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Thankful Thursday #119: A Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

It’s appropriate that I’m posting this shower, my third (but not final), on Thursday, just in time for Thankful Thursdays!  I’m so incredibly grateful to God for giving me the most wonderful second family I could have ever imagined, and for all the wonderful, loving people in my life that made four showers necessary!  I may be spoiled at this point, but I do so appreciate all the love, encouragement, and support we’ve gotten since finding out we’re pregnant – in the form of comments, cards, prayers, words, and gifts.  I love that so many are celebrating with us! :)

This shower was thrown by my family-in-law– cousin Andrea spearheading it with help from her three sisters, her Mom, and my sister-in-law, Joan.

Hostesses & sisters Andrea & Jessica with their beautiful baby girls.

~Photo by Katerina~

Aunt Becky (Andrea, Jessica, Katerina, and Tessa’s Mom-you can see why they’re so beautiful!) and Auntie-to-be, Joan.

~Photo by Katerina~

~Photo by Dennis~

I was so impressed with all the creativity that went into this shower!  I was in love with everything on the food table and it took me a while to look past the food and notice the letters spelling out Joshua’s name, painted to match our nursery.

~Photo by Katerina~

~Photo by Dennis~

I had these letters pinned on my Pinterest registry and hoped I could talk an artist friend into making them because they would have cost quite a bit from the Etsy artist who was selling them (not that they’re not worth it, but I’m thrifty).  I never did ask anyone since Momma Donna put vinyl decals over the crib, but I’m so glad Andrea saw my pin…and made them herself!  I had no idea she was an artist, let alone an amazing artist!  She surprised the heck out of me.  I cried, especially when I saw that she managed to incorporate a Bible verse into them.

My only regret about our Seuss theme is that there are no good Seuss quotes about or connection to God or the Bible, but she nailed it with this translation of of Psalm 127:3, which could have come straight from a Seuss book, and she made it even better by putting a cross in the middle of it.  If that isn’t the most wonderful, creative thing, I don’t know what is.  Thank you so, so, much Andrea!  You are a treasure.

~Photo by Katerina~

I know I tend to focus on food, but like I said before, this is a food blog after all, so I figure if you’re reading, that’s what you’re most interested in too.  Each thing on the table had a cute Seuss-y label.  These seasoned crackers (“fish food”) were made by Auntie-to-be, Joan.

~Photo by Katerina~

“Who Food” by cousin Katerina (Andrea’s sister).  She cut the cheese into fun shapes. :)

~Photo by Katerina~

Did you just die? Because I almost did when I saw these Lorax Nutter Butters and truffula trees made with chocolate wafer rolls and coconut marshmallows melted onto square cookies (possibly Lorna Doone shortbread).  Andrea did these, of course, as well as all the signs and the truffula trees in the jars with the signs, made with fancy spiral straws and pieces of feather boas!  I could just die.

~Photo by Dennis~

I can’t get over them.  Sorry, moving on beyond these cookies are hard.  But I’ll try.

~Photo by Katerina~

Green Eggs & Ham Pretzels? Seriously?  Too much cuteness!  Becky and Katerina made these together – just some white chocolate melted on top of pretzels with a green M&M in the middle.  Love.

~Photo by Katerina~

So colorful and cute! They were the perfect size and even had little sprinkles inside. Not to mention delicious!

~Photo by Dennis~

Pink Yink Ink Drink made with diet 7-Up and slices of lemon, lime and orange.

~Photo by Katerina~

~Photo by Katerina~

Each table had books with covers made to look like Dr. Seuss books, drawn by Andrea’s daughter, Faith.  I guess we know where Faith inherited her talent from!

~Photo by Dennis~

We started with games created by Tessa, who helped from afar while on her mission trip in SE Asia.  I thought that was really neat that she could help from so far away so that all the sisters were involved!

But filling in the blanks on Seuss books was HARD.  I’m sure I’ll be a Seuss expert in no time, but I hadn’t heard of a single book on the game.  I had to get creative.  “I will not kill anyone today.”

~Photo by Jessica~

Dennis stayed for about half the shower, then escaped with his Dad to a gun show (how funny that he did the same thing at my Lil’ Pumpkin shower, leaving with his Dad to go to the shooting range. Men and their guns! ha!).  We were blessed that his old friend, Stacia, could make it, and he got to spend some time with her.

