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You’re the best, little man, and I love you so much!

Yes, even when you look like Marty Feldman.

WEST IS TWO!

More on West’s cake later,

-Shady

Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.

This is the modern-day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.

QUOTE BOARD:

“West, why did you poop in my ice cream truck?”

– Grey, 8/8/19

It was a long day,

-Shady

…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

Old Poop!