Saturday, June 6, 2009

Bridal Showers

It's a lazy Saturday here in Appleton! I worked last night, slept part of today, waited for the INTERNET GUY to come and install the beloved internet, and have been doing stuff online since then! Brent's out of town for the weekend at a friend's place near Madison, doing a whole boardgame tournament weekend. I guess he won last night during his first game ever of Settler's of Cataan, but today lost during some six-hour battleship-type boardgame. He was between games earlier when he called and was looking forward to whatever was next. It'll be fun to hear him recap the weekend when he gets back tomorrow, and I think this was a nice way for him to unwind after his last week of school with the students -he just goes back for a couple days next week to wrap things up. Then I get to enjoy the benefits of him working for a school district = summer's off!!! :)

So, I'm here at The Lakehouse, watching the rain outside, listening to The Sound of Music on the TV in the background (not one of Brent's favorites, but definitely one of mine!) and taking the time to upload some pictures to Facebook and updating this blog! I'm so excited to have internet again, and while these next 34 days will continue to be busy leading up to the wedding, I'm looking forward to life settling into more of a routine, including blogging more regularly again!

Last Saturday I had the enjoyment of attending my first Bridal Shower! The ladies from Ebenezer Church, plus my maid of honor, Aimee, threw a lovely bridal shower for me. I felt so incredibly blessed! My mom and sister were, of course, at the shower as well so here you see Julie and I enjoyed the delicious food that was prepared.
These lovely ladies have known me my whole life and blessed me with organizing all this (plus one more who had a work conflict). Joan, the second from the left, said "you're just like one of our own daughters" when she called me about the shower. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the work you put into this wonderful shower!
I had a cousin who was able to come and luckily she was willing to snap a few pictures for me!
Here are some of the ladies who attended the shower. Many of these women were friends with my Grandma, and just like the baby shower held for Julie when David was born, I became overwhelmed thinking about how wonderful it would've been to have her there. We were in the Fireside Room at church, the very place where I sat each Sunday after church with my Grandma, drinking water out of a coffee cup, listening to her talk to these friends, sharing stories with them. I miss her and wish she could be a part of all this celebrating! (It would be her birthday tomorrow, June 7th.)
My mom gave Brent and I a Christmas Book, one where we can write about our celebration each year, which becomes a fun way to recap the year. I love looking through my mom's version of this same book.
Enjoying the coffee and fellowship!
It was fun to start getting some of the things we've registered for, including these great library versions of classic board games. Brent the Librarian loves the look of these, and we both love playing board games!
Passing around the gifts for all to see.
Fun to have "help" from little friends!
Then, later in the day on Saturday, Brent and I were both invited over to have dinner at David and Julie's place. It was fun to relax with them, have Julie try on her bridesmaid's dress for me, but mostly to play with this little guy! I just LOVE this face!!
He's such a goof-ball -always up to something. Or at least, he always looks like it!
Part of dinner was some pasta with alfredo sauce, and it was HILARIOUS to watch him eat this! The best picture is on Brent's phone, where the pasta is hanging from his mouth down to his shirt! Then, it was so great to watch him slurp it up, and push the last little bit into his mouth with his hands.
He was pretty proud of himself, and only maybe slightly realized how much we were all laughing at him!

It was a wonderful weekend back in the Twin Cities! Thanks again for the shower, the dinner, and the relaxing time together!!

This coming Saturday, June 13th, will be another shower, back in Fergus Falls. Some wonderful friends there are throwing that for me and I'm so looking forward to it! It will be an open house from 3:00-5:30pm with a short program at 4pm, and will be held down at the LB Seminary building. I am so looking forward to being back in Fergus, seeing all of you friends there, and I know there might even be some "extra" people in town for the CLBA annual convention. If you're one of those people, I'd love to see you as well! Come on down!


Anonymous said...

Kari- I wish I could have been there! I love the gift your mom gave you. Where did she get it? I think I am going to start doing that same thing.. wonderful idea. You look beautiful. You got some really nice gifts.. and more to come!

Krista K. said...

So good to see the lovely bride at her bridal shower. You are literally glowing. Plus, your hair is getