Thursday, January 29, 2009

It's a Baby Shower! ~Getting Ready for Sophia

This is our son, Ben, and his wife, Lisa. They live in Pittsburgh, so when they were home for Christmas, on Saturday it was time to have a baby shower! Their first baby is due on March 23. They already know that the baby is a girl and have named her Sophia.

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When I shared about making this diaper cake for Lisa in a previous post, I promised to show pictures from the shower.
Lisa's shower was held at my house, but the planning and food were supplied by Lisa's sister, Julie, - her sister in law, Stephanie, her mom, Lori and my other two daughters in law, Jess and Kristen.

There were Games...

In this game, the guests were to cut a piece of yarn the length that they thought would correctly measure the length around the expectant mother's tummy.
In this picture is Lisa's sweet mom, Lori (standing, in the lovely pink sweater). By the way, the invitation urged each of us to wear pink that day. Well, you'll see in a later picture that I forgot that memo:)
(Notice Tozer sleeping on the floor:)

Have you ever played the "Identify what kind of Candy Bar is melted in the Diaper" game? Yeah, I'll just say it looks very realistic.

Did I mention that it was a very relaxed and fun atmosphere? Here is Ben and Lisa's dog ,Tozer, taking a nap in the middle of it all:) He's saying, "What baby? I'm the baby around here!"

In another fun activity, each guest chose a bib or Onesie, personalized it with iron-ons, and gave it to Lisa. It was a lot of fun to see each one's humor and creativity! And it is a great way to supply Lisa with lots of bibs and Onesies! Each time Lisa pulls one of these items out of the drawer, I know it will bring back sweet memories of the day.

There was Food...

The food was planned around a tea. Lisa and her sister, Juli have wonderful memories of having teas with their grandmother when they were growing up. There were several flavors of tea offered, as well as punch and coffee.
On the food table were cucumber sandwiches, pinwheels, a delicious spinach salad w/strawberries, veggies and dip, salty snacks with dip. For dessert there were cookies, strawberry shortbread cake and chocolate cake.
It was all very delicious!

There were Gifts to open...
Sitting by Lisa is her sister, Juli.

Amanda, sitting on the stairs,enjoying herself during the gift opening.

These two little dresses were worn by Lisa when she was a baby. Her mom passed them to Lisa in a gift for her little girl. How beautiful!!

There were friends..

Lisa's good friend and her sister who had never been to a baby shower. They are from Germany, and explained that where they are from, christenings are a big event and celebration given for the birth of a baby.
It was nice that so many friends and family from out of state were able to attend because of being home for Christmas. So nice for Lisa to see so many in one place!


And family...

These are my beautiful daughters in law:)
Jess, Lisa, Kristen

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Isn't she a lovely mother-to-be?:)
Here are two quotes from Ben and Lisa's blog that chronicles their journey into parenthood:

"...and inside Lisa beats the heart of a person I will love deeply for the rest of his/her life. What new mystery is this, what world have we entered into, what magic has fallen on our lives, and who are we to have created a miracle." ~BEN

"What a magical moment to start thinking about this wonder and to envision this little girl crawling up on her daddy's lap asking him to read her another story... I am greatly anticipating the day when I will hold my daughter and tell her she is loved and that she is worth dying for. ...She will know how beautiful and priceless she is and I pray she will never doubt that." ~LISA


Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate the birth of a new baby into your life! Everything looked so pretty and delicious. And you looked as if you all had a great time. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the little one when she makes her appearance!!! Have a blessed weekend!

Zaroga said...

A wonderful celebration... thank you for sharing it. I'm looking forward to reading of Sophie's birth.

Carla said...

How lovely! Congrats to everyone, the new baby coming into such a welcoming loving family, the parents, the grandparents, and on and on...Life will never be the same-and that's a GREAT thing:)

Elena said...

The shower looked wonderful. It was great to see all the pictures. My favorite part was reading what your son and daughter-in-law wrote about little Sophia. It brought tears to my eyes and made me think of how my husband and I felt when I was carrying our precious little Mary girl.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Looks like a fun time for all! The doggie was very comfortable among friends!


BECKY said...

Hi Linda,
I just want to say hi and thank you for stopping by my blog today. You always leave such nice comments that make me smile.

I just love what you said about my little girl with flowers.

I'm delighted that she blessed you, too! I'm so glad God gave us memories so that when things do change, as they will, we can remember how it used to be!!
Have a joyful weekend!

BECKY said...

I completely forgot to say how much I enjoyed your "Grandbaby Shower"!! So glad I popped in and got to see it!!
:o) Becky

A Hint of Home said...

The shower looks like a lot of fun. Can't wait to see Sophie when she arrives.

Lisa Ann said...

That diaper cake is awesome! I going to make one for my sister. She's due in July.

LDH said...

What a fun baby shower. Oh, Boy! A grandbaby on the way! :)

JanMary said...

We don't have baby showers here in N Ireland also. They look so much fun.

It is rare for parents to share if their baby will be a boy or a girl, and definitely not the name...isn't it strange the differences between countries. People don't buy gifts for the baby before it is born either!

The diaper cake and the identify the contents of the nappy/diaper fun too.

Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and welcome! A new baby is something to look forward to! What fun the baby shower looked like ... a precious baby girl. I could think of nothing better, Sending love from sunny South Africa!

Kelli said...

What a wonderful baby shower and the mom-to-be is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks beautiful! Love the quotes at the end too. The games sounded really fun and the food looked delicious. I'm throwing a baby shower in February and may have to steal some ideas. :)

brooke sellers said...
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brooke sellers said...

awwww, what a sweet shower, what a cute family.

i have read your blog from beginning to end because tim passed on the link to me. i've been enjoying getting to know you in this virtual world way and hope i can meet you in the real world soon, too.

ps: that son tim of yours is a wonderful man.

Susan B said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog, and leaving such a sweet comment!

What a wonderful celebration for your family. Congratulations on the new little one! The shower looked like a lovely time. The mom-to-be is lovely also. (And loved the diaper cake, too cute!)

Lisa Collier said...

Linda, you put a wonderful post together here about the shower. it was such a blessed event, and i loved every moment of it. you are a wonderful grandma to sam and will be for our daughter. i know sophie will love her grammy collier so much! if you get the chance, can you send some of these pictures to me? i didn't have my camera that day. thanks. miss you. oh, the dip recipe for the super bowl was great!