Christmas and Halloween are pretty rad, but Thanksgiving is the Britney Spears of holidays.  

Thanksgiving is the best holiday.  Yo.

There is amazing food, endless football, and it’s not out-of-control crazy like Christmas.  Most importantly, it’s an amazing time of reflection and gratitude.

Our 2013 Thanksgiving Family Photo

Things will look a little different next year.

Oh, and I can eat SO much pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving and not even feel that bad about it.


Back to the “important” stuff.  Being thankful and junk.

Here’s what I’m most thankful for in 2013:

-A God who forgives.  I desperately need that.  All the time.

-A wife who is patient and doesn’t reject my pleas to help film “music” videos.

Awkward White Guy Rap - Lose Yourself - Eminem

-The dude(tte) who invented selfies.



-Creative friends.

Bert and Ernie

-A little boy and a little girl.


Sriracha.  I put that stuff on everything.



-Baby Jordans.

Baby Jordans

-The new fro-yo place by my office.

-The new fro-yo place by my house.

Justin Timberlake.  “Mirrors” was my jam this year.

-My new brother-in-law.  Now I don’t feel like a third wheel when Amanda and her sister hang out.


-A job where I can be myself

-A church that encourages me to become a better version of myself

-Tom Brady.  Thanks for standing ten feet away from me in January.  It was fun hanging out with you.  (It counts.)

-Sparkling water

-The heroes who come to our Cap City Church small group.  Y’all are nuts, but you are encouraging and entertaining individuals who I don’t want to do life without.

-“Wrecking Ball.”  This was the best song of 2013.  Hopefully I didn’t ruin it.

-The Mexican and Peruvian restaurants by our house.




Hannah M., Brian W., Matt C., Jon Acuff, and Taylor Swift.  You all inspired and encouraged me to start writing this blog.  Thanks.  Now, you must apologize to the rest of the world.

-The people who read this blog.  It means the world to me and I am so grateful for you.

-Red pants


-My Virginia Beach friends.  Yes, our city can be a little cheesy.  Yes, it can be a little trashy.  However, it’s an amazing place to grow up.  Plus, it’s full of spectacular people.


-All my friends.  Thanks for the encouragement and the laughs.

-My BFFs who decided to marry each other.


-Beaches in winter

-The people who actually watch my dumb “rap” videos.  They have gotten 40,000 hits on YouTube over the past few months.  That makes me a little scared for humanity.  However, ease up on the mean YouTube comments.  We have feelings too!

-Kelly Kapowski

-Silly friends

Stop Yelling

Chubbies Shorts

-Cheesy baby stuff

Halloween Shirt

-My red Puma coat.  I’m biased, but it’s pretty dope.

Eric and Andrew

-Taco Bell.  I want you everyday.

-Getting every penny back from our trip to Toronto that was cancelled at the last second due to a blizzard.

-Going crazy for Amanda’s 30th birthday by building her a tower of 30 presents.

amanda gifts

-Being alive

-Powdered donuts

-Game nights


-The Washington Nationals.  The 2013 season was disappointing, but we still had fun.


-Haribo gummy bears

-Haribo everything else

-Our flower beds.  It was fun feeling like an old man each morning I watered the beautiful flowers and plants Paul, Eddie, and Chris planted.

Nando’s Peri Peri.  If you’ve never been, go immediately.  Eat everything.



-UVA’s basketball team.  Thanks for helping me heal from a disastrous UVA football season.

-“Cruise” by Florida-Georgia Line and Nelly.  I love this song.  A lot.

-My bicycle

-Not crashing on my bike at all in 2013




-Chips and salsa

-Jack Link’s beef jerky

…and…most importantly…

My dog


Oh, and Zack Morris.  Thanks for the inspiration, bro.

Nothing is Impossible

Sometimes life can seem helpless.

All your pants have gone from “slim fit” to “don’t fit” after hitting the snooze button eight times each morning this week instead of going to the gym.

Democrats and Republicans. Fighting about everything.

Telling yourself that you’re going to start eating healthy. You eat six cookies thirty minutes later.

Finally, wearing a blue dress shirt in the summer. Bro, we can see those sweat stains.

Despite those seemingly helpless situations, nothing is impossible.  You never know when a miracle might be just around the corner.  It can come in the form of a friend dropping some truth all up in your face, an encouraging phone call or Bible verse, a positive medical report, or even a humble farm boy who becomes a decorated knight and defeats an evil empire.

Do you want further proof that you should never give up hope?

BRITNEY SPEARS WON A GRAMMY AWARD.  No, seriously.  She won a Grammy.

Thus, anything is possible.

For example, this guy…


And these guys…

20130709-182011.jpg…teamed up to make the best song of 2013.  For reals.  I’m talking about “Cruise.”  More specifically, “Cruise (Remix).”  Ain’t nobody got time for the original.

Just like that Chinese and Italian combo restaurant in Arlington (true story; eww), Nelly and Florida Georgia Line making a song together is a really weird combination.  A really weird and really awesome combination.  Sort of like chicken and waffles.

Two country music newcomers teaming up with a rapper from St. Louis to make a ridiculously awesome song?  That’s a miracle.  That’s diversity.  That’s America.  If these insanely different dudes can make something this magical happen, then I don’t want to hear any excuses from Congress about the two sides being too far apart to work together.

So if you’re facing an obstacle that seems insurmountable, a to-do list that is never-ending, or a situation that feels helpless, it’s not.  Nelly and Florida Georgia Line have proven that anything is possible.  111o

Well, almost anything.