Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Going Out With a Float


What do ya do when summer is fading fast and the first day of school is right around the corner?

Ya make the most of every late night before bedtimes become real!


Tonight it was root beer floats after a late night basketball camp... and they loved every second of it!

Don't go, Summer... we're not ready!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Putting In Work


Somebody has been PUTTING IN THE WORK!


Dude comes with us to the gym all the time - joins us in some high intensity GRIT classes and some HIIT classes as well!


I keep telling him - just wait little homie - it's gonna pay off!

Way to stay focused Zechie!

Watch out world... Z-Dogg's got muscles!

Monday, July 29, 2019

A Gift and a Treasure

The week I recently spent with this beautiful daughter of a King in Guatemala is something I will forever cherish and treasure!

Much more on that soon as we process that trip...

But for now I just had to acknowledge the gift that this girl is to me and how special that time with her was!

Thank you for the memories, Mebbie!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Flippity Floppity Phone-ity

Somebody is absolutely LOVING his new "phone" he has been given!


I mean - hear me - it's a non-functioning, flip phone from about 6 billion years ago...

But don't tell him that!

His incredibly creative imagination has had him busy making phone calls and conducting business all night long!


Look... ya gotta start somewhere... right?

May as well be an archaic flip-phone that won't start up... as long as the imagination is kicking - that phone will serve it's purpose!

Get your chat on, Z-Dogg!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Princess Hats and Sleep Masks

Ever since they were little - we called the girls' night caps their "Princess Hats" - and it just seemed to stick!

To this day that's what they refer to them as.

Mebbie added her Ethiopian Airlines sleep mask to her bedtime ensemble... and she rocks 'em nightly!

Princess hats and sleep masks...

The things her dreams are made of!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Best Friends

They couldn't be any more different from each other... but man they need each other!

While Mebbie was gone in Guatemala - Meron only swam like once... she said "I don't like going without Mebbie..."

And Mebbie knows how much her big sister has her back... it gives her a sense of safety and confidence!

I love the way they love each other!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Beginnings...?

This is my favorite souvenir from our trip to Guatemala!

And NO... I didn't take it from a car like some common thief!

I bought it from a dude at the market... totally legit!

But what if it's more than a keepsake...?

What if it's the beginning of my CHICKEN BUS BUSINESS!

Who knows, right?

Time will tell... time will tell!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Model Man

Man... this little dude right here could EASILY land some gigs as a model...

Okay, okay... I may be partial... but he is seriously a cute little, photogenic dude!

Lights... camera... action!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Gun Show

Uh.... yeah... this girl works out like a maniac.

Be afraid... be VERY afraid.


That includes you, Meron... I'd make your bed if I were you!

Suns out... guns out!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Little Dude Love


Good grief... I love this little dude so much!


And he loves me big much too... and I feel it!


And he LOVES to be a jokester!

His sense of humor and goofball-ness is HIGH!

Stay silly and keep loving, Z-Dogg!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Everest Leader


Not a Sherpa up the famous mountain... but rather a leader at our church's VBS program this year... called "Everest!"

So proud of how involved this girl has been at church... her leadership skills are getting so many chances to grow and shine!

You honor Him well, Meron!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Reading Camp


He may be flexing those Z-Dogg muscles... but this week our little homie has spent every morning at...

READING CAMP!


Flexing his mind... getting smarter... and locking down those reading skills!

Way to flex the mental muscles, Zechie!

Friday, July 19, 2019

She Loves the Crazy Man


This girl here - she's my road dawg - the world's biggest "daddy's girl" and her love for me is relentless.

I feel it every day.

She showers me with grace, love, forgiveness, goofiness, fun, humor... I could go on and on and on.

And I don't deserve ANY of it... but good grief I am grateful for it!

Meron - you're love is overwhelming... thank you!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pink High Top Fade Tongue Biter


Sums it up... no?

This kid keeps me cracking up every hour of the day.

Z... you're a maniac... but you're our maniac!

