Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Party On!


Man... don't tell me we don't know how to party!

2 hours before the new year rings in - and about an hour after Meron declared "We will all stay up until 1:00 AM!!" - this is where we were!

We go all in around here!

I did end up with one of them watching the Pikes Peak fireworks with me at midnight - Meron caught her second wind and was there beside me!

Happy New Year, Everybody!

Monday, December 30, 2019

It's Happening...


Right before my eyes... it's happening.

She's growing up.

And while I know it's inevitable and God has majestic plans for her in His kingdom... I ain't gonna lie... me no likey.

But it's happening... and she's navigating it the best she can!

Life's throwing curve-balls - but she's getting the bat on them.

We all are, really... cuz this whole middle school, angsty girl growing up with leadership potential thing is new to all of us.

We'll survive it. We'll trip up, fall on each other, catch each other and fall again... but we'll survive it.

Daddy is FOREVER here for you, Meron!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Don't Step In It


The goofballs got this fun game for Christmas because... well...

WHY NOT?!?!


Ya blindfold up...


Somebody spins and tells you how many steps you have to take...


and then you TRY not to step in it!

Because potty humor is always hilarious, right?

Watch your step, goofballs!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

We Slay All Suckers Who Perpetrate...


Somebody got an Adidas sweat suit for Christmas and he cannot stop wearing it!


And I ain't gonna lie... dude is looking extra dapper and dope in it!


And I can't stop singing "My Adidas" by RUN DMC every time I see him in it!


And also... STOP LOOKING SO GROWN UP Z-DOGG!

"Now... Me and my Adidas do the illest things,
We like to stomp out pimps with diamond rings,
We slay all suckers who perpetrate,
And lay down law from state to state,
We travel on gravel, dirt road or street,
I wear my Adidas when I rock the beat,
On stage front page every show I go,
It's Adidas on my feet high top or low,
My Adidas...


Stay chilling, Z-Dogg!

Friday, December 27, 2019

zElf on the Shelf - 2019


Man... I can't tell you how much fun Z-Dogg and I have with the whole "zElf on the Shelf" thing!


And this year was the most fun year to date!

Zechie was WAY into it and he had ideas and plans and smiles and jokes...

He was AWESOME!


I'm either setting my little man up for years and years of therapy... or years and years of great memories!

I am hoping it's the latter!


Missed some of the elf pics this year?

DON'T SWEAT IT!

I put all 216 elf pictures into a Facebook Photo Album - so go check it out!

Stay awesome, little elf dude!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Snuggle Buddies


These two snuggled up on the couch tonight to watch a movie together...


But it wasn't long before they had some more snuggling company!


This golden girl here simply cannot resist a lap when she sees one!

Way to cozy it up, guys!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

His Law is Love and His Gospel is Peace


"Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is Peace,
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother,
And in His name, all oppression shall cease..."


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"He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove,
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love...."


Merry Christmas, everybody!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

'Twas The Day Before...


The day before Christmas... a day that we have off work, should be spent relaxing, thinking about the birth of Christ, enjoying each other...

But instead... it's usually chaos!


We managed to press pause mid-day and made it to our church's Christmas Eve service and even managed to pull of a family photo out front!


So bring it - Day Before Christmas - y'all don't want any of this crew!

Merry Christmas Eve, people!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas Tinsel


We don't put tinsel on our Christmas tree...

But today a certain somebody got their teeth all tinseled up for the holidays!


Two days before Christmas and this trooper got her braces put on!

Merry Christmas, Meron!

She was pretty pumped that she could get her favorite color in there too!


She was such a trooper... she was a little sore tonight but was in great spirits!


So great that the creepy little house elf felt comfortable enough creeping on her!

Way to go Meron... super proud of ya and I'm cheering ya on!

Aligned teeth... here we come!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

It Won't Sit Down


Meron is SLOWLY coming out from under the rock called "Head Cold" and trying to get some life back in her...

Tonight she came up to me and asked if she could jump in the shower - because her hair "won't sit down."


She was befuddled as to "how it's standing up on it its own!"


Even when sick... even when hair has a life of its own... her smile shines through!

I love this girl and her spirit!

Feel better soon, Meron!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Me and My Holiday Homies


During this time of year - I spend a LOT of time with this crew right here!

And they're my favorites - we have fun bringing the little "zElf on the Shelf" to life every year!


