Sunday, April 26, 2015

Guy Smiley


Z-Dogg had a rough discipline day today.

I'm talking from the time he got up to the time he went down tonight. Tough, tough day with lots of tough, tough talks.

So tonight - when I started browsing the SD card to see what I could rummage up for a blog post - this pic just jumped out at me.

I think God knew I needed it. My little smiley man. When he's not misbehaving - he's smiling. Actually - he's smiling WHEN he's misbehaving... just not when he gets busted.

I love him so much.

Hang in there Z-Dogg... we'll get through these 3 year old days and we'll both grow from it!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Women Are Scary


With a blog title like that - ripe with truth - I could just end this right here, couldn't I?

But there's more to it.

Our friend Melanie Dale wrote this book about "The totally awkward adventure of moms finding mom friends."

And she was gonna be in town signing her book - so of course we had to head over there!

Meron - who has been reading her little head off in the "Magic Treehouse Series" was so excited..

"Wait - we know a real, live author? We're gonna get to meet her? Will she sign the book I am reading?"

Hilarious - and I loved her enthusiasm - so totally worth asking.


And Melanie was more than happy to sign Meron's book...


and it totally made Meron's day!


Of course - we had to get a family edition signature book - made out to "Camp Hoffman" - as well. Meron couldn't have ALL the fun...


Melanie - we loved our brief visit today! We're wishing you all the best in this book - in your life - and in all you do to champion for those who need a voice...

Stay witty - stay silly - and stay chasing Him!


And - here's a little plug. Are you a mom wanting to know how to meet other moms? Me either. But if you are - here's the help you've been waiting for!

Go order one or a dozen and give them to your target mom friends so you can all be on the same page!

I'm a dad - not really needing to make any mom friends - but I'm gonna read it for the simple fact that the title is SPOT ON and the cover art has 2 moms depicted as cake pops with one taking a big chunk out of the other's head.

As if that isn't enough - the very first printed words in chapter 1 are a quote from my all time favorite movie ever:

"At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
- - Billy Madison
If that ain't worth reading - I dunno what is...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cul-De-Sac Push Car Polo


I pulled in from work yesterday to see these two goofballs engaged in some sort of bizzar-o cul-de-sac version of "push Z-Dogg in the car with a plastic golf club" polo...


Noah was zooming Zechie around the circle full speed...


While Z-Dogg was swinging that blub at... something...???


Rock on Zechie.

ROCK ON!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Back To The Future


In what could only be described as a "terrifying glimpse into the future" - Z-Dogg and his partner-in-crime Duncan from next door hopped in to Diggity Diggity Duncan's dad's '67 Mustang today and things got really real...


Z got straight to work trying to hotwire it...


While Duncan couldn't even resist getting his crazy on, hanging out the window trying to holler at the girlies!


Zechie did a pretty solid job...


Of pretending he knew exactly what he was doing!


Looking good Z!


Oh - and Z-Dogg? Get used to that helmet...


Pretty sure that's gonna be required when you turn 16 man!

Stay away, future!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Run, Forrest... RUN!


These two had so much fun at their track meet the other day that they wanted to get out and practice even on an off night...

Sounds easy enough, right?

Wrong. We searched everywhere for an open track and with soccer and track happening in high school now - we were outta luck.


But they were still jones-ing to run. So we settled for the big, giant field across the street from the house for some good stretching...


some good jogging...

And eventually some 100 yard sprints.

I love that they love it enough to wanna get out there and improve. They even told me they want to hold our own practices all through the summer after track is over to be ready for the fall season.


Stay at it girls!

Looking forward to getting on the track with ya for some workouts!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hiding Her Treasure


"Daddy - will you walk with me over to the school so I can find my treasure I buried?"

Uhhh.... okay...?


And with that she was off and running... and I was just trying to keep up.

She was OBVIOUSLY excited.


When we got there - she headed straight to where she had hidden it - looked down in - and then squealed with delight:

"It's still there! Nobody took it from me!"


She reached down in to her hiding place - the one she chose because she said she wasn't allowed to bring it into the school after recess - and she pulled out her "treasure"...


A SUPER SMOOTH ROCK!

She said she liked it so much because it was so smooth and that's why she hid it so she could come back and get it.

She was beaming.


Meron - as usual - daddy learned a little something from you tonight.

Hold our treasures close - find joy in the simple things of God - tuck them away somewhere safe - and go back for them!

Girl - may you NEVER lose the ability to find joy in the smoothness of a beautiful rock!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sleepy Toes


I couldn't resist taking a picture of these sleepy little toes hanging out from under the blanket during prayer time.


They belonged to these sleepy little girls.

Even when they're tired - they're oozing cuteness.