Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Future Project Manager

Man... I absolutely love this girl's energy and willingness to take on so much!

Between church and school and choir and sports... the girl juggles a lot.

And last night she got SERIOUS about her time management!

She built a "morning time pre-school schedule" to help her stick to it and get done what she needed to get done!

So far - two days in - she is killing it - and has even built in time to get that bed made (a historical challenging thing for her!).

I love that she also allowed some time to watch a little TV (probably a cooking show) before school... hey - if she gets it all done - she earned it!

Tonight I was trying to encourage her in how awesome she was doing and told her that if she did this stuff for 21 days... it'd become a habit!

That seemed daunting to her... but not to me!

See... I know this girl... and when she puts her mind to something - she just kills it!

She can come be a project manager for me ANY TIME!

Way to make a plan and stick to it, Meron!

Monday, March 18, 2019

She's Back!

When Z-Dogg got home from school today - he was SUPER STOKED to see that Mebbie was up and about and feeling way better!

Mebbie is Zechie's road dawg and his absolute favorite playmate.

She ALWAYS takes the time to play with him and she lets her creativity run wild with him...

Which he LOVES!

When he saw she was feeling better and ready to play he looked at Laura and said:

"Yay! Mebbie's back!"
Yep... she is!

And I'm pretty sure that the feelings were mutual!

They spent the evening playing Barbies and all seemed right with the universe again!

Welcome back to the land of the living, Mebski Love!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Even While Sick...

Mister Influenza is trying his best to take out another member of Camp Hoffman!

But we're getting pretty good at battling him - and Mebbie has been forcing herself to rest for the last 2 days and is starting to feel a little better!

Take that, sucka virus!

But look at this girl...

Even when there are headaches, fevers, nagging coughs and some body aches... her smile persists!

I love that she can never contain the joy that is inside her!

Feel better soon Mebbie - flu ain't no match for you!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

My Little Warrior

This girl here... she's my mini-me. All day long...

She's bold, she's confident and she's willing... and raising that mixture to seek discernment as it runs into situation after situation after situation in life that all need to be addressed is CHALLENGING!

Super challenging!

One of the things that happened to me when I let the Holy Spirit into my heart - was the vengeful me changed.

I had lived 30+ years of my life as a very vengeful person. If I was wronged - or somebody I cared about was wronged - it was ON.

Retaliation was my first thought with no seeking of discernment at all.

But as Jesus took hold of my heart - I started noticing how He was replacing vengeance with forgiveness.

It was the biggest proof to me and those who really knew me that there had been a true change in me.

But feel me - even to this day - it ain't easy.

Today I had an interaction with somebody who... well - truthfully - I'm just not a fan of.

This person attacked my family, drug us through the mud, set us up, turned people against us and jealously lied on us - all with a plastic smile on the whole time.

That plastic smile was still there today - as they purposefully placed themselves in my world again... and yet I surprised even myself with my reaction.

I was calm.

I was peaceful.

I was civil.

I was also on flu meds - but hey let's give Jesus the credit - not the meds!

But let's get back to my warrior here!

As I parent her and walk through life by her side - I relate SO MUCH to her desire to go after every single wrong.

It's hard to discern when to move and when not to.

But my baby girl is doing an amazing job of standing for what's right!

She's honing her methods - and we don't always get 'em right - but we grow and learn and keep going - standing for what HE would.

But her look here - is pretty much how I feel as I re-evaluate today's interaction with that individual.

I feel like I only have one response like today's in me.

So hear me... don't do that again.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Ides of March with My Homie

Today was the first day since the flu attacked me that I felt like I could function!

And since the girls were headed out for a "girlie dinner out" - my homie Z-DOgg and I got to chill!

And get this... my mans had a gift card from Chick-Fil-A and he INSISTED on buying me dinner!

what, what WHAT?

I told him he did not have to but he said:

"You buy me dinner all the time - I just wanna buy yours for you!"

I do not deserve the gift that this little dude is!

He swiped his card and everything... he was so proud of himself!

And I was super proud of him too!

We had a great time hanging out... like we always do!

Thanks for the love Zechie... your heart was showing tonight!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba

Okay - so we hardly EVER have snacks or sweets in the house. We like to make it somewhat harder to indulge in those by not keeping 'em on hand.

But with the bomb cyclone headed our way - Laura picked up a few indulgences to have on hand for the crew.

I swear to you - when Meron saw the Cheetohs Puffs - she literally lifted them over her head, marched through the kitchen and started belting out the beginning of "Circle of Life" for all to hear...

"Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba"
("Here comes a lion, Father")

Tell me she doesn't look like Rafiki lifting up Simba on Pride Rock!

This girl's sense of humor keeps me cracking up daily!

I KNOW she found joy in her cheesy poof consumption... but enjoy them now Meron...

Cuz the bomb cyclone is gone and the cheesy poofs go with it!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bombs Over Colorado

So... yesterday it was like 61 degrees with a beautiful blue sky... the kind of day you'd pay a tax for... but "hold on" says the weather man cuz we got a BOMB CYCLONE coming our way!

Wait... WHAT?!?!?!

That's right... just your regular run of the mill bomb cyclone headed into town. You know, blizzard conditions, hurricane force winds, etc., etc., etc.

But what the heck is a bomb cyclone?

A bomb cyclone happens when there's a rapid pressure drop, with a decrease of at least 24 millibars (which measures atmospheric pressure) over 24 hours known as bombogenesis. This storm has dropped 33 millibars since Tuesday morning and continues to strengthen.

And it's apparently a serious thing... like a true life threatening storm.

School cancelled WAY early yesterday for today and tomorrow.

My work closed down today and tomorrow.

The city of Colorado Springs shut down.

People are stranded everywhere... and even the rescuers are being rescued.

They recorded 97 mph wind gusts!

This thing is real.

And if you know us... we're not really "sit around the house" kinda people.

And with me down and out on Day 2 of the flu (i hate you, flu)... the task was left to Laura to entertain the goofballs.

She survived - but here's what she looked like afterwards!

Real talk though - lots of prayers for those affected in any way by this storm... it's pretty gnarly...

This bombogenesis was bombtastic!