Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Celebrating the Goofballs


Had these guys on my mind all day long!

Rough week at school for the girls and I just wanted to celebrate these three goofballs and the amount of joy they bring this household!


Like this bold, confident and strong leader here!

Always ready and willing to stand up for what's right and defend those in need of defense!


Or this girl here - with enough empathy to go around for everybody!

Her ability (and willingness) to connect with people and their feelings and emotions is incredible!


And of course there is this guy...

Crazy as he is (and trust me... he's CRAZY) - he knows how to love well and brings humor to every situation!

They bring joy to my every single day that simply cannot be replicated or replaced!

Daddy loves ya, guys... never stop being the YOU that you are!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Handsome and Silly


Real talk... we're in trouble with this little dude.

I mean seriously... he is like the cutest, most handsome little dude around.

We get it homie... you're cute!

But on top of that - he's the goofiest, silliest, funniest little man around!

And honestly - it feels like a lethal combo as he grows up!

Dear God... help us all.

Z-Dogg... tone down your cuteness and silliness, partner!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Why We Have Our Hope


Easter Sunday... what an absolute "chill day" today was for us!

And we LOVED it!

Since we attended service at church last night - we had options for the day and we exercised them!

We slept in (if 8:00 AM counts as sleeping in).

We had a big, fat fairly whole30 compliant breakfast that mommy whipped up!

These three goofballs dug in on some coloring of some eggs...


And their patience paid off with some deep, gorgeous colored eggs!

I shall remember their patience as I eat them this week!


There was some fun to be had in their easter baskets... not to mention some NOT whole30 compliant goodies!

We headed out as a group to enjoy some game time at Starbucks - and I read them some stuff about today from the bible on the way.

See - today is super special for disciples of Jesus.

It's THE day really.

It's why we have the hope we have!

And all week I have focused on the things leading up to the holiest weekend ever... sharing with the goofballs all that went down.

And while this day is super special for sure... here's the deal: we try to live EVERY SINGLE DAY remembering this stuff.

We don't always get it right... but we certainly try!

After our game time was over - we headed out for a short hike in a local area around here to just admire some of God's handiwork...

And then it was:

Annual Family Photo time!


Of course we had to get out our seats and jump around!


And it wouldn't be a "Camp Hoffman Photo Shoot" without someone yelling "BBoy poses - go gangsta!"


But this one here - this did it for me.

We were all laughing and smiling and it just feels like we captured the reality of the moment.

And tonight - I can't stop looking at it.

I think about today - and what we celebrated - and the hope His sacrifice gives us - and I look at my crew - and darn it - I get stupid emotional.

Cuz I don't deserve them - and I don't deserve this hope... both of them a HUGE gift to me.

This hope is real. And while I won't beat anybody about the head and shoulders over it - I wish EVERYBODY had it.

If you're curious about why we celebrated what we did today - or what it has looked like in our lives to receive this gift of hope - and wanna talk about it - PLEASE holler at any member of our crew - and we'd love to tell ya about it.

Happy Easter - from our crew to yours!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

She Caught Me!


I was running a hair behind to Mebbie's soccer game tonight and when I got there - I started snapping pics of my beautiful long-legged athlete out there on the field...


It was funny - as I watched her through the viewfinder - way across the field - something alerted her to me taking pics i guess - as she looked my way...


And then - as she realized I was there - that Mebbie-Smile spread across her face...


Until she was beaming!

I love watching this girl play! Her athleticism is fun to watch - but what tops it all is her love and joy for the sport and for others.

Always smile out there Mebbie - NOBODY can take that from ya!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Money Saved For Car


I saw this envelope hanging on the refrigerator and I needed some answers!


So I identified that handwriting and went straight to the source:

The Meronator, of course!


She quickly opened it up to show me what she had... and went on to explain her plan of saving as much money over the next 5 years as she could so she could buy a car when she got her drivers license!

I ain't fighting that plan!


I absolutely adore this girl's ambitious spirit!

Good luck Meron... can't wait to see what kinda whip you're riding in!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Growing Up Zechie...


Dear Zechie...

I see you, bro bro. I just want you to know that.

I know it might seem like life is all about rules and authority and listening and learning right now... and it certainly doesn't seem very fun at times.

But I need you to know this... I see you.

I was your age once. Shocking... I know.

But I was. And I know how tough growing up can be for a fiercely independent, strong-willed, defiant little dude.

I may not have had your ridiculously dope haircut and seriously cute looks - but I knew the struggle of growing up.

And hear me buddy... we got you. We got your back.

We are in your corner. We WANT you to win!

So please... know that I see you.

I see how hard you're working and you're trying.

And I'm proud of you... and proud to be your daddy.

Always here for you, brother!

Love always ~

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Siblings AND Friends


I had two accompanying walkers on my quick walk tonight...

And as we cruised the 'hood... I was struck with just how much these two love each other!

They're more than siblings... they're actually friends too!


Mebbie puts up with a LOT - there's no denying that...

