They'd delayed the party a couple of weeks because Amanda was always busy.
"Its now or never." Kyle told his mom. "I'm not waiting another weekend for her.. by the time Amanda gets around to coming, Rosie could be twenty-two."
As it was, his Mom and Kelsey had decorated the whole dining room for the festives. It was buffet style with dips and chips and finger foods. People would be there any minute. Naturally, they had a table just for the gifts. Kyle wasn't sure what to expect. He really didn't want Rosie to be showered with gifts, but still she was turning a year old. It was exciting. And she knew something was up. Especially, when his Mom dressed her up in her pretty pink laced dress that she'd worn to get her picture taken in at the photo place that has the cutest pictures ready in thirty minutes. Yeah, she was getting pretty good with the cute stuff. Naturally, Kyle had wanted Amanda to be there for the photo shoot, but again she cancelled.
"What is Amanda's problem?" Kyle wanted to know. "Have I treated her that bad?"
"She just feels uncomfortable right now," his mom said. "You'll have to give her time."
Kyle nodded. Time. He wished she'd at least called. She only lived a few blocks away, and it felt as if she might as well have moved a couple of states away.
"Maybe you need to talk to Elliot more," his Mom suggested. Kyle scowled at that.
Finally guests arrived just as Kelsey was bringing in the pink birthday cake. It wasn't long until Ellie and Lon arrived with Charlie and Olivia and Roger.
"So is Nick coming?" Kyle wanted to know as he went to say hi to Charlie who Lon was holding.
"Yeah," Ellie nodded. "He just wanted to take his truck. He's bringing his friend along."
"Where's Amanda?" Roger asked who held on to Olivia's hand.
"Who knows." Kyle shrugged.
Nick got there with Heath and Amanda was the last to arrive with Elliot. Kyle wasn't sure he even wanted to give her the time of day.