Thursday, April 30, 2020

Parisian Coffee Shop


Meron had an assignment for school that had her recreating a coffee shop in Paris ("a place she's always wanted to go") and submitting a picture...


I thought she did a pretty good job...


And she looked super cute while doing it!

One day Meron... one day... we will drink coffee in Paris!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Open Up and say "Ahhhh!"


Meron's orthodontist appointment was a "GO" today... with a few new twists like masks on and mommy waits in the car.


Meron handled it like a champ and came out with her new bands and her usual smile!

Looking good ya masked ladies!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

On Your Mark... Get Set... GO!


This crew right here...

They've turned into a regular biker gang these days!


Every night - they start at the top of the hill...


And then the races begin!


Down to the stop sign and back!

I'm loving watching them get along out there - and I'm finding new ways to be grateful for this time we've been given - regardless of the circumstances.

Race on goofballs... RACE ON!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Some Fresh Air


While Colorado is still under a "Safer At Home" protocol - and we're respecting it and believing in it to help the cause... we HAD to get outside for some fresh - yet socially distanced - air today!

The temps hit the mid-70s and the sun was screaming at us - so Laura got this crazy crew out for a walk and some sunshine!


And... it MAY have included a little treat with it too!

Stay safe - but exercise!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Just Hanging Around


Meron has been bugging me to hang my hammock up and I finally got around to it this morning.


She immediately put it to good use... for a good portion of the day!


If there's one thing I personally am learning during this down time... it's how to embrace down time and try to relax a little.

I historically do not do that well... but I'm coming around!

Looking good, Meron... looking good!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Just Like Daddy


For months it was all she talked about...

She wanted a pair of Jordans... but not just any Jordans...

She wanted a pair just like the ones Daddy has.


Well - she finally got them!

The girl is a mini-me... no doubt.

Forever Daddy's Little Girl!

Friday, April 24, 2020

3 at the Lake!


Love these three goofballs and their willingness to adventure around with me!

Long 4+ miles - but they nailed it!

Love the company, goofballs!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Hear Him Roar!


Got to spend some time with this little dude out in one of my favorite spots to run or hike...

He was digging the railroad tracks a LOT!

"Daddy... this was really fun!"

I couldn't agree more, Z-Dogg!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Some Light Reading


Mebbie grabbed this book off my bookshelf for a little light quarantine reading to pass the time and said:

"Oooh, Daddy... can I read this? I really wanna learn Amharic..."

Go for it, girl!


And the thing is... this girl here will probably do it!

Looking forward to you being a translator on a BTW trip, Mebbie!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Scavenging Goofballs


In an attempt to buy myself some time to get some stuff done... I designed a scavenger hunt for the goofballs.

I defined the neighborhood parameters... gave strict social distancing rules... put Meron in charge of the list... Mebbie in charge of the camera... and Z-Dogg in charge of getting along with everybody.

I told them if they got everything... in order... a treat might be had!

I figured I had at least an hour.

I WAS WRONG.


They were stoked when they came back... 15 minutes later... to show me what they had!


The letter "R"


A stop sign


Something blue


A flower


A rock


A parking space


A statue


A water fountain


A trash can


2 smiles


A bench


A street sign


A group selfie


When I asked them how the heck they did it all that fast... Meron proudly replied:

"That's what happens when ya work together as a team."

I don't even know who these three are right now... but they killed it!

Way to scavenge, ya crazy goofballs!

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Z-Dogg Gene...


Man... there is abundant truth to what they say when they say boys and girls are night and day different!

I mean this little homie right here - he has the Z-DOGG GENE - and he puts it to good use!

He might drive me insane - pester his oldest sister to the edge of crazy - test mommy's every last nerve... but ya know what else?

He loves well.

He cares deeply.

He has compassion and empathy.

He'll fight for what's right.

And he's not afraid to cry about things that matter.

Raising him up may very well be the death of me... but I'll die knowing how much his precious, tender heart taught me.

I love this guy to death.

You're my rock star, Zechie... Daddy loves you!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Radiant...


Mebbie caught me off guard this morning with her cute little hair-do!

She looked adorable!

And her smile was RADIANT!


I swear - if we all could channel our inner Mebbie - this world would be a different place!

Thank you, Mebbie - for the joy you bring in just being you!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Champion Hugger


If hugging was a sport - this kid here would be a varsity team letter-man for sure!

His hugs are some fo the best ever... and we love them!

Never stop hugging, Z-Dogg... the world needs it!

Friday, April 17, 2020

One of My Heroes...


This girl right here is one special human being - that's for sure!

She's loving, kind, empathetic, compassionate, caring... and ALWAYS smiling!

She is definitely one of my heroes!


Mebbie - daddy sees you - and I love you - and I couldn't be any more proud of who you are!

Keep being the YOU that you are, Mebski Love!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

On Our Toes...


This dude here...

He's a joy, he's delightful, he's silly, he's funny...

And he's also INSANE!


If quarantine has done anything - it's let us see the "Unleashed Z" - the one that we've heard of but maybe didn't believe in!


He's bonkers by design...

And he keeps us on our toes!


But he also brings us miles and miles of smiles!

You're quarantining well Z-Dogg... keep it up!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dogs in a T-Shirt


Dogs in a t-shirt, man... that's where we're at now.


I'm so sorry furry ladies...


I know you are enduring much with her.


But I can't be held responsible for her quarantine insanity.

Hang in there, Golden Girls... this too shall pass!