But this I can assure you... Z-Dogg looks up to her SO MUCH!

I hope this relationship only grows stronger and they NEVER lose it!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Commissioned


This girl here is our resident artist - she LOVES to draw, color, design and just create stuff in general.

So who else would we go to when we want to commission a drawing on the kitchen blackboard?!?!

She is so stoked about it and has already generated a few mock ups for us to look at and choose from!


I love seeing her be creative... it brings her joy and life and lots of smiles!

Can't wait to see what you make, Mebbie!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Ouchie!


Scooter soccer is all fun and games 'til somebody's finger gets rolled over by the scooter!

Eeeeeeeee-yow!


Meron showed up at the gym for volleyball practice tonight with a wrapped finger and a sad face...

Apparently she took a full body weight scooter roll over on her finger!


It wasn't hard to get this girl smiling though!

Ain't no crushed finger gonna keep her down!


I love her attitude so much... full of joy and an alive spirit no matter what!

Way to roll with the... uh... scooter, Meron!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

A Worthy Stand In


Meron was gone at a sleepover Saturday night - which meant Mebbie had to hold down the room by herself.

After years of having each other right across the room - neither of the girls really like to fly solo like that.

SO last night it was...

Cider to the rescue!

We tucked her in to Meron's bed... head on the pillow and all...

And she was LOVING IT!


It gave Mebbie some peace of mind too and they both slept great through the night!

And while Meron is ALWAYS missed when she is gone like that - these two managed to make it through a night without her!

Good Meron impersonation, Cider!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

An Invitation


Mebbie was super excited this past week to let us know that she got invited to be part of the National Elementary Honor Society!

WOO HOO MEBBIE!

She spent a good portion of the day working on her application... she is so excited and really putting a lot of thought into what she is writing.

For example - she wrote this about her character:

Character is defined as "the morals and qualities that make up an individual." I always strive to be respectful, kind and empathetic when someone is sad. I am a good friend and I always try to find the good in everybody
This is a GREAT self-assessment because it is ALL true!

There was so much more amazing things she wrote down... I can hardly believe this is coming from her 10 year old head!


Mebbie... you embody all of the things that the National Honor Society looks for in their members and they will be blessed to have you in there!

Good luck, Mebski Love!!

Friday, April 12, 2019

"Daddy... let's battle!"


I walked in the door a bit behind them from the gym tonight... and Meron thrust a plastic microphone in my hand and they said:

"Daddy... let's battle!"

Uh... YES PLEASE!


They threw topics at me and I was all in!

Easy targets they were - and nobody could keep a straight face!


Nobody was off limits... not even sweet little innocent Mebski Love!


This is my ride or die, Friday Night Battle crew...

AND I LOVE 'EM!

Keep spittin' ladies!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Morning Mean Mug


Somebody's inner "not a morning person" came flooding out when I leaned in for a pic!

Smile, Z-Dogg!

It's all good!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Best Friends


You would never think this neurotic, weird, skittish little Golden Retriever could hold so much power in her cute little self.

But she does!


She has this girl here COMPLETELY wrapped around her teeny little paw-fingers.

Almost every single day Meron lets me know:

"Daddy... Cider is my BEST friend!"
or she shares one of my favorite things:
"Daddy... look at her! Cider got cuter over night!"
And the thing is... she absolutely means it.


Having always been a dog kind of guy... I love how much this girl loves her dogs!

And I especially love how bonded she is to this one - and vice versa.

Always keep a dog around Meron... ALWAYS!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Cool Kitty


I mean... COME ON!

Look at this dude here!


I mean aviators... daddy's hat...


bboy stance... tough pink onesise...

He is ONE COOL KITTY

Monday, April 8, 2019

Radiant


This girl and her smile...

I'm pretty certain it's part of what God uses to power the sun!

She's radiant.

Keep smiling, Mebbie!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Suh-wing Batter, Batter, Batter, Batter....


I shared this out in social media land but I wanted to slap it here too cuz this stuff here is easier to archive.

Ignore the low quality phone pic... but while mommy went for a run today - me and the goofballs got outside in this GORGEOUS Colorado Spring weather and had us a little impromptu whiffle ball game!

And we had a BLAST!

Everybody was DRILLING the ball from the plate - not a single strike out - lots of ghost runners and base running SNAFUs... but we had the best fo times!

Next time... we all switch hit!

Play Ball!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Growing Up


I love this picture of Meron.

It's about a month old... we were sitting at her sister's basketball game and she just spun around and smiled at me.

I think it captured her spirit and her joy and her love so well.

Oh... and her GROWING UP.

Good grief, time. SLOW DOWN!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Wild Nights Are Calling...


Look man... Camp Hoffman be knowing how to PARTY on Friday night...

Can I get an AMEN?!


We turned the movie on... we all hunkered down to watch it together...


And then SILENCE!

Apparently the week had caught up with everybody!


I mean... even the DOGS were done-zo!


At least this cutie stayed up with me!

Party on, Camp Hoffman... PARTY ON!