Saturday, August 31, 2019

Off the Leash


We hit the streets tonight for a little evening exercise with ALL the animals from Camp Hoffman!

Some are better off the leash than others... HA HA HA!

Way to keep the poo off the neighbor's lawns guys!

Friday, August 30, 2019

My Workout Crew


My tough guy crew came to the field with me tonight to squeeze in an impromptu field workout before it got too dark...

We stretched - we did fun warm up drills - we sprinted 100 yards at a time 10+ times - we crunched - we pushed up...


And these little machines KILLED IT!

We're getting stronger and healthier by the day and I love that we are doing it together!


When we were leaving they said:

"Daddy... that was awesome! We had so much fun!"
And I count that as a win!

And maybe... just maybe... there was a treat of some sort as a reward!

Thanks for the company tonight guys... you KILLED it!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Good and The Bad


Good and bad days... we all have some of both... no doubt!

Z-Dogg has had his share of rough ones this past week - and he's dealt with the fallout of that...

But today... today he NAILED IT!

He had all fours on his behavior chart from school... and he said:

"With each number four she wrote down on my chart - my smile got bigger and bigger!"
He really modeled "getting back up after getting knocked down" this week.

Super dooper proud of him.

Hang in there Z-Dogg... you're doing something right!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Influencers


This trio right here, man... they are a gang of world changers!

They have already influenced the world so much in their short time of being here!

Every morning before we school - we do our little call and response.

I yell: "Go be a bright light for...?"

And they respond with:

"JESUS!"

And they are doing it.

Oh they stumble... just like we all do... but they get back up and keep on trucking - and more times than not they are honoring Him and glorifying Him with their words and their actions.

And really - that's all we can ask for!

Go forth and influence the world, guys!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

There's a Smart Little Man In There!


This is my main man right here...

And I love this guy to death!

He's a smart, caring, loving, hilarious little dude that I cannot imagine life without!

And lately - my mans has been struggling with his reading.

It's nothing we won't beat but it has gotten a pretty good grip on us lately!


We started a new practice... where I daily give him a card with some instructions.


He has to read the instructions on his own and carry it out...


And so far... he is LOVING IT!

Hang in there, Z-Dogg!

Reading ain't nothing but a thing and I know God made you for great things... one of those includes reading!

Watch out world... the smart man cometh!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Smile For Me Now!


Sometimes... when I just need to feel the joy of a big smile...

I go find pictures of Mebbie on my SD Card!


Also - I love it when she rocks her bandana 'Pac style!

"There's gon' be some stuff you gon' see....
that's gon' make it hard to smile in the future.

But through whatever you see,
through all the rain and the pain,
you gotta keep your sense of humor.

You gotta be able to smile through all this bull$#@*

Remember that.

Keep ya head up..."

- Tupac ["Smile"]
Smile for me now!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

No Cavity Club!


Look who joined the "No Cavity Club" at the dentist's office this week!

And looked like one cool kitty while doing it!

Man... I was convinced it was gonna be a different kind of report - what with the constant begging to "Go brush... and floss!"

But I was wrong... and she was stoked!

Next up... orthodontist visit!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Olympic City in Our Backyard


Man... we've been living here almost 6 years and have YET to embrace the fact that we live in Olympic City, USA!

But Laura changed that today!

She somehow found out that the US Girls Volleyball team had a game today - and with Meron making the team at school and absolutely loving the sport - Laura set up an impromptu "girls date" and the three ladies from Camp Hoffman headed downtown to check it out!


Holy moly were these two right here STOKED to be there!

And how dumb are we for not having gone sooner?

This stuff is right here - like minutes away - and it's all FREE.

The game was free, the drive was super short... even parking was free!

They hung around for a while and caught a bunch of games - USA, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico was there (and they had the best fans)...

These ladies did not want to leave!

Afterwards - they hit up the patio at one of their favorite Mexican restaurants and wrapped their girls day out up with some nachos!

I know they all had a blast based on the report I got when they finally got home... and I also know this much - we'll be going back for sure!

Olympic City for the win!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Puppy Love


The very best kind of new puppy...

Is the one your neighbor gets but lets you join in on all the fun!


The crew had been spying on our neighbor for days - waiting for the new puppy to come home...

And now that Finnegan is here - they can't stop loving on the little dude!

And you can see why... he's adorable, silly, cute, funny...

And he doesn't take any bull from Z-Dogg!

Grateful for a neighbor who invites the goofballs into all the fun!

Welcome to the 'hood, Finn!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bubble Hands, Beards and Brighton Hats


I came home today to this SUPER DOPE drawing on my desk!

It was a portrait of me done by Mebski Love...

and I LOVE it!


This girl LOVES to draw and she's like her daddy - we need a creative outlet almost every day!

she told me:

"Daddy... I did the bubbles because I just couldn't get the hands to look right... they looked super weird!"
Girl... hear me... i LOVE the bubbles!

This little girl ministers to my heart every single day.

And she honors her Creator... a super creative Creator - in the way she uses the gifts He gave her!

