Happy Valentines Day!

Valentines-Day

This Valentine’s Day can be made extra special if you follow these simple tips.

1) If you do not plan on buying your wife anything, at least make her a card. She might not show she cares, but I bet she does.

2) Clean up the house. Show that you care by doing a chore you usually don’t do.

3) Tell your significant other how much you love them and often.

For me this Valentine’s Day was great. My wife and kids got me a nice card and a cool Harley Quinn Fabrikation. I got my wife some Cardinals tickets since she loves doing things together as a family and I also treated her and my daughter to getting their nails done.

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Frozen In The Eyes of a Dad

frozen-geekFrozen has been a thing in my house now for well over a year. At a glance you might not notice all of the Frozen merchandise my daughter has convinced me and her mother to buy. I guarantee it is there. If you open up the closet you’ll find Frozen Band-Aids, chap stick, hair clips, earrings, towels, and soap. In the fridge and pantry you’ll find the yogurt and fruit snacks. Don’t forget about the shirts, dresses, crowns, shoes, shirts, and socks… the-must-have-socks… The books, crayons, markers, posters, coloring books, and toys. Oh the toys, the most sought after toys. We’re still looking for the Frozen Lego set (let me know if you got an extra one). But we got the barbie, magi-clips, castle, busy book, etc, etc… I have seen and heard this movie more times than I can count. The movie and songs are not bad at all, but I wouldn’t mind watching something different instead.

I cannot imagine how much money I have given Disney in exchange for Frozen stuff. All of it with pretty much the exact same design. You know the one.

In all honesty though, I don’t mind. Especially when this movie has helped my daughter learn to sing, I believe it has also helped her open up and not be as shy. Plus, I get to capture moments like this.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPaFsfWZGyo

River City Rascals Education Day 2015!

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Are you an educator who loves baseball? Check out this awesome event put on by the River City Rascals.

The River City Rascals would like to invite your faculty and students out to Education Day at the ballpark on May 8th!  Attached in the image on the left is more information about the game, including a great deal for $6 seats anywhere in the ballpark and our $4 food vouchers.  Also, don’t miss the chance to meet vendors attending the game such as D.A.R.E., Museum of Transportation, and Serengeti Steve a.k.a. the reptile guy.

Also, don’t miss out on Opening Weekend May 15th and May 16th when the Rascals take on the Normal Cornbelters!  Both games start at 6:35 pm, but make sure to get there early for a magnet schedule giveaway.  Special appearances will be made throughout the weekend, including the Budweiser Clydesdales on Friday, May 15th and Fredbird on Saturday, May 16th!

This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of another great school year, so make sure to come out and enjoy a game!

One Second Everyday 2014

During the course of 2014 I recorded one second of my life everyday for the entire year. This included some happy memories and also some sad. Seconds of my kids laughing, seconds of them crying. There are seconds of just about everything. I recorded all of the clips on my iPhone 5c except a few seconds which were shot on a GoPro. I edited everything together using Sony Vegas 11. It was a fantastic project and one that I am continuing into 2015.

I got the idea to do this project from Cesar Kuriyama who did a Ted Talk in 2012. His talk was very inspiring to me and I recommend checking it out if you have a few minutes.

Cesar created his own app to make recording your own one second video extremely easy. While I don’t use his app, but instead use my own method to create my video you are still more than welcomed to visit 1secondeveryday.com to find out more about his app.

So here is my final result. The music in the video is The Winner by DeVotchKa, which was featured on the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack. I had to edit the track to make it a little longer but it is still beautiful all the same. If you decide to make your own video please share it in the comments below!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0cUU1zyMn4