Wednesday, February 26, 2020

My Heart... My Soul...


This girl right here...

You can NOT knock her down!

You can try... over and over... but I am telling you... you're gonna fail!

Been thinking about her so much this week and all she has endured over the past few days... and I am inspired, encouraged and blessed by the way she walks through life.


Meron... you've got my heart and soul on lockdown girl!

Daddy has your back for ever and ever!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Study Buddy


Walked into this scene in Meron's room last night...


her doing a little homework on the bed with her big ole study buddy!


Who knew these big stuffed bears would be such a big hit!

Hey Meron - I heard he's AWESOME at Math!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Putting In Work


I'm so proud of this dude here... he is putting in ALL the hard work on learning!

It's Sunday afternoon - and where is he at?

THE LIBRARY... that's where!


His mommy is working with him SUPER HARD and was even able to text me to tell me he was doing some 3 digit addition!

WOO HOO!


Now that we've learned HOW to help him... dude is LOVING learning!

So much so - he didn't wanna leave the library!

Rock on, Z-Dogg! We're cheering for you!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Cucumber Eyes


This is what I walked in on in Meron's room tonight...

Scared me to death... then I couldn't stop laughing!

Get your spa on, Meron!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

What It Means To Her


It's a Saturday... the weather is nice for this time of year... and where is this gorgeous little girl at?

Down in the basement at her desk writing about what Black History Month means to her.

Not because she has a project due or has an assignment... simply because she wants to.

She never ceases to amaze me.

She asked me if I would help her bind it into a book when she is all done... of COURSE I will Mebbie!

You're gonna change the world, Mebbie... and daddy can't wait to watch!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Flu Face


This guy here... he went DOWN and OUT this week with an official diagnosis of the FLU B...

EEEEEEK!


But you know these kids... they bounce back like crazy fast!

Some meds and a couple days rest later... and guess who's back!

Way to kick the butt of the flu, Z-Dogg!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

One of the STRONGEST People I know


This little girl right here... she is hands down one of the STRONGEST PEOPLE I WILL EVER MEET.

No questions asked.


Today - she walked back into a school where yesterday she was called a "N - - - - r" by a known bully...

a school where the administration has failed her...

where the adults around her have cowered in fear and kowtowed to white supremacy instead of rallying and fighting for her...

a school where - so far - they appear afraid to do the right thing.


But not this girl here.

Because along with her mommy and daddy and crew... we are all OVER IT.

We have a protocol in place for a time such as this... and she followed it to a T.

And now we wait... for the adults in places of authority to man up and do the right thing.

To actively fight AGAINST racism.

To send the right and proper message that it is NOT tolerated in any shape or fashion.


And what about my girl and her heart?

Oh it hurt her... hurt her badly.

But her heart is so strong... her joy so real... her love so wild and strong...

That she can't NOT be smiling.

She has a peace that passes understanding down in her heart... and i LOVE HER FOR IT.

Daddy has your back forever and ever you strong, strong Princess!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Mad Scientist


"Daddy... come here!" she yelled...


"I'm a mad scientist!"

Yes you are, girl... yes you are!


This is what happens when you have a snow day off from school, some boredom and a sister who will let you dig into her science experiment kit!


Given time... Lord only knows what she'd come up with!

Keep experimenting, Meron!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Same But So Different


These two girls right here...


they are sisters barely 12 months apart...


and they are so much alike but they are so so unique at the same time!


I absolutely adore their relationship!

Never stop loving each other, girls!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Some Warm Weather Shenanigans!


Why are these two beaming like this?


Because a rare "middle of winter sunny and warm day" sent them off to a local play center that has Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag, Bowling, Putt Putt and other rides...


The "buy one full pass get another free" deal was too good to pass up!


Definitely something to smile about!


There was food...


There were selfies for the ladies...


There was VERY serious driving...


And not so serious bumper boating!


There were gigantic Mebbie smiles...


And fun rides!

And due to a delay in Go Kart openings... we got comped passes for a return visit!

Watch out Boondocks... Camp Hoffman is coming back!!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Beat The Parents


That's the name of the game...


and that's what they did!

Good job guys... but be warned...

Next time, Goofballs... you're going down!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Bow Wow Wow Yippee Yo Yippee Yay


Somebody decided they were going to take up shop on somebody else's bed at bedtime and claim it as hers...


And truthfully - it wasn't a hard sell for the furry bed snatcher either!

The owner of the bed really just climbed in with her and stared lovingly into her eyes!


Somebody wasn't very happy about the whole situation though...


But it didn't seem to matter much up here though - cuz these two are smitten and sharing the bed isn't a chore at all!

Sleep well - ya crew of hairy girls!

Friday, February 14, 2020

This Little Dude...


This guy right here...

He daily pushes me to the edge of sanity, tests my patience, makes me question my worthiness as a parent and yet... reminds me regularly just how much I am loved by a Heavenly Father...

Daddy sees you Z-Dogg... and he loves you so much!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

A GOOD Friend...


This girl right here... Ill tell ya what, man...

She is a GOOD friend!

Meron is historically "frugal" with her money... a.k.a. - she never ever spends it.


But this morning - after getting favorite drink orders from 9 of her friends - she took $45 of her own money and purchased Dutch Brothers drinks as a valentine surprise for her pals!


And she did it with a joyful, giving heart and spirit!

She couldn't wait to pass them out at school!


I was so proud of her - I told her she made a GREAT decision on how to spend some of her own money!

Always be THAT friend, Meron... you're so so good at it!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

'Pac In a Bath Robe


West - SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE!

Mebbie reppin' that West Coast groove in her Tupac inspired bandana... and a bath robe!


I needed a blog picture... it was late... I called Mebbie in and stared at her for like 3 solid, long minutes and then I uttered:

"'Pac in a bath robe..."

She had no idea what I was talkin' about but she was down!

And it was her idea to throw up some dubs!


KIDDING!

We all know Mebbie has no idea what dubs are and her gang affiliation is EMPATHY and COMPASSION!

And I absolutely adore who she is!

Way to rock that Tupac rag, Mebbie!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Little Man... Big Feet!


Somebody was a bit too happy to slip on my gigantic feet slippers!


He may be a little dude...


But he rocked the big feet just fine!


Good looking out, homie!

Watch where ya step, Z-Dogg... watch where ya step!