A Decade of Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Day 2012 with breakfast in bed

10 years ago on June 15th, I sat with my very pregnant and laboring wife in the small hospital in Sylva, NC. It was early Saturday morning. Her water broke in our bed around 3am. Me, in my slumber, asked if she was sure she hadn’t just wet the bed. My wife assured me that the baby was on the way and I’d have to wake up. I’m not a morning person, but I hopped into action.  I was about to be a Dad.

This was my first trip through the adventure that is labor and delivery.  I didn’t really know what to expect even though I’d watched plenty of Discovery Channel shows about birthdays.  The day dragged on, and on, and on.  Friends came to visit, TV shows were watched.  My wife sat patiently in her bed and breathed her way through the ebb and flow of labor contractions.  And so we sat and waited for the arrival of our little one.  We weren’t even sure if we were having a boy or a girl.

Finally, after nearly 12 hours of laboring and pushing and breathing the doctor decided that our baby wasn’t going to enter the world the traditional way.  Less than an hour later little Xavier was delivered via c-section.  We were parents…I was a Father.  It was my very first Dadurday.

To Fathers around the world, I salute you.  Enjoy every minute with your special gift.  Remember the commitment you made and raise your son to be a loving caring gentleman.  Raise your daughter to be a brave and bright woman who values a challenge.  Teach your children that the world isn’t a perfect place, but with love, respect and kindness they can make the planet a better place.  Challenge your children.  Help them reach beyond their limits.  Teach them that they have a warriors spirit that will fight fight for truth and justice.

Father’s…enjoy this special day!

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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Remembering Why Being a Dad is Great

Normally, the first day of the weekend is Saturday.  It’s a special day for working Dads because it is our day to spend time with the family and enjoy a free day of fun.  We call it Dadurday and yesterday was a great Dadurday!

We filled Dadurday with challenge, success, excitement, and fun.  We started the day with a challenging run to support the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  My son, Xavier, is a Wish Kid.  If you haven’t read about him yet, he was granted a Wish to travel to Rome and receive a personal blessing from Pope Benedict XVI.  The Run for the Wishes 5K was organized by the Columbus Chapter of Make-A-Wish to raise money for granting Wishes and it was sponsored by Big Dog Running Co.  The whole family participated.  I ran while pushing Xavier in his jogging stroller, Amber (my wife) ran while pushing our 18 month old and 3 year old in the double job stroller, and our 5 year old ran along side of us.  Our 5 year old is quite the runner and this was her 3rd time running a 5K race.  This was a special race for her because she ran fast enough to claim 1st Place in the 14 and Under division.  I was certainly proud of her regardless of winning, but it was extra special to see her face when her name was called to the winner’s table.

After a great morning exercising and supporting a fantastic organization, we came home cleaned up for the next exciting part of the day.  Next on the Dadurday agenda, escape the heat by watching Disney on Ice at the Civic Center.  If any of you other Dads have little girls, then you know how much they love princesses and dancing.  Disney on Ice did not disappoint.  The only negative was that we couldn’t all sit together.  The Civic Center only allows one “normal” person to sit in the wheelchair seating.  Amber sat with Xavier and I sat with the girls.  We were just a few rows apart so it wasn’t too bad.  Xavier has helped us learn the value in adapting to any situation.  Teaching others to see the positive is one of his many gifts.  Check out the short videos below.

Disney on Ice 1 Disney on Ice 2

The day wasn’t done yet…  When we got home from Disney on Ice, the kids had another surprise waiting for them, grandparents.  My parents came down from western North Carolina to spend some time with the grandkids.  We spent some time at home recuperating from the busy day and visiting.  We had to rest a bit too because the Dadurday Fun Train had more stops to make.  A baby sitter was planned for the “twins” (Xavier and Caroline who both go to bed early).  We fed the “twins” some dinner, had bath time, and got the early birds in bed for the sitter.  Then it was time for the “big girls” to dress up for a night on the town with Mom and Dad and the Grandparents.  We loaded up and went to Downstairs at The Loft in hip Uptown Columbus.  Uptown was in full swing with lots of activities on Broadstreet including the local audition for Fox Network’s X-Factor.

This was a Dadurday to remember.  I don’t think I’ve done so much on a “day off” in a long time, but it was worth all the effort.  Today, I was so happy to be a Dad.  I got to support my son and a wonderful philanthropic organization.  I got to watch one of my daughters push herself and win a medal for her effort.  I got to be an example to my other two daughters on living a healthy and active lifestyle.  I got to see the smiling faces of my 4 wonderful children as they experienced the magic of Disney.  Finally, I got to help them appreciate their extended family with a nice and fun dinner.