Never stop creating, Mebbie - you shine bright for Him when you do it!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sibling Silliness

This girl's beauty and joy and love know no bounds...

Neither does her sister's weirdo-ness!

I love how they love each other!

Always stay silly, girls!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Keeps Me Grinning

This guy right here... man he keeps me cracking up!

This was right before school - kinda sleepy - kinda dragging - but he looks up at just the right time and WHAM! - goofball face!

Z-Dogg - I love your sense of humor, your timing, your desire to laugh ALL the time...

I just love who you are, little man!

God made you good, homie... God made you GOOD!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Lotta Love

Lotta love between these two right here...

Whole lotta love going on!

I love the brother sister relationship they have...

I continue to be encouraged and inspired by the way they love.

Stay awesome guys!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

My Everything (minus one)

With the most important member missing in action on a trip to Atlanta - you're looking at my:

Everything minus one!

This crew is all of it to me. I love everything about them - their spirit, their spunk, their joy, their empathy, their laughter, their stubbornness, their fears, their worries, their faith, their hearts...

I could go on forever and ever.

We were busy doing silly photos of b-boy poses, jumping, gangster leaning... when Mebbie said:

"Lets take at least ONE like a normal family!"
Made me smile... so I did it... but told her we are far from normal and we're A-OKAY with that!

Thanks guys, for being abnormal with your weirdo daddy!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Can I PUH-LEEEASE Scrub the Bathtub?

Who asks that?

Mebbie does, that's who!

I was all set to hunker down and throw some elbow grease at the NASTY bathtub in Z-Dogg's bathroom... when Mebbie showed up and said:

"Oooohhh - daddy - can I scrub the tub? Puh-leeeaaase? I LOVE scrubbing the tub!"
I pinched myself... and it was real...

This girl dug in and scrubbed that thing super dooper clean!

All with a smile!


Matter of fact - both of these champions helped me out like crazy today!

Baked a breakfast casserole, pulled weeds, picked up dog poo, vacuumed house, cleaned kitchen... and even managed to squeeze in almost 5 miles on the elliptical too!

Girls... daddy is SUPER IMPRESSED at all you guys did to help out today!

Thanks for being champions!

Friday, August 16, 2019

96 Hours of Us


Laura left this morning for Atlanta - to spend some time with the next team heading to Ethiopia and to share at a partner church about Brighton Their World...

Leaving me all alone here with this crew!

Hunker down guys... for 96 hours of "us time!"

It might even involve a planned Whole30 cheat or two... complete with Z-Dogg's psycho eyes!

Here's to surviving the weekend without mommy!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Reason To "Cheat"


When you're 10 days in to the next "Family Whole30" and it's one of the kid's days...

Well that's reason enough to "CHEAT" for one day!

An Olive Garden dinner (Mebbie's choice) followed up by some mini-but-delicious ice creams capped off the night!

Back to the grind, girls... BACK TO THE GRIND!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mebski Love - 8 Years and Counting!


Today was MEBBIE DAY #8!

8 years ago she came waltzing in to our lives and changed the game for us!

I mean holy moly - what can I say about this girl that the world hasn't already seen, felt and experienced?

I know this much about this precious child of a heavenly King...

who has made everybody in our family better people!


And today - we celebrated HER big time!

I mean - we couldn't think of a better reason to press "PAUSE" on our family Whole30 and hit the restaurant of her choice for a family dinner out - spending time sharing what each of us absolutely loves about Mebski Love!



I also got my annual weep-fest in by watching her homecoming video again!

Gets me every time!


Mebbie - girl - you have changed us all for the better!

Your life matters so much - the plans He has for you are playing out before us - and we love you so much!

Our family is better because He gave you us!

Happy Mebbie Day, you precious gift, you!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Goofball and Weirdo


It was just a quiet afternoon on the front porch...


with a couple of seconds...


and a fast shutter button.


With her being her...


and him being him!


She's such a goofball!

And he's such a weirdo!

And I love 'em both to death!

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Hoffman Squad


Stumbled upon some chalk art out in the driveway this weekend!

The Hoffman Squad!


Give this girl a handful of chalk... an empty section of concrete... and 5 minutes...

And she HAS to fill the emptiness with art!


I love that she is always creating something!

Never stop using your gifts, Mebbie!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

FLASHBACK: Crazy Train in Full Frame


Cleaning up a hard drive tonight and came across this little gem of a pic!

If I recall right - this is the very first time I pushed the shutter button on my Canon 5D MKIII...

Still snapping and she's still looking cute!

Stay goofy, girl!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Album Dropping Soon...


These three out here in the 'hood looking like they got an album dropping soon!

"Three the Hard Way"

Coming soon to a Tower Records or Turtles Music near you!


Always ready to hit some poses and act a fool!

Stay chillin' guys - I'd buy the album!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Killing It!


First week of middle school done and in the books - and the nerves are all gone!

Way to go, girl - and many many thanks to everybody who prayed!

You're killing it, Meron!