I am a Shannon. I LOVE being a Shannon. I married into the Shannon family, but definitely feel like I was always part of the family. Colby and I spent the first week of July in Oklahoma visiting Colby’s family and friends. We planned our trip out there because Colby’s dad was hosting a Shannon Family reunion. They drove to Oklahoma from Colorado. Boy I tell you, they know how to do BBQ. We had some YUMMO food! We had BBQ ribs, turkey, pork, brisket, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, etc. I do have to admit though… The beans, while good, do not compare to Debbie’s (Colby’s step-mom) baked beans. Hers are sooooo good and I have the secret recipe and I’m NOT sharing! haha!
It started out being an ugly day. The reunion happened to be the same day as Colby’s birthday. It rained allllll day. It was an outdoor reunion, but luckily they had reserved a covered pavilion. The rain let up for a little while, but despite the rain, we had a fabulous time! David, Colby’s dad, and two of his 4 brothers came with their wives as well as Colby’s brother and his fiance, Colby’s cousin, and one of his sisters. We had a wonderful time and am so glad we had a chance to go! Oh… And no reunion would be complete without Shaquanda… For those of you who don’t know who Shaquanda is, here’s the gist of it… There is a guy who came up with these silly stuffed animals called “Therapy Buddy” that look hilarious… When you squeeze the belly of the smaller ones they say, “Everything is going to be all right.” That’s right. Not alright. All right. Anyway, Colby’s parents came to visit in early 2009 and told us about these things and they just had a great laugh about how dumb there were. So I automatically knew a therapy buddy would be awesome as a gag gift for them for Christmas. We went to Colorado the week before Christmas to spend our own little Christmas with Colby’s dad, David, and his step mom, Debbie, and I was sooo excited to see their reaction. It had been about 10 months or so since they had been to our house and we didn’t mention the therapy buddy the whoooooole year. I got their reaction on video! It was awesome! Anyway, while we were there, we decided she was a boozer and since then, we’ve had a TON of picture messages back and forth of her sucking on the bottle, if you know what I mean. We’ve baby sat her a couple of times… Anyway, on our way to the airport to come back home from Colorado, I decided she needed a name. We collectively decided Shaquanda was her name. Debbie later crocheted and sewed the dreads onto her so she would look like a girl. I love it!!! We also decided to have an intervention with her at the reunion, but she wouldn’t listen to us. She just kept saying, “Everything is going to be all right.” LOL! Here are some photos from the day.