First of all, we have some of the most incredible, thoughtful, giving friends and family in this world. No offense to anyone else – but they really are.
To all our friends and family – thank you thank you thank you. Endlessly and forever. For all of you who traveled to come to our shower regardless of the long drive or traffic and gave up an entire Saturday to be with us. For all the gifts that were far beyond any expectations. To Julie who spent weeks planning this celebration for us and hours executing it like magic. Your dedication to this and attention to every little detail did not go unnoticed. To my parents who put so much time and thought (not to mention $!) into the food preparations and making sure that it was as huge of a hit as it was. The entire day was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate Finn’s arrival. And to all of you who stuck around to clean up the park with us so that Julie and my parents didn’t feel stuck doing it all themselves, as well as all the guys who helped Dan pack our car full of all the wonderful gifts. You are incredible. We love you all so much.
I will say, in the midst of us all having such a fabulous time (and Dan and I sitting so high up on cloud nine) – we did not get hardly any pictures of that day. That was the only bummer of the entire day. I remembered about half way through to snap a few pics with my camera, of course that meant there were no pictures of me, though, and the beautiful tablescapes that Julie set up were already well enjoyed (i.e. moved around). My Aunt Andi took a picture of me posing with my giant belly at some point and I am hoping that I can get her to email it to me so I have at least one picture of me that day! But alas, none of Dan and I, the happy couple posing to commemorate this truly amazing day. But that’s okay, we still have many mental pictures of it in our hearts.
So, the details – I’ll do my best to narrate with what few pics I do have:
Theme: Underwater, whales, and the nursery colors of aqua, yellow, and coral.
Decorations: Yellow, aqua, and orange table cloths covered in confetti, vases filled with water, aqua marbles, and real GOLDFISH, vases filled with sand that had pictures of our nursery mounted on sticks stuck in them, our coral tree (from the nursery), whale plates as well as yellow & aqua ones, and little cupcake toppers with the same whale theme as the plates, save-the-dates, and confetti.
Location: Under a 9 table ramada that sat on a lake (with ducks, geese, and fish) at Discovery Park in Gilbert, AZ.
Food: Taco buffet! We had ground beef and chili verde pork tacos (corn, flour, and crunchy). All the fixins’ – cheese, authentic Mexican salsa, homemade guacamole, sour cream, cheesy bean dip, tortilla chips, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. For dessert, instead of traditional cake we ordered cupcakes from my co-worker (Pirate’s Booty, Peanut Butter & Chocolate, & Margarita to go with the Mexican food theme) and Julie and Jason lovingly made and decorated a few dozen delicious sugar cookies. Drinks there were soda, water, lemonade, and iced tea. Everything was sooooo good.
Games: Baby Bag Mystery (essential baby items like pacifiers, etc. were put in brown paper bags and numbered and people had to guess what was in each one – Dan and I got to keep the loot!), Clothing Decoration (people decorated onesies and bibs using fabric paint, permanent markers, and puffy paint – Dan really got into this one!), and the Celebrity Match Game (using an online program, each of our faces were combined with a celebrity [or animal!] and people had to guess which one – this was a hard game but so awesome!) – I *believe* prizes were gift cards but I could be wrong as I didn’t participate in the games since my prize was all the loot on the gift table! hehehe
Guest Participation: On the invitation we asked people to bring a book to start Finn’s library and we were so thrilled with all the books we got and can’t wait to read them to him!
And we got gifts galore. We were seriously stunned. Every time I looked around at the whole set up, I wanted to cry. We had all of our closest family and friends there and they all were just as excited about Finn as we were that they spoiled him rotten. It was remarkable. Here I was, afraid nobody was going to even come (shows how much I think of myself, eh?) and I think there were over 30 adults, 1 kid, 3 babies, and 1 dog who showed up! We have a lot of great, loving, and special people in our lives – we are so lucky. We did sincerely wish that our out-of-town relatives could have been there, too. Having my grandparents from Georgia, and all my mom’s sisters’ family (my aunties, uncles, and cousins!) there, Dan’s aunts, uncles, & cousins from Colorado, Chicago, and Texas – and of course my BEST FRIEND FOREVER, Crystal – really would have topped this day and probably sent us over the moon to where we’d still be stuck up there!
Things We Got:
- NB-3 month clothes (mittens, shoes, hats, onesies, rompers, & sleepers)
- bath toys & organizer, wash cloths
- bottle drying rack, dishwasher basket, bottle brush, pacifier holder
- diaper bag
- waterproof crib pads & changing pad liners
- diaper sprayer
- toys & stuffed animals
- diaper cake with all kinds of stuff attached to it (size 2 diapers)
- activity gym
- laundry basket
- boppy cover
- pack n’ play
infant car seat seat protectors for cars baby monitor prefold diapers for burp cloths California Baby shampoo & diaper rash cream+ Badger Baby sunscreen
- wipes warmer
- feeding set
- high chair
- wireless camera (for nursery)
- more cloth and disposable diapers
- pack ‘n play sheets
- more BOOKS – we want to collect all the classics from this list :)
- clothes (3-6 month shorts & pants, 9 month winter clothes, and 12 month summer clothes)
It was a happy ending to the very somber week we had losing Dan’s grandmother.
Today I am finishing up sending the rest of our “thank yous” to everybody. I just love handwritten thank you notes, there’s something about them. I sent out about half throughout the week, filled out a few each night when I got home from work and mailed the next day – now today I just need to finish them up. And then of course do something special for Julie, Jason, and our parents as an extra special thank you for creating such a special and truly memorable day!