Dude. It’s the big day… time for some Super Bowl snacks!

With an apology to “Jingle” for not having this post up in time for his morning dark roast.

We’ll be heading over to Koala Cove in a little while – to get ready for our Super Bowl party. The entire gang will be there, of course and there’ll be food and excitement amid a sea of red. The kids want Mexican food, so there’ll be enchiladas, tostadas and tamales – as well as David’s famous fish tacos.
We won’t be able to use the Koala Cove clubhouse as our exclusive party place much longer because the owners will begin moving in over there March 1st. Alex says the first thing he’s going to build at Berry Farm Place is a clubhouse so we’ll have our own party place 🙂
We’re all pretty tense about the Super Bowl. We honestly believe Patrick Mahomes is the better quarterback (due in large part to Brady’s age) – and we think Andy Reid can out-coach Bruce Ariens… but you never know “how the ball will bounce.”
G O C H I E F S ! ! !

Butts. butts. butts. butts. Yummy butts. butts. butts!

Hey, guys. It’s Chad. And it’s time to bring you up-to-date on Alyssa’s adoption.
Raef and I (and our attorney) met with Ms. Evelyn and her attorney last Monday morning. It was an excellent meeting. Essentially, she said she was ready to go forward with the adoption if we were. We told her we were. She said as far as she’s concerned, the adoption will be final. She wasn’t asking for joint custody or mandatory visitations. She said she would “love to be involved in our family – in some small way – but only if Alyssa, Matty, Raef and I want her to be.” She said she hoped we might invite her to our house for a birthday party or Holiday sometime.
Her attorney told us that Ms. Evelyn had set up “irrevocable trusts” for both Alyssa and Matty “that will be sufficient to pay their education expenses through college… and provide money to get them started in life.” Raef and I were stunned – and simply said “Thank you.”
Evelyn asked us if we had discussed the adoption with Alyssa. We told her we had talked about it briefly but had told her it would all depend on the lawyers and the Court. Evelyn smiled and said “Then, I think you’d better ask her if she’d like to become part of your family.”
After the meeting, Raef and I stopped at Pandora Jewelers and bought a bracelet with four engraved charms. One each saying “Raef”, “Chad”, “Alyssa”, and “Matty”. Then, after school, the four of us got together at our house. Raef, Matty and I all got on one knee in front of Alyssa and Raef said “Alyssa, will you be my daughter?” She smiled and said “YES”! Then I said “Alyssa, will you be my daughter?” She squealed and said “YES”! Then Matty said “Alyssa, will you be my sister?” At that, a tear ran down her cheek and she said “Yes. Matty. I’ll be your sister.” It was a moment none of us will ever forget.
With our attorney at our side, we went before the Juvenile Court on Friday morning. The Judge reviewed the paperwork and asked Alyssa if she understood what adoption meant – and if she wanted to become a permanent part of our family. She said “Yes. Your honor. I want that very much.” The whole thing took about ten minutes and afterward we picked up food at “Sugar Leaf Bakery” and took it home for our first lunch together as a family.
We’ll get with David, Ben and the gang and plan a big celebration in the near future. Right now, we’re just grateful for our good fortune – and happy to be a family.
Love you guys. Chad, Raef, Matty and Alyssa.

Dude. Time for some boi butt backgrounds!

Yesterday our buddy “BillS” commented: “Pic #9 here really shows more of the background than the one in the Big…Boy-Bones post. That ceiling is amazing! (-; Does this mean there will be a “Background” post forthcoming? Just asking!”
The thing is… we’d been thinking about doing a “boi butts” post – then, when we saw Bill’s comment, we thought maybe we’d turn it into a “boi butts backgrounds” post. So, here you have it. Some pretty yummy dudes here 🙂

This afternoon after Dub and I got home from school, the FedEX truck pulled up out front and the guy brought Dub a “Priority Overnight” package. He opened it and found five red jerseys with the Chiefs logo on the fronts and “Mahomes” on the backs. He put on one of them… flashed an ear-to-ear smile… and said “We’ve gotta take these other ones to the guys.” So, of course, we did. One each for Austin, Bella, Chance and Travon. There wasn’t an address or note or anything to tell us who had sent them. I said “I’m guessing they’re from the grands.” Dub said, “Don’t think so.” So, I said “If not your grandparents, who do you think sent them?” He grinned… then opened his phone and made a call. Here’s what I heard:
“Unca Chad. It’s Dub. You coming over for Red Friday?
“Thank you for sending us Chiefs shirts.”
“Yeah. I’m pretty sure you did.”
“Thank you. Dad and I just took Austin and Tra and Chance and Izzy theirs. They think they’re really cool.”
“Yeah. They fit great. See you Friday afternoon. Love you.”
After he ended the call, I said “How did you know they were from your Unca Chad and Raef?”
He shrugged, and said. “Dunnow. Just knew.”
Of course he did 🙂