Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Current Vibe...


Meron's face is very accurately reflecting the current vibe 'round here.

The last 24-48 hours have left us somewhat weary, exhausted and speechless in the space of race and racism.

So instead of trying to put words to it - we'll just leave the Meron Stare right here for now...

But know this... we're watching... we're always watching... we know who's with us in this fight.

We're in it for life...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Ladies!


Love these ladies (and all that hair) here so much!

Looking good, girls!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Respect...


Mad respect to the men and women who have given their lives while serving this country.

Honor and respect of those individuals is something we hold in high regard in this household.

But don't get it twisted...

We can detest the despicable man who wrote the "Pledge of Allegiance" and his comments and reasoning behind the words - while still loving this country and respecting the soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep this country as free as she can be...

We can kneel during a song to bring attention to a widespread, systemic, disturbing problem in our country and still love the men and women who daily fight and die for that right to kneel.


Here's Z-Dogg kneeling in respect of those who have fallen - by his Papa's funeral service flag and a flag given to us by a friend that has been flown over the Embassy in Ethiopia.

We can knock the founding fathers off the ridiculous pedestal this country places them on because we firmly believe that while their ideals were nice - they did not "... hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..."

Nope... rather they were interested in building a country for white people to prosper in. And we're still fighting to dismantle that today... mad respect to those who have died to give us the freedoms to challenge that historical narrative here.


Here's Laura with her dad's funeral service flag.

She loves it and is proud of what it stands for.

She also finds the hatred in our country disgusting while at the VERY SAME TIME having a heart for the soldiers who have gone before us to protect our freedom.


Here's our goofballs...

We're teaching them to be critical thinkers... people who can absolutely detest the gross and evil history our country tries hard to sweep under the rug while SIMULTANEOUSLY being filled with reverence, honor and respect for those who have died fighting for our rights.

We've had no family members give the ultimate sacrifice - but have big hearts for those who do.


Frank Buoniconti was the closest person we know... and I thought about him a lot today.

Grateful for his dedication and sacrifice and in awe of how his family has continued to give back in his name to honor his life.

Nope... try not to get it twisted - the next time you see one of our camp challenge an idealistic, romanticized history of our country...

We can critically think AND honor those who fight for our ability to critically think... at the same time.

To Frank and the countless others out there who have left husbands, wives, moms, dads, children and other loved ones behind... THANK YOU.

You're lives are not lost on us here.

Mad Respect to Those Who Have Passed for our Freedom!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Hiiiiiii.... YA!


We were playing a marathon game of LIFE today - and one of Z-Dogg's action cards called for him to do his best karate move...


And here's what he gave us!

Wax on, wax off, Z-Dogg! Stay nutty!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Hair Share


She didn't care that I was on a conference call for work!

She knows how much I dig her hair so she came waltzing right in to show me after she and Mebbie straightened it!


Ya know what I love more than her hair though?

Her smile and her joy... she they're both BIG!

Much love, Meron... to your hair and YOU!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Here She Comes!


Well looky there - you're looking at the face of an elementary school graduate!

Today was the "graduation day" - and man did it look super different!


We decorated cars - loaded up and got in a LONG line of cars...

We drove by the elementary school - where all the teachers and administration were outside waving and cheering them on!

Then we circled up to the middle school - where the faculty and staff were outside congratulating the graduates and welcoming them to next year!

Man - these kids are enduring a lot man... and it was pretty moving to see an entire community come out of their houses as we drove by - cheering and yelling and honking and congratulating.

I couldn't be more proud of this girl! She worked so hard this year - got excellent grades - while shining bright and showing empathy, love and compassion for everybody she came in contact with.

She is truly one of my heroes!

We went straight from the car line graduation to get a fun Starbucks drink to celebrate her and then we let her pick her favorite take out for dinner.

It was weird... it was different... it was a little overwhelming and sad...

