Dude. Put a sock on it!

Hey, guys. It’s Cal. Since Ben wants us all to update you on what’s happening with our kids, I thought I’d have a go at it.
We had a party for Bella on her 7th birthday (August 28th). (Alex says she’s 7 – going on 18 🙂 ) It was a small party (just the kids) because we’d all be getting together for Labor Day and we knew she’d think the entire weekend was to celebrate her. She’s a sweetheart. She thinks she’s in charge of all the kids… and sometimes it seems like she is… except that we all understand no one is in charge of Chance – other than Chance. Also, Dub just enjoys letting her think she’s in charge. Bella and Alyssa are best buds and she (Bella) still keeps in touch with her friend Kylie regularly. She tolerates having Dub call her “Izzie” but no one else better ever do that. She’s excited about the start of the school year and has become quite a good “potter.” Alex has incorporated several of her pieces in our decorating scheme and they’re awesome. She’s my biological daughter but I have to say Alex is her “main dad.”
Chance is 8 years old and will be 9 next month. He’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever known. He and Bugs (his very energetic Springer spaniel pup) are pretty much inseparable – and they’re both with me almost constantly. The first thing people notice about him is he walks like me, dresses like me, talks like me and uses all the same expressions I do. (Carol calls us “big C” and “little C.”)
When the pandemic hit and we all started wearing masks most of the time, Chance struggled with it because he’s always used lip-reading to supplement his hearing. We talked with his audiologist/speech therapist about it and she said the masks might actually be a good thing for him because it would force him to rely more on his hearing and less on lip-reading. He’s a bright kid and has progressed more than we could ever have imagined. He’s the tallest of the boys and loves being with the other kids – fishing, boating, exploring and whatever. He’s a fierce “beach volleyball” competitor and is actually getting quite good at it.
So there you have it. Another episode of our soon-to-be famous “gay porn and kids” series. Hope you guys at least enjoy the wonderful pics David and Ben put together for the post 🙂 xoxo Cal and Alex

Dude. These guys will “knock your socks off” !

On New Years eve while were being unruly in the hot tub, Cal mentioned we haven’t had a “socks” post lately… and we promised him one. Here you go, babe. Hope these guys really do “knock your socks off.”

We have a couple of thoughts to share in response to Denny’s last comment.
-Yes. The kids’ new I-Watches are awesome – and a super safety tool. They have them set so that in an emergency all they have to do is click on the phone icon on their watch and say “Seri, call dad.” They can reach us within seconds. Amazing!
-Nathan and Diana have told us their baby is due “the end of June or early July.” Nathan tells us they haven’t talked much about baby names yet. We’re guessing it’ll be something biblical?
-We were disappointed to see Brayden Smith get beaten on Jeopardy yesterday… but he has enough days and dollars to bring him back for the champions tourney. Dub is a big fan of his. We haven’t heard whether Ken Jennings will be Alex’ replacement (not that anyone could replace Alex!)
On an unrelated subject, we’re really pleased that UnrulyDude hit an all-time high in “page views” on January 2nd. Thanks, guys. We love doing the blog and are glad that so many of you enjoy it.
Finally, we’re really, really worried about “bw.” The last time we heard from him was this comment on January 29th:
“I hope you all had a great Christmas. IN spite of trying to maintain our bubble, my niece has confirmed Covid and I have so many symptoms that I’m sure I have it too. Well, shit. I drove 8+ hours today to get back to my doctor, any my lower back and knees hurt – really bad – but oddly, no fever to speak of. So I’ll go in the morning and the swab stuck up in my brain, then wait for the bad news.”
Bill, we’re thinking of you and praying for your good health. We love you!
xoxo David and Ben

Dude. “Sox it to me” !

Lots of good news here in the Northland. Dub and I met Cal, Alex and Chance at the hospital a little before 6:00 A.M. this morning and they took Chance back for surgery at 6:10. Cal was an absolute nervous wreck so I sort of dragged him to the coffee shop to try to calm him down a bit. I wasn’t very successful, but at least I got him away from the waiting room for about an hour. Alex and Dub, on the other hand, were totally calm. Alex said “We have absolute confidence in these Doctors and Chance is a strong kid, so there’s nothing to worry about.” The “waiting” seemed to go on forever but at 9:44 A.M. the lead Doctor came out and told us “Everything went perfectly. We have the first step in Chance’s “hearing process” behind us and there’s every reason to be optimistic about the outcome. With some hard work on his part, we’ll have him hearing in a few months.” He told us Chance was in recovery and said his Dads could go back “to be with him when he wakes up.”
Dub and I stayed in the waiting room and passed the time by playing games on his laptop.
By a little after one p.m., we had a “very bandaged” Chance loaded into Cal’s car – and followed them home. Dub and I stopped on the way to pick up lunch, and we stayed with them until about 3:00 o’clock.
So, it was an excellent day. Dub and I are happy that there’s no school tomorrow – or until next Monday. We’ll be having a big Thanksgiving celebration at Denise and Scott’s condo on Thursday. The Doctor said Chance could probably join us “if he’s continuing to do well.”
David, Dub and I are excited about Thanksgiving and we’re sure it’ll be a joyous Holiday. We hope all of you have a great Holiday – with friends and/or family – while we all give thanks for our many blessings! xoxo Ben and David