Sunday, May 26, 2019

My Main Man


Got to spend some one-on-one time today with my little homie...

Dude is growing up so fast - I can't believe it!

Well - his hair is... his body will catch up soon I am sure!


He's funny, caring, defiant, independent, strong-willed, loving and all-around GREAT!

I see you Z-Dogg... I see you every day... and I love you more than you know!

Keep Z-Dogging it, Zechie! You do it well!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

She Blinded Me With Science...


We got the email telling us to be at the awards assembly on Friday morning because one of our students was receiving an award!


If ya have to miss your favorite exercise class - THIS is the reason to do it!


Meron received the certificate of achievement and was the recognized 5th grader in the category of SCIENCE!

What, what, what?!?!

I am so proud of this girl!


She has been working SO HARD the past few weeks on ALL of her school work - but I know she has developed a particular love for her science class.

And to top it all off - her science project was also chosen for the science fair that day too!

A couple of her friends were recognized too... and we were proud of 'em all!

Meron... daddy sees you and I am so proud of you, sweet girl!

Way to end the year strong, Meron!

Friday, May 24, 2019

The End Is Near


Today we hosted our 2nd Annual "Last Day of School Grill Out in the Circle Bash" with a group of classmates of the goofballs (and the goofballs too of course)...

Because we're headed out of town as a family and missing the last two days of school next week - we had to push the celebration up a week earlier...

But these guys still had a blast!


There was whiffle ball, chalk drawing, necklace making, hot dogs, chips, sodas, Oreos and ice cream sandwiches!

But mostly there was laughing, singing, smiling, joking and having fun!

Totally grateful for this group of kids and the sheer joy of just hanging out!

Congrats on a GREAT school year guys - can't wait to do it again next year!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Look... Now I'm Daddy!


This girl here... she is a trip.

She came out of her LONG bath soak of de-tangling her hair -marched into my office with her hair pulled down by her chin and announced:

"Look...now I'm daddy!"
she keeps me smiling - no doubt.

And she is the beard police and refuses to allow me to cut it off!

Stay crazy... and hairy... Meron!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Another Season Behind Us


That's right... Meron's looking in the rear-view mirror at another volleyball season come and gone!


This girl LOVES this sport...


And I was impressed this year at how much work she put in!

She played up on the competitive team and it was definitely a step up... and she rose to the occasion!


I mean look at her...

Looking like a strong athlete not to be messed with!

And... she rocked some dope socks all season!


She played with a great group of girls who quickly became friends... and some great coaches who legit cared about them!


She was proud of herself this season - and so were mommy and daddy!

way to play Meron... can't wait til next season!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Colorado Spring (Almost Summer)


In what supposedly is a "freak happening" - we woke up to this craziness outside this morning!


it was almost 12 inches of heavy, wet, white stuff all over the place!

My work was delayed 2 hours... the kids school was cancelled.

That's right...

A snow day 10 days before June!


Z-Dogg found it absolutely unacceptable!


I mean - do you blame him?

the pool opens up on Monday!

And even though I LOVED running in it... I have to agree with him on this insanity!


He didn't let it keep him down though... instead he flexed in its face!

And real talk - it was almost all gone by this evening and the warm temps and sun are coming right back!

But seriously...

Go home, Colorado... you're drunk!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Futbol es Terminado


Another season of soccer came to an end this past weekend as Mebbie wrapped up her spring soccer season with a final game!


I love watching Mebbie play her sports...


Her long, lean athletic self looks right at home out there!


And the competitor in her LOVES being out there too!


I love some of the stuff this game has taught her - like taking a knee when an opponent gets hurt on the field...

Or cheering on the other team as well - something her coach does every game!


He's a great guy, with a great heart out there coaching for the right reasons!

And he LOVES Mebbie!


Matter of fact - dude loves his whole team - that he he has worked hard to keep together for several seasons!

And Mebbie loves it all too!


So what do ya do to celebrate another successful soccer seson in the books?

Ya eat a donut bigger than your head - that's what!

Excellent season, Mebski Love!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Music Makes Me Extremely Joyful!


