Barefoot boys with cheeks of…

We’ve done tons of “holes ‘n soles” posts over the years, but maybe not one where all the dudes still had all the natural hair “God gave ’em”. So, here are a bunch of boys who either don’t own razors – or at least don’t use them on their butt hair. YUM!


Hey, guys. It’s Chad. I saw on the “sneakers” post, that “bw,” “Denny” and “Kent” all mentioned Matty and wanted to know how he’s doing. The short answer is he’s doing fine. It’s been a little over three months since Rafe and I started “fostering” him and it’s been a whirlwind. The wedding… and moving to Table Rock… and the pandemic… and leasing a new house… and getting a new “schoolhouse”… and learning new languages…and so much more. If you think about how all this has impacted out little guy, it’s mind-blowing. We’re so proud of him and the way he’s adapted and he always has one of the greatest smiles God ever put on a kid’s face.
Last week, our attorney called and asked if we wanted to adopt “Mateo.” We said, “Of course” but we haven’t been fostering him all that long and don’t know how the State people would feel about that. Our attorney said she thought this might be the perfect time to file for adoption. She said Covid-19 has resulted in a “real mess” in the Department of Social Services and she thinks they’re trying to “work through foster cases” as rapidly as possible. So, we filed all the paperwork and we’re waiting to hear from the DSS. Our attorney says it may be several weeks before we get an answer, but she’ll stay on top of it. Raef and I are excited about the possibility of being “real parents” – and maybe a little scared too. We’d really appreciate your thoughts and prayers! xoxo Chad and Raef

…this little piggy…


Hey, guys. It’s Alex. I had some things I wanted to tell you, so I sent David and Ben a text and asked them if they’d do a post for me to “tag on” to. David texted back and said “How about a post subject?” So I told him I’d love a “toes” post if he could put one together. About 3 hours later, I got a text saying: “this little piggy” is waiting for your tag.” Thank you, David!
Since Mothers Day is tomorrow, I want to tell you about my candidates for “Mother of the year.” First, of course, there’s Carol. She’s a saint and all the guys – and kids – sort of think of her as “Mom.” Whether she’s cooking for us… or cleaning our cabins… or just being a good listener… there’s never been a sweeter lady. Then, there’s Denise. A perfect Mom for Cal and me… and a great “grams” for Bella, Chance and the rest of the kids. Then, there’s Roberta, and the “grands” and now “Jeanette”. But, honestly, my award goes to Bella. She “adopted” Chance the minute she saw him and even though he’s taller than her, she watches after and cares for him just like she’s his Mom. Then, when Matty came on the scene, she did the same for him. She’s taken responsibility for teaching him English – and God help anyone who messes with him. She’s our daughter and Cal and I don’t even pretend to be objective, but she’s a princess and gets our M.O.T.Y. award 🙂
On another subject, Denise, Scott and I closed on the purchase of the fishing camp last week and we’re already underway. We needed to get rid of the furniture, appliances and kitchen and bath cabinets, so Jim contacted a minister he knows. His is a really big Church that does a lot of charitable work. They came and looked, and are taking all the appliances and furniture. They appear to be good people and will put the stuff to good use. Also, we’ll get a nice tax deduction. We still need to find a home for the cabinets because they’re too good to trash, but we’re working on that. As soon as we get everything out, we’ll move the crews in and start stripping the interiors down to bare studs. Our engineering firm has been working on the drawings, specs, environmental impact study, etc., and should have everything ready for submission within 2 to 3 weeks. It’s going to be a very special little villa community. We’ll keep you posted.
We remain “self-quarantined” here at Table Rock – and happy as clams. We do hope to go back home and resume “normal life,” as soon as possible… but for now… all is well.
We wish all of you a happy Mothers Day – whether you’re able to be with your Mom or remembering her and the love she shared with you. xoxo Alex and Cal

You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Saturday was the boys’ monthly sleep-over at Austin’s house” Ty and Damien do a great job on this. They take the boys out to dinner – then to the “Main Event” for games – then the boys spend the night in the media room playing video games and watching movies. They even have a theater style popcorn maker the guys think is about the neatest thing since crank ice-cream. So, Austin, Dub, Erik and Travon had a big night for sure!
Since the boys were going to be gone, Ben and I invited Rick, Keon, Chad and Raef over for home-made pizza and to watch NFL games. Of course, Keon and Rick made the salad and put in a bunch of “special greens.” After the Bears heartbreaking loss to the Eagles, we made a huge pitcher of margaritas… grabbed some joints… and headed to the hot tub. We didn’t know what Raef would think about being naked with a bunch of dudes in the hot tub, but he seemed o.k. with it. After we’d been in the water for a while, he wanted to talk so we turned the pump down to “recirculate” so it wouldn’t be so loud. He said he’d never been around any gay guys before. Said he didn’t know what to expect – but he said “Hell. You’re just regular guys. I mean, you like sports and dogs and have kids and… umm…I don’t know. You’re just not what I thought gay guys would be like.” Keon grinned and said “What did you think gay guys would be like?” Raef thought for a couple of minutes and said, “I don’t know. I mean, I guess I thought you might be all swishy and dress up like girls and do stuff like that.” Keon said “Well. Sure we do that kind of stuff. But only when there’s a full moon.” We all laughed and had another drink. We asked Raef if he’d ever been married and he said he had been. Said it lasted almost five years but they broke up because he wanted kids and she wanted a career. He said it got to where all they were doing was fighting, so they called it quits.
Anyway, Raef said he didn’t think there was anything wrong with guys being gay. He said he guessed he could even understand dudes having sex with each other. He just didn’t think he could ever kiss another dude. He thought that would probably be too weird as far as he’s concerned. We turned the jets back on… drank and smoked some more… and after a while, Chad surprised us – (and Raef!!!) – by putting his arm around his neck and giving him a big, sloppy kiss- right on his mouth. It was real quiet for a while… then Raef had sort of a silly grin on his face and said “Fuck. I guess maybe I was wrong about that, too.” We all thought it was hilarious.
So – despite the Bears’ loss, it was a good evening. The whole gang is planning to get together over at Chad’s house for the Chiefs-Colts game on Saturday. There’s supposed to be snow. GO CHIEFS!