True story, I’m tired. Sorry for the delay
Without further ado…Shower #2! My sister was so sweet to plan me a shower in Sioux Falls so I could celebrate with my family as well. She was very top secret about her planning, I mean, how would you ever plan a shower without pinning a single thing?? I have no idea, but she did!
We kept the invite list small and man did we have fun!!!
First up? The food of course We had delicious fruit, bars, baby cupcakes (normal cupcakes with chocolate chips for eyes and pacifiers in their mouths), and Whoopie Pies. All was delicious, but my favorite? The blue “bathtub” punch she whipped up, I can’t even tell you how many cups I drank…Baby P was on a sugar high! Recipe is adapted from here to be lactose free.
I also realized in the pre-shower prep that Steve and I don’t have very many pictures together…so we rectified that before him and my dad took off.
36 weeks, proud daddy (You may notice he’s sporting a goatee…don’t ask… haha)
Once our guests arrived, we got to work. Our first “game” — freezer meal prep! This was seriously a genius idea if I do say so myself. I picked out 7 recipes ahead of time that sounded good to me and my mom prepared the ingredients ahead of shower time (browned hamburger, boiled noodles, etc). I did my best to pick recipes that used overlapping ingredients to make prep time easier. Come shower day, there were 7 stations set up to prepare anything from Taco Soup to Lasagna. Shower attendees split up into teams (2-3 people or so a team) and got to work. Since it is just Steve and I, we put all the recipes in smaller containers — so 2 meals per recipe. All in all, we put together 15 meals and it only took about 15 minutes!
My mom had pre-printed slips to tape onto the meals with cooking directions. My Aunt Tammy and I ended up with too much baked spaghetti for two tins, so we went for a 3rd!
My mom had cleared space in the deep freeze, so we put everything in there and when my parents come down to visit Baby for the first time, they are going to bring us the precious cargo. All in all, it was really fun, I’m REALLY pumped up at having food to eat, and Steve’s excited to not have to figure out what to cook for a few weeks. Shower game win.
After that, it was time for presents. Little sister had one more game up her sleeve, she passed out some BINGO cards to everyone and we filled in our cards with 25 different baby gifts. As I would open things, people would place their stickers in the spaces to get BINGO. She had prizes for the first 3 people to get BINGO. There was a lot of strategizing going on and it was a great way to spice up present time.
I made more awesome present opening faces…like this one…while talking about what a white noise machine does and how it’s going to fulfill all my dreams for a good sleeper of a baby
All in all, it was a great time and I felt so blessed by such fantastic friends and family members. I’m a lucky girl and Baby P is going to be so lucky to join such a large, loud, loving family.
Consider me showered!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you everyone
And yes, as a side note, I’m way behind with blogging, we’ve been going like gangbusters over here trying to get some misc. things done before Baby arrives. We’re wrapping the nursery up (just in time, right?) so updates coming soon!