No Place Like Home

I bought these shoes in Kansas City:


(Technically, they came from the Missouri side, but just barely, and I wore them in Kansas.)

Nat was extremely upset that I left town with Selina but not her.  I suppose that's to be expected, but she had a heck of a grand time in my absence.  She had her end-of-year school picnic to which both Josiah and Whitney took her.  (Always keep the private school crowd guessing, is my new motto!)  When Cole arrived, she took her to see Diana Ross in concert.  Cole explained to Nat, when picking her up from school, that they would be staying up past bedtime, having popcorn for supper and seeing a very special show.  At this, (so I'm told) Nat's eyes got very big and she asked, "Does Mama Shannon know?"  Nat thinks even Cole needs the Mama Shannon Clearance for Fun.  Then, it seems they had a picnic again on Sunday, featuring smoked salmon and cheese, both of which Nat loves.  Then, Cole took her bike riding.

Then I came home and you would have thought she was locked in a closet for the past four days.


I will probably be going again soon, and I don't think either kid will be coming next time.  A big part of Nat's distress was missing Selina.  And while Selina had a grand time being an only child for a few days, she missed Nat a lot too.  They both spent a lot of time talking and asking about each other.

It's going to be a weird summer, with lots of visits to Kansas City, as my father is going to be doing chemo for pretty much all of it.  It would appear that he has cancer of an especially nasty type.

Other than that, gee, things are rosy.  Selina will be three on Sunday.  Can you believe that?  (No, I know, you cannot.  Me neither.)  We're doing a low-key birthday zoo trip with a couple of friends and cake.  Selina keeps changing her mind about what she wants on the cake, but it's always an animal.  A sheep, a dog, a giraffe, an alligator, a lion, yadda yadda.  I will probably either do a lion or a zebra.

I will show you the finished product.  Selina is very excited about the whole thing and looking forward with great enthusiasm to the Dora underwear I promised her she would get to wear when she…you know the rest.  I am unveiling said underwear at the birthday party for extra effect.  I don't even like Dora, but Selina does and WHATEVER WORKS, right?  Here's to a diaper-free family!  Coming soon to a blog near you…

P.S. Yes indeed, your prayers, thoughts, candles, meditations on the void on behalf of my family would be awesome.

11 responses to “No Place Like Home

  1. I am so sorry about your father. Candles launched into the void.

  2. A good pair of shoes can go a long way….

  3. *hugs* and *meditations on the void*
    we have recently become a diaper-free home. it is a blissful, blissful thing indeed.

  4. I am sorry to hear about your dad and sending healthy thoughts his and your way.
    Truly, I can not believe she is turning THREE. I’ve been reading for a long, long time! My girly will be 4 this fall which freaks me out.

  5. I’m sorry about your father and hope he has the very best treatment – I’ve been there with my own father and wish you all the best.
    Your girls are so delightful to “watch” grow up.

  6. Sorry about your dad. At our house it was Elmo underwear and we are quite proud of it. BB can’t figure out why I don’t have Elmo on my underwear. I’m not really sure either.

  7. Wow – happy birthday, Selina! And will keep the good thoughts flowing for your dad; that sucks, and I hope that you don’t get too drained from the back-and-forth of it all.

  8. Prayers and good thoughts going out to your dad. I’m sure seeing you and Selina really lifted his spirits. Nothing like the healing powers of grandbabies. Take good care.

  9. you continue to be in my prayers.
    as for becoming diaper-free, bribery worked for us. chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.

  10. Great shoes~!
    Sending positive thoughts for your dad.
    Good lucky on being diaper free.
    LOL Nat wanting to know if Cole had Mama Shannon`s approval.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear this about your dad. I will keep him and your family in my prayers.

    And no, I CANNOT believe that Selena turned three. When did THAT happen? I hope you had a very happy birthday.

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