Thursday, May 31, 2018

Teacher Jackpot


As another school year came to a close today - I got to thinking about just how blessed we have been in the teacher department with the goofballs.

We have had amazing teachers over and over again and this year was certainly no different!

Take Z-Dogg's teacher for instance.

Look - we know the Zechmiester can be a handful at times - but Mrs. V. partnered up with us and loved on our little guy SO MUCH this year!

Mrs. V. is moving away after 12 years at this school - and as we gave hugs and said goodbye today - she got down on her knees at Z-Dogg eye level and spoke so much love into our little man.

She had tears in her eyes and she had me and Laura fighting off tears like crazy.

Later on - Zechie said to us:

"When Mrs. V. started crying my eyes got all watery..."
Sweet little dude... he certainly loves Mrs. V. and she will never be forgotten in this household for sure!


And then there is Mebbie's teacher... Ms. C.

I mean - let's be honest - is she even old enough to be out of high school!?!

But seriously - she loved on and poured into Mebbie so much this year.

Tonight at bedtime - Mebbie said, "I miss Ms. C. already..." and she has committed to stopping by her classroom next year as often as she can to say "hi!"


And finally - there's Meron's teacher... Mrs. R.

Good grief - she was Meron's BIGGEST CHEERLEADER this past year!

I mean - the way she loved on our girl and guided her and worked with her and helped her grow - it was nothing short of God-honoring work.

She too is moving away after this year and it hit the kids hard today... I mean it's not every day that Laura has to console and hug multiple kids on the last day of classes as they come out with big tears in their eyes.

Mrs. R. - you are loved and you have made a SERIOUSLY HUGE impact in the lives of these kids.

To our teachers this year - THANK YOU - we are thankful for each and every one of you for doing amazing work for little pay for no other reason than you LOVE KIDS and want to see them thrive.

We may not always show it - but we appreciate you more than ya know!

Now go enjoy summer, teachers! You deserve it!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Last Day Eve


It's the night before the last day of school and these girls were giddy with excitement as they put together baskets for their teachers!

We have always lucked out and gotten the absolute best teachers - and this year was no exception!

We loved them ALL.

And we're certainly going to miss them...

But watch out Summer... the goofballs are coming for ya!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

You Hear That Drum?


Wait... what? You don't hear that drum?

Don't trip over it - i can't hear it either.

Only one person can hear that drum...

It's the drum Z-Dogg walks to!

And it's meant for his ears only!


I love this little goofball's personality... and his willingness to be part of his daddy's goofiness as well!


Tonight he was walking around in that little pink onesie with one leg pulled up and I said:

"Brother man... let's grab some props and go do some photos!"
And he was like instantly down!

I love that about him!


I mean... can a 6 year old possibly possess any more SWAGGER?


I don't think it's possible to be any cooler!


Z-Dogg - daddy loves ya and loves your willingness to be crazy!

Keep listening to that drum Z-Dogg... it's yours and yours alone!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Maniacal Meron


Ya never know what you're gonna wake up to around here...

Like a few weeks ago - Meron wanted to rock this neck pillow to school...

"But it's so comfy, daddy!"

She's a crazy one, this girl!


She keeps me on my toes and she keeps me laughing pretty much every day.

Keep marching to that beat of your own drum, Meron... it suits ya well!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Shirt Says It All...


The shirt tells no lies!

You believe that truth-telling shirt with all your heart, Mebbie!

Don't let ANYTHING ever stop you!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Getting Their Splash On


The neighborhood pool opened on Friday and this crew wasted NO TIME getting their splash on!

While Mebbie came out willingly when she got chilly or tired... Meron literally needs to be pulled from the water flailing and flopping like a fish... the girl LOVES to swim!


Luckily somebody was watching out for everybody by manning the water cannon the whole time!


The real champion of the day though?

This girl right here!

She spent FIVE HOURS poolside so her crew could enjoy the water today.

Goofballs... THAT is love right there!

Watch out Summer... these guys are ready to splash their way right through ya!

Friday, May 25, 2018

FLASHBACK: Mebbie on the Grow!


It's just nutty to look back and see that this little girl...


grew into this little girl...


and is now this "little girl"

Look at her trying to be all serious... she can barely do it!


There's that Mebski Love smile!

