About Dadding Value

Chris and Amelia
I’m keeping track of all the piggy-back rides I give, and I’m looking forward to being paid back when I start to break down.

My name is Chris. I’m a dad/husband/teacher/blogger/goofball. When I turned 40 in 2016, I decided it was finally time to grow up a bit and stop wasting time on things that are holding me back from reaching my full potential, whatever the hell that is.

I came across this book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, and a light bulb went off in my head. Not literally, but you know what I mean. I started waking up early every morning (I mean early, like 4am early). For the first two hours of my day, I work on me. I think. I read. I write. I work out. This “me” time has added so much value to my life! I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way (Sorry…I got a little excited there and broke into song, which I do frequently).

This “me” time pushed me to create this blog, Dadding Value. My goal here is to share with you the valuable ideas I come across during my “me” time. Basically, I would like to add value to your life and kind of “pay it forward.” And because I am now a dad first and foremost, I thought it would be clever to name the blog Dadding Value. So here we are!

I’m no expert on anything expect being me. I’m working every day to become a better me. Along the way, I’d like to share with you some of my successes and failures as a dad, husband, and human being.

"Chris never has a second cup of coffee at home."--The Mrs.
“Chris never has a second cup of coffee at home.”

I wouldn’t be a dad without a kick-ass wife. To the left is my partner-in-crime, Melissa, aka The Mrs. We’ve been married since 2009. As the kids like to say today, she is the cat’s meow! What’s that? Nobody says, “cat’s meow”? Fine. She’s f’ing awesome! Is that better? She’s the yin to my yang, and I wouldn’t want to be on this wild, exciting ride with anyone else.

She’s a math teacher, and yes, I’ve got it bad, got it bad, got it bad, I’m hot for teacher. She’s been all over the world. She speaks German, Spanish, and Japanese. She bought her first condo when she was 25 after having the foresight as a teenager to save all of her babysitting money. For some odd reason (that I refuse to look into), she seems to love me enough not only to marry me, but to have two kids with me! I know it’s crazy, but it’s true!

The Boy and The Girl reenacting a scene from "The Love Boat".
The Boy and The Girl reenacting a scene from “The Love Boat”.

These are our offspring to the right. Love Child A is Cameron, aka The Boy, and Love Child B is Amelia, aka The Girl. They are the best kids in the world. If you don’t agree with me, I will fight you! But seriously, they’re awesome, and I can’t remember life without them (nor do I want to remember).

My goal every day is to teach them about life and teach them how to simply be good people. What the baby books didn’t tell me though was that I would learn more from them than they learn from me. Being a parent, especially to these two, has been greater than anything I could have ever imagined. I count my lucky stars every night because I am truly living the dream!

It boggles my mind to think about everything that has happened to bring me to this point in life where I have a wife, kids, a job, a house, and just responsibilities in general! I’ll give you the condensed version of how I got here just to bring you up to speed.

Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit

Well I was born in a small town

I was born a poor black child

My dad and me way back in the day.

I was born on Easter Sunday in 1976. I am the oldest of three boys, and we grew up in a loving, two-parent, relatively normal, Northern California home.

I spent way too much time in my youth playing and watching sports. I had unrealistic aspirations of becoming a Major League Baseball player, and those dreams were finally and totally destroyed after one long season of junior college ball.

So I packed my bags and moved to the Valley of the Sun to study broadcasting at Arizona State University. I wrote for the school newspaper, got a job coaching basketball and running summer camps for kids, and got out of college exactly what I put into it, which wasn’t much.

Holding the World Series trophy after the epic 2001 series with the Yankees.
Holding the World Series trophy after the epic 2001 series with the Yankees.

I did get hooked up with the Arizona Diamondbacks through school though. Yep, I kinda’ made it to the Major Leagues after all as the Assistant Video Coordinator for the newest team in baseball. I traveled with the team from 2001-2004 providing video scouting footage for the players and coaches. And wouldn’t you know it, I got a World Series ring in 2001!

But something was missing. I wasn’t growing as a person, so I took a job in San Francisco selling medical supplies. Talk about a 180-degree shift! I was not good at sales, but I was great at living in The City! The best part was that I was back home in NoCal.

I went back to school and got my master’s degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco, and I moved to Santa Cruz to run the sports programs for the city’s recreation department.

I literally swept The Mrs. off her feet.
I literally swept The Mrs. off of her feet.

Along the way I met The Mrs. Things were going great until the economy tanked and I got let go of my job. After being unemployed for a while, I made a life-altering decision to get my teaching credential to join The Mrs. In the field of education.

Today I teach high school English and Journalism for an online school from the comforts of my home-office. Working from home allows me to take the kids to school and pick them up from school. I get to spend more time with them than the “average” dad. I’m hoping this ends up being a good thing for them instead of a detriment!

Along the journey to now I also completed a couple triathlons, got engaged, ran a marathon, got dis-engaged, traveled all over the United States and to Japan, Korea, Mexico and Jamaica, met many life-long friends, made some very poor financial decisions, made some smart financial decisions, sang a lot of karaoke, and have truly enjoyed the entire ride so far.

So here we are.

I hope that every time you visit this site, I can send you off with a parting gift of at least one thing that adds value to your life. I look forward to you adding value to my life as well through your comments and feedback.

Thanks for stopping by.