Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Red Solo Cup... I Lift You Up...


What do you and your friends do on the night before the last day of school?

PROCEED TO PARTY... PROCEED TO PARTY!

* * The cups had trail mix people... calm down! :) * *

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Big Hair Is Good!


I kid you not... about 2.7 seconds after this picture was taken - I had to reach out and grab him because THE WIND GOT A HOLD OF HIM AND ALMOST BLEW HIM AWAY!

That head of hair is like a sail out there!

Big awesome hair problems in effect.


The other day I called home and somehow Z-Dogg ended up on the phone. He randomly said to me:

"Daddy... Daddy, you hear me?

My big hair is good, daddy!"
Yes it is, Z-Dogg.

YES IT IS!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Furry Protector


Somebody was feeling a little under the weather - scratchy throat and a headache...

Likely allergies - but her little furry friend wasn't risking it.

She stayed right there with her the whole night.

Cider - the skittish guardian - to the rescue... all is good!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Capture the Face


I captured a few faces today.

It was gorgeous here today and we spent a good chunk of it outside - so I roamed around capturing faces!

That girl up there tried to be elusive - but ya can't escape me!


And then there was this dude... I think I shocked him with the long lens!


And then my big girl... not feeling super great today but still shining!

And finally - this last one here...


Man... I married WAY up!

Alright people... watch ya face... I might try to capture it.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

5 On A Board...


Friends.

We love having 'em over.

And the goofballs love "Meron-ating" them too!

From meron-orchestrated crafts, to singing, to home run derby in the circle to all 5 of them sitting on a skateboard and trying to ride it together (see above)... this crew had a BLAST tonight!

Thanks guys for coming over and being part of our circus for the night!

Friday, May 20, 2016

I Wish You Didn't Say Things...


Words.

We let 'em spew without thinking about what we're even saying - thinking we can just remove their power later with a simple "I didn't mean that..."

We're so reckless with them.

NF has a new album out with a song on it called "Wish You Wouldn't" and boy did the lyrics get me thinking...

"I wish you didn't say things... I wish you didn't say things...
That you don't mean, that you don't mean"
I mean seriously - can we stop doing that?


Not too long ago over on my RhymeBlog - I wrote about this very thing...

WORDS
Words… They’re important and I know how much they matter,
So I pick ’em with precision – they’re not just pointless chatter;

They’re the foundation of a story, capturing moments in time,
They’re a peek inside our mind, the building blocks of a rhyme;

You can load ’em like a gun, cock ’em and take aim,
Knowing they can hurt and kill, destroy and maim;

Or you can carefully choose ’em, pray before ya use ’em,
Be careful how ya share ’em and try not to abuse ’em;

You can write ’em for forever or speak ’em for a moment,
Use ’em for rebuking or choose ’em for atonement;

You can place them out in public or wrap them in disguise,
Let them bring the truth or deceive people with lies;

You can use really big ones so people think you’re smart,
Or weave ’em all together revealing what’s in your heart;

You can choose to say “I’m sorry!” or use them to forgive,
You can be careless with ’em or watch what comes off your lips;

You can name and proclaim, or use ’em to bring Him glory,
Giving voice to the life that God made with your story;

You can use ’em to blame or add fire to the flames,
Or get ’em under control and tame ’em just like James;

But no matter how ya use ’em – or who ya think might have heard,
Be respectful of the power that is contained inside our words…



I'm not saying I'm perfect with words - no way - I have been on the receiving end of some super hateful words from those you'd think would never say 'em and I know I have delivered my share of them as well.

But I've grown from it.

Ask my crew here... I am super careful with the words I choose to use these days.

The fewer the better - and that's coming from a wordsmith who LOVES words.

I've tried to use my own experiences to help the goofballs learn that words can be weapons - and we have to be super responsible with them.

I see these guys being super careful with how they choose their words here... not every time... sometimes emotions win... but they are acknowledging the power of them and owning theirs when they use them wrong.

They're doing that at 8 and 7 years old. Even 4 years old.

That's more than I see some grown folks doing.

I'm proud of 'em for it.

James had some super strong words to say about that little thing called our "tongue."
"Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell."
[James 3:5-6]
Whew...

He wasn't playing, was he?


So... round these parts we're gonna be working on just that - thinking before we speak - NOT saying things we don't mean - and realizing the power our words do have and how hard it is to reverse them after we say them.

How 'bout we ALL try to tame our tongues... no?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mini Muscle Man


Flex it, Z-Dogg!

Show 'em what ya got!