Thursday, May 28, 2020

Workout Buddy

Had a SUPER STRONG workout buddy the other night.

I was super impressed with how hard he went!

And all I could think about was making him STRONG STRONG STRONG cuz he's gonna need to be a fighter as a young black male in white america.

You're welcome at my workouts ANYTIME, Z-Dogg!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Current Vibe...

Meron's face is very accurately reflecting the current vibe 'round here.

The last 24-48 hours have left us somewhat weary, exhausted and speechless in the space of race and racism.

So instead of trying to put words to it - we'll just leave the Meron Stare right here for now...

But know this... we're watching... we're always watching... we know who's with us in this fight.

We're in it for life...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Ladies!

Love these ladies (and all that hair) here so much!

Looking good, girls!

Monday, May 25, 2020


Mad respect to the men and women who have given their lives while serving this country.

Honor and respect of those individuals is something we hold in high regard in this household.

But don't get it twisted...

We can detest the despicable man who wrote the "Pledge of Allegiance" and his comments and reasoning behind the words - while still loving this country and respecting the soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep this country as free as she can be...

We can kneel during a song to bring attention to a widespread, systemic, disturbing problem in our country and still love the men and women who daily fight and die for that right to kneel.

Here's Z-Dogg kneeling in respect of those who have fallen - by his Papa's funeral service flag and a flag given to us by a friend that has been flown over the Embassy in Ethiopia.

We can knock the founding fathers off the ridiculous pedestal this country places them on because we firmly believe that while their ideals were nice - they did not "... hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..."

Nope... rather they were interested in building a country for white people to prosper in. And we're still fighting to dismantle that today... mad respect to those who have died to give us the freedoms to challenge that historical narrative here.

Here's Laura with her dad's funeral service flag.

She loves it and is proud of what it stands for.

She also finds the hatred in our country disgusting while at the VERY SAME TIME having a heart for the soldiers who have gone before us to protect our freedom.

Here's our goofballs...

We're teaching them to be critical thinkers... people who can absolutely detest the gross and evil history our country tries hard to sweep under the rug while SIMULTANEOUSLY being filled with reverence, honor and respect for those who have died fighting for our rights.

We've had no family members give the ultimate sacrifice - but have big hearts for those who do.

Frank Buoniconti was the closest person we know... and I thought about him a lot today.

Grateful for his dedication and sacrifice and in awe of how his family has continued to give back in his name to honor his life.

Nope... try not to get it twisted - the next time you see one of our camp challenge an idealistic, romanticized history of our country...

We can critically think AND honor those who fight for our ability to critically think... at the same time.

To Frank and the countless others out there who have left husbands, wives, moms, dads, children and other loved ones behind... THANK YOU.

You're lives are not lost on us here.

Mad Respect to Those Who Have Passed for our Freedom!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Hiiiiiii.... YA!

We were playing a marathon game of LIFE today - and one of Z-Dogg's action cards called for him to do his best karate move...

And here's what he gave us!

Wax on, wax off, Z-Dogg! Stay nutty!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Hair Share

She didn't care that I was on a conference call for work!

She knows how much I dig her hair so she came waltzing right in to show me after she and Mebbie straightened it!

Ya know what I love more than her hair though?

Her smile and her joy... she they're both BIG!

Much love, Meron... to your hair and YOU!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Here She Comes!

Well looky there - you're looking at the face of an elementary school graduate!

Today was the "graduation day" - and man did it look super different!

We decorated cars - loaded up and got in a LONG line of cars...

We drove by the elementary school - where all the teachers and administration were outside waving and cheering them on!

Then we circled up to the middle school - where the faculty and staff were outside congratulating the graduates and welcoming them to next year!

Man - these kids are enduring a lot man... and it was pretty moving to see an entire community come out of their houses as we drove by - cheering and yelling and honking and congratulating.

I couldn't be more proud of this girl! She worked so hard this year - got excellent grades - while shining bright and showing empathy, love and compassion for everybody she came in contact with.

She is truly one of my heroes!

We went straight from the car line graduation to get a fun Starbucks drink to celebrate her and then we let her pick her favorite take out for dinner.

It was weird... it was different... it was a little overwhelming and sad...

But Mebbie's car decoration said it best:

Watch out 6th grade... here she comes!