Undies, dude. Tighty whities!

We had about 4 inches of snow on the ground by Saturday afternoon, so of course Dub and Austin wanted to get in the hot tub and make snow angels on the deck. David and I told them it’d be O.K.- and before we knew it, Travon, Bella and Chance had joined us so all five kids (plus David and I) were in the hot tub. When Chance and Bella arrived, Dub grinned and said “Hey, Izzie, you’ll freeze your tush off.” She looked at him and said “Worry about your own tush, bud.”
This was all new to Chance and we didn’t know what to expect from him, but he had great fun (except when he got in the tub after making a snow angel and yelled “My skin is on fire. My skin is burning!”
He’s a great little guy and pretty much “up” for whatever the other kids are doing 🙂

Yesterday, the gang all assembled over at Chad and Raef’s house for the Chiefs game with the Texans. Dub had gotten a new Chiefs cap with a Rally House gift card left over from Christmas. He wore it for “good luck,” but by the time the Texans were up 24-0, he had taken off the cap and put it out in the car. We were all nervous wrecks but Dub just said “It’ll be o.k. Patrick just needs to get ’em settled down so they can play. He was right – and they did – and the final score (51-31 Chiefs) had us all screaming and going nuts. What an unbelievable game it was! What incredible fun!


It’s been a long, busy Mothers Day, and a very nice one. I had talked with “Grams” last Tuesday and told her we were thinking about coming to Springfield for Mothers Day. She was really pleased, and said she hoped we’d be bringing her “other grandson” with us. She was talking about Travon, of course. The grands all think he’s their grandson same as Dub… and Travon loves his g-ma’s and g-pa’s.
So this morning, David, Dub, Rick, Keon, Travon and I loaded into David’s Pilot and headed to Springfield. David had made two lasagnas – a traditional ground beef and sausage – and a vegetable one made with zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, and onions (you probably know which one Dub liked). We also took salads, Italian bread, and two Chocolate-amaretti cakes that Keon and Rick made for the occasion. Gram had asked if it was o.k. with us for her to invite Jim and Carol to join us and I said “Of course,” – so she did and they did. Jim brought a freezer of “hand crank” vanilla ice cream to serve with the cake. It was a splendid day and everyone really enjoyed getting together. One side note: we went to Costco last week and bought some beautiful plastic plates, dessert plates and “silverware” to take with us, so cleanup was a snap and we left the house as clean as it was when we got there. Grams said that was the nicest gift we could have given her 🙂
It’s about a three hour drive each way, so we were all pretty “bushed” when we got home. It’ll be a full, busy school day tomorrow. We’re winding down the school year and it’s getting more and more difficult to keep the kids focused.
We hope all of you had good Mothers days – that you either spent with your mothers or remembering them with love and appreciation!

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