this with your child. You might just surprise yourself with one of the funnest nights of your life!



March Madness…….Without The Brackets


The sick bus has been making frequent stops here as of late. A few weeks ago Finley was fighting fevers, a nasty cough, an ear infection and more mucus than one person should be able to produce. In the meantime I managed to come down with a head cold that only severe cold Mucinex could conquer. Just as things were clearing up, the bus made one more stop and Finley came down with strep throat. Thankfully she is feeling better and Mama Bear has been lucky enough not to catch any of this. Even with the sicknesses, we’ve managed to stay quite busy.


Finley finished her first season of organized basketball recently. LOTS of things we can continue to work on. One laughable moment occurred in her last game. The boy guarding her would barely let her breathe. He would have won defensive player of the year award if there was one. She finally turned to me, a little upset, and said “daddy, I just wish he would leave me alone.” I had to bite my lip a little bit to keep from laughing. I reminded her that it was his job to play defense and her job to get open. Now if she will only keep that mindset until she’s much older, we won’t have any issues with boys 🙂  Driving home she reminded us that she had fun and wants to play again. That’s a successful first season in my book!

As state basketball is underway in Kansas, I have finished my first year as a Kansas high school basketball referee. Many new relationships were made and it was such a learning experience. It is such a different view of the game from our positions on the court. That’s aside from the ‘constructive criticism’ we zebras get from coaches and the fans. To truly enjoy being an official, you must have thick skin and be able to stay calm no matter what is happening around you. Of course nobody is perfect and we will make an unfavorable call. Our goal is to make sure the rules of the game are honored and kids are able to perform to their fullest potential. We just want to give back to the game that provided us with so many memories as players.

Fish food and dance shoes

Great news, we’re almost two full months in as fish owners and I haven’t killed it yet. I do wonder what it would say if it could talk. I mean it swims around in a bowl 24/7 and eats the same fish pellets everyday. If I was in that situation, there would be a lot of choice words!! Ally (it’s a boy if I’ve failed to mention) has become one of the family though. When we feed and spend time around him, he will put on a show for us and enjoys the attention.

Dance class is getting intense as we are now only two months away from the recital. Don’t get me wrong, we still just drop Fin off and leave for 45 minutes. But the new dance moves she shows us at home proves dance class is on another level at this point. Not only is Finley performing at the recital but yours truly is getting in on the action. Practices for the daddy/daughter dance will be starting soon. Yes, a lot of you are laughing right now as you read this. I can’t blame you. I don’t claim to have dance moves and never will but it’s for the kids and the laughs!

Prayers for Kansas

Lastly but most importantly please keep the families affected by the recent Kansas wildfires in your thoughts and prayers. Hundreds of thousands of acres have been burnt. Along with livestock and many homesteads. Please pray for rain. Pray for comfort and peace for these families who have lost so much in such a short amount of time. Things like this are hard to reason and understand. They say there is a reason for everything and in time we’ll find the answers. Until then, keep these families in your prayers and reach out with a helping hand and with an attitude of humility.