Posts Tagged With: football

PHOTOBLOG: Hit The Dirt


It’s no secret that I am one very, VERY proud father. The pride I have in my children is second only to the fullness of my heart in how much I love them. I recently talked about my oldest son who auditioned for X-Factor and will be heading off to college in the fall, but now I want to share a little bit about my second oldest son, Christopher. Being only a sophomore in high school, his athleticism is rapidly approaching legendary status. This year he not only was bumped up to Varsity Football in the fall, but after football season ended and he transitioned to the track team (which he also did last year as a freshman), he was also bumped up to Varsity Track.

This weekend, we were able to get a few photos of him in various heats. To say he’s well conditioned is an understatement. Christopher is a well-oiled machine. There is now even talk about him competing in the Olympics. Yeah… things just got real. lol So, here are the shots. A bit blurry because of the camera phone. But good enough to make the point.

He prays before every race.

 

In the starting blocks.

 

Dusting the competition!

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12 Signs You’re A Dad


COUNTDOWN: 5 days until Father’s Day…

  1. You know you’re a dad if: Coming home from work actually means being greeted at the door by a wife handing you the baby, and realizing you’ve just started the childcare swing shift.
  2. You know you’re a dad if: You realize sleep deprivation is the #1 buzz kill for sex.
  3. You know you’re a dad if: “Emergency Money” in your wallet is now spent on fast food runs when mom is away.
  4. You know you’re a dad if: You know more about the daily lives of Elmo and Dora the Explorer than Vice President Joe Biden.
  5. You know you’re a dad if: You have perfected the “football hold” and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with sports.
  6. You know you’re a dad if: Your daily exercise consists of 2-Child Power Lifts on a bean bag.
  7. You know you’re a dad if: Your desk at work is devoid of IN/OUT trays, but instead is lined with toys for when your kids come to visit.
  8. You know you’re a dad if: You pray for bedtime.
  9. You know you’re a dad if: You are the unofficial Weekend Activity Coordinator.
  10. You know you’re a dad if: Your kids beg you for a raspberry and they don’t mean fruit.
  11. You know you’re a dad if: Your old clothes are now being used as a Middle School fashion coordinate.
  12. You know you’re a dad if: Prime Time is now replaced with Book Time.
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DOVE NOTE #87 – The Letterman Jacket


(from the forthcoming book “Dove Notes”)

When I was in high school, if a girl was dating one of the guys on the football, basketball or baseball team, you’d often see her wearing his Letterman Jacket.  It’s what I called an LJ Moment. It was a clear way to indicate that she was taken and it identified exactly by whom.  It let every other guy know they should stay away from her. She wasn’t interested in anyone trying to flirt with her because she was happy with her Letterman Jacket guy. Or something like that.

What I always found interesting is that the guy didn’t necessarily have to be around.  All of these things were still communicated simply by the fact that she was wearing his Letterman Jacket.  He could relish in the fact that she kept the jacket with her and wore it as a symbol of her pride in being with him.  Wow… I’m sure that must have felt great.

Thing is… I never played any sports in high school.  Not that I wasn’t athletic, mind you. I’ve just never been much into sports.  But I was always in the music room playing the piano, singing or having rap battles behind the stone bleachers.  Still, I would always see the girls with the Letterman Jackets and feel a little twang of envy.  I guess back then I wished I’d had a girl who wanted to wear something of mine, ya know?

I mean, I don’t know… maybe it’s just me.  But for a girl to voluntarily wear anything of mine would be the ultimate in ego stroking… but more specifically, it would’ve given me a sense of being wanted and valued.  It would’ve made me feel a little less self-conscious. And certainly would’ve helped to raise my teetering self-esteem.  Especially considering that I had some real issues about how I looked and if I fit in, etc… the usual high-school angst.

So here I am many years later married to an incredible woman and I’m realizing that I’m living the Letterman Jacket dream. I’m experiencing an LJ Moment every single day that she wears her wedding ring. It’s like the ultimate Letterman Jacket! But we don’t stop there… I get that same feeling of happiness every time she wears my shirts, my coats, my socks, my robe, my hats, my sunglasses and even when she drives my car.  And yes… I’m loving every minute of it.

So women, every now and then, pick up one of your husband’s hats or his jacket. If you really want to get into it, wear one of his dress shirts to bed. 😉 And men, if you catch your wife reaching for YOUR coat before she leaves the house, take it as a compliment. Remember that you’re the star player on her favorite team. 😉

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12 Signs You’re A Dad


Although it has its ups and downs, being a father is one of the most rewarding privileges a man will ever experience. It is definitely so in my case. I often tell people that I feel like I was born to be a dad. So here’s a list I created to serve as a friendly reminder of those life changes that define fatherhood. 🙂

1. You know you’re a dad if: Coming home from work actually means being greeted at the door by a wife handing you the baby, and realizing you’ve just started the childcare swing shift.

2. You know you’re a dad if: You realize sleep deprivation is the #1 buzz kill for sex.

3. You know you’re a dad if: “Emergency Money” in your wallet is now spent on fast food runs when mom is away.

4. You know you’re a dad if: You know more about Elmo and Hannah Montana than Vice President Joe Biden.

5. You know you’re a dad if: You have perfected the “football hold” and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with sports.

6. You know you’re a dad if: Your daily exercise consists of 2-Child Power Lifts on a bean bag.

7. You know you’re a dad if: Your desk at work is devoid of IN/OUT trays, but instead is lined with toys for when your kids come to visit.

8. You know you’re a dad if: You pray for bedtime.

9. You know you’re a dad if: You are the unofficial Weekend Activity Coordinator.

10. You know you’re a dad if: Your kids beg you for a raspberry and they don’t mean fruit.

11. You know you’re a dad if: Your old clothes are now being used as a Middle School fashion coordinate.

12. You know you’re a dad if: Prime Time is now replaced with Book Time.

 

What do you think are some other sure signs of being a Dad?

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