What does fatherhood mean to you?
Fatherhood provides an opportunity for me to help instill positive examples of being a husband and a father to my boys. I can make a real difference in their lives and the lives of others by being a good father.
What is the best part of being a dad?
I am a professional artist, photographer and designer and I am amazed to see the level of creativity demonstrated by all three of my boys. I really enjoy laughing with our sons and watching them develop into strong, smart young men. I am confident that some day they will be good husbands and fathers.
What is your proudest moment as a dad?
Any dad will tell you that it’s difficult to find that “one” proud moment, I am no exception. However, I have to admit that my boys interest in politics and their taste in music - ranging from jazz to old school rock and classical - makes me proud! Logan recently received his Black Belt in Kosho, Cameron has a killer golf swing and Nolin is proving to be an excellent actor. Etiquette is also important in our home - the boys don’t wear sagging pants, open doors for women and respect elders.
What do you and your children do for fun?
We enjoy art, music, photography, biking, playing chess, discussing politics, fishing, art, and playing video games We are a very tech savvy family.
We also LOVE to read. I have been reading to the boys since they were in the womb! I think that dads should encourage their children to read and help advance their vocabulary. The quality of ones life, in many ways, is determined by your ability to communicate what you want. My kids use their brains to explore the world around them.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
I have a wonderful family. My wife Cassie and I have been married 10 years and have two incredible boys, Cameron (10) and Nolin (8). In addition, I have a wonderful son, Logan (12), from a previous relationship. Ever since he was a baby my wife and I, with the cooperation of his mother, have made sure all three boys remain close, even going as far as to enroll them in the same school for a few years. The boys shared many wonderful days and holidays together and as a whole we felt very happy that we could remain together.
When Logan's mom decided to move to Arizona a few years ago, it was devastating. I couldn’t understand why anyone would tear three brothers apart in such a way, let alone take my son away from me. Logan visits us twice a year and we chat online, talk by phone , and play XBOX Live games, but it’s really hard and as I write this I can’t help but feel very sad. We do what we can. When Logan visited recently, the entire family watched home movies. Seeing the boys together laughing and playing together was very emotional.
What kind of dad do you strive to be?
I strive to be strong, present and attentive.
Describe your funniest moment as a dad.
We’ve shared so many “funny moments”, it would take up most of this page.
When Cameron was 15 months old he was already talking and he loved Corvettes. In fact he called them “torvettes”! We were making home movies in their playroom and Cameron, walking in after a bath with no clothes on, made the following “commercial”: “Come to Cameron’s “torvette” corner, if I can’t get you a “torvette” for less, I’ll run around naked!" Then he began running around stark naked.
My wife is a co-owner of Elevate Hair Studio which is the official salon for many of the Nuggets, Crush and Colorado Mammoth sports team’s dancers. Our youngest son, Nolin, claimed that he wanted to open a spray tanning company so he could spray tan all the dancers and make a ton of money. Nolin was six years old at the time.
What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of a dad they have?
My boys say I’m very creative, a good teacher, pretty funny and that I instill good values. They also like how much I love their mom.
What is the most important piece of advice you’ve received about fatherhood?
The best advice I have received was to let each child be their own person and not to compare siblings or play favorites.
What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?
I am inspired by how emotionally balanced all three boys are. They are individuals who speak their mind and care for others.
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