Saturday, November 30, 2019

Coupon to Race


Mebbie recently turned in one of her "Daddy Coupons" for us entering a race together...


And on Thanksgiving Day - we entered our first race together... the YMCA Turkey Trot!


The conditions were rough... FREEZING cold, sloppy, mushy and icy...


But I couldn't be any more proud of how hard this girl worked!

Hoping that a new thanksgiving tradition has been created!

Never stop running, Mebbie!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Snow Daze


We FINALLY saw the temperature get to a place where we could actually consider going outside to play... and who do you think was the first one suited up and ready to go play with his guys in the snow piles?

Z-Dogg ain't 'fraid of no snow!

Stay warm, Zechie!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Super Thankful!


So much that I am thankful for in this world... this crew right here just being the beginning!

Happy Thanksgiving from our crew to yours!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year...


It's that time of year again... snowfall, cookies, carols, baby Jesus, gifts, jolly, merry people...

And our crazy house elf!

This dude makes me smile soooooo much!

He is SO INTO being the elf this year. We've told him how he brings joy to a bunch of people... and he has embraced his crazy little Christmas alter ego!


So far - it's been a battle of the little guy trying to get us to put up the tree so he can come inside the house...

Well - the tree USUALLY goes up on Thanksgiving or the day after... so things are probably about to get real!

Follow along on Facebook to see his elf-scapades this year!

Stay jolly, festive and elfie, Z-Dogg!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Adventurer


Mebski Love is my adventurer for sure...

I was telling her about how I used to get crazy on my bike in the snow as a kid... and what do you think she did... snowboard goggles and all?


That's right - she grabbed the bike for some fun in the nine inches of snow we just got!

And I loved it!

Never stop adventuring, Mebbie!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Brother Elf


This time of year can be interesting when your brother is a joy-bringing Holiday elf.


Mebbie tolerates him well... even when he's rocking his house robe over his elf suit!

Stay elfin', Z-Dogg... stay efling

Sunday, November 24, 2019

3 Pounds of Slime!


Three pounds of slime is what she wanted for her birthday...

So three pounds of slime is what she got!

I love this girl's heart for creativity and imagination!

Get your slime on, Mebbie!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Happy 11th Birthday, Mebbie!


Well looky looky looky - somebody turned 11 years old today!

And while there were gifts and dinner out and cake and ice cream and a friend party planned for next weekend - what this girl loves most is FAMILY!


And tonight her family celebrated her... like this crazy maniacal dude!


Or this super loving lady...


Or these crazy siblings of hers!

And Mebbie was smiles all night long!

The real gift here - is God giving Mebbie to our family - no doubt!

Happy Birthday, Mebbie - we all love you!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Slide Slide Slippity Slide


It's not even December yet and these goofballs were on their 3rd or 4th snow day of the school year so far!


But on this one - they decided to take advantage of it and get some sliding time in!

And they had a BLAST!


Always remember... what goes DOWN...


has to come back UP!


This little guy was full of excitement and bravery...


But not all good slides on the hill end well...


And a little rough roll and slide had him weeping on the hill!


But let's be serious... with this view - one can't stay upset long!


Right guys?

Way to slide, slide, slippity slide!

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!