Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Village Person


Mebbie walked around the house all night last night looking just like this.

Acting totally normal, nothing out of the ordinary...

While straight up looking like an escapee from the Village People!

Our camp can be nutty sometimes!


I mean come on... tell me she doesn't fit right in?

When I asked her for a picture - she flexed and smiled at her muscles!

Straight up nutty around here!


I love how comfy she is with her crazy!

Stay nutty Mebbie... it will protect your sanity!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Godspeed, Mommy!


It's always a bittersweet moment when we drop Laura off to go visit the other half of her heart that beats some 8,000+ miles away...

We're fiercely proud of her and her passion and dedication to honoring Brighton and God in all she does...


But darn it - we miss her already!


I mean... come on... the goofballs are stuck with ME for 8 days...


Lord knows that enough to have anybody mourning their missing mommy!

Guys - we'll have a blast this week!

We may not be as buttoned up and efficient as mommy is - but we'll survive!

Have an amazing time Laura - hug some necks for us!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Brighton Academy (Honorary) Staff


Laura was doing some last minute packing up tonight for her trip to Ethiopia (she leaves tomorrow) and we were pulling together the new long sleeve shirts for the staff at the school when these two beauties decided to try theirs on...

And let's be honest - I can call 'em "honorary" staff but they do as much as the next guy or gal for the school, that's for sure!


I love how much they love Brighton Academy and the staff and the kids.

I firmly believe their prayers for all of it are a big reason we're where we are!

Thanks girls - we'll get you guys back over there SOON!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Two of My Favorites!


While the younger brother and sister were in the middle of same-time-soccer-games... I got to hang in between the fields on the sidelines with these two!

They are definitely two of my favorite humans on the planet!

They bring out the smiles and the laughs and they keep me grinning!

Stay awesome, you two!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Just Like His Sister


Apparently the Z-Dogg is afflicted with the same thing his biggets sister Meron has...

Fall-Asleep-Anywhere-Itis

My man is OUT!


Dude just went DEEP SLEEP on us while watching a game the other day...

Daddy's jealous of your ability to catch some zzzzz's at any given point dude!

Snooze on, Zechie... snooze on!

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Joy of Running


I am SO STINKING PROUD of this crew right here and how hard they work at LandSharks - their running club...


Tonight was the first race I got to see and they put in WORK!

Z-Dogg is SO STOKED to be part of it all this year!


Running hard even though it felt a little chilly!


Long legs Mebski Love out there was ready to get 'er done!


And the girls biggest cheerleader was a little dude named Z-Dogg!

His race was first and afterwards - he cheered them on from all over the course!


They worked HARD.

So hard in fact - that somebody ended up at home with a little Rest Ice Compression Elevation going on!

Guys... daddy is SUPER PROUD of how hard ya work at it!

Keep running for the joy of it!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Smile Maker


I got to spend a good chunk of the day working on a fun school project with this girl right here...

I know, I know... you don't have to tell me how lucky I am!

She makes me smile by just being...

Loved our time together... any moment spent working together is one I'll remember forever!

Keep smiling Meron... you're contagious!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

For Richer or Poorer, In Sickness and Health...


Z-Dogg absolutely LOVES to play with Mebbie...


These two let their imagination go all the time and ya never know what you're gonna walk in on when they're at it!


Tonight Mebbie was posing as a beautiful bride and little Z-Dogg was going right along with it!


And then I think my laughter turned him on to his goofiness!


And he went from a pretty little bride...


To a slightly freaked out dude...


In a bride get up!

These two keep us in stitches, no doubt!

Til death do us part, Z-Dogg! Stay CRAZY!

Friday, September 22, 2017

He Can't See Me!!


Tonight - we were in separate cars as we headed to Meron's volleyball game - and after they all loaded up - Laura took a pic and sent it to me...

Z-Dogg - not being able to lean from his harnessed position behind Laura - yells out:

"Hey! Wait! He can't see me!"
And to resolve the situation - he does what anybody would do under these circumstances - and extends his arm/hand as far out as he could!

Forgive the grainy cellphone picture - but too funny not to record!

Way to work it Zechie!

I see you, Z-Dogg... I see you!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"My Trip to Africa" by Mebbie


Tonight was the third grade spotlight at school and Mebbie was pretty pumped about it!

She had to make some tough choices to cut soccer practice short and miss the beginning of the school event - but we eventually made it there!

She was so excited to read me her narrative and show me the picture she drew to accompany it!


Her drawing went great with her story...

"My Trip to Africa" - by Mebbie

First, it took a long time to get to Africa. We had to take TWO planes! Next, when we got off the plane we went to a hotel place. Their food was so good, especially the eggs! They were nice and soft.

Then we went to an orphanage. It was fun because I met a really cute baby! She made my eyes light up!

After, I went to a school. It was so cool to see everybody learning. I loved to see them so happy because it made me smile.

Finally, now we have a school in Africa and it is called "Brighton Academy of Excellence!"
I absolutely love that Brighton Academy is in her thoughts and high enough on her list to make it to her first narrative story!


This girl is so creative, so thoughtful, so caring...

And I was blessed to spend the night with her at school seeing what she's up to.

It was like catching a glimpse of a future world changer at work!

Protect your heart Mebbie and stay AWESOME!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On The Grow


This little man right here is ON THE GROW!

And it's moving too fast for me!


Tonight he showed me a pretty detailed drawing he made of a sinking boat with him thrashing around in the water being eaten by a shark.

TERRIFYING...

But pretty darn good for the Z-Man!

Then he showed me how he could write out his FULL name!

Z-E-C-H-A-R-I-A-H

Super proud of my little learner!


Z-Dogg... you keep learning and keep growing buddy and you're gonna change the world some day!

Keep growing Z-Dogg... (but not too fast!)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ethiopian Fast Action Racing Team (E-FART)


The Fall Landsharks Cross Country season is under way and that can only mean one thing...

E-FART is back together!

E-Fart is the "Ethiopian Fast Action Racing Team" - a name Meron came up with for her and the goofballs as they run!


And all three of them are out there this year!

I'm so proud of them and how hard they practice and keep at it...


And this girl here!

This girl came in 2nd place out of ALL girls from 2nd to 6th grade!

Get 'er done Mebbie... GET 'ER DONE!

Stay fast, e-FART!

Monday, September 18, 2017

One Cool Kitty


That's what she is... one cool kitty!


And she knows it too!

Stay cool, Mebbie... STAY COOL!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Her Too


Not to be outdone by her brother and sister...


Meron got in on the "Granny's Crazy Teeth" craze too!


Who would have thought that some rubber teeth could bring so much joy?!?!

Looking good Meron... looking GOOD!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Apple Picking Fun!


A litte apple picking fun - all in pictures!






























Pick 'Em All!