“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone can give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

Fathers Day

Well, it’s been two days since Father’s Day, and I’m happy to say it was one of the best Father’s Days ever for me.

Unfortunately, all my kids weren’t in town, as my 13 year-old son is at a two week away-camp in Southwest Missouri, which has been riddled by storms the last few weeks, and my eldest son, who is 22 now, lives in Texas.  I was able to celebrate with my fiancée and her seven year-old son, and my girls who are now 15 and 11.

When I woke-up in the morning, I called my dad and wished him a Happy Father’s Day, and got a text from my eldest son and a post from him on Facebook.   He had just one a few medals in a jujitsu tourney the day before.  The family had a couple of very cool gifts and two really sweet cards for me.  I had to think about what I wanted to do that day, and I pondered it quite a bit.

Austin Fathers Day

I had done a little research on fun things to do on Father’s Day in San Diego Magazine and SanDiego.org.  Should I do something on their list?  Should I play golf?  Should I just watch the US Open on TV?

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the best Father’s Day moments are when the kids are happy and there is good interaction with everyone.  I knew my 15 year-old daughter wanted a new phone; hers was pretty damaged and an upgrade wasn’t available on her mom’s plan for several months.  So I decided to take the family out for lunch then to the Verizon store in Encinitas.  We had planned to go to Which Wich, but it took much longer than expected at the Verizon store, so we took a break during the phone purchase process and ate at Chipotle instead.  At the end of the process, I got two new “free” Android tablets, one for my fiancée’s real estate business and one for the kids.  I got a new phone for my daughter and I got to keep my old phone.  Our seven year-old got to play games on one of the tablets at the store the whole time, so that made his day!

Fathers Day

After that, everyone was happy, and I still got to watch the last 9 holes of the US Open, which was spectacular.  I would have been happy if either Jordan Spieth or Dustin Johnson would have won. DJ is married to Wayne Gretzky’s daughter, and “The Great One” was in the crowd for DJ’s final putt.  Although he didn’t win, his gorgeous wife and his five month-old son were there afterword to continue to show him love and support.  That to me is what Father’s day is all about. I was excited to see Spieth win his second major tournament of the year at the young age of 21!


We went to burger night at the Bridges Club for dinner and it turned out to be a wonderful day where everyone was happy.  I feel truly blessed to be a father and grateful to have such a wonderful family.