Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Family Hang Out Night

Posted: November 14, 2008 in children, dance, family, Kids, ministry, schedule

A few weeks ago AP and I realized that our Thursday nights were out of control. Homework, basketball, football, dance, grocery shopping and about a half dozen other things all seemed to find their way in to our Thursday night schedule. We were running everywhere, trying to get everyone where they were supposed to be in a coordinated sequence of events that resembled a city wide game of musical chairs. We had become more fragmented as a family on Thursday nights than any other day of the week and for a family in full time ministry that means something.

We needed a way to rally Team Tibbles, so AP and I came up with the idea of a base camp. The concept was pretty simple, have a central location that we could set up and hang out while each of us accomplished our various activities and responsibilities. Usually, our shedules are so staggerd that I could run one of the kids to whatever thier commitment is for the evening while AP stays back at base camp. Then when I return AP is free to take the next child prodigy to the next event on our schedule. This process goes on until we run all of errands for the evening and all family members are back to base camp.

Not only has it worked out way better than expected, Thursdays have become one of my favorite nights of the week. For the past several weeks we have chosen Panera as our base camp. The kids get hot chocolate and I get wifi. We all look forward to it. Our night is still hectic but I get to spend quality time with each member of the fam.

Tonight I had a personal realization, there are a dozen places I am supposed to be and there are a million things I could be doing but there is only one place I want to be on Thursday nights…

Do you blame me?


State Fair

Posted: September 26, 2008 in children, family, Kids

Every year its the same sequence of events.
State Fair commercials come on TV.
April reminisces about her family going to the fair.
Kids get excited.
Someone shouts out “Dad can we pleeeeaaaaaase go to the fair this year?”
I say “No, fairs are a waste of money…”
They all say in unison “But DAAAD!”
I say “NO!”

I seriously don’t like the whole State Fair scene.

This year the annual sequence began to play out but this time with a new ending.

So somehow I ended up with the kiddos, AP’s Grandma and her mom at the Tulsa State Fair.
I can’t say I had a lot of fun but these guys sure did

While I may never enjoy the State Fair

I will always enjoy this.

My Daughter

Posted: August 12, 2008 in children, dance, Kids, wedding

No need for words…


Posted: June 27, 2008 in dating, family, Kids, phobias

My oldest son loves to scare people. I am often met around corners by his daunting, gleeful surprise. Usually I see it coming, but from time to time he will jump out from around the corner and let out a loud “RAAAAAAH” only to make my heart stop. I am not scared easily but there are definitely things I am scared of. When Ap and I were first dating I once made the ferris wheel operator stop so we could get off the ride… I’m terrified of heights. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for her that I tried to overcome my fear of heights. She usually reminds me of that night once or twice a year. I am also deathly afraid of suffocating. I have a real claustrophobia thing that causes me to panic from time to time. Then every once in a while my son scares me. Sometimes its because he jumps out from around the corner and sometimes its because he is growing up way to fast. The thing that scares me most… he starts Jr. High in the Fall. Hold on while I go jump off the ferris wheel!

What scares you most?