Family fair, er, shower!

For anyone who missed your local county fair this summer, you should have been at our family baby shower yesterday!


There were games, prizes and even a moon bounce!

Look at this prize table!  (Mmmhmm, might wanna think twice about being anti-baby shower games!)

My mother-in-law, Donna, has spent months pouring over every detail of this shower, from the center pieces to the food to the balloons to the … well, everything!  She even made lily balls to hang from the ceiling!

Brian and I made out like bandits!  And can I just say something?  I LOVED having Brian with me!  How fun to discover all these baby goodies with my baby’s daddy!  He admitted to not knowing what a few things were.

For instance, we had to teach Brian that these are for babies to chew and suck on things like fruit without choking or accidentally swallowing the food whole:

His most embarrassing moment might have been when we opened milk trays.  I was super excited to get these because the breast milk can be frozen in cylindrical shapes to easily plop into a bottle and then thaw.

While we were both touched especially by the handmade gifts, Brian made a point to mention each one of them on our drive back home.  He was so grateful for the thoughtfulness of others.  It’s sweet when people take the time to craft their own creative gifts!

Something a bit unusual that I was thrilled to receive were these bumper slats by Oliver B.  Bumpers in cribs are poo-pooed these days for fear of suffocation.  It’s recommended that bumpers be breathable, so I discovered these and fell in love with them.  Aren’t they pretty?

(No, that’s not our crib.  We’ve got some major organizing to do before I’m that far ahead!)

Bennett’s getting a good head start on a pretty adorable wardrobe.  (Watch out, ladies!)  At one point, I was holding the teeniest onesie and was shocked to realize that it was for a three month old!  They come smaller than that?!

(Give me time, I’m learning.)

Just so ya know, on the left is Brian’s dad, Lee, and on the right is his mom, Donna.  (And, of course, at the bottom is our little girl, Esther.)  (By the way, I plan on wearing that dress as many times as I can while it still fits… so you might see it again!)

Now that the dust has settled and I’m digging back through the loot, another idiosyncrasy of mine has been unearthed: I love saving tissue paper, smoothing it back out and folding it nicely.  If I were a tree, I think that given my options I’d like to be headed towards a life of tissue paper.  It’s so cheerful.  (Do you save tissue paper?)

And in other good news, if you remember my story of Dorothy from the Thieves’ Christmas, time has favored me and she’s completely forgotten who I am!

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SHOWER!  We are immensely blessed to have you celebrating Bennett’s arrival with us!  I really don’t know how we’d manage without the generosity of our friends and family.


  1. July 30, 2012

    that looks like such a fun time!

    and of course i save tissue paper, especially the pretty stuff–the stuff in really really good shape can be used to wrap presents and the really pretty stuff is great to use in collages and other artwork

  2. July 30, 2012

    My family gives me a really hard time about my compulsion to save tissue paper, but i always tell them, “I ALWAYS have exactly the right color i need and have NEVER bought any.”

  3. July 30, 2012

    First off you look lovely! Next, yes I save bags and tissue paper. If you set your iron to low heat. You can get all of the wrinkles out and it looks brand-new. Yes I am that cheap haha. I would rather spend an extra 8 bucks on a present then get a new bag and tissue paper

  4. July 30, 2012

    Amazing baby shower! Your mother-in-law ROCKS!!! 🙂

  5. July 31, 2012

    Wow, I’ve never been to any kind of shower with a prize table like that!! How exciting!

  6. July 31, 2012
    Memaw & Grandaddy

    We are glad it was a very wonderful shower .Donna worked really hard on making this as a few ladies said the BEST SHOWER !! Give Mother-in-law a big hand.

  7. July 31, 2012
    Memaw & Grandaddy

    If you think the prize table was something .You need to see the food table. Noone went home hungury.

  8. July 31, 2012

    So sorry I couldn’t come. Esther looks like she is exhausted. Socializing was too much for her. She is so adorable even with slitted eyes!


  9. August 1, 2012

    I’m really glad that Brian could join in on this shower. That’s really awesome. That’s the way all baby showers should be. Dad’s want to join in on the fun too!

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