I have truly been blessed with an amazing group of girlfriends in California and they, along with my sister, hosted an absolutely beautiful California baby shower for me on February 8. The venue was decorated with soft greens and pinks and they had thought of every detail – like handmade paper centerpieces, custom banners, delicious homemade food, a guest sign-in sheet, guest advice cards, yummy and adorable guest baby rattle favors, photos of Dan and me as babies, and so much more. It was a lovely afternoon and it was so wonderful to spend time with the women who have made my life in California work for the past 11 years.
After the shower, Mom, Anna, and Dan’s mom came back to our house and we took a closer look at the stunning quilts that Dan’s mom made for our first born child. You can read more about her labor of love making them here and here.
Dan’s mom flew in for the shower only, so Dan took her back to the airport and then Mom, Anna, Dan, and I went to dinner at Benihana, which none of us had ever been to before. It was a lot of fun and the food was great.
We had part of Sunday with Mom and Anna before they, too, flew back to their homes, so we brunched at Beachcomber Cafe and then walked around the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages. I couldn’t have them visit SoCal and not at least see the beach and ocean!
It was a bit sad/weird to say good-bye to our visiting family at the end of the shower and weekend knowing that the next time that we would see them, everything would be different, as we’d have our daughter by then. Having a baby is still something that I cannot completely wrap my head around!