Today could have been miserable. Not only was the weather a bit iffy by some standards (not mine, I love rain!), but the traffic was a tangled, knotted mess when we least expected it. However, too many good things happened today to make it anything but a happy success.
We started off the morning with a visit to old friends, two sisters very close in age to both Caitlin and Kelsey. Cait has known the older sister since she was a year old, amazing given our lifestyle. For whatever reason, jet lag, three years since we last saw them, tween angst, Cait was a bit nervous and shy. However, they had time to catch up a bit, and promised to keep in touch.
After a quick lunch, we scurried off to Janet's house to finish prepping for the shower with only a brief detour to check out the old house. Yes, we still do quick drive-bys, but they are totally for her benefit. She freaked out about the "new tree" in front of our house (our old renters planted it), and, of course, bemoaned having to leave the neighborhood (4 years ago, but I get it).
Classically, we got caught in a nasty mess of traffic on 236 or Little River Turnpike. Turns out we were lucky, though, as we missed the bulk of the storm. We arrived at Janet's in time to get ready for the shower, and head out for a few more supplies. Then, the fun began...
Guests started trickling in at the appointed time, and then the Mom to Be arrived looking happy, relaxed, and just a bit pregnant courtesy of the adorable bump. Drinks (Habibi Fizz & Lemonate) were served, games (Which TV Mom are you, Fill in the Nursery Rhyme, & Woof or Waa) were played, and the Mezza cuisine brought guests back to the table for seconds and thirds. It was a combination of Lebanese Taverna, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods at their best.
After (or during, for some of us) the Mezza, the gorgeous array of gifts was opened. Shannon's Little Lad will have no shortage of clothing, toys, bath items, or sailing accoutrement. The afternoon ended on a high note of chocolate cake (gorgeous and incredibly rich), and treats from a local chocolate shop. Without a doubt, the afternoon went off without a hitch, and the glow of happiness from the mom to be just lit up the room.
All of the thanks are due to Shannon's incredible circle of friends and family, both those who there in person and those who could only attend in spirit. While Jen Pope organized the shower from top to bottom, to include the homemade cake (and frog atop the cake!), Janet was the official shower hostess. Some of you may remember that she also hosted my baby shower eons (I mean, years) ago when I was pregnant with the wee one who was old enough to play bartender (simmer down, non-alcoholic drinks only) today!
Ann and Erin created tasty beverages, and games that had everyone interacting. Caitlin not only turned out to be a magnificent bartender , but also a waitress, taking plates and refilling so that all could truly relax and enjoy the day. Nor can we forget everyone who drove in for the day from the extremely happy Grandmas, to cousins, co-workers, neighbors, & a last-minute drop-in for a photo-op from Jack, Janet's husband and photographer extraordinaire.
Note: I took the photo of the favors and the bib. All other photos are courtesy of Janet, with the exception of the group photo, which was taken by Jack. Many thanks to both of them! Oh, and the significance of the bib? It was my second crafty project of late. The first was another bib that I did not feel photo-worthy, but gave to Shannon anyway, as I am sure it will still come in handy at meal time. The last picture is of Caitlin standing next to Grandma Happy (or Becky, Shannon's Mom)...love the shot, thanks, Janet!