A bunch of Average Joes wishing you a Happy New Year!

Hey, guys. Happy New Year. We’re hoping 2021 will be a whole lot better for all of us than the 2020 cluster fuck. The kids are all celebrating New Years eve with a “movie night sleepover” at Ty and Damien’s. It’s Alyssa’s first “movie night” and she was really excited about it – as were all the kids. The “adults” in our gang will all be here – in the hot tub. Jim gave us a big bag of his “new kick-ass smoke,” so we’ll mix up some margaritas and see in the New Year with a night of rioting and debauchery.
We hope 2021 brings good health and happiness for all. xoxo Ben and David


We haven’t told you about our Christmas, so we’ll give you a quick summary. We spent Christmas day in the clubhouse over at Koala Cove. We had a ridiculous amount of fun, food and drink. We did a group zoom with the grandparents which (kind of) substituted for being with them in-person. We’re praying for the time when we can all get together for a big hug.
The new zip line is both longer and faster than the one at Cal and Alex’ last year. It’s great fun and strong enough for us big guys – so we all had a ride on it. Nathan wanted to watch the kids do the “zip-line gift thing,” so he brought his very sweet, very beautiful and VERY pregnant wife over. Her name is “Diana” and it was the first time we’d met her. It was also the first time we learned she was expecting. Alex asked them if they knew whether they’d be having a boy or girl and Nathan said “We don’t want to know that until God delivers the baby to us.” Then he grinned and said “We’re hoping for either a ‘Dub’ or a ‘Bella’… either would be wonderful.” Denise said “That’s going to be one beautiful baby,” and everyone agreed.
One other Christmas thing. Alyssa is totally settled in her new home now, and talks with Ms. Evelyn on the phone once a week. It seems to be a good distant relationship. Evelyn called Chad and told him she’d like to give all the kids a small Christmas gift if she had his and Raef’s approval. He told her they thought it would be fine. So, the last gift down the “zip line” was addressed to all the kids. They opened it and it had little packages inside – one for each of the kids. When they opened them, they all had new Apple I-watches. They were thrilled – and Dub, Ty and Cal got them all synced with their i-phones. I suppose i-watches are considered “small gifts” if you have as much money as Evelyn 🙂
It really was a wonderful Christmas. We’re so thankful for our many blessings… and wish blessings and all good things for you and yours in the coming year. xoxo Ben