Sunday, July 7, 2013

Backyard Baby Shower

At the beginning of June my Mom, sister, and long, long time friend Alissa threw me a baby shower at home just days after my brother's wedding.
Months ago we debated about a shower so close to the wedding but in the end decided that it would be special to have the shower while my aunts and other extended family were able to be in town for the wedding.
I'm so glad that's what we decided, because having my aunts and grandmas there turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the shower.
It was my Aunt Lanie who took all these photos (thanks, Auntie!)

On such an off summer weather-wise, a beautiful day is especially appreciated and against all of this summer's odds, this morning was just that. 
  It reminded me so much of my wedding day in the same backyard, and I just love that the two are now connected in my mind's eye.

Also. The brunch my mom and sister made for the shower is one of the best meals I've ever had. 
I mean, you guys, those two are the two best cooks I know and they went above and beyond!
(Of course they did, that's who they are...)

The faces you see in the pictures are the faces that raised me and watched me grow through every stage of life before I moved to Chicago.
I'm so grateful all these women gave up their Tuesday morning to come support me and celebrate with me yet another life transition, even though I've been grown up and living away in the city for so many years now.
One of the sweetest moments was my mom bursting into (happy) tears when turned to see me come in to the kitchen, all dressed up for the shower.
Favorite part of all: Opening the car seat with a card that revealed that it was from Tiff, Ty, and Parker, my siblings.  The card held the most meaningful words from the people most meaningful to me in the world.  Every time I buckle the little mister into his car seat, I'll think of them and know their love for me and for my baby.
So yes, favorite part of all.

Thank you Tiff, Mom, and Alissa for giving me and the little mister such a special morning!


Anonymous said...

Yay, you're welcome! It was so fun to be a part of it for you! I'm so excited for both our little misters to meet and be buddies (distant friend buddies). Love you, Ash! Keep me posted!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

you look fabulous and oh, so happy. wish i could be in Chicago to celebrate this exciting new season of your life!

stevenjared0853 said...

Wow!! Backyard baby shower party seems really great. The arrangements are just adorable. Want to organize my sister’s baby shower at nice event space. Have seen some themes for the day. Going to select a nice there from there. Hope will find lovely theme for the day.