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About three weeks ago we took some of our students from Two Cities Church to the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. It was “Christian Fellowship Night” and “My Job Depends in Ag Night.”

During the game I was taking a lot of video on my Go Pro Hero 6 Black. Some kids took notice and eventually came up to us and excitedly asked, “Are you guys YouTubers?”

Josiah thought it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Here are some highlights…

What if your kids looked back on their childhood and thought, “those were some epic times?”

I have a friend whose family didn’t save a penny for their kids college education. Their theory was that it was up to their kids to figure out how to pay for college and instead of saving for their future, they spent money on making memories. They took trips to Disneyland, from Oregon, every year. They had jet skies and lived on the Willamette River, just south of Portland, Or. Thankfully, for their family, paying for college education worked out. I’m not advocating that their decision is right for everyone, but I do like the idea that every family needs to create epic memories with their kids.

For me, growing up, my epic memories were our yearly camping trips to Yosemite. In face, to this day, I would say that Yosemite is my favorite place in the world. I have fond memories of swimming in the river, eating at the village, camping in the housekeeping units, floating down the river, hiking, discovering hidden falls, eating ice-cream at happy isles, biking the valley, star-gazing from glacier point after sunset and camp fires! When I reached my teenage years, my parents let me bring 2-3 friends along every year. We swam in the bottom of Yosemite Falls everyday. That will knock the wind out of you!

It’s important, through the crazy-busy lives we live, to take time out. To hang out with your kids. To give them some undivided attention. To take trips, when you can. To make epic memories together. Because one day, that’s what they’ll remember. A childhood full of epic memories, is a happy childhood. It’s a childhood I’d like to pass on.

In that spirit, yesterday morning, my son and I made a movie entitled Epic Battle: Good vs. EvilEnjoy.

We made this movie using an app called Directr. It’s great because they provide you a storyboard with sketches and the music. Essentially you just follow the instructions to make a great little movie.

So, go, create epic memories with your kids. They don’t happen on their own. You’ve got to make time.

Last Saturday I had the honor of officiating the marriage of Chris and Erika Loach. Josiah was the ring-bearer and Grace Haugen was the flower girl. It was also, Brynn’s first wedding to attend and while the father-daughter dance happened in the middle of the room, I danced with Brynn in the corner and almost lost it. Uh Oh.

Erica and I have loved watching their relationship blossom and I’ve gotta tell you, Erica called it… as she usually does. It’s like a 6th sense.

Hidden Dance Cam

October 20, 2011 — Leave a comment

The other night I go to pick up Josiah at the Haugens house.
As I exit my car, I hear a lot of noise coming from their place.
I get to the door and this is what I see:

[go to my youtube account and click on “family dancing” to see this video, i removed this video from the blog because youtube puts up “watch this” videos based off of keywords used to describe the video. using the words dance and cam in the descripion mistakingly put it into a category with videos i don’t want to be associated with. by going to my youtube account and watching it within my personal player, you will not be suggested to watch other people’s videos.]

Brother or Sister?

October 15, 2011 — 6 Comments

Learning to use the Canon Rebel EOS.
Any suggestions?
Websites I should check out?
Features I should know about?