Undies, dude. Tighty whities!

We had about 4 inches of snow on the ground by Saturday afternoon, so of course Dub and Austin wanted to get in the hot tub and make snow angels on the deck. David and I told them it’d be O.K.- and before we knew it, Travon, Bella and Chance had joined us so all five kids (plus David and I) were in the hot tub. When Chance and Bella arrived, Dub grinned and said “Hey, Izzie, you’ll freeze your tush off.” She looked at him and said “Worry about your own tush, bud.”
This was all new to Chance and we didn’t know what to expect from him, but he had great fun (except when he got in the tub after making a snow angel and yelled “My skin is on fire. My skin is burning!”
He’s a great little guy and pretty much “up” for whatever the other kids are doing 🙂

Yesterday, the gang all assembled over at Chad and Raef’s house for the Chiefs game with the Texans. Dub had gotten a new Chiefs cap with a Rally House gift card left over from Christmas. He wore it for “good luck,” but by the time the Texans were up 24-0, he had taken off the cap and put it out in the car. We were all nervous wrecks but Dub just said “It’ll be o.k. Patrick just needs to get ’em settled down so they can play. He was right – and they did – and the final score (51-31 Chiefs) had us all screaming and going nuts. What an unbelievable game it was! What incredible fun!

Dudes… Briefly… (rated “G” – all audiences)

This morning, Cal texted us and asked if we’d do a post for him to tag on to. The problem is, we wouldn’t want to do a gay sex post and risk having Denny see it by accident. So, Ben suggested doing a g-rated “undies” post. Seemed like a good idea, so here you have it. A bunch of dudes “briefly stated.” Hope you guys enjoy these pics while we’re waiting for Denny to get good news from his blood test 🙂

Hey, guys. It’s Cal. This will be short, but I want to let you know where we are on Chance’s adoption. Alex and I met with our attorneys yesterday morning and things are looking good. The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. next Tuesday. Our attorney has secured an “unconditional termination of parental rights” from the “mother” and the grandmother (through her court-appointed legal guardian). We have DNA test results from both the mother and grandmother confirming their relationship to Chance. The Department of Social Services has done their final “in-home evaluation” and has already filed a “notice of no objection” with the court.
So, yesterday evening Alex and I talked with Chance about adoption for the first time. We told him we were pretty sure he would become a “forever” part of our family next Tuesday. We also told him he’d need to talk to the judge at the hearing. He asked what he should say to her. I signed, “Chance. You know what it means to ‘Tell the trust’ don’t you?” He said “Of course.” I told him if he just did that everything would be fine. He and Bella just kept giggling and smiling from ear-to-ear.
We really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. Hopefully it won’t be long now!


It’s been a long, busy Mothers Day, and a very nice one. I had talked with “Grams” last Tuesday and told her we were thinking about coming to Springfield for Mothers Day. She was really pleased, and said she hoped we’d be bringing her “other grandson” with us. She was talking about Travon, of course. The grands all think he’s their grandson same as Dub… and Travon loves his g-ma’s and g-pa’s.
So this morning, David, Dub, Rick, Keon, Travon and I loaded into David’s Pilot and headed to Springfield. David had made two lasagnas – a traditional ground beef and sausage – and a vegetable one made with zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, and onions (you probably know which one Dub liked). We also took salads, Italian bread, and two Chocolate-amaretti cakes that Keon and Rick made for the occasion. Gram had asked if it was o.k. with us for her to invite Jim and Carol to join us and I said “Of course,” – so she did and they did. Jim brought a freezer of “hand crank” vanilla ice cream to serve with the cake. It was a splendid day and everyone really enjoyed getting together. One side note: we went to Costco last week and bought some beautiful plastic plates, dessert plates and “silverware” to take with us, so cleanup was a snap and we left the house as clean as it was when we got there. Grams said that was the nicest gift we could have given her 🙂
It’s about a three hour drive each way, so we were all pretty “bushed” when we got home. It’ll be a full, busy school day tomorrow. We’re winding down the school year and it’s getting more and more difficult to keep the kids focused.
We hope all of you had good Mothers days – that you either spent with your mothers or remembering them with love and appreciation!