It was a great day to be a Dad and it was a great Dadurday.  I can’t wait to hear how your special day was…

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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Ummm…at a loss for words.

St Peter's Square in the evening.

Look, I’m a Dad. I’m also a US Army Soldier. I have a PhD in Sarcasm and I have the driest sense of humor or so I’ve been told. I’m rarely in situations where I don’t have anything to say and I don’t usually get stage fright.  So today when I could barely mutter my son’s name, I didn’t know what to do. This is the child that I named over 9 years ago. I’ve been saying his name several times a day for those 9 years, but sometimes things happen that bring the entire world around you into one very small minute instance where you get tunnel vision and everything else around blurs. I had one of those moments….today.

My son, who is severely disabled and has had to undergo 3 brain surgeries and nearly 15, week long hospitalizations met, face to face, with Pope Benedict XVI. My son and I, along with my wife, are in Rome, Italy thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We learned he qualified for a wish nearly four years ago and today it came true. Other than my wedding and seeing my children being birthed, I don’t think anything else could compare to how I felt today. Amazing isn’t even close to describing it. Calling this day “amazing” is like saying the sun is as bright as your bedside lamp…it just doesn’t compute.

 

Being a father isn’t an easy job, but today made all the hard stuff I’ve ever done as a Dad worth it. The Holy Father truly connected with my son. He looked in his eyes..down to his soul and planted a blessing there. It was the kind of blessing that only an ecclesiastical descendent of Jesus and St Peter could give and I pray that it works miracles for my son.

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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Raising a Healthy Family

After the Big Dog Jingle 5K Run
After the Big Dog Jingle 5K Run

Raising a family can be a rewarding yet challenging task. As the Dad, I feel that it is important for me to set an example of how to live a healthy and happy life. Sometimes, the kids pick up on that example and want to emulate the behavior. That’s what has happened with my 5 year old. I love running and she’s watched me run since she was born. Now she wants to be a runner too. I’ve encouraged her and helped her start slow. She’s now at the point where she can run 3.1 miles (5K) without stopping so I registered her for a race. We ran the Big Dog Jingle 5K. She ran the entire distance without stopping and crossed the finish line 1 second shy of 34 minutes. Along the way, she laughed and told me how she would run faster than me when she got older. She also inspired other runners to keep going and she brought smiles to a lot of faces. I was dressed as Santa and she was my little helper and we did our best to spread some Christmas cheer.

I hope my other 2 daughters grow up and want to run. I can’t imagine a better Dadurday than taking off on a nice run with my wonderful children along side of me.

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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Visit to the Coca Cola Space Science Center

Coca Cola Space Science Center Columbus Georgia

What a great time for us!  I hadn’t been to the Coca Cola Space Science Center in many years and it was good to see Gus attach to just about everything including the remote controlled space dump trucks and just about every button he could see.

We tried to sit through the Omnisphere experience and it was pretty amazing.  Gus had other plans.  I have come to realize that after about 15-20 minutes of sit down time he can become a very unhappy camper.  I guess this means no movie theater yet.  Hmmph.

If you get a chance, head down there.  It’s a small admission fee but the place is pretty cool.  Not enough to eat up an entire day but just enough to bridge the gap between breakfast and nap time.

Cheers!

Check out the pictures below!

 

Lucas Shaffer

I am a working father who loves to spend time with my son, Gus. I created this site to give other dads an outlet to share their adventures with their kids. I have a lovely wife, Whitney and spend most of my work time as an entrepreneur, blogger, programmer, designer and podcaster. Follow me on twitter; @lucaslshaffer

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Uchee Creek on Fort Benning for their annual Oktoberfest

If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, consider heading over to Uchee Creek on Fort Benning for their annual Oktoberfest. There is a ton of fun stuff to do including a 10K trail run, 5K fun run (free), authentic music, food, and (of course) beer.

For more info about events and activites, you can visit the Fort Benning MWR Page: http://www.benningmwr.com/Oktoberfest.php

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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Falling behind…

I’m a Dad that runs. I run at work in the US Army. I run for fun in marathons and ultra-marathons. I run after my four wonderful kids. I even run late from time to time. I love everything about running. I like that I can eat almost anything I want and I can drink full bodied beers without worrying about calories. I love the freedom that comes from being able to move my body for 26 miles or more. I also love that it inspires my children to live healthy lives and be runners too.