Not sure what the heck I'm talking about or why you're seeing double trouble?

Come check us out over on Facebook to see what's up!

Stay steady elfin', Z-Dogg!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Another One Bites The Dust


First night of Christmas break... early in the evening - and this one here is DOWN AND OUT.


Meron was the next victim to catch the bug 'round these parts... I'm recovering from a funky sinus infection and ear infection... and the cold got her next!

Recover quick, Meron - Christmas is coming!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Pals and Homies


First night of Christmas break and when I announced "No bedtime and unlimited TV tonight!" - these two cuddled up together to watch some "Dancing With The Stars."

I love the friendship and love they have for each other.

Never stop growing this, guys!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Come Out and Play


Super dooper proud of these two right here today!

For the past few weeks they've been practicing for their school talent show and today was the big day.

And get this - they were picked to GO FIRST!

In front of all of the middle school AND high school - they leaned into their courage and went for it!


They sang "Come out and play" by Billie Eilish... and they were great!


They even got some hands in the air and mini standing ovation at the end!


Going first is NEVER easy in anything... but even in their nervousness - they conquered it!

Keep singing, girls!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Masked Mebbie


Sometimes ya just need a picture of Mebbie in a robe rocking a Jason Vorhees mask with big sociopath eyes and a head tilt.

Just because.

Stay creepy, Mebbie!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Like Real Angels!


"Mebbie looks like a REAL angel!"

That's what Meron said when she saw Mebbie walk out in her angel costume for the live nativity they all got recruited for.

And she is right... Mebbie IS angelic for sure!


But ya know what.... so is Z-Dogg!

I mean - he may hide his horns under his halo - but he's angelic too!


And so is this girl... crazy as she may be... she has the heart of an angel for sure!


My heavenly host... my angelic choir...

Daddy loves each one of you - ya little angels!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Granny and the Grinches


Every year Granny brings with her some kind of crazy prop for our family picture!

This year - she took it up a notch and busted out the:

MATCHING GRINCH PAJAMAS!

She topped it off with some insane slippers and wild Christmas tree glasses... and conveniently left herself looking all normal!

She looks like a corrections officer in a Grinch prison or a coach of an all-grinch basketball team!

No matter what though - we love how she embraces this goofy tradition and keeps it rolling!

Thanks for keeping things fun, Granny!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Bombed


The faces of the ladies say it all...

Ya can't take this crazy man anywhere!

Ya just got Z-Bombed, ladies!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Honoring Him Well


I was super proud of Zechie today. I posted this on Facebook - but i wanna capture it here too. My little homie did good!

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I had the BIG privilege of standing in the back of the classroom and watching this strong little 8 year old share about the death of his brother and how we've tried to preserve his legacy.

When I walked in - he came over - picture of Brighton in one hand, note cards in the other - and whispered:

"I'm really nervous, daddy."

One pep talk and fist bump later and he was up front reading his notes, making eye contact and sharing hard truths about a little boy he loves.

He made it through it.

His friends had a ton of questions - some hard ones.

He made it through that.

They asked if he could pass Brighton's picture around.

He made it through that.

Then they lined up for lunch... and he walked over to me - chest heaving, shoulders moving - he was fighting it - but the tears came. Before I could even grab him - a little blonde haired girl swooped in - hugged him TIGHT and said:

"I'm so sorry about your brother, Zechariah."

I was done. Hugged my man - told him how strong he was... how proud I was. How he honored God and his brother so well.

They went out the door to lunch... about 10 seconds passed and he came running back in the classroom and hugged me tight on my legs... no words.

We fist bumped and he ran back out.

I was chosen to be his daddy. He was brought here to be my son. He teaches me so so so much.

Way to go, Z-Dogg. This daddy here will never forget today.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Christmas Concert


Tonight we got to go support this FAR TOO GROWN UP GIRL at her Christmas choir concert!

She was awesome!


When I asked her why she was so serious and kinda frowny - she said:

"Daddy... it's scary up there!"

TRUTH!


Man... I could not be any more proud of this girl and her love for singing!


And her whole family was there celebrating her too!

Never stop singing, girl!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Special Delivery


Laura drove up to Denver to pick up a special delivery and bring it back to the house!

That's right... Granny is here for a few days and the goofballs are stoked!

Get your Granny on, guys!