Dude. Check out these buck naked blondes!

From David: Here’s an update on our kids and the covid vaccine. As soon as the Pfizer vaccine was approved for kids 5-11 years old, the whole gang was on-line looking for availability. So, last Friday (Nov 12th) Keon, Cal, Ty, Raef and I took the kids to Springfield to get inoculated (a parent or guardian must be present). We’d promised them “Steak ‘n Shake” for lunch, so we picked up the food and headed to Phelps Grove park for a picnic. Then we went to the Green County Health Department for shots. The kids were troopers and excited about getting vaccinated. They’ll get their second shots on December 3rd and be “fully vaccinated” two weeks later (December 17th). After we were finished at the Health Department, we stopped by “Pizza House” and picked up a TON of par-baked pizzas for the big weekend get together with Dante and Silas over at Ty and Damien’s place.
I think Travon said it best when he said “Now we can have a real Christmas with everone there.” Right on, Tra. Right on!

From Ben: First a quick update on Chad. He’s doing fine. He’s been at school today and going strong (despite looking a little pale around the edges). Considering how sick he was just ten days ago, his recovery has been absolutely remarkable.
We had a big gang get-together over and Ty and Damien’s place Saturday afternoon/evening. Everyone was there including Jim and Carol. Nathan and Diana even brought the twins by for a short visit. The boys are about as cute as babies get… and “growing like weeds.”
When Dante and Silas got there, they wanted to play a guessing game to see how many of us they could identify. They’d been reading the blog and said they felt like they already knew us. They started with Keon, Rick and Travon (how hard could that be?) and got most of us right on the first try. Carol whispered in my ear “Oh, my goodness. Those are two of the most beautiful boys I’ve ever seen.” They were wildly impressed with the Pizza House pizza. Dante said “Oh my God. This is exactly like Imo’s pizza in St. Louis. It’s wonderful!
Dante has dark hair and looks distinctly Sicilian – where Silas is blonde with blue-grey eyes. They are indeed a striking couple. Within about 30 minutes after they arrived, the kids had all gravitated to Silas. It was obvious he loves kids and they were immediately taken with him. We had a wonderful time talking, drinking, playing corn hole and getting acquainted. As the evening went on, Dante said “Maybe we could get Silas to entertain us.” We thought that was a great idea so he went to his car and brought in his guitar. He asked the kids what they’d like him to play and Dub said “You decide – and maybe we’ll sing along.” So Silas thought about it for a minute and said “Well… maybe we’ll try a little Stephen Foster,” and he started playing “Oh Susanna.” When he got to the part “It rained all night the day I left, The weather it was dry.
The sun so hot I froze myself. Susanne, don’t you cry” the kids were laughing like crazy. Before long, he had the whole group singing along with him.
It was an excellent evening and it’s great to have what’s sure to be a new addition to our Table Rock gang. We’ll keep you posted.