My 5 year old is already getting the bug. She’s seen me run the St Jude Marathon while pushing her older brother in his wheelchair (http://youtu.be/49i7-urzfqU). She’s even participated in her own kids marathon where she logged 25.2 miles in the months leading up to the 2009 St Jude Marathon and ran the last mile for a “marathon”.

Now she’s getting old enough to actually run at a decent pace and for enough distance that she can accompany me on some runs. We participated in a 1 mile fun run at Idle Hour Park last Dadurday and she clocked off a 9 minute mile. The other day, I was doing an 18 mile long run and I ran past my family playing at Lake Heath Park. She asked how many more miles I had left and when I told I was just about done, she climbed down from the playground and proceeded to run the last 1.25 miles with me. Needless to say, I was a pretty happy Dad.  I was happy, that is, until she started running faster than I could at that point in my long run.  She proceeded to inform me that I was getting “old and I better not fall behind”.

Having kids is great and being a great Dad makes it a labor of love. I’ll keep on running and encouraging my kids to run with me. I’ll keep it fun and hopefully they’ll keep me into my later years.

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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Cooling off in the Uptown Columbus fountain after a @rideonbikes

After a long ride on the Columbus, Georgia riverwalk we decided to stick our feet in the water in the fountain in Uptown Columbus. Check out the photos and video! GPTCF7GE752T

Cheers!

 

 

Lucas Shaffer

I am a working father who loves to spend time with my son, Gus. I created this site to give other dads an outlet to share their adventures with their kids. I have a lovely wife, Whitney and spend most of my work time as an entrepreneur, blogger, programmer, designer and podcaster. Follow me on twitter; @lucaslshaffer

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For Dads that Run

There are many Dads that enjoy getting out and pounding the pavement. Running is a great way to stay healthy and provide your kids with an active and healthy role model. Who needs NFL or NBA stars as role models when us Dads can influence our kids on a much more personal level? Also, kids have a TON of energy and are pretty fast once they start moving! Here are some events/races that will be in the Columbus, GA area this Fall.

August 27: Country’s BBQ Midnight Express

Come run this 5K race that starts just before midnight and help raise money to support the visually impaired.  This race always provides a fun atmosphere with plenty of music, food, and more.  This will be a culminating event for many local runners participating in the Couch to 5K program and there will be some challenge athletes providing inspiration.

October 15-16: The North Face Endurance Challenge

 

This event has something for everyone.  For the Dads (or Moms), there are distances from 5K to 50 miles.  There is even a 1 mile Karno Kids Run.  This event will be held in Pine Mountain, GA near the Liberty Pool area of FDR State Park.  Come check it out and meet Dean Karnazes, or “Karno” as he’s known in the running world.  This Dad is pretty amazing.  He’s running amazing distances to help raise raise awareness about childhood obesity.

After your race, you’ll be treated to a nice finish festival with music, massages, healthy food, and more.  The swag isn’t half bad either!

November 12: Soldier Marathon & Half Marathon

This will be second year for what is to become a premier race in Columbus, GA.  The inaugural race, in 2010, was well organized and supported and this year it is certain to only get better.  Runners will run through historic portions of Fort Benning before heading north to Uptown Columbus along the beautiful Riverwalk.  Runners will enjoy aid stations with water, sports drinks, and sports gels.

Columbus, GA is really becoming a great area for health and fitness minded Dads.  There are so many events that take advantage of the area’s great running trails.  We have 10+ miles of Riverwalk along the Chattahoochee River and, the nearly complete, Fall Line Trace that goes from Cooper Creek Park all the way to Columbus Regional Hospital.  For a list of even more local running events, visit Big Dog Running Co and pick the one that’s right for you.  If you’re not in the Columbus, GA area, find a running specific retailer and talk to them about races in your area.

Whatever you choose to do, just get out and get your legs moving.  Your kids will follow in your healthy footsteps.

 

 

 

 

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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Things to do for the weekend of 13 August

If you’re looking for some free and fun things to do this #Dadurday, then head over to Fort Benning and check out what is going on. Here’s a list of just a few things for this Dadurday 13 August:

1500 (3 pm) a cast of young Fort Benning thespians will host a performance of The Little Mermaid at the Kelley Hill Recreation Center on Marne Rd.

1900 (7 pm) – There will be a free concert on Weatherby Field (off Dixie Rd toward Sand Hill). will be playing. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert. For more information, contact Fort Benning Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) at 706-545-0522.

Visitors no longer need to obtain a “Visitors Pass” to enter Fort Benning. Just proceed to Visitor Line at any Access Control Point and ensure all passengers over the age of 13 have a valid photo ID.

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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