Saturday, December 16, 2017

Good Times!


I dunno how long it will last - this annual month of "Elfies" - but I'll tell ya what... I'm just gonna enjoy it while it's here!

I love spending creative time with my little homey - coming up with fun stuff to shoot and just being all around silly.

He's an amazing sport and I love that he spreads some joy and some smiles around!

Thanks Z-Dogg - for making awesome memories with me!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mamma Elf


'Round these parts one might think my favorite elf is short, smiley and hides all over the house.

Nope.

While I love that crazy little guy - this elf right here is my absolute favorite!


Laura was lending a hand at the last day of school by helping deliver popcorn to classes and decided to throw a little festive spirit into it

I love her willingness to be goofy with us all!

And that TOE POINT up there?

She is all elf, all day!

Watch out folks... Mommy Elf is watching!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Soul Food


These two beautiful creations of a heavenly King are absolutely food for my soul on a daily basis!


Smiles... Joy... Love... Happiness...

They bring it daily!

Come and get yo' soul food, well well
Good old-fashioned soul food, all right
Everythang is for free
As good as it can be
Come and get some soul food


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way...


Tonight was the kindergarten Christmas show at Z-Dogg's school!

It was his first real show in front of all the parents and families... I think he was kinda nervous!


He was almost dead center up there... and he got into it - but not like he would in a "show" in our basement!

They were told to wear their "Sunday Best" and then they could "Christmas it up" a bit with hats or other decorations.


Z-Dogg brought the festive head gear and lights necklace while his buddy ABSOLUTELY OWNED the dapper look!


Way to be festive tonight Zechie... we enjoyed watching you perform!

Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Media Mogul


I mean - dude is taking it to a whole new level this year!

He's becoming a little media mogul - showing up all over the place!


On this one he said:

"Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Elf of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway - I'll just make my own cover!"
He's running things!

What's next? A sports stadium named after him?

Wouldn't surprise me!

Wanna follow along with the crazy little maniac? You can track with him on his website at www.ThatSillyElf.com or on his Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ThatSillyElf

Stay crazy, Zelf! STAY CRAZY!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Even the Golden Girls!


I love that we were able to capture us all - including the Golden Girls!

Cuz trust me when I say these two furry humans are a pretty big deal around this place!

Big love to our golden family members!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Cookie Crew Is At It Again


There they are... the infamous COOKIE CREW.

For as long as I can remember this crew has been churning out cookies at Christmas time when they get together!


They take their job VERY seriously!


And they pull out ALL the goodies in the process!


And the final products...


they SHOW it!


Thanks so much Granny for always hosting the best cookie party around!

Now excuse me... I am off to taste test!

"C" is for "cookie" - that's good enough for me!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Yukon Cornelius and Pals...


I don't have a ton of happy happy feel-good memories from childhood... but one thing I do seem to recall was the watching of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and how it kinda felt like it kicked off the holiday season.

With all of it's awesome characters like Yukon Cornelius and the Head Elf and Sam the Snowman and Hermey and the Misfit Toys... this is a classic!

Tonight this show happened to be on and Z-Dogg was MESMERIZED!


Dude sat like this - glued to the screen - flashing me the occasional smile.

Me thinks he liked it!

"Oh, well, now I'm off to get my life-sustaining supplies: cornmeal and gun powder and hamhocks and guitar strings. I'll give you a lift. Hop aboard, mateys."

- Yuokn Cornelius
Some things never grow old!

Friday, December 8, 2017

General Gingerbread Contractors


The crew got together to do a little house building this evening!

And from what I understand - they are faster than some local builder(s) and probably finished with better construction integrity as well!


The workers were deep into what they were doing!


Each and...


Every one of them!


And they all did it with a smile!


They may have been focused on their job...


But they were loving it!


They also had to deal with this stark raving lunatic from time to time!


In the end - their finished products were AMAZING!

Kudos to an amazing build, team!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

That Granny's on FIRE!


I know three little goofballs who got a bit of Christmas early this year!

Granny was in town and wanted to give her gifts to the goofball gang while she was here... and gift them she did - with a Kindle Fire for each of them to have as their own!

They were PUMPED!


Granny... the crew LOVES their new digital toys - but ya know what they love even more?

YOU!

Thank you so much for how well you love our crew!

You spoil 'em Granny!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Giggling Girls and Granny!


So much giggling going on behind closed doors in Granny's room!

Just girls being girls hanging out with their Granny and sharing funny stories and jokes...

Man do they love when she comes to town!

Granny - thank you for loving our girls so well!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Granny, Ponies and Blackbeard


Granny is in town!

Did ya hear me...???

I said:

GRANNY IS IN TOWN!

And the goofballs are loving it!


I love that Granny comes equipped with stories to tell - and tonight was no different as she gathered the goofballs around to tell of her recent escapades with her friends as they went on a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina...

The kids were full of questions and awe as she spun a tale about islands full of wild ponies, amazing seashells and Blackbeard the Pirate!

Then she surprised the crew with birthday presents that included matching Blackbeard shirts and short book about him ordered all the way from England!


Granny... your November birthday crew says "THANK YOU!" and we're so happy you're here for the week!

Argh... matey!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Three the Hard Way


Man... I love this crew so much!

They are down for whatever at the drop of a dime. We're all sprawled out watching the Steelers getting their butts handed to them in a terrible first half and I say:

"Guys... assume a bboy stance in front of the Christmas tree..."
No questions asked - they jump into action!


"Now, we be grillin' cheese and flippin' flapjacks
With the diamond stylus, yo, we cutting wax
We're the super elastic bubble plastic
Got ethereal material that's straight up classic..."



"You try to vex, reject but you should respect
Or we'll have JC send you out a FedEx
So don't start to flex up in the discotheque
Or we'll make you extinct Tyrannosaurus Rex"


Zero hesitation hip-hop heads baby... all day every day!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Stockings Were Covered with Glue and Glitter with Care...


Z-Dogg procrastinated like a professional procrastinator on his school project - but he finally got busy decorating his stocking tonight after dinner...

Glitter.

Glue.

And awesome and dope drawing of a Christmas Tree...

AND WE WERE DONE!


Z-Dogg was proud of his work...

Now let's get that sticky glitter OUTTA HERE!

... in hopes that the glue would dry soon in the air!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Shoot Will Jump from the Stump of Jesse


Tonight we played catch up on one of our FAVORITE Christmas traditions - the Jesse Tree!

Haven't heard of the Jesse Tree? You should!

The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus’ birth.


A few years ago - I rhymed out the bible verses and every night from now until Christmas Day - we sit down and read some scripture and then hang an accompanying ornament on our tree that is dedicated to this tradition!


I even had a guest rhyme reader this year!


We were a little late starting so we got to do several tonight!

Z-Dogg kicked us off with some explanation to where we were heading...


And then he hung his stump on the tree!


Next we read about the creation of EVERYTHING...


and Mebbie hung a cool framed Globe on the tree...


The fall of man came next...


And Meron hung that forbidden fruit on the tree!


Finally we wrapped it up tonight with to me some of the saddest scripture ever:

"And the Lord then regretted those that He created..."

We had let Him down. But don't fret... this whole Jesse Tree will lead us right up to God's plan for redemption!


Even Laura got to get in on the ornament action tonight as she hung Noah's Ark on the tree for us...

Never done a Jesse tree? It's not too late to start!

Feel free to grab my daily rhymes from Facebook or from my website and rhyme along as we stay focused on what we're really celebrating this time of year!

The reason for the season!