Stay maniacal, Z-Dogg!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Full On Retriever


Usually the blog has a pic of at least one of the goofballs every time - it's kinda been my rule.

But honestly - this girl is the GOOFIEST of the balls - and Meron insisted she get some air time.

The girl is true to her breed - no doubt - full on Golden Retriever - she will sit on the couch like that for HOURS.

Stay goofy, Cider... STAY GOOFY!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Diverse Laughter


I love this pic right here!

We were joking that if you Googled "diverse laughter stock photo" this would be a result!

I think "Goofy Hoffman girls" would get it too!

Never stop laughing, ladies!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Thanks For Being A Good Human!


Man... tonight we got to hang out with our friend Jesse... a dude we haven't seen for like 14 years or something crazy like that!

And ya know what....?

Nothing has changed!

We fell right back in line like we hadn't missed a day!

We took him to show him some of the coolness of Colorado (until lightning started freaking us out a bit)... and then we went and broke bread and just hung out.

As we were leaving, I felt compelled to say to him:

"Thanks, Jesse, for being a good human..."

Isn't that sad? That we have to thank the good humans when we come into contact with them... but we do... cu they're RARE!

But he is definitely one of them and we're grateful for who he is!

And we're committed to not letting 14 years go by again!

Come back soon, Jesse!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday Family Tradition


Thanks to Laura's super frugality super hero powers - we now have a new Sunday Meal Tradition we've been enjoying the past few weeks!

Modern Market is "kids eat free" on Sunday - and we take FULL ON advantage of it!

We almost can't buy the groceries for what we eat a GREAT meal for there on Sundays!


Admittedly - I wasn't keen on this place at first...


I had only been once - and the circumstances and the company were less than stellar...


The kids convinced me to try it again - with MUCH BETTER company and conversation!

And they were right - it is AWESOME!

Delicious, affordable meals made from clean, fresh and whole foods with next to no preservatives...

YES PLEASE!


So there ya have it - for those who think I only post online about race relations and the desperate situation of our society...

Here's a bunch of pictures of our food to prove ya wrong!

Find yourself in our 'hood on a Sunday evening...

you BETTER come join us and break some bread!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Key Lime Busted!


Meron whipped us up a delicious key lime pie recently - a favorite in this household!

And here she was - caught giving it a whirl after the pie was cooling and setting!

You deserved it, girl!

Thanks - Meron - for the deliciousness!

Friday, July 12, 2019

They're All Gonna Laugh At You...


I am not sure how we landed there - but after dinner tonight we found ourselves spending 90+ minutes looking up Adam Sandler YouTube clips and showing them to the kids!

And it was the best thing EVER!

The kids loved it - especially when we shared that we played an Adam Sandler song at our wedding!

And don't freak out - we censored things where we needed to... but it was time the goofball crew got to know some good old fashioned Sandler!


I am a GIGANTIC Adam Sandler fan... have been forever.

When we moved - I got rid of almost all of my CDs - but I kept some that were near and dear to my heart... including these!


And this guy here...

Man we may be in trouble... cuz he GOT IT!

He was cracking up so hard at him - and my daddy heart couldn't have been any more proud!

"Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it..."

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Shake It Up For Half Price


What do you do when it's half price milkshake night after 8:00 PM at Sonic?

You head to Sonic, that's what!


Meron quickly took control and placed orders for everybody!


And looked mighty cute doing it too!


Soon enough - Mebbie was sipping on a milkshake...


And Z-Dogg was siphoning down a slushy!


Good times with the goofball crew!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rocky Mountain Vibes


Some friends from Georgia happened to be enjoying an extended little stay in Colorado Springs... and tonight we finally connected to hang out for a bit!

What an awesome group of kids!


And it was a beautiful night to catch a Rocky Mountain Vibes game - the new minor league baseball team in town!


We became quick fans!


And it was smiles...


all around!


These two here became FAST FRIENDS!


And Meron was absolutely smitten with this little dude!


Thanks guys for a fun night with cool people!

Play ball!