OK, so we’re a little behind, but humor us and pretend that Halloween wasn’t over a week ago.
So Halloween was a lot of fun this year, probably because it was Tateym’s first Halloween and things are always more exciting when they’re happening for the first time. The festivities started the week before Halloween, when Natalie and I made our annual trip to the haunted forest in American Fork with my sister Kimberly, her husband Sione, her friend from work, and her friend’s boyfriend. Every year I’m impressed with what a good job they do with that forest. You’d think it would get old, but they always manage to come up with something new and creepy (such as the virtual cliff you felt you were going to fall off of) along with the usual classic frights (people chasing you around with chainsaws and lawnmowers). We then finished the evening off with hot chocolate at IHOP. It was a lot of fun, and we can’t wait until Tateym is old enough to go!
On Halloween day, Natalie surprised me by showing up at my work with our cute little Tateym in full ladybug attire. Every year at my work everyone brings their kids in to go trick-or-treating around the office. We made the rounds and showed off our cute little bug, although for some reason she wasn’t too interested in getting any candy.
That night we dropped in for a surprise visit to Natalie’s parents. Everyone was very excited to see Tateym and she got lots of hugs and kisses from Nana and Uncle Nephi. Then we headed over to my brother and sister-in-law’s (Ken and Lisa’s) house for a birthday party for our nephew, Colin. It was fun to visit with family, and everyone enjoyed getting to hold our little ladybug.
I know, I’m really spoiled. I had two showers thrown for me. This time my mother threw me a shower in Sandy last Saturday and I have to say it went really well and was a lot of fun. Several people came who I hadn’t seen in years, so that was exciting.
My day started off 6:00 a.m. when Tateym woke up to be fed. After she had a good breakfast I rocked and sang to her and then put her back to bed. I then quickly had breakfast myself and got dressed for the rest of they day. Eric was an early riser as well because he got invited by his brother to go to the BYU football game and he had VIP tickets. I told Eric he had to paint at least one coat in Tateym’s nursery before he could go. I mean, I’d let him go anyway, but we both want her nursery to be finished as soon as possible, so he didn’t have a problem with me asking him to do this. Around 9:30 Tateym woke up from her nap and I got her all dolled up for the shower. She looked adorable. In the picture she’s wearing a vintage dress and sweater that I wore when I was a baby.
Finally I was out the door by 10:30 and I barely made it to the shower on time. However, that wasn’t a problem because everyone else seemed to be running a little late. I had helped my mom the day before with the food, and can I just say it was exquisite. We had a southern chicken salad made along with freshly made rolls. My mom has a wonderful recipe from the Lion House cook book for the best rolls. I’ll have to make them sometime and post them here on our blog. Anyway, we also had chocolate covered strawberries and mini chocolate and carameled apples. The day before we had taken apples and scooped out bite size pieces with a melon baller. We than had stuck a tooth pick in each one, dipped it in chocolate and then drizzled caramel over them. My mom is quite talented when it comes to baking and frosting cakes, so she made a square coconut cake and a round chocolate cake.
I was able to open my presents right away and I was given many beautiful gifts. I can’t wait to see all the adorable outfits on Tateym that were given to her by my friends and family . I also got many practical gifts and I really appreciated those as well.
My mom ended the shower by having all the women write down on a card something special that each of them had done with their daughter or mother. We then went around the room and everyone shared what they had written. Next, I was able to collect the cards and hopefully someday I’ll be able to do some of those things with Tateym. It was very sweet.
Lastly, I just have to end by saying that is was so fun to see some of my girlfriends. One of my best friends, Aubrey Howell, came to my shower. She’s currently lives in Vegas but just happened to be in town this last week. She brought her baby named Luke. He was such a cutie pie! Also, my good friend Mindy Richardson came. I adore this girl, she is so fun to be around and it was really good to see her. We met while in Dance Company back in high school. Finally, I got to see Natalie and Shannon, my childhood friends. I hadn’t seen these girls for at least two years. Natalie now has a son of her own whom she brought and Shannon brought her little boy as well. Shannon has 4 boys and her oldest is 10. Can you believe it?
All in all it was the best baby shower ever! (Unless you’re Kimberly or Lisa and in which case it was the second best baby shower ever. ;))
Because it wasn’t practical for me to have a shower before Tateym was born, my sister-in-laws, Lisa and Kimberly, decided to throw me my first family baby shower. Tateym came with me and was the life of the party. Before I knew it Tateym was whisked away from me and was being passed around like a little doll. However, in the nick of time I rescued her and she went right to sleep in my arms. (That’s right, she knows who her mommy is.) We played some very fun and interesting games. One of the games was called “Guess What Made That Poopy Diaper?” Actually I don’t know if that’s what it’s called, but anyway it’s a game where Kimberly passed around 10 or so different diapers and inside each diaper was a smashed up candy bar. The guests then had to smell the “poopy diaper” and guess which candy bar was inside. We all got a kick out of that one. I then opened gifts, which were very thoughtful, nice , and useful. Lisa gave me a “diaper cake” it was a three tier structure made of diapers with baby spoons, bibs, and toys tucked in between. It was adorable. Next, we all made our way into Lisa’s beautiful kitchen and had a delicious lunch of either chicken noodle and taco soup in a bread bowl. Dessert was a wonderful pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Thank you Lisa and Kim! Tateym and I had a blast!
Many people I know have asked me how my summer was and I simply reply by saying it was the most eventful summer of my life. Basically I went to New York with my girlfriends, then Eric and I went camping in Washington, afterward I came home and got a baby! How many people can say that? Continue reading “What a Summer!”