Slow your grow, Mebbie... SLOW YOUR GROW!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Doing What She Loves...


Give her a reason to sing... ANY REASON!

it's absolutely her favorite thing to do!


And she tries to squeeze it in whenever she can - sometimes even before school - when all is ready to go - I'll hear her amp click on and the tunes quickly follow!


She almost always recruits her favorite drummer to perform with her...


And she is a pretty solid vocal backer too!


And - well - then there's this member of the band!

Providing all the furry support she can...

Sing your song, Meron... SING YOUR SONG!

Do what ya love...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Here They Come Zooming to Meet Our Thunder...


It was that time again today!

The United States Air Force Academy graduation - complete with a Thunderbird Flyover show!

"Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!"

This was our FIFTH showing of this - Compassion throws a big family day and picnic and we all get together and watch the show!

And these guys don't get any less amazing with each viewing...

They are incredibly skilled... and NUTS


All it takes is that roar of the jets echoing off of the front range of the Rocky Mountains and the inner child in me comes sprinting out!

I legit could watch them ALL DAY!


The only thing that makes it even remotely better?

Watching the show with these peeps of mine!

Way to go USAF Thunderbirds... you guys are amazing!

Gave us wings, ever to soar!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Time is Flying


These pictures just floor me.

I cannot believe how fast time is flying and how much this girl is growing!

I mean - that is MY running pullover she is wearing.


My mind is working on wrapping around the fact that it will be 10 YEARS this June that this girl has been physically part of the Hoffman circus...

Seems like forever ago and yesterday all at the same time!


The pre-teen years may very well be the death of me - but I can certainly say that this last decade has been the most amazing 10 years of my life and this girl here is a big reason for that!

Meron - you are loved, big girl!

Hey clock... SLOW DOWN!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Guard Your Grill


I love taking random photo shoots with Z-Dogg (and all the crew for that matter!)...

Ya never know what we're gonna get into around here!


But this little dude is ALWAYS down for it!


I mean... weird serial killer butcher apron? CHECK!

Work gloves? CHECK!

Hand saw? CHECK!


Hip-hop attitude, attire and swagger?

Check!

Check!

CHECK!


That's right Z-Dogg...

Guard your grill, knuckle up...

We ain't the type to give up!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Coupon Redeemed - Run With Daddy!


Somebody decided to cash in one of her Christmas Coupons from Daddy...

And I love the one she chose!


It was time to get our run on together and I couldn't wait!


This long-legged cutie led the way - taking me on a 3 mile run on a trail I have never even been on!

She showed me the loop she ran with her Jr. Olympic Cross Country team for warm ups... and it was a blast!


The exercise was most excellent - but the time spent with this girl was PRICELESS!

Lots of great conversation and I fell even more in love with her beautiful heart, soul and spirit!

Mebski Love... I can't wait for our next run...

NO COUPON NEEDED!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Futbol


Z-Dogg played his final game of Spring indoor "futbol" yesterday!


This little dude has shown SERIOUS promise in this game...


It's been super fun to watch him do his thing...


I mean - he literally SPRINTS the entire game - chasing that ball with an aggressiveness I've never seen!


And he ended yesterday with TWO goals!

Way to kill it Zechie - daddy had a blast watching you this season!

GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!

Friday, May 18, 2018

It Had To Be Done


So... it pains me to even say it - but there is a Red Sox fan on my team at work.

And things have gotten out of hand.

And we all know that sometimes extreme circumstances can call for extreme measures.

This is one of those times.


The offending party... the RED SOX HAT - was kidnapped and brought into a "Yankee Immersion" program to try and deprogram it and hopefully correct some of its behaviors...

And we do believe in redemption and changed lives - so we'll stay at it until we see this hat become the Yankees fan it really desires to be!


More to come - but i think I got the right crew on it.

These two don't be playing!

LET'S GO YANKEES!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cool Kitty Gangsta Boogie


This guy right here...

I mean COME ON!


His swagger level reaches new heights... there's literally no other way to describe him than to say:

COOL KITTY GANGSTA BOOGIE

Am I right?


It's so funny cuz the swagger he displays is somehow directly related to the sunglasses he is rocking!

He snags 'em from me - puts 'em on - and BOOM!

Cool swagger gangsta boogie kitty is here.

And I love it!

Own that swagger Z-Dogg... OWN IT!