Thursday, November 21, 2019

Middle School


Besides the silly (see also: STUPID) girl drama this first year of middle school has brought us - the one thing I would say that sums it up is this: LOTS OF WORK!

More often than not - this is the nightly scene I see - Meron - head down working on something...


And sometimes - it exasperates her (and us too!)...


But most of the time - her beautiful smile isn't far off at all!

Way to kick some middle school butt, Meron!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

All Robed Up!


Granny bought the goofball crew all new robes when they came for their visit - and they haven't stopped wearing them yet!


And I dunno what it is about the new attire - but it is bringing out the sass for sure.


Especially in this goofball.

Thanks Granny - for unleashing the swagger through some robes!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Connie and Ronnie!


No trip to Laura's hometown would be complete without getting to spend some time with these two champions!

Connie and Ronnie have loved our family so well for years - so glad the crew got to spend time with them!

We love you, Connie and Ronnie!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Grandma Judy!


We don't get to see her nearly enough - but when the crew makes it to North Carolina...

a visit with Grandma Judy is a MUST!


Even mommy had to get in on the selfie action!

We love you, Grandma Judy!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Every Time...


No visit to Granny's house would be complete without a trip to Cracker Barrel!

It happens every single time!

Checkers, country store... and smiles!


And these girls love it!

Keeping true to traditions!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Her People


Granny LOVES her people for sure...


And her people love her!

Love... not blood... creates family!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Wear 'Em Out


Granny always has plenty of things on the schedule for the goofballs to do when they visit...


Tonight they got to get dressed up a little and travel a bit to go see a Christmas play!

They loved it!


Desirable side effect?

EXHAUSTION!

Let the good times roll!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Granny Bound


Dinner at the airport - in the domestic terminal - can only mean one thing (Not Ethiopia)...


They are headed to North Carolina... bound for some Granny Time!

Heads up Granny... here they come!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Franken-Zee


Z-Dogg is following in the footsteps of his sister Mebbie and really flexing his creative muscles lately!


He recently drew me this Frankenstein - all on his own - and told me to take it to work to hang up!


I love watching him lean into something he enjoys doing and is pretty good at!

Keep creating, Z-Dogg!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Daddy's Little Girls


These two here... they may be growing up super fast and bumping into the World on the way...

But they will FOREVER be daddy's little girls!

Stay in each other's lives, girls, and stay awesome!

Daddy loves you!

Monday, November 11, 2019

She Was Sleepy


She was super sleepy... and I just wanted a picture on my birthday...

Thanks for the attempt, Meron!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Social Z


Every birthday - we tell the goofballs they can either have a bunch of gifts and "stuff" from us - or they can pick to share some sort of thing with their friends.

Our crew is so social - they ALWAYS pick to do something with friends!

Z-Dogg started his afternoon with lunch at Chick Fil A with a couple friends!


Next we piled in the car and all headed to catch a movie together!

After popcorn, slushies, candy... the energy and goofy level was high.

I said "Bust a bboy stance!" and this is what I got!


EEEEEK!

They tried again...


EEEEEK!


And finally... they nailed it!

Dip, dip dive... so-socialize! Open up your ears and clean out your eyes!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Triple Threat Day


Today was November 9th... or as it is better known around here:

Triple Threat Day!

Why Triple Threat?

Well - for starters - a whole bunch of years ago - the dude up there in the red shirt was born!

And on top of that... that little guy he's holding was born 8 years ago today too!


Then - to put the cherry on top - these two best friends tied the knot 17 years ago today too!

So there ya have it - Triple Threat Day.

And between birthday parties, basketball games, service night at church, presents and cake...

Triple Threat day was INSANE!

Stay crazy, November 9th... STAY CRAZY!

Friday, November 8, 2019

End of Week Sleepyhead


Ever wonder what "end of the middle school week sleepy" looks like?

You're looking at it!


Someone was crashing and burning HARD and EARLY tonight!


I feel ya girl... middle school ain't no joke!

Sleep well, Meron... sleep well!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Three Musketeers


Came in on these three musketeers watching a little Thursday night football action!

Cutest trio around!

Stay awesome... and furry, guys!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hoodie Crew


This is my absolute favorite crew of hoodie-wearing goofballs!

I love nothing more than running around being goofy with them... my FAVORITE!

Stay goofy... ya goofballs!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Girl Is A Gift


This girl right here is an ABSOLUTE GIFT...

Her ability to empathize with people and feel and understand what they are feeling... is an amazing gift from God!

The past 72 hours have been... let's say... CHALLENGING... around here.

Lots of parenting ups and downs that may have left us feeling a bit inadequate.

So what's this girl do?


She recognized some hurt in her mommy - and she went to work!

She left this card full of life-giving words and love on Laura's bed for her to find once Mebbie was gone to school.


And while it brought Laura to tears... they were GOOD TEARS this time!

Never stop flexing the muscles HE gave you, Mebbie!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Book Buddies


Walked in on these two pretty ladies enjoying a good book!


Seemed like one of them was doing all the work though...


I love that Mebbie loves reading as much as she does... and loves her Golden Girl just as much too!

Never stop reading, Mebbie! That's how ya GROW and LEARN!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Meditative Weirdo


Walked into the kitchen to this absolute weirdo tonight...


He's been on this "look what I can do!" kick where he tucks his little flexible legs up and assumes some sort of meditation posture.


But it's his goofy faces that have me cracking up!

Stay flexible, Z-Dogg... and stay chill!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Sleepy, Sleepy, Sleepy!


A long day caught up with somebody!


Dude's sleepiness was making me feel sleepy too!


Don't worry Z-Dogg... you get an extra hour tonight to catch up on some sleep!

Don't squander that free hour of comfy snooziness!

Sleep well, Z-Dogg!

Friday, November 1, 2019

12 Years!


Today we celebrated 12 years of life for this gorgeous girl right here!

Seems like yesterday we were cradling her in our arms - and now we're counting down the days until she's a TEENAGER - one year left!

Happy Birthday, Meron Asher!