Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ole Weepy Eyes


This kid is the KING of whining.

And pouting.

He thinks it's gonna get him something. It never has...


We try to be empathetic...

Really... we do!


It's just not always easy!

Keep your chin up Z -Dogg... LIFE IS GOOD!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guy Smiley


'Nuff said.

Stay smiling homey!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Papa


That's Laura's awesome dad right there. Also known as "papa" to the rest of us.

And he was one heck of a Papa to his grand-kids. And the closest thing I will ever know to a dad.

Last September - after a wicked impressive battle with cancer - he went home to be with his heavenly Father. And today - he would have been 75 years old.

Laura was feeling down - until Meron listened to her heart and said:

"Let's have a birthday party for Papa!"
She hears God whisper to her and she's not afraid to listen.

A birthday party is just what was needed.


Meron knew Papa would be 75 today so she suggested we add the numbers together and put 12 candles on the tiny little cupcake!


Laura was already cheering up!


Then we all gathered around and sang "Happy Birthday!" to Papa at the top of our lungs.

And for the record - I am glad I was off camera. Because looking at Meron singing to her Papa who is in Heaven while staring at her mommy who she was doing this all for...

That was just too much for me man. Either that or I got some dust in both my eyes at the same time...


And then - after a collective blowing out of Papa's candles...


We all dug in and had some cupcakes and ice cream in his honor!


Our memories of Papa bring out smiles like this...


And I am forever blessed by the things God did to make sure this little dude met his Papa...

One day... Z-Dogg will get all this and understand just how big a deal it was.


Tonight we had an earthly celebration for the memory of an amazing man who was celebrating at the same time - enjoying his birthday with the Creator who made him.

Meron - you have no idea what you did this evening.

Your plans can be wild, sporadic, insane, nutty and full of crazy...

But tonight girl? What you did for mommy? Tonight you nailed it.

Thank you sweet girl for helping us remember Papa like kids should...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Jesse Tree


One of my favorite little traditions we've started and done over the past few years is the decorating of the Jesse Tree.

This year we're reading nightly from the Storybook Bible (love this bible!) and I've been rhyming out each day as well with some fun graphics.

The kids are digging it! (feel free to go here to download my rhymes if ya wanna read them...)


As we read - we test the goofballs to see if they're listening...


And we rotate getting to hang up an ornament that symbolizes what we read about...


These guys all get into it... I love that they like learning and hearing about this story...


Yeah - we visited Santa and an elf comes by the crib every night for fun...

But these guys know for sure what we're celebrating this time of year.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jolly Old St. Nicholas


Santa came to the Ranch House in our neighborhood today.

It was cute seeing the goofball gang bum-rush him and chat with him for a second...


Z-Dogg eventually made his way front and center and ole St. Nick found himself with a lap full of Ethiopians...

Ho ho ho... who wouldn't go...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Festive Posers


Nothing like a gigantic Christmas tree to bring out the goofball poser in these guys...


Of course - it never really takes much though...


Cuz "goofball" is never far from the surface when it comes to this crew.


For a split second - they suspended goofy...


But it didn't last!

Stay Crazy ya funky bunch!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Her Default...


We had some friends over for dinner tonight - on their way out they passed a sleeping Meron - passed out on the couch and grinning from ear to ear in her sleep.

They looked at her and exclaimed:

"Her default is smile!"
I love that description cuz it's so true.

I snuck in her room afterwards to test the theory.

Yep... it's true.