Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Sleeping


It's a summer ritual 'round these parts.

I have no idea when or how it started - but these guys love to signify the end of the school year by dragging their entire mattress and all out into the play room...

It is here where they will sleep together - every night of the summer - watching movies, giggling, or exhausted from swimming.

It's a simple little thing...

But I LOVE it!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Does This Look Gangster?


Mebbie pulled on one of my winter hats the other day, busted the toughest looking face she could muster and then asked me:

"Daddy - does this look gangster?"
She paused for a second - holding her tough girl pose and facial expression...


Then she looked down at her feet and couldn't keep the tough girl looking going.


She looked back up at me - grinning and said:
"A gangster in flip flops!"
So tough Mebbie!

You're rocking rough and tough in your flip flops!

Stay gangster girl... STAY GANGSTER!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Salute to the Fallen Ones...


Talked to these guys today about what it is we are honoring on Memorial Day...

They were moved.

We talked about how much freedom we have and they even brought up other countries where very few freedoms exist.

They wanted to say "thanks" tho those who have gone ahead of us and protected and preserved our freedoms...



RESPECT and GRATITUDE to the fallen soldiers...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

First Dip of the Season!


So - it may have still been a little too chilly for the pool - but the sky was blue, the sun was out... and hey - the pool is heated, right?

There was NO WAY you were keeping the goofball gang out of that thing today!


They were SUPER STOKED!


This girl was all smiles while riding a pool noodle through the shallow end!


This guy - through chattering teeth - demonstrated to me how he could dunk his whole head under this year!

And the famous last words of Laura on the way out the door were:

""We're NOT staying all day!"
That was at 1:45 PM.

At 7:00 PM - the above two came home with me... but the party wasn't over!


This girl right here was dead set on "shutting it down" and that's exactly what she did!

She headed home with mommy when they shut down the pool at 8:00 PM!

And now... they're all sleeping like rocks!

Ahhh the magical powers of an all day swim!

Pool on guys... POOL ON!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

My Crew


This crew right here is loved dearly!

These guys would roll in to ANY situation with me and I with them!

Our plan is to roll in to Summer hard and have as much fun and together time as we can!


They've earned this summer vacation this year for real...

They worked so hard all school year long - balancing education with being a bright light for Him every single day.

I may be a little bit biased - but I think they did an AMAZING job!

Guys - here's to an awesome Summer for us all!

Friday, May 26, 2017

How Many Times Around, Daddy?


"How many times around the cul de sac makes a mile, daddy?"

That was the question Meron asked me out of curiosity - so we strapped my Garmin GPS watch on her and had her walk one complete lap.

It came in at .05 around - so 20 laps to get a mile!


Mebbie heard this - ran inside to get her "phone" and said "I'm gonna run a timed mile!"

And off she went!


She had a brother sister cheer squad going and they were keeping count of her laps for her too!


In typical Colorado fashion -it rained on her...


And the sun came out all hot too!


On the last lap - big Sis hopped in and ran with her too to keep her encouraged!


The girl LOVES running!

And her big sis loves supporting her... i see a "coach-athlete" thing developing in the future maybe!

Keep running Mebbie!

You inspire your whole family!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Swimming Pool... Hair We Come!


Today was the last day of school... and you know what that means.

The pool opens this weekend!

And you know what THAT means...

It's "Get the hair ready for the summer of swimming" time!


It ain't all fun and games - that's for sure!


But this mommy right here puts in work to make it happen!


And we even managed to get a smile or two during it!

Alright Summer... bring on the pool!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

With All His Might!


This little dude was busy slinging rocks and had NO IDEA I was watching him all along...


I mean my man was CHUNKING 'em - tossing 'em so hard he was coming up off the ground.

He was throwing them with all of his might!


He threw 'em so hard it knocked him right off his feet!

Surprise!

That's when he realized I was watching him!

Good for, Z-Dogg! Good form...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rare Moment!


You know how it goes with multiple kids... ya rarely get pics with just one of them!

That's why I jumped at the chance to snap this one before oodles of of others came running into the frame...

Man - this girl here - she looks up to and loves her mommy with a passion.

And that Mommy loves her girl fiercely.

And I love 'em both!

Stay beautiful ladies!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Any place. Any time.


I was sitting at my desk in the office when i got a text from Laura (from the kitchen) that simply read:

"Look at Meron."
I leaned back in my chair and this is what I saw!


I had to inspect closer and sure enough - GIRL WAS OUT COLD!

