Let me first say that the weather here has been amazing lately. Everyone in this city is in a good mood because of it.
We had quite a weekend, with the main activity being a baby shower for my dear friend Kristina (aka Tina) Bailey. Tina and I were sorority sisters in college, and then she met her husband at our wedding, although they did not start dating until several years later. Tina is a great artist, and I have a couple of her pieces in my house. She is about the most creative person I know, so it was fun to throw a shower for her.
It took some time to get the house ready, because we had to make sure all the white in this house looked clean and white and not dingy (which tends to happen with a preschooler and a black dog around). Jay was so helpful. Our yard is having some major issues, and he is redoing some of the water drainage in our neighbor’s yard (she is currently unemployed and can’t afford to get it done) that is affecting our yard. So, even though he had his hands full with that project he helped me do a lot to get ready which I really appreciated.
I set up the drink table and decided to use the crystal. I actually had enough stems since I have all my mothers goblets. It was great.
And I set out all my mismatched Limoges salad plates. I love Limoges and I really have a Limoges shopping problem when it comes down to it. Whenever I pick up another piece, Jay says, with only a little sarcasm in his voice, “Well, that is one thing we definitely need more of… dishes.”
Anyway, the whole time we were getting ready I kept thinking if Tina’s mom, Ms. Vicky, likes it all, then it will be a success. Ms. Vicky is very creative too, and while Kristina is the artist, she is more of an interior designer. I wanted Kristina and Ms. Vicky to be happy with everything, which they were, and it all went off without a hitch.
The hostesses took some pictures before the guests started arriving. The girl in the red dress, Laurie, I have seen around for years, since our college days, but haven’t really known her. But finally at this shower we were able to get acquainted which was great fun.
Tina is in the white shirt, and looks awesome for having only six weeks left in her pregnancy.
I had never met Debbie, in the gray dress, before and she was so sweet. I learned that she and her husband had adopted twin 14 year old girls from Brazil. I was impressed. I love it when you meet people who feel God’s pull to do something extra-ordinary and then do it.
Sonia, on my right, and I have been friends for awhile. We were YL leaders together back in the day, and she is one of the best people I know. She has been through some hard things in her life, and is very real, but also hilarious. It is always a joy to see her.
The shower went pretty fast. When it was time for gifts, Tina had everyone open one, just not their own, so everyone could be involved. My old friend Katherine, who is Tina’s sister in law, is next to Tina writing down the gifts. She had on the cutest dress ever.
I met one girl at the shower and had a couple conversations with her about my house. She kept asking me questions, like “Did someone come in and help you decorate your bookcases?” or “What work did you do here?” They were very reasonable questions, but then I realized what was going on in her head. She seemed confused about our age versus how much stuff we have. And we do have a lot of stuff, and some very “adult” furniture, most of which is inherited. We didn’t go out and buy it all, but she didn’t know what. So, I told her how a good bit of the furniture in our house was my mother’s, but also that we have been married for ten years and so we have had some time to build a household. You should have seen her face. She said “That makes me feel so much better, because I have only been married a year, and we are a long way from this.” I meant to tell her to get a subscription to House Beautiful and use their decorating ideas and then incorporate them into her house, and it would all come together just fine. But I forgot.
Shortly after the shower ended, Jay and Lilla returned. He took her on a picnic and then swimming. She loved that a few people were still here. We all ended up talking in the front yard, while Lilla stood on the front stoop saying, “Friends, come in!” She was fascinated with Tina’s baby belly, but was a little bashful about getting a picture with us.
When the last guest left, and we had finally closed the door, I plopped down on the sofa and watched Barney with Lilla. I was a little worn out, and needed to recharge for a bit. But we had such fun day.