Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I know all you moms out there are laughing at me. "Just you wait," you're saying. "Just you wait until the baby actually gets here."
Jessica reads to Ellie and Kylie
Will plays with Kylie, following her up the stairs
We sit in Grandma and Grandpa's living room to talk and look through Where's Waldo books
Matt poses for the camera. Will is starting to feel lonelier and lonelier as brothers-in-law move far, far and away
We all dressed in white shirts and brown/khaki pants and snuck out in the morning hours to get together and have a photo shoot. It was all done in record time. After that, however, we had to figure out how to get home, when mom would be awake, and somehow not be suspicious-looking when 15 people came walking through the door all dressed the same. Our solution was that we would not all go home at the same time, and try to get by and change our clothes before Mom saw us. For me and Will it was a piece of cake, since we don't live with Mom, but others went to Krispy Kreme to bide some time, and we met them there to hang out the rest of the day.
My favorite parts, aside from the general enjoyment of socializing, were the pinata (I had to get a photo of my grandma taking a swing) and the strawberries. I insisted on dipping my own chocolate strawberries for the shower because it gave me an excuse to leave work early to get it done, and I find it relaxing.
Before the baby shower I was going to decorate Reese's room in a red and green ladybug theme, but I decided to go with a more gender neutral decor after some baby gifts that had giraffes on them. I fell in love with the giraffe, and decided to go with a jungle animal theme. Unfortunately, once I had purchased the crib bedding, it looked really boyish. I tried to remedy that by throwing pink anywhere I could. I created some wooden wall hangings of animals using the bedding animals as a template, but I put them on a pink background. They aren't all professional or anything, but I am pretty proud of them.
Zebra, Monkey, Giraffe, Alligator, Elephant
In celebration, we went to Sizzler to eat that night. It was quite a fiasco getting everyone together and everything worked out. Many of the clan arrived at different times- the Dickerson's just got in to town and drove straight from the airport to the restaurant. It's a mystery how our family stays sane in such situations.
Ellie had a great time at Sizzler. Her cousin, Kylie, wasn't in such good spirits after a day of airplane travel.
The Graduate and Family
The Traveling Dickersons
After. What a handsome man.