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…for getting West this awesome handmade blanket!

So awesome.

Thanks, G-Ma!

And also a big thanks to my old college friend Katie Paluch for making it!

Katie is amazing when it comes to these handmade blankets. (Years ago, Ma Shady also commissioned Katie to make a blanket for Grey.) Here’s just a sample of what Katie can do with a needle and thread.

Katie's stitching is on point! Get it?!?

Lucky to have both such thoughtful family and talented friends,

-Shady

They're the tall ones underneath the giant one.

…for stopping by on their way back to Ohio!

That thing just walked into the frame at the last second,

-Shady

Fun brunch with Mana!

…for flying 2,000-plus miles just to stop by for brunch!

She may have had other reasons to be in town,

-Shady

But where's Bubble Cat?!? Or Alien?!?

…for coming to visit last month!

It was the last time the weather was nice,

-Shady

…from Chucky!

Chucky!

And a pumpkin!

Pumpkin!

And Supermarket Sweep champions!

Champions!

And from all us Shadys!

Shadys!

And like that, my favorite time of year comes to an end,

-Shady

PS: There was also an appearance of a duck, which some of you may remember.

Ducky!

West Rebel Wilder Robert Bryja Shady is one!

I love you so much, little buddy!

I meant #2 as in “second child,” not second favorite… or poop,

-Dad

Another great round of guests!

…for visiting and making for a great weekend!

A mix of old and new friends,

-Shady

…and, amazingly, they visited the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum while they were there.¬†Obviously, this would not have happened had I gone along.

Still, KB brought back a “souvenir” for me. And then I fixed it.

STILL. ALWAYS. FOREVER.

No longer the worst… but still pretty awful,

-Shady

Yay! Mel!

…for stopping by for dinner last week!

The last time Mel saw Grey she was only three months old, and he’d never met West, so it was great to catch up.

Also, he gave me a sweet candy bar… but more on that later.

The wave of guests continues,

-Shady

Another Kelsey visit!

…for visiting us last week!

She then traveled east to go west,

-Shady

Old Poop!