Sunday, March 18, 2007

Our baby shower

On Saturday, March 10th, we had a lovely, lovely baby shower at our house with about 25 friends and family. It was an amazing time, filled with love and phenomenal generosity! Thanks to all who made it such a special day for us! Above is us outside of our house before folks started to arrive. Many thanks to Sarah Heath, our shower hostess with the mostess, for all her hard work, planning, and decorating!
Chris' mom supplied this super yummy cake, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting! YUM! What's not to enjoy?
Here we are with some adorable stuffed animals from Aimee and Jean. Penny is especially loving the Piglet, and I will probably have to wrestle it away from her so that the babies can enjoy it! These guys are SO SOFT!
Check out this super cute outfit and the beaming mama-to-be. Is it possible that in only about 6 weeks there will be two babies here who can wear this little number? UNREAL!!

Sarah had a great idea for a shower activity that had many of us in tears. Each of the jars above is for one of the babies. Each shower guest got a stone, and then we went around the room and each person shared their wishes and intentions for the babies and the new family, before placing the stones in the jars. After all the stones were placed, a candle was put into each jar on top of the stones. On the first night that our new family is all home together from the hospital, we will light the candles so that we are literally and figuratively surrounded by all the love and support of our community. Isn't that amazing? Needless to say, it was an amazingly touching ritual! Thanks so much, Sarah!
Here are some of our friends enjoying the shower. We never knew our little house could hold so many people. It was so amazing to be surrounded by so much love and support for our new family!
Here's Chris' family members in attendance. From left is my mom (a SURPRISE shower guest all the way from Florida. She said, "How could I miss my only daughter's baby shower?" Love you, mom!), my dad's brother, Rob, and my aunt Cecilia. Uncle Rob was in on the surprise guest appearance. Thanks for providing the airport shuttle, Uncle Rob!

Another amazing part of the shower was that friends all signed up to bring the new mamas yummy dinners once the bambinos have arrived. Wow! Such generosity. This is a picture of Emily (from my knitting group) taking part in the "Welcome Home!" meals program. Thanks, Emily and everyone else. We can't wait to see what you all have in store for us! Thanks to Aimee for arranging this part of the shower for us! Love ya, Aim!

Here's Kelly and Penny showing off the amazing and generous pile of gifts that everyone brought. Thank you so much to all of our friends and family who came to the shower. The gifts are fantastic and the company was superb. We can't wait for all of you to meet our litttle darlings in just a few more weeks. You all are going to be such special people in their lives and, frankly, they are very, very lucky to have each and every one of you!!


Anonymous said...

your shower looks like it was a so much fun! Wish I lived closer to enjoy it with you, but looking forward to playdates here on the East Coast!
Your belly looks great!!!
Thanks for all the pics and updates!
Thinking of you always!
Nikki (in NH!)

Anonymous said...

hi chris and penny......the shower info was great to read. sounds like a wonderful day with wonderful guests. (i knew your mom was gonna surprise you!!!) i am so excited for you from way over here on the east look so healthy chris and i cant wait to see pics of the new babies!! be well. love susan

Anonymous said...

hi aunt penny and auntie chris just wanted to say that we love you and so deeply sorry that we missed the babay shower. glad to see that you are both doing well. chase is big and causing trouble but love every minute of it. he is participating in a hop a thon for a young boy with muscular distrophy and raised him a lot of money but anyways we miss you both so very much and can't wait to meet the little ones. love jessica and chase!!!!

nycphoenix said...

beautiful shower! what's been going on?

Anonymous said...

Why wan't I invited?????
Carl and Vic had a baby boy this morning, Thomas, 8lb 1oz. All doing well.
Can't wait to see them. Sid is up soon. Woody

Anonymous said...

s. It was missing from my last blog! Woody