Big Baby Shower Weekend

This past weekend my aunt Sarah graciously hosted a wonderful baby shower for me out here in Seattle. She has been working hard for the last few months to plan this shower from afar {she lives in Minnesota} for baby Allen. We had several family members travel out here to celebrate our babe – my aunt and my mom came from Minnesota and Alex’s mom, aunt Chris and nana came from Illinois. Given the family in town, we planned a lot of activities to spend time with them and keep them entertained, in addition to attending the baby shower.

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Everyone was essentially on their own to explore the city during the day on Thursday and Friday but met us at our house for fondue on Thursday evening and dinner at Bottlehouse on Friday night. We had a great time catching up and getting acquainted. Since my family is from Minnesota and Alex’s is from Illinois, they don’t get too many opportunities to spend time together.

{Nana was in love with our pets...}

{Nana was in love with our pets…}

{She even got Henry cuddles!}

{She even got Henry cuddles!}

{The two grandmas were enjoying coming up with the name they want the kid to call them... Donna, we're still waiting on you!}

{The two grandmas were enjoying coming up with the name they want the kid to call them… Donna, we’re still waiting on you!}

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The ultimate purpose of everyone’s trip was to attend Saturday’s baby shower honoring our little babe. The shower was held in the dining room at a hotel in downtown Seattle. Everything was lovely – it was a nice small, intimate group and space, which made it quite enjoyable. The room was tastefully decorated with photos of both my family and Alex’s family to show the genes that our babe is coming from… Hopefully the kiddo gets the best ones from both sides!

{The mama-to-be with the grannies-to-be.}

{The mama-to-be with the grannies-to-be all heading off to the shower.}

{Based on my due date, I've got great grandbaby #11 cooking, though I've got a feeling #12 will appear first. Alex's cousin Tara's due date is just a few days after mine.}

{Based on my due date, I’ve got great grandbaby #11 cooking, though I’ve got a feeling #12 will appear first. Alex’s cousin Tara’s due date is just a few days after mine.}

{Photo op with my mom and aunt Sarah}

{Photo op with my mom and aunt Sarah}

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The food at the shower was delicious – we had a spread of appetizers at the table, followed by the entree of our choice. Knowing that princess torte cakes are historically my birthday cake of choice, my aunt commissioned the restaurant to bake me a princess torte cake. It was beautiful!

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Already baby Allen is quite spoiled. His family and friends stocked us up quite well with baby necessities, goodies and adorable outfits. At this point, I think other than the car seat and stroller, we have everything we truly need. A baby could survive in our house right now!

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{New clothes for the little babe!}

{New clothes for the little babe!}

{During the shower, Alex and Ryan had some guy time with Ryan's 5-month old twin boys, Oliver and August... Alex is getting some great practice!}

{During the shower, Alex and Ryan had some guy time with Ryan’s 5-month old twin boys, Oliver and August… Alex is getting some great practice!}

The rest of the weekend went by really fast but we spent it continuing to enjoy spending time together. We had a nice dinner on Saturday evening, then met up early on Sunday morning for breakfast out in Woodinville, followed by a wine tasting. The weather was spectacular on Sunday and we spent most of the afternoon sitting outside in our backyard.

{Woodinville wine tasting on a sunny patio - not a bad way to spend the day!}

{Woodinville wine tasting on a sunny patio – not a bad way to spend the day!}

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Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and between late Sunday night and Monday morning everyone headed back to the Midwest. It was so nice to spend the time with our moms, aunts and the only grandma we have left between us. Alex and I are so appreciative of them coming out to celebrate our little man and spend time with us and each other. It was a really memorable experience and we’ll be forever grateful to our family members who came out and my aunt Sarah for hosting such a nice baby shower.

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