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Lions and Froggies and Babies, Oh My! - Walking on the Edge
I don't really have a plan...
Lions and Froggies and Babies, Oh My!
The fun never stops, does it?

So I'm SURE you all are wondering if I managed to pull off a successful baby shower on Saturday afternoon after arriving home from NYC at 2:30 am on Saturday morning. But I am happy to report that I DID! (With help, of course, from Chris and Bill, the couple who was hosting the party at their house, and from my mom and dad, who came from NJ for the event.) We had between 23 and 26 people, all told, it went very smoothly, and everyone had a great time. And now, because everything is better with pictures:


The food was the first event. Although I orchestrated the shower and did much of the preparation, Chris and Bill hosted it at their house, and Chris handled the punch, salad, fruit salad, and cake-ordering. (Bill handled helping my dad go pick up the food, and herding the guys off to bowling when it was time to open presents. Oh, and mom handled helping me decorate.) They are wonderful, and I couldn't have done it without them!

Chris, Bill, and the food room:

The main courses were from the nearby Primo's Family Restaurant, and they were all great. Chris's salad was delicious, and her fruit salad baby buggy was a masterpiece:

After the food (which included much socializing and conversation), the guys went bowling and us gals played a couple of games. Amanda's longtime friend (since second grade!) won the first one by getting the closest to guessing how wide my big sis is right now (40 inches) and when she's due. She was delighted with her prize (a candle, shower gel, lotion, and a bath pouf). Another friend won game #2, and was also very excited. Even though there were only two big prizes, all the gals at the party got one of these favors. The bags had 4 chocolates and a lip gloss. The paper said:

"It’s a Boy!


Ten little fingers,
Ten little toes,
The sweetest of smiles
And a cute little nose.
All these add up
To a very special thing—
A baby—
The greatest of gifts
That life can bring.


I'm glad you could join me
on this very special day
as I look forward to greeting
the new baby on the way!"

(Ironically, the bottom four lines are actually ones I wrote while being silly in this entry. Hee!

After games it was cake-time! Chris had ordered an AMAZING lemon chiffon cake from nearby. Mmmm:

And after that, Amanda opened a metric ton of presents, all of which were either useful, adorable, or both. Many had froggies (part of the bedroom theme Amanda and Jeff picked out) or similar cute animals on them. And after that (3.5 hours later) the party was done!

And now, a few more pics.

Almost all of the gals, who just happened to be sitting like this at one point (my cousin, who is also pregnant right now, is the one in black and turquoise there):

The mom-to-be and friends:

Mom and me:

Chris, Amanda, and me:

The excited parents-to-be:

And finally, because I forgot to take a picture before, the baby ball I hand-sewed for them as a Christmas gift:

Fun times!

ETA: Report from today's ultrasound is that everything is normal and on track with the wee He-melon. Hurrah!

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Trixie feels: giggly giggly

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kokopellinelli From: kokopellinelli Date: February 9th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC) (current file)
Aww, looks like you guys had a lot of fun! You can definitely tell you and Amanda are related!
particle_person From: particle_person Date: February 9th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) (current file)
Seriously, Amanda looks SO much like you.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 9th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC) (current file)
We share a lot of things, including many genes. ;) Hee.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 9th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC) (current file)
Hah - we are told that a lot, and once were even mistaken for twins (although I don't think the resemblance is quite *that* close. :)
particle_person From: particle_person Date: February 9th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC) (current file)
So what is in that bag in the third picture? I'm sure the tag on there saying "It's a Boy!" is what made me think the yellow thing was a gummy penis.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 9th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC) (current file)
LOL. It's just chocolates and lip gloss. Nothing risque. ;)
queenthesixth From: queenthesixth Date: February 9th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC) (current file)
What fantastic pictures. Everyone looks to be really enjoying themselves and that fruit salad baby buggy is a work of art! Love it.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 9th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC) (current file)
I was in awe of the baby buggy, myself. Chris did a great job.
ashcomp From: ashcomp Date: February 9th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC) (current file)
One can see where the girls in your family get their looks. Your mom is doing pretty well for a woman of "a certain age", whatever that is. Closer to mine than yours, I expect :)

Tell Amanda to open the account for the kid's law school tuition right now. . .
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 9th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC) (current file)
I agree that my mom is aging well. :) Although I suspect I look the appropriate age now, back before law school and the related hours and hours of missed sleep, I was always judged as being younger than I am, and my sisters have encountered that too. It must be a family thing.

LOL. I'm not going to let the poor wee He-melon go to law school. Too much pain and not enough gain, I say. Well, at least, I say that now. Maybe if I get a job that pays the big bucks I'll start saying differently.
soleta_nf From: soleta_nf Date: February 9th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC) (current file)
So cute! Congrats to your sister! They look very happy. :)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 10th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC) (current file)
Thanks! We are all SO excited. First grandchild/nephew!
poinsley From: poinsley Date: February 9th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC) (current file)
That fruit salad baby buggy is fantastic! Sounds like it was a great party!

And that baby ball is really cute!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 10th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC) (current file)
It was great. And thanks - it took me some time, but I wanted to make something special for the He-melon. :) (I got them other cute stuff too, including MY FAVORITE TOY EVER, a Classic Piglet puppet. Seriously, it's so much fun to play with. Hee.)
poinsley From: poinsley Date: February 10th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC) (current file)
That classic Piglet puppet sounds awesome! I've been considering getting a puppet or two for my teaching. I'll have to scope them out this summer. I used a Cookie Monster one when I taught college, since the department had all these Sesame Street puppets for some reason (haha, it was too much fun with college kids - I bet my middle schoolers would love it even more)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 22nd, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC) (current file)
The Piglet puppet is adorable. I got him in England, so I don't know where he'd be over here...
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 10th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC) (current file)
Aw, thank you!

I was running on almost negative sleep, there. Glad to know I still look decent. Heh.
From: quinasgiantfork Date: February 10th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC) (current file)
I was going to say, that *has* to be your sister, you two look exactly alike.

(Which I know what you look like from photos. Wow, that's creepy. I should just stop here.)

Food made into inanimate objects FTW!!!

Lovely shower!!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 22nd, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC) (current file)
Well, that's what I get for posting photos online. *g*

Thanks - it was a really good time!
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