This girl right here LOVES to sing!

Recently - she wrote this for a project she was working on at school:

"For my genius hour project, I choose THE HISTORY OF SONGWRITING. I chose this topic because I have always loved music and how happy it makes me.

Music is special to my whole family - not just me! My dad was a rapper and my mom sung on a few tracks.

Music makes me extremely joyful. Every morning I get up and get ready as fast as possible to get as much time as I can to sing."
There ya have it... she LOVES to sing!


Recently he had her end of year choir show... and she was chosen to speak at the beginning!

I mean - is there really anybody better to tell us to keep our phones off and be on our best behavior?

i think not...


And then... then there were her eyes!

The girl has ZERO ability to keep her face cool...


She pretty much has a "resting crazy face."


But once the singing really kicked in... that is all she is about!


Her joy from singing brings me joy daily....

Meron - you are amazing - and the joy you gain from singing is the joy I gain from seeing you sing! NEVER STOP.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Z and a Tree


Honestly... the title says it all...


There's no hidden meaning or staged thing going on here...


It's literally just... Z.... and a tree.

Stay goofy forever Z-Dogg!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Sun Back Up


If the sun should ever cease to shine...

Never fear. We have Mebbie's brilliant smile to light the world!

Thanks for being a bright light all the time, Mebbie!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Yep...


Yep... there ya have it... that pretty much sums him up right there!

Wild little crazy man!

And while he tests us pretty much daily with his independence and stubbornness... it's who he is!

Stay crazy, Z-Dogg!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Inducted!


A certain somebody got inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society this evening at a fun ceremony!

Way to go Mebbie!


This was such a deserved honor for her - she exemplifies all of the attributes that the honor society looks for in citizenship, scholarship, service, leadership and character!


She was beaming smiles the entire night... as she should be!

We're proud of you, girl! Never change the YOU that you are!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Warrior Force to Be Reckoned With...


This girls is STRONG. Like "WARRIOR STRONG."

Seriously... stronger than most adults I know.

God gave her a heart for justice, for equality, for righteousness...

And not just a heart for those things - but a passion and willingness to call out the opposites of them - injustice, inequality and things that are just WRONG.

It makes life challenging at times for her (and always will in her life) - but I will forever have her back.

Meron - this daddy is insanely proud of you - keep on fighting!

Monday, May 13, 2019

And That's A Wrap...


Well... another season in the books!

Tonight Mebbie wrapped up another season running with the LandSharks running club!

And she killed it!


The girl LOVES to run - but even more so - she loves to do it with JOY and SMILES!

Tonight she ran the mile and the 200 - an smiled her way through both of 'em!

Next up - she and I are entering some 5ks together!

CAN'T WAIT!

Keep smiling and keep running, girl!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Best At What She Does!


She makes it look easy... this gig she does 24/7, 365 days a year.

But we all know it's not.

Real talk...I've never held the idea of “motherhood” in very high regard... and I still struggle with it for a lifetime of reasons.

But then... Laura comes along.

And she showed me what it it could and should look like!

She’s redefined this concept for me - and all FOUR of our kids are blessed by her approach to mommy-ing!

And not to mention she is super easy to love while she is doing it!

Happy Mothers Day to the one who made it mean something again.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Welcome Wagon


While one of them was asleep and one was behind the camera - this was my welcome wagon when I got back home after 27 hours of traveling...

And I couldn't get enough!


and while I absolutely LOVE going to Ethiopia - and this trip specifically was special as I was alone and spent a ton of time just connecting with Nebiat as a person - I ALWAYS cherish when I get back home to my people!

So much to process from this trip... so much to reconcile with the unfairness of this weird world... but for now...

I take my hugs, relax and recharge!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Little Leaper


het may be small... but dude can get up there!

Excuse Z as he kisses the sky...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Pump Pump


It's one of her new favorite things to do...


Jumping out and pumping the gas for us!

And I even taught her how to try and stop it right on the even dollar... and she's pretty good at it!


This girls even makes pumping gas look adorable!

Meron... the task is ALL yours, girl!