(Too bad Jayden was sick that day, he would have loved running around with the other boys and playing with the wrestling figures!)
Brian and Flora's baby is due to arrive mid-January, and my girls and I were planning on having a family shower for Flora sometime in late November or early December but Flora had a plan of her own. Flora's family lives out of state, so understandably, she wanted to have it when her sister was visiting New York. Flora did the planning herself and she had lots of help and support from her friend Kathleen, and also lots of help from Brian's friend Melissa. While Flora was out of state the week before the shower these girls did a lot of the shopping and organizing. They also helped to set up and decorate the hall and they organized games and provided prizes for the guests to enjoy. The girls were an outstanding support system to Flora. And they were a God-send to me! With a two-week-old baby in the house, and planning and packing for a trip to Disney World, it was not perfect timing for me to host a small family shower, and definitely not perfect timing for me to throw a big bash. I did meet Flora's request for cupcakes and 'Wanda's Peanut Butter Cookies' though, and Ray made up some cute Baby Shower water bottle labels that we found online, and we had a great system: Ellie took off all the Poland Spring labels, Ray put on the new labels, I cut ribbon, Ellie tied it on the bottles, and then I curled it. So many thanks to Ray and Ellie, and many, many thanks to Kathleen and Melissa!
(I like the idea of the water bottle labels, and Kate says she may do that for Eòghan's Christening celebration too.)
Ray's sister Susie has a severe latex allergy, so she was not able to attend the shower because there were lots of these:
We missed her a lot, but we were happy that her girls were there!
(Here are Erika, Jackie, and Jillian, back at our house for a little visit with E`oghan after the shower was over).
(Susie's oldest daughter Jackie with Ray's Mom Helena. We also got the good news that Jackie is expecting her first baby in May!)
(Here is my sister-in-law Eileen [married to Ray's brother Kenny] and her beautiful daughters Sara and Katie.)
(My cousin Mary, she just got out of the hospital recently, and even though she is recovering from major surgery, she still makes every party!)
(These are Mary's daughters and granddaughter, Laura with little Ashley, and MaryAnn)
(And this is my Aunt Marion [mother to Mary, Grandma to Laura & MaryAnn, and Great-Grandma to Ashley, among many others], Marion will be turning 95 on October 17! Happy Birthday, Aunt Marion!)
(Lori and Sophie!)
Flora's baby shower was more of a baby festival complete with a "Cat In The Hat" pinata!
I really don't like the idea of pinata's at all. I think it is too dangerous (I kept yelling at Flora to step back! She's carrying precious cargo after all!), and I feel bad for the children at the end of the line who never seem to get a chance at bat!
(But Mia was at the front of the line, so she got a chance.)
(And James got a chance too!)
And I think all the children went home with 'goody bags', so, all's well that ends well.
Well, we're off on a road trip to Disney! 'See you all when we return!