~Photo by Joan~

If it weren’t for Stacia, Dennis and I never would have met.  I’m about to go off on a tangent here, and hope you’ll bear with me…or you can just move ahead and skip this paragraph.  To make a long story short, she was in a bad car accident (she has been a paraplegic ever since) and was in Wesley hospital at the same time Kirstie Alley’s father was there for an operation.  Kirstie connected with Stacia while visiting her father, and then gave her some Dianetics and Scientology books (she’s a Scientologist and started the mission in Wichita, if you didn’t know).  Stacia wasn’t interested, but when Dennis came to visit, he took Dianetics, as he loves to learn and read everything.  He was intrigued, and one thing led to another, and he ended up on staff at the Church of Scientology in Wichita.  Not long after, I filled out a personality test they’d put in the newspaper and ended up taking my first class there, and eventually ended up on staff too.  We married two years later! I know that’s a crazy story (and I didn’t even include the part about dating Dennis’ best friend first-lol), but basically we have Stacia to thank for bringing us together!  And it was so worth all the grief we went through as Scientologists in our early days.

~Photo by Joan~

Stacia is one of the most loving, truly sweet people you could ever know.  I was so glad she was able to make it, as we hadn’t seen her (or her daughter, behind us in the picture above) for about ten years!

~Photos by Dennis~

Gift-opening photos bore me, especially when they’re of myself, so I made a couple collages so I wouldn’t bore you too much with them.  I started off opening the  big gifts (with some help from little Madalee, Den’s third cousin) since they were closest, and just feel so blessed we got the few big things left that we really needed!  A gate with a swinging “door” to block the stairs leading to the back door and basement once Joshua begins to crawl.  The door you can swing open on it will make letting Jessie through it to go to her doggy door and outside so much easier!  A bunch of Den’s family chipped in to purchase it, along with the high chair/booster seat that I wanted instead of a regular high chair. It came highly recommended to me by three Moms because it doesn’t take up extra space (you put it on a regular chair), it’s easy to clean, and you can travel easily with it.  So glad to have that!  And Phyllis, Den’s Mom, also got us a car seat.  We had bought a used one from our neighbor but feel so much better having a new one that we don’t have to worry about being out of date or having any issues, plus it’s padded better for an infant and doesn’t have any sawdust on it (we’re having some sawdust issues right now-lol). Hurray!!

~Photo by Dennis~

We got a lot of cute baby clothes, a lot of useful things like wipes, a lot of special things like handmade blankets, burp clothes, and  bibs, and on the left of the collage above I’m opening a gift of big, thick books filled with Seuss books, fairy tales, and Winnie the Pooh stories.  I have to say books are one of the most exciting gifts for me because I loved my Mom reading to me and plan to do the same for Joshua.  Jessica also gave me some Seuss books too and Joshua’s library has grown so much that Dennis has to re-install our bookshelves to make sure they’re stable enough to hold the weight (he thinks the brackets were put in upside down).  A good problem to have. :)

~Photo by Joan~

This blanket was made by a woman I’ve never met!  Do you remember Janice? Well her Mom made it for me – mind blowing!  See what I mean about me getting spoiled?  :)

Just had to share this lovely photo of my Mother-in-law and Aunt Becky (Aunt Lois in the background) – Katerina takes such beautiful photos.  And I also wanted to share it because right now, on this Thankful Thursday, my gratitude for my second Mom is filling my heart.  I just got the most wonderful letter from her yesterday and while I know I will never stop yearning for my own mother to return to the more reliable, there-for-her-loved-ones person she used to be, Phyllis more than makes up for my Mom.  She’s like two Moms or more in one.  She’s even saving money for a hotel so she can stay in Wichita for a while after Joshua is born to help us out with cleaning and cooking while we’re settling into a new routine with him.  Wow.  (For the record, I offered her our couch, but she wants to give us some alone time with Joshua even while she’s here – see how thoughtful she is?)

