Celebrating the Bride-to-Be

A few weekends ago, I made the eight-hour trek home to celebrate Sarah's upcoming wedding (17 days!) and throw a bridal shower for her. Courtney and I planned it together but unfortunately she couldn't make the trip due to the new baby. Sarah's wedding colors are plum, ivory and gold so we made sure to incorporate a lot of purple, as you can see...

The morning of the shower, Sarah and I headed to the Lumia's house to prepare food and get everything together. I don't know if we jinxed ourselves by having the guest of honor help with preparations or what, but just about everything went wrong that morning! What should have been very easy chocolate-covered popcorn resulted in one batch of chocolate curdling on the stove and one batch burning and smoking in the microwave so we had to nix it. And the fruit dip--which consisted of just two ingredients--turned into watery yet chunky nastiness. We salvaged our plans with the help of KP, who went to Walmart and got us store-bought fruit dip and new bags of chocolate (that was before we had to nix the idea). Thankfully the rest of the afternoon went very smoothly and the shower was a lot of fun.

Its always neat to see the outpouring of gifts from women turn into a new family's home. Even two years later, the kitchen appliances, bathroom rugs and towels, bedding and decorations that I received at my shower remind me of the families who gave us those gifts and I'm sure it'll be the same way for Sarah and Drew.

The remainder of the weekend was so relaxing and enjoyable. Dinner every night with friends and family made me so ready for the wedding and subsequent vacation, when we'll be able to spend a whole week at the beach with family!

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