Category Archives: Chase

My Son

by Matthew Jensen

My son Chase will ask, “Dad?”
I’ll reply, “Did you call me Dan?”
He laughs then asks louder, “Daddy?”
I reply, “Yes? Wait a minute Frank, did you just call me Danny?”

He laughs again, every single time,
Even the gazillionth time I’ve said it,
And though it’s routine, it’s just one of our “things”,
And neither he, nor I’ll ever forget it.

It is often said that kids grow up so fast,
But I’m afraid I agree to disagree,
It may be true for some,
But hasn’t been that way for me.

I heard it so much before my kids were born,
That I made a solemn decision,
I WILL be present in my children’s lives,
THAT will be my greatest mission.

To listen, learn, teach, and be taught,
You usually can’t tell me nothing,
But my kids have taught me a lot, truly,
But mostly just about one thing.

I thought I knew love, I mean REALLY knew it well,
Before I had my children,
Alas, I knew some, but not what I thought,
Now I know that much times a padrillion.

Today my son turns seven,
And I’m more proud today than ever,
He’s got it all already:
He’s funny, handsome, clever…

My mind is full of memories,
Something from every day,
Something from every minute,
Every second, so I’m proud to say.

My son, you’ve grown up perfectly,
Not too fast or slow,
You’re more fascinating than I could have ever imagined,
You’ve taken just the right time to grow.

My son…

It’s your laughter that fills my soul,
Your hugs that charge my spirit,
Your smile that warms my heart,
Your “I love you dad” that soothes when I hear it.

I may look down to you physically,
But I look up to you in every other way,
You make me feel like I’m the dad I decided to be,
Seven years ago on this day.

Happy Seventh Birthday My Son

Love Always, Daddy


March 7, 2016

Dining Drumming Dinosaurs (and Aliens)

Yesterday, following an early morning meeting, the kids and I were treated to a sushi breakfast with one of the finest gentlemen I have come to know – and admire – over the last several months, Mr. Stephen Cipes of Summerhill Pyramid Winery here in Kelowna. Following a very fun, love and laughter-filled dining experience where the kids learned such new skills as sliding an ice cube or sliding a soya sauce bottle across the table, as well as how to use chopsticks for drumming or using chopsticks to turn yourself into an alien or a dinosaur, Chase asked Stephen if he could have his picture taken with him. Of course he obliged, but on reviewing the photos I find myself having difficulty differentiating adult and child. This probably explains why the kids are still talking about Mr. Cipes today. 🙂

Thank you for a very memorable experience Stephen, regardless of whether I am eventually the one cited as having taught the kids their new dinner table skills. 😉

A Fun Way to Get a New Homeschooling Tool

After 5 years, two drops, a broken screen and a long-since ended support life cycle, it was time to upgrade Master Jensen from his Motorola Xoom to a new Acer Iconia 7, complete with a new case for it.

Rather than just give it to him, however, we decided to make it a treasure hunt. The hunt started with a printed clue and it was Chase’s responsibility to read the whole thing, and each subsequent clue it led to himself. He did it! He couldn’t be happier with his new tablet.


Physical Activity
30 minutes
– bike ride
– jumping jacks
– leapfrog
– crawling
– pushups
– situps
– arm and leg windmills
– stretches

15 minutes
Using a pull-and-release, propelled truck toy and a ring on the carpet, we explored several concepts:
– speed
– momentum
– resistance
– aim
– obstacles
– sharing (as this was done with his younger sister)

Spelling and Reading
(x) minutes
building sentences: the guide says the words and it is Chase’s responsibility to find those words and build the sentence
– identifying letters, words, phrases and sentences spoken


Another year, another birthday and for the last few special “events” in my dad’s life, I’ve had this idea that it would be really fun to sing “Hallelujah”, one of my his favourite songs! And I am NOT a singer. Not. At. All! That is not the intent here, believe me! I was hoping to do it with a little help from my kids and my wife. Unfortunately my wife couldn’t squeeze this one into her schedule, which is really too bad because I’ve heard her sing it and she nails it! Nonetheless, the kids and I put it together and although I couldn’t be happier with the end result, I was very surprised by how much simply singing it impacted me. Having thoughts of my dad in my head and wanting to do the best job of it that I could – for him – I was suddenly overflowing with emotions.

I hope that anyone who sees it, enjoys it, but mostly, I hope my dad does.

Happy Birthday Old Man. I love you.

DIY Kids Craft: Epic Dancing Penguins

Looking for the perfect craft, sure to take the better part of an evening to complete? Look no further. These adorable dancing penguins are sure to light up the dancefloor and your child’s imagination in ways you might have thought and even wished not possible! So grab your last 24-pack’s worth of empty toilet paper rolls (in our case, about a week’s worth), some glue, scissors, paper, a sharpie, some pipe cleaner and one of those poster board things, add in a couple of white fluffy blankets and some imagination and music and get ready…because you’re about to get into this for the long haul.