Dude. Check out these Valentines Day kisses! (re-post)

From Silas: Friday was Brock’s birthday so we had a family party for him. My parents, sister and her boyfriend got here early afternoon – met Brock and started getting acquainted. Marco (Dante’s Dad) flew down from St. Louis and got here late afternoon. Dante picked him up at the airport and said he’d never seen his Dad so excited. When Marco met Brock he said “HI. I’m your grandpa.” Brock looked at him and said “I never had a grandpa before, now I guess I have two.” Marco laughed and said “Well, I’ve never had a grandson before. Maybe we can figure it out together.” They’re already becoming “buds” and you wouldn’t believe how crazy Marco is about him. Dante made lasagna for dinner and for dessert we had a big chocolate cake with 6 candles for Brock to blow out. Then it was time for presents. My parents and sister surprised him with an Apple watch and Marco gave him a 3/4 size kids mini stratocaster electric guitar. He sat on the couch with a stunned look on his face for a minute, then went running up to his room. Dante and I looked at each other and he said “Let’s go.” When we got to his room we found him laying on the bed crying. I said “What’s wrong, bud?” Between sobs he said “What if they take me away?” Dante and I wrapped our arms around him and Dante said “Brock. I promise you no-one is ever gonna take you away from us. We love you and we’re your family forever.” A few minutes later we were back downstairs where my sister handed Brock his new guitar and said “Let’s crank this puppy up and see how it sounds.” So we did. Brock played several songs while everyone (including Daisy) sang along. It was his first ever birthday party and I’m thinking he’ll remember it forever. I know Dante and I – and the family – will. 🙂 Hugs, Silas
From David: We had a big party Sunday at Hawks nest and it was about as perfect as a party could be – capped off with the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win. Everyone was there including the grands, Silas’ family, Marco, Ms Evelyn, Jim and Carol, Taylor, Caleb, Isaiah, Nathan, Diana and the twins and all the dogs. Alex had planned the decorations and the “nest” was a sea of red and gold wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. We ate ridiculous amounts of food, visited, played games and just chilled as we waited for the big game to begin. Brock brought his guitar…as did Silas and his sister “Sage.” Sage’s new boyfriend “Ken” is a drummer so he set up his drums and they played while everyone sang. At one point while they were playing “She’ll be coming round the mountain” Silas, Sage and Ken quit playing and Brock played solo while everyone chanted “Brock. Brock. Brock.” He’s a natural little showman and loved it.
When the game was over we heard fireworks in the distance but we don’t do fireworks because of the dogs. Instead, we went out back of the nest and watched the dancing waters while the Chiefs’ fight song played. It was a day we’ll all remember forever! xoxo David & Ben

Are ya ready for some football?

Two days till Super Sunday and although we’re disappointed the Chiefs won’t be playing the game, it’ll still be fun. It’s the day after Dante and Silas’ wedding so we’ll all probably be a little tired at kickoff. As promised, we (at least most of us) will be cheering for the Bengals because they’re a small market, AFC team. Hope you guys enjoy the game – and maybe these pics as well 🙂

According to our official wedding planner (Dub) plans for the big wedding tomorrow have all been finalized. He’s been texting everyone and tells us both of Silas’ parents (and his little sister) will be here for the ceremony. He says Dante’s Dad hasn’t decided whether he’s coming. The grands will be here – plus Jim and Carole and lots more.
There’ll be a big “bachelors party” here at the house – and in the hot tub tonight. The kids have all taken their sleeping bags and electronics and are spending the night at Scott and Denise’s home over at Koala Cove. We have a big supply of tequila, limes, salt and triple sec ready… and Jim has supplied us with a whole bunch of premium smoke. We plan to make sure it’s a good and proper send-off to matrimony 🙂

“hang loose, my brothers”

We had a wonderful “Red Friday Rally” here at the house yesterday afternoon. The rally was Dub’s idea – and we told him we wanted to keep it to a reasonably small group. Good luck with that!
Fortunately, we have a large 3-car garage, and we’d moved our bikes down to the covered patio on the lower lever, so there was quite a lot of room… or at least enough room for a “small group.” Of course, the word had gotten around at school and all the guys in the Northland gang knew about it. You get the picture.
David and I had decided to set up our grille and make chili dogs for the occasion. We had no idea how many people would be coming, so we got 60 hot dogs and buns and David made a huge pot of chili. Denise and Scott brought an enormous tray of fresh veggies… and we had two big batches of hot-spiced cider (one for the kids and the other (generously spiked with vodka) for the adults.
Alex showed up in a Chiefs cheer-leader costume and introduced Bella and Kylie and two of their friends who were dressed in red Chiefs cheer-leading outfits. What fun! So, we had cheers – and music and food – and even though it was spitting rain outside we managed to stay fairly dry.
We’d been making chili dogs like crazy and I realized we were going to run out of food. About then Keon walked by and I said “Crap. We’re running out of hot dogs and buns.” Keon just smiled and said “Hang loose, my brothers, I’ll take care of it.” So, he and Travon headed to Target. They were back in about 15 minutes with armloads of buns and hot dogs. Keon laughed and said “News alert! Target is officially out of hot dog buns 🙂
Anyway, we don’t know how many were here for the festivities, but we counted the bun wrappers – and we went through 128 buns. We know there were more people than that (it was kind of a come-and-go deal) and some people were headed home for dinner and didn’t eat… but it was a CROWD!
At this point, we don’t know whether the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl… but we feel like we’ve done our part to cheer them on 🙂