But Mebbie's car decoration said it best:

Watch out 6th grade... here she comes!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Daddy Daughter Ride


This cute little daddy's girl was begging me all day to go on a bike ride "outside of the neighborhood..."

And look... I get it!

We're all going a little stir crazy these days!


So after work we loaded up the bikes and hit a favorite but easy trail together...

We logged close to 8 miles and she did amazing - never once throwing in the towel - even on the uphills!!


Good grief... I love this girl!

When we got home - we sat down to eat together since everybody else was done...

She was tired... she was hungry... but she looked happy!

She looked at me and said:

"Daddy... I really enjoyed tonight with you..."

I enjoyed it a billion times more, girl! THANK YOU!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Puzzle of Love


A few weeks in to our quarantine and new online school set up - Z-Dogg got an envelope in the mail...


He opened it up to find some puzzle pieces inside!

After quickly putting it together - he was surprised to see a message of love from his school teacher!


She definitely made him feel loved, appreciated and missed!

Thanks to all the great teachers out there going the extra mile to show the love!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Healthy Habits!


We've been talking about new habits we can develop during this time of quarantine... and training for things we like was one of the topics of discussion.

Well - this girl hear hears EVERYTHING and today was her second day in a row heading out and running on her own!


And of course her run comes with her traditional gorgeous smile and positive attitude!


She even borrowed my Garmin so she could clock her distance and time and watch it get better over time.


So proud of her today... she shows so much joy, energy and positivity during these trying times.

Her patented "Mebski Love" is keeping us going!

Keep running, Mebbie! You bring Him joy when you do!

Monday, May 18, 2020

World Changer


This girl right here... she was born to change the world.

She's growing up fast - she's so mature, so caring, so smart, so loving, so fierce, so bold, so confident...

She's gonna do big things.

Daddy sees you, Mebbie. I see you all the time.

Change the world, Mebbie - Lord knows we need it!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Skating By


Literally... he was skating by me as I headed out to the store!


I still caught his smile he flashed at me as he cruised by!


He is 100% goofball - that's for sure!

Always do YOU, Z-Dogg... ya keep us grinning!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Creek Stompers


The goofballs have been doing some serious exploring lately and this past Friday they were STOKED to get to bring me along on one of their creek stomping adventures!

They had a blast jumping from rock to rock and stomping around in the creek!


And their furry companions were pretty happy about it too!


I don't think I'll ever tire of all the goodness Colorado has to offer... right outside our doors!

Thanks for bringing me along, guys!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Rainbow Photo Bomber!


Ran outside tonight to try and snap a quick picture of the wild and vibrant rainbow that had shown up across the street...

And look what showed up in my shot!

Two equally beautiful creations of God!


I love how creative our Creator is!

I hope I never tire of being amazed at a simple rainbow when it shows up!

Thanks, God, for the beautiful ending to the day!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Cool Daddy Z


This dude was having a blast with me trying to hunt down cool street art in downtown Colorado Springs...

And an even better time posing like a tough guy in front of it!


Love this piece he found and posed in front of!

You do "cool" really well, Z-Dogg!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

My Disc Slingers


Quarantine exercise has driven us to pick up new things... and frisbees have become a thing for us!

From disc golf to Kan Jam to just slinging that bad boy in an open field - we've embraced the flying disc!


And sometimes we even look like we know what we're doing!


Honestly - I love doing pretty much anything with these guys!

Way to sling it, homies!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Live Colorfully!


I love the shirt that Mebbie was wearing the other day when I called her outside to share her beauty alongside the beauty of a rainbow!

I also love that I didn't even notice it until like DAYS later!

Man... He makes beautiful things for sure!

This picture is full of them!

Keep living colorfully, Mebbie!

Monday, May 11, 2020

New Wheels


Somebody got a new set of wheels today!

And man did he deserve 'em!

This little dude gets SO MANY hand-me-downs and never complains.

He recently graduated from his teeny tiny Spiderman bike to his sister's old PINK bike... and with zero complaints and all joy.


