A season finished

nopo, soccer

End of the year soccer party

Soccer has taken up a lot of space in our life lately. Between Timbers games, youth Soccer, and my first foray into an adult league there has been rarely a day that has gone by where soccer wasn’t being played. While I love this new obsession I am also glad to see some aspects coming to an end so that our weekends can be spent in a much more lazy manner instead of darting around town for games.

settling disagreements though penalty kicks

settling disagreements though penalty kicks

I finished my second season as coach for Primo’s team and we had a good year. The kids got better, had fun, and didn’t get hurt. While scores were not officially kept we only lost one game all year. I love being the coach and seeing these kids go from tripping over the ball in warm ups at the beginning of the year to trying to execute complicated spin moves by the end. We had a couple of new players this season but mostly returned the same team from last Fall. They were better players, more comfortable with the ball and with each other and I could see the best of what organized sports brings out in kids. They had self-confidence that they could go from beginner to advanced through repetition and sticking with it. They were aware of their teammates and the feelings of the teams they were playing against and wanted them to have as much fun as they were having.

Diving header

I am taking a course later this month to get my ‘E’ license for youth soccer. I want to be a better coach that is aware of the stages of development for kids at each level. I want to show them that you never stop learning or trying to get better. Mostly I want to be a good coach that these kids remember like I remember my good coaches.

Unlimited Plan Doesn’t Help My Limited Fantasy Football Skills

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#FamilyMobileSaves, #cbiasIt has been a month with the Galaxy S4 phone on the Walmart Family Mobile plan and while I have loved this phone I have not done so well with my fantasy team. Don’t get me wrong I can keep up with every detail of my Fantasy Football team and watch highlights of other team’s players even when I’m off of my WiFi. The problem has more to do with my terrible team. Steven Jackson has been hurt, Colin Kaepernick is not the steady performer I thought, and the Bears Defense has seen better times. Not even a fancy phone with a cheap wireless plan can turn me into a Fantasy Football stud, but I have so enjoyed keeping up with my own failures.

#FamilyMobileSaves, #cbiasIn my previous post I talked about wanting to know how the data plan would measure up and if the call quality would be as good as my current phone plan and after a month of heavy use I can say that the Walmart Family Mobile Plan measures up. The data speeds have been comparable and the call quality good all at a fraction of what I am paying for my other plan. Now I know the cost of my phone is subsidized in my current phone bill but even taking that into consideration the Family plan is a better bargain. I expected to see a difference in quality to account for the difference in price but that never materialized. Getting to use a beautiful phone like the Galaxy S4 really brought that into contrast because i could see that I could get a great phone on these plans.

#FamilyMobileSaves, #cbias

The boys loved having the phone as well because it meant another device they could play games on. They would test games on the iPhone and Galaxy and decide which one was better. Not a fair fight with the bigger screen and brighter colors on the Galaxy S4 but my oldest son said he didn’t like the LA Galaxy soccer team so he couldn’t fully sign off on the phone. While my fantasy football career was not resurrected by this new phone and Family plan i think our pocketbook will might be. This is just a great deal, much better than I thought it would be, and it is worth checking out yourself. There are great phones available.



Create 2 Destroy Giveaway from Crayola

create 2 destroy


What do you get when you combine the creative tools of molding compound and the imaginations of kids with dinosaurs? So far at our house you get some pretty imaginative play. The folks at Crayola sent along the Dino Destruction Metropolitan Mayhem pack for us to try to make a video. We are entered into a competition with some other bloggers on the Crayola page so check out our video and the others and vote for you favorite. If you don’t want to head over and vote then check the video out below:

If you think you can make a better video you can enter yourself if by picking up your own Create 2 Destroy box and make a 15 minute video of your own. The most popular video gets $1000 gift card and your family on a Crayola box. Head over to Crayola’s Facebook page and upload your video.

I have connected together with some other Dad bloggers to help increase your chances of getting a box of your own. Joining me are Tom from Twins And Then, Chris from DadNCharge, John from Daddy’s In Charge?,  Colby from Days of the Domestic Dad, and Chris from Daddy Doctrines. Check out their pages and use the cool entry form below to enter for your chance at one of 6 prizes.

Good Luck and happy creating!

The Create 2 Destroy Dad Bloggers Giveaway runs from now until November 13th, 2013, at which point Six winners will be selected and notified. As the contest is open to U.S. residents only, after being notified the winners will have 24 hours to verify their U.S. mailing address to confirm their prizes.

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Disclosure: Crayola provided me with the product, information, and a gift card to participate in the Create2Destroy video contest. All opinions are my own.