She has always had the ability to fall asleep at any given moment in any given spot...

And she was still recovering from her first sleepover where they stayed up til 1:00 AM!


Using her best buddy as a pillow - she was catching some ZZZZZZ's wherever she could before dinner!

This girls always keeps me smiling!

Rest up Meron!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

And Then This Happened...


This girl here went to her very first sleepover this weekend!

WHAT WHAT WHAT?!

My daddy heart shed a teeny tiny little tear because it was the same night as the Daddy-Daughter Dance. She chose the sleepover - and honestly - after seeing how excited and happy she was - I was happy for her!

It also gave me and Mebbie some one-on-one time at the dance which we rarely get.

But then tonight - I heard that Meron said:

"I wish i had gone to the dance with Daddy..."

And my daddy heart smiled a little bit... she will always be my daddy's girl!

Lord willing we'll have many more opportunities Meron!

Now you stop growing up!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Date With a Princess


In what is a very rare situation - I got to roll to a Daddy Daughter Dance tonight with JUST Mebbie!


And what an absolute joy and blast it was!

And seriously - I easily had THE COOLEST date at that place tonight!


At one popint during a break from all the dancing, Mebbie leaned over to me and said:

"Thank you, Daddy!"
I asked her what for and she said:
"For being my daddy."
It took everything I had to fight off the tears...

This little girl has NO IDEA what she has done for my heart and spirit.

The honor has been ALL mine and the thanks should flow from me to her.


I left the camera at home so I could be fully there with her - so no pictures from inside the dance - but trust me it was all smiles, dancing, being silly and loving each other!

Mebbie - I love you girl and I am looking forward to SO MANY more of these!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Making Field Day Work!


Today was supposed to be field day for Meron and Mebbie as school is wrapping up for the year...

But what do ya do when it snows and the temps drop below freezing when you're supposed to be outside doing fun stuff?

Ya bring it inside and continue the fun that's what!


You do awesome silly things like "dress up crazy" bounce relay races...


WAY too fun to watch!


Ya play "human hungry hungry hippo!"


Equally as crazy to watch as these guys were blindfolded and all over the place!


And then - ya let little brother (who was just there to watch) - jump in the bouncy house with big sister!

Thanks Mebbie for being so happy for him - you're a super big sis!


This was pretty much Meron's expression the entire time!

I think she had a good time even though they were inside!

Way to roll with the crazy weather guys and enjoy an indoor field day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Only In Colorado


Only in Colorado can ya be about a month away from it officially being "SUMMER" and wake up to a pretty solid snowstorm!

While it is gorgeous - no doubt - we kinda would like it come back at a more appropriate time.

Stop being inappropriate, Winter!


Well - you know what they say...

"If ya can't beat 'em... catch 'em on your tongue!"

Way to get 'er done, Z-Dogg!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

See His Face


Today was one of those crazy days... I was outta the house before this little man was up and when I got home - he was already asleep!

The girls waited up for me - but little Z-Dogg was snoozing!


And sometimes ya just wanna see your little man's face!

So I searched through the camera cuz I knew His Craziness would be on there...

And he was...


Zechie - you're one crazy little maniac my man...

And Daddy loves it!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

All of Us!


i can probably count on one hand (okay - MAYBE two) the amount of pictures I am actually in on this blog!

I am usually the one taking the pic - but let's be honest - I'm also not nearly as photogenic as the rest of the crew!

But every now and then I'll throw the remote on the camera and jump into a picture with the whole crew... and sometimes I even like the outcome!

Love seeing the whole camp in one shot!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Faster You Run, The Quicker You’re Done


Another day - another sports season wrapping up!

Tonight was the final track meet for the girls - and they showed up!

Watching this girl run is something else...


She seems to never run out of gas and ALWAYS has that smile on her face!


And under the watchful and cheering eye of her protective big sister...


She went out there and OWNED it tonight!

She was running the mile - and she ran it awesomely!

Nice, steady pace, no running early races to tire her out, stayed focused and even had a bit of a kick at the end as she went on to beat every girl AND boy in her grade!

She turned in a 7:40 for a PR... WAY TO END THE SEASON MEBBIE!


Meron got to put some action in too as she ran the 400 meter and the 200 meter as well!

So proud of how hard she works out there!


Girls - I am SOOO proud of you guys for sticking with this year after year!

You did so good out there tonight - your mommy and daddy were close to tears as we watched you guys tear it up out there!

Run girls, RUN!