So today - I bought this guy - snuck it into the hall bathroom... and in my best "Daddy is irritated with ya" voice I said:

"Zechie! Seriously... get over here. Did you leave this in the bathroom... AGAIN?"

He looked nervous as he walked down the hall, opened the door and flipped the light on.

Then he spun around - buried his head in my gut and bear hugged me as he started SOBBING CRYING.

We asked him what was wrong and he said:

"I'm just so happy!"

He thanked me 100x before rushing out to give it a test drive!


He's already testing out the rear trick pegs and this dude and his zero fear will get it all figured out before ya know it!


Zechie... you are seen my man. You are seen and you are loved!

You deserved this new ride and it was a true joy to give it to ya!

Stay upright and ride on, Z-Dogg!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Celebrating the G.O.A.T.


Today we celebrated the G.O.A.T. of mothers... you know...

The Greatest Of All Time!

Over the last 12 years this woman has single-handedly changed my perception of what being a mother can (and should) look like.

Cuz when it comes to "mommying" - she does it like no other!


Of course she wanted NOTHING and demanded no money be spent on her... so we lovingly obliged with some flowers, a Starbucks gift card, a new cookbook, a coupon for her choice of a meal and some time away social-distancing with some of her best mom friends.


Truthfully - all she really wanted to do was spend some time with her crew - so we all hit the mean streets of downtown Colorado Springs for another day in our "Quaranting Adventurues" and checked out parts of our city we haven't seen.

I couldn't ask for a better mom for these FOUR little kids of ours.

Laura... you flipped the script for me on motherhood and you are such an amazing gift to our three goofballs.

We love you so much!

Happy Mother's Day to the G.O.A.T.!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Birth Mother's Day


It's never lost on me - that somewhere out there - 3 birth mothers made unimaginably hard decisions that led to me being the daddy of these three beautiful image bearers.

Tonight - the day before we celebrate the amazing moms on this earth - we celebrate the ones who birthed them and loved them enough to make a sacrifice I can't imagine.

BIRTH MOMS
For years - through some tears - we prayed and we prayed,
Then we got to change diapers because of a choice that you made,

A choice I can't fathom - one my mind can't imagine,
But I believe it was born out of love and compassion;

And you made it - and through it you made me a daddy,
And I took your sacrifice and I loved it - like madly!

But I never lost sight of the loss that you suffered,
So that I could be father and Laura could be mother;

I think of you often - when milestones happen,
When the kids are on stage and the parents are clapping;

When times tables are learned and when grades are completed,
Or when boo-boos pop up and mommy hugs are needed;

Things like learning to read and to write and to talk,
Or rolling from belly and learning to walk;

All the questions that rise, the yes, no's and maybe's,
And the ones about you - and about tummy babies;

Questions about family and the colors of skin,
It's so hard not to feel all the loss in this win;

No this awesome, incredible thing called "my life,"
Is born from a place full of pain, hurt and strife;

And I never forget that my advances and chances,
Came to life while yours died through dire circumstances;

So on the eve of the day that we celebrate mothers,
I say a prayer and remember that there is... another.

Never, ever forgotten... thank you.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Done Lost My Mind


Okay... so the quarantine MAY have made me lose my mind...

Yes... that is Meron behind the wheel of my car.

Yes... she is only 12.

But can ya really start too early trying to learn and lock in the muscle memory and the awareness it takes to drive?

Me thinks not!


Here she is after we finished... my girl was STOKED!

We hit up a local swimming pool parking lot (totally abandoned and wide open) and I showed her some fundamentals.

She drove a few laps... she learned "FOOT ON THE BRAKE!" means foot on the brake...

And she even parked it in a parking space - several times - and REALLY good I might add!


So... yeah... we have a LONG time to go before she's driving...

But we had a great time together and I have never seen her more focused than she was behind that wheel.

We'll keep trying it out here and there so by the time she hits the streets - she'll be a better driver than most out there now (shouldn't take much!)

Way to work it, Meron!