Dudes… Briefly… (rated “G” – all audiences)

This morning, Cal texted us and asked if we’d do a post for him to tag on to. The problem is, we wouldn’t want to do a gay sex post and risk having Denny see it by accident. So, Ben suggested doing a g-rated “undies” post. Seemed like a good idea, so here you have it. A bunch of dudes “briefly stated.” Hope you guys enjoy these pics while we’re waiting for Denny to get good news from his blood test 🙂

Hey, guys. It’s Cal. This will be short, but I want to let you know where we are on Chance’s adoption. Alex and I met with our attorneys yesterday morning and things are looking good. The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. next Tuesday. Our attorney has secured an “unconditional termination of parental rights” from the “mother” and the grandmother (through her court-appointed legal guardian). We have DNA test results from both the mother and grandmother confirming their relationship to Chance. The Department of Social Services has done their final “in-home evaluation” and has already filed a “notice of no objection” with the court.
So, yesterday evening Alex and I talked with Chance about adoption for the first time. We told him we were pretty sure he would become a “forever” part of our family next Tuesday. We also told him he’d need to talk to the judge at the hearing. He asked what he should say to her. I signed, “Chance. You know what it means to ‘Tell the trust’ don’t you?” He said “Of course.” I told him if he just did that everything would be fine. He and Bella just kept giggling and smiling from ear-to-ear.
We really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. Hopefully it won’t be long now!

Got ’em “hitched”… and now it’s on to Christmas…

Gram and Matt are married now…and a glorious day yesterday was. There’s much to tell you, so let’s get to it. We had the biggest crowd ever for a wedding here at the house. Several of Gram and Matt’s friends drove up from Springfield, as did Gram’s minister who performed the ceremony. Due to the minister’s schedule, we held the ceremony at 11:00 a.m. with a lunch reception following. Of course the Northland 12 were here, plus Chad and lots of others.
The house was already decorated for Christmas and Dub and Denise did the major part of the planning. At Dub’s insistence, all the guys wore white shirts with red neckties and suspenders. When Cal, Alex and Bella (aka “Izzie”) arrived, we were surprised to see her in a white blouse with a red tie …and suspenders (we assume “to keep her skirt from falling off”).
As you might expect, Pop-pops took care of photographing and video recording the whole thing. It’s cool that Angie will be able to watch it by video.
After eating ridiculous amounts of food (thanks to Denise, David and Costco) we all went outside and “threw birdseed” at the newlyweds before they jumped into Matt’s car to leave for their honeymoon. Chad and the kids had had great fun decorating the car with flowers, “just married” signs, balloons and, of course tin cans.
With the wedding behind us, we can turn our attention to plans for Christmas. David, Dub and I will open our gifts on Christmas eve… as a big Christmas day is planned with the whole gang over at Scott and Denise’s Briarcliff condo.
We hope you guys all have wonderful plans for a magical holiday season!
xoxo Ben and David

Dude. Check out these bodacious bumps!

We realize it’s only been a couple of weeks since our last “underwear” post, but with Alex’ acknowledgement of his love of undies, we thought, “Hell, why not another?” Since I’m not overly fond of either socks or undies, this (and yesterday’s) posts are just kind of pre-holiday gifts for Cal and Alex. Hope you guys will enjoy this trip down a bumpy road 🙂

Cal and Bella got home last Friday evening – after a trip of about 25 total hours from Australia. We knew they’d be really tired from the trip so we didn’t bother them that evening. Saturday, Cal called and asked if David, Dub and I would like to go to dinner with them. We said “Sure,” and we’d meet them at 54th Street Grill over at Zona Rosa at seven. We got there first and got a table… just in time to see them walk in – Cal and Alex both holding hands with Bella and all three grinning from ear-to-ear. When they got to the table, Alex said “Bella. These are our special friends David, Ben and Dub. After hugs, Dub told Bella “You can call them Unca David and Unca Ben if you want to.” She said “And call you Unca Dub.” For once, Dub was speechless and he actually blushed (first time any of us had ever seen that). He finally said, “Naw. I’m just Dub.”
As we ate, Cal and Bella told us all about the Court hearing, Bella’s grandparents and the trip home. We were amazed how outgoing and “chatty” Bella was for a three-year old, After dinner, Dub showed her pics on his I-Pad. Pics of the dogs… his garden… Ms Pam… Unca Keon and Unca Rick, Austin and Erik… the dogs… our house… his room… his plants… his grandparents… the streetcar… the “caps wall” and the various other things that make up our little corner of the World. Bella seemed interested in all of it – but especially the dogs. She kept saying “See the puppies again.” So Dub would find more pics of them to show her. We’d invited them to our house for Sunday dinner and promised she’d meet the pups then. I’ll fill you in on that tomorrow.