It’s really hard for me not to want my Mom to be excited, and to want  her here with me, or at least have her want to be here with me, and doing the things she did for Lacey when she was pregnant with and had Owen.  But I have to be fair and acknowledge I’m blessed beyond what a lot of women are in that I have four Moms and they are so great,  it’s really like having ten Moms.  It doesn’t take away the pain, but it adds a lot of joy.  Thank you Lord, for this gift of Mothers.  <3

Can’t believe I’m going to be one soon! :)  Check in tomorrow for one final shower if you can stand all the showeryness! :)

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I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. OH.MY.WORD! Your life is certainly full of creative party animals, isn’t it??? I am blown away by all the lovely ideas this awesome group of gals came up with. The JOSHUA for his wall is sooooo adorable…and to have scripture on it, makes is absolutely perfect. WOWOWOW!!! I can’t imagine how long it took you to get this post ready…you are amazing too. Thanks ever so much for sharing your joy with us so we can help multiply it. You are blessed for sure! And we are blessed to know you! Couldn’t be happier or more excited for you Friend…it won’t be long now, and your life will be changed forever. May God pour out His richest blessings on you and your precious family as you prepare to receive your heavenly bundle. Big Hugs! XO

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    • LOL! Yes it is! I tell you what, blogging these showers is time consuming but I know I’ll love to look back on them and remember them so I’m glad I took the time. Thank you so much, Miss Baker. :)

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  2. Wow, how fun to have so many baby showers! I LOVED all the adorable food they made, and the beautiful letters that spell Joshua. :)

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  3. I know people will be pinning these treats. I was dying when I saw them. So glad you got the letters.

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  4. Veronica, It was a pleasure to provide you with this shower! I know how much of a blessing showers are for a 1st time mommy as you receive much needed items (some of which you didn’t even know you needed!) I’m so glad that you enjoyed everything! The shower was so much fun to plan and execute, not to mention to celebrate on the big day! There were a few things that you weren’t sure of: the Pink Yink Ink Drink was diet cherry 7up. We wanted something that you could drink without raising your blood sugar. The green eggs & pretzel ham were made by mom (and Katerina, I think). The Dr. Seuss books were from Jessica. I like to take credit, but I had a LOT of help! The best thing was that you enjoyed it though! I’m glad you were willing to take a few Truffula trees home to decorate the nursery. I’m looking forward to seeing the final nursery pictures once you hang the cute Dr. Seuss picture frames, and to see the new and improved bookshelves with all of their bounty! If you received doubles of certain books, you could save those back for later! Love you Cuz!

    -Andrea

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    • Man, there was just so much giving that I couldn’t keep track of everything! I feel bad I thought the books were from you – I think I said it on Facebook too so I’ll have to change it there as well. I updated everything – thanks for letting me know! And I surely did get a lot of things I didn’t realize I needed – so helpful. Oh man, we hung the letters and got them crooked so we’re going to try to fix it this weekend. I was so mad! lol. Thanks again, you are wonderful. <3

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  5. I can’t get over how creative all the decorations were – love!! You are truly blessed, and while I will never understand why your Mom is not jumping over joy for Joshua since it took so long for you guys to get him, I’ll never know. But bottom line, you are loved!!

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    • I know, it’s wonderful. As for my Mom, there are a lot of answers and I don’t have all of them, but the main thing is her mental illness. Also, she tends to be more supportive when she senses a need, especially if you are poor, in a bad relationship, etc. I never give her that vibe, even though I do NEED her, I never tell her and I can’t b/c I’m stubborn or something. But I do know she loves me in her own way and I just hope she will love Joshua too.

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  6. Oh my….so much to absorb!! I do love the fact that you have so many “Moms” that love you. That is awesome. We have both talked about our Moms before and they are who they are. We can’t change that. Your shower looked like a blast. So much creativity in everything….oh my gosh!! I didn’t know the story of Stacia before either…such an endearing story. I loved it all. I love it when I learn something new about my friends :) xoxo

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    • Yeah I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Stacia before but she and Den were friends way before we met. She was dating the singer in his band and they were great friends while Den lived in Abilene. I’m sure there’s still tons we could tell each other but haven’t thought to yet and you’re right, it’s fun to learn something knew about people you’ve known for years. :)

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  7. That looks like the best baby shower ever! Your friends and family have gone to so much work to show their love and excitement over baby Joshua! Isn’t it great that God has blessed you with so many mother figures at a time when you really need that kind of support. Blessings abound!

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