Chapel Pub Dine Out for Together For Trillium PTSA



Come get some dinner, or a pint, or bet yet both. Money goes to Together For Trillium, the PTSA for Trillium Charter School. We raise money for Teacher and student grants that have included new microscopes, class room supplies, and summer school programs for students. McMenamin’s Chapel Pub has graciously partnered with us to help raise money but we need you to come.

Home, home in the woods

Mt. hood


It was a whole week, by myself, in Arizona. I went there for work but it was mostly an escape from a busy start to the school year. With School, Soccer, Church, and all the rest I have been worn a bit ragged by all the responsibility so getting away for a work trip in Arizona was a great break. I got my own suite with two TVs, two of them. Meals on the company, nights out with friends and family, and a couple of great concerts were just what I needed. As the week came to an end I was ready to jump back in the fray feeling revived, but mostly I was ready to be back with Beautiful and the Boys. Sometimes we need a little time away to recharge and the welcome sight of Mt hood out of the plane window before landing let me know I was back home in the trees.

Breaking free from the unlimitted plan contract with Walmart Family Mobile

#FamilyMobileSaves, #cbias

Another cell phone bill came in the mail and another couple of hundred dollars left my pocket. It is getting old, and expensive, and there has to be another way. Along comes an email asking me if I would like to have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the cheap wireless plan from Walmart Family Mobile. I like my phone but not my high-priced contract so giving it a look seemed like a no brainer. Who wouldn’t want to check out the best wireless unlimited plans? My only question was whether I could keep up with my apps and around this time of year that means my Fantasy Football team, as bad as they are. How many RB can one guy lose to injury in the first 5 weeks! A quick once around the Family Mobile page and I saw that I pay for the data I needed and used instead of paying things I was not using.

walmart family mobile starter kit

So off I went to the local Walmart to get my phone and my new plan, but the phone I wanted wasn’t in stock, popular model and all, so I was directed to the webpage where I had the phone and the family plan ordered and ready to ship in less than 5 minutes. My phone will be here on Wednesday, plenty of time for me to grab the NFL Fantasy Football App and set my team for the weekend games. I’m looking forward to putting the phone and the family plan through the paces of the season. If I lose, and by if I mean when I lose, I might even have a built-in excuse. I will let you know how it goes but I am already looking forward to cutting my mobile bills down to a more affordable size, a the while getting a quality state of the art phone and data plan. Stay Tuned!

Checkout some more pictures of the process here.

Sauerkraut, messy carpets, and a license to spill

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Licensetospill on mohawk carpets #shop

Last weekend before Primo’s soccer game the boys and I made our way down highway 30 to Scappoose. Along with the normal Saturday market there was also a festival going on. A festival celebrating Sauerkraut! While I am not a fan of Sauerkraut I am a fan of festivals so we wandered around the park and had some fun. First stop was the Cabbage bowling alley where a dollar got you 5 cabbages to knock down 10 pins. Primo had no trouble but it took Segundo some convincing. Once he heard there was candy at the end he was bowling away. Right next to the cabbage bowling was the License to Spill both from Mohawk carpets and since I was being paid to check out that booth I thought it a good time to check it out.

Cabbage bowling at Sauerkraut festival #shop

Mohawk is the largest flooring manufactures in the world and they were showing off their Smartstrand carpet. What is special about the Smartstrand carpet is that the stain and soil resistance is built into the fibers of the carpet instead of applied as a chemical afterward. Since we are soon to be remodeling our basement and will be in the market for carpet this was interesting to me but no so much for the boys so we got down to the demonstration. First the boys got a chance to squirt a sample carpet square with bottles of food coloring, soy sauce, and other stain making liquids. They took their job very seriously and made sure that every inch of that sample was soaked.

putting smartstrand carpets to the test #shop

Once they finished creating the mess they had to clean it up. Armed with only bottles of water they got busy washing out all the stains they had just created. We learned that tougher messes like mustard might require a little dish soap and some light scrubbing but there is no need for carpet cleaners or harsh chemicals. I got to chat with the folks in the booth about my time cleaning carpets just after high school, and how other types of carpets are treated with stain resistance that wears off over the life of the carpets. Smartstrand has the stain resistance built into the fibers making those harsh chemicals unnecessary. Once the boys got their carpet cleaned they wanted to do it all over again, a metaphor on the futility of cleaning if I ever heard one.

We continued around the festival grabbing some BBQ and watching the pet parade before jumping in the car and heading back to Portland for Primo’s soccer game. We had a great time in Scappoose at the Sauerkraut festival and when it comes time to get those carpets in the basement I will be heading over to talk to the folks at Macadam Flooring to talk about Mohawk Smartstrand carpets. You can check them out too and enter for a chance to win your own 6’ X 9’ SmartStrand Silk bound carpet rug. Check out more photos from out morning in Google Plus.