Friday, October 31, 2014

Troy, Tiana and Fire Marshal Z

Tonight - we suited up and hit the streets...

As Troy Polamalu, Princess Tiana and Fire Marshal Z!

For the last 6 years we have done trick-or-treating with some of our best friends - and while we were missing them in a big way tonight...

We still put in work!

And it paid off in a big way!

Meron had a CANDY STARE going on...

And Z-Dogg was nothing short of delirious...

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Guts, Teeth and Africa

Nothing like waiting til the last second to dig our hands in to some pumpkin guts...

Meron wasn't feeling it - and Z-Dogg was looking ZANY!

But everyone got into it...

As we dug in and gave our pumpkins some faces...

After gutting 'em - the goofball gang drew on 'em - and I carved 'em out...

And here's what we ended up with...

Big and Crazy, Smilingly evil, Simple but terrifying and... Africa (the continent, not the country)!

The whole thing triggered more sleep than a thanksgiving dinner!

Except for Mebski Love. Cuz Mebbie never sleeps!

Good looking pumpkins, guys!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Home. Sweet, Sweet Home...

I just got home after being in Las Vegas for work since Sunday.

Laura got home Saturday night - and 10 hours later I got on a plane and headed to Vegas. We barely even had a chance to talk...

But I'm home now. And the first thing I did was barge in and wake this hottie up!

And then... it was off to wake each of these guys from their snoozy slumber and give 'em all hugs.

I missed you guys, but now... daddy's home!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Her Many Faces

The faces this girl can bring out are many...

And all are adorable - even the toothless grin!

Her goofy, fun-loving spirit seems to radiate in all of them.

And I could look at 'em all day... every day.

Keep being goofy, Meron!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Looking Fly... and Sleepy

This dude right here was looking extra, crazy stupid fresh when he went to the airport to pick his mommy up...

When he got home... SLEEPY started to take over and eventually won...

Sleepy or awake... looking dope Z-Dogg!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This Girl

This girl right here...

I mean seriously... Mebski - what are you doing?

Stop growing up!

She is growing into a smart, bright, loving, caring, sharing, running, laughing, giggling, smiling, daughter of a King.

And I am blessed to have a ringside seat for the show.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

And The Universe Was Right Again...

We picked up this little lady at the airport tonight.

We were rocking this sign for her...

And Camp Hoffman feels back to normal again!

Welcome Home, Hot Mommy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

He Finally Got It!

Dude has wanted a beard so badly. I mean BADLY.

He'll grab his little naked chin and stroke it while saying

"My beard!"
It's awesome.

Well tonight, his wish came true!

Even if it was painted on at the face-painting table at the Fall Festival!

Looking beard-tastic Z-Dogg!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gonna Miss This

I got one more day of morning prep, hair, breakfast, lunches and walks to school.

It's been tough. It's been challenging. We've almost been late. We've had to hustle (and run at least once).

But we've laughed. And smiled. And had an absolutely amazing time.

And I'm gonna miss it. A lot.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Came, I Saw, I Conditioned...

It was time.

I thought maybe I could just wet it down, pull it back and let it ride - and it was looking good for school - but it was gonna be a hot mess for Laura when she got back.

So it was time...

Tub filled with toys, prayers were said... and I dove in!

It was hair conditioning night people!

I think the end result was pretty darn good if I must say so myself!

Not perfect.

Definitely not Laura-Level.

But better than it was!

And the Jiffy-Pop nighttime princess hat means only one thing...

She wants to wear it down tomorrow to school!

I think that means I did okay... but that wasn't all.

Mebbie brought me a challenge as well!

But I didn't back down.

With white knuckles of fear I took down her single puff... conditioned her good - brushed it out...

And put it back in dualie puffs - at her request!

Girls - those two hours of my life tonight were some of the best I've spent. I don't get to do that very often - and just caring for you guys while you played and were kids was... well... it was awesome.

Thanks for entertaining me - and thanks for having awesome hair.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Missing Mommy Grab Bags

Mommy hooked the goofball gang up with some "Mommy's Gone Grab Bags" before she left.

Each day they get to reach in and pull one thing out - and trust me - it's the VERY FIRST THING they remind me about in the morning...

Good job Mommy... they've been a huge hit!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Fair

Of course the book fair would fall the week Mommy is outta the country.

Laura is the reading coach in the house and she has these girls doing AWESOME with their reading...

But I think we held our own and the girls each came away with a book of their choice.

Even if it ended in deliriousness...


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Calories Out

On Meron's suggestion - we headed out this afternoon for a little "calories out" exercise - a 2+ mile walk on the Santa Fe Trail.

And By "walk" I mean:

"Hey Mebbie - wanna race down to that tree? Mark, set, go!"
Over and over and over...

High intensity interval training at its best!

We did manage to chill out and enjoy some time on the bench... until Z-Dogg wiped out, busted his lip and skinned his knee - good for some solid screaming until he passed out in the stroller.

Good times! We missed you mommy!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


We spent the first day of mommy being gone just chilling and hanging out.

Brunch at home, walked to the park to play for a while...

And then - you know - shoot some magazine photo-shoot style pics...

Seriously - look at these guys...

All three of them... ANGELS.

And I am TOTALLY unqualified to be their daddy.

God must know something I don't... so I'll keep trying!

Thanks guys - for a full day of awesome!

Friday, October 17, 2014

First Night Gone

Mommy's first night gone - only made bearable by popcorn, M&M's and a movie.

We miss you already mommy - but are so proud of your fearless faith!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Welcoming Committee

As soon - I mean AS SOON - as I opened the door today when I got home - Meron popped in to the room and was holding this out for me...

A little after work snack and and an awesome note from my girl...

This girl has such a servant's heart and she is always aiming to please!

Girlie girl... you are the best Meron ever!! Never change...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

John Deere Green

She makes riding her little brother's wagon down the driveway...

look super cute!

Wagon today Meron - tractor tomorrow - keeping our eyes on the future farm!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weirdo Travelling Companions

I looked to my left in the row I was sharing on the flight back to Colorado and THIS is what I saw...

Seriously - I am surprised we didn't get arrested for this look - it seems like it could be illegal...

And then she just went to sleep.

Goofiest travel buddies ever.

And I loved every second of it...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fast Friends

Z-Dogg and Hayden became FAST friends over the weekend!

Zechie was only home for a few short months before we moved - so these guys didn't get the chance to do any man-bonding like good buddies should...

But they made up for it over the last couple days!

And Hayden showed his heart when he prayed before dinner - gently reaching out his hand to rub Zechie's head as he prayed: "God - thank you for little Zechie being here..."

I may or may not have gotten a big piece of dust in my eye.

What a kid!

We love you Hayden - and your big, gigantic heart and kind nature.

Z-Dogg was sad to say goodbye - your turn to come visit out here!