Here it is August 7th and I’m wearing sweat pants and a hooded sweat shirt because it’s cold outside. Is it Fall? Where did summer go? Is there actually something to this global warming, ehh, climate change?  Naw.

However, when Fall is officially allowed to enter my radar I’ll be thankful. You see Fall is the season of new beginnings. I know some might say Springs is, but in my opinion, it’s Fall. Why you ask?

Fall is when the kids go back to school, which means new school clothes, shoes, lunch boxes, and school supplies. Football starts, and and everybody is excited about wearing those new jeans with their school/team sweat shirt around town to show their team/school pride.  It’s also the time when Jr high kids move up to high school, and High school seniors begin their last year of school before moving on to the beginning of adulthood.

Fall is a reset season filled with the hope for new and exciting memories. It’s a time of anticipation that brings with it a cool breeze that refreshes everything.

Words by Paul

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

– Paul “Bear” Bryant

Quotes like this are great because they can be applied to everyday life. Sports are a foundation for life. They teach you teamwork, the importance of hard work and preparation, and how to deal with loss and disappointment.

What I think Paul Bryant was talking about in this quote was much bigger than just sports. I think he was talking about the character of a person. If an athlete has the will to prepare then he/she definitely understands that everything in life does not come easy. He/she understands that hard work pays off, and that anything worth having is worth working for.

Does that mean that someone who didn’t play sports can’t have the will to prepare? No, absolutely not, but like just about anything else in life it has to come from somewhere.

The non-sports people who have the will to prepare were probably raised, or somehow influenced by a person(s) in their life that taught them determination and the will to win and prepare. Sports is just a place where the will can be learned, practiced, and ingrained into a person over a long period of time.

Your thoughts?


The below transcript was taken from my oldest daughters Facebook page. Its another incident in the day of the life of a young mother.

*taking out the car seats and $2 worth of coins call out of Myles’ seat*
Me: I’m not sure how that happened…
KB: WHOA…Myles is pooping money out his butt!

Having a baby brother just became more lucrative for Kaydi Belle’s piggy bank.


Dinner Time

The below story is taken from my daughter, Kaylee Collins Facebook status. Re posted with her knowledge and permission.


Me: *invents new recipe; realizes baby can’t feed himself soup, so cuts up an apple on the side*
KB: *already having watched too much Food Network in her 3.5 years of life* Mommy, what have you prepared for us today?
Me: I made Summertime CSA Corn Chowder. Enjoy!
KB: Hmmm…Daddy, what have you prepared for us today?
Joey Collins: Apples. I grew them from seeds. [If “growing from seeds” actually means “also came in the CSA bag.”]
KB: Daddy, you win. Mommy, you’ve been Chopped.
Me: *flips table* **does not actually flip table but does inform eldest offspring that she can either eat soup or clean her room** ***SURPRISE…KB chose to clean her room.*** (<—not an actual surprise)

Vacation Time

Its almost August and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. This is the time of the year that families get their vacations in if they haven’t done so yet.

My family has taken many vacations to many places, but one of the top trips we took was right here in Ohio. We spent a week between Put-In-Bay, Cedar Point and Kalahari Water park.

Put-In-Bay was really nice, and there were even things to do with the kids. We stayed in a bed and breakfast on the island, rented golf carts for the day, and had a good time exploring.

We have also spent some time in Hocking Hills. Plenty to see and do there as well. Hiking, shopping and just plain relaxing if you want.

So if your unsure and want to stay close to home check out the link to Ohio Vacation Ideas below. Check them out.


Grand kids and discipline

Why do they make grand kids so adorable. It makes it difficult to be the hard ass that I portray to the outside world. My grand kids don’t see me as a hard ass, they simply see me as Pa.

For instance, today while getting ready to leave with my wife, my granddaughter began complaining about her shoes. She said she didn’t want to wear them because they were not tight enough. Grandma told her that those were the only shoes she had brought with her, and that she had to wear them.

Being the supportive Pa that I am, I told her that the shoes she had on looked nice. She quickly fixed her gaze upon me from the floor that she was sitting on and said, “Don’t say that Pa, I don’t like the sound of your voice!”

Well I had to get stern with the young lady. I told her that what she said was rude and mean. I then told her to go to her room. For some reason I didn’t loose my mind. Had one of my own children said that to me in their pre-teen years (heck any of their years), I would have come unglued.

My granddaughter was not afraid, intimidated, or at all concerned of the words she had just uttered or what I might do about them. She simply stood up and faced me with her slightly squinted and determined eyes. She then turned on her heel and proceeded to swiftly walk to her bedroom down the hall. When I heard the door slam, I looked at my wife and said, “Should I go down there?” Smartly she said no.

A short time later, she came out and said that she was sorry. I accepted, and she left with Grandma. However, that exchange with my granddaughter earlier in the morning got me thinking about where she would learn to be that determined ad unafraid in her dressing down of me. All I came up with was that she must have learned that from her mother. Then I thought, “Damn, I raised her, so is it indirectly my fault”?

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Naw can’t be

~ Pa


A New Day

Today is the fist blog post on my new site. This site is a brain child of two worlds that have collided. The first world is mine, and how taking pictures of my kids growing up playing sports and acting in their school plays have grown to be a big part of my life. The second is one of my kids. My oldest daughter actually and watching her and her husband raise their two children.

My photography, while it started out simply as a way to document my kids and their growing up, has morphed into a time consuming hobby/passion. Photography has taken me to other states and allowed me to share my creativity. It has also allowed me to share all the experiences myself and my family have had over the years through videos and slideshows.

My daughter brings to the table not so much experience and that is the humor that will come out in this blog. She was blessed with a strong willed, very intelligent first child. Her second child is laid back and a bundle of joy, most of the time. Her experiences with raising her children and her ability to eloquently document such experiences on social media has entertained all that know her for sometime.

Her social media posts on various sites has resulted in a very strong demand from family and friends to write down those experiences.  So since I photograph my grand kids a lot, and she shares her humerus experiences we have decided to join forces.

This blog will be shared by the both of us. We promise to try and keep the posts non political and mostly upbeat and fun. After all who doesn’t need a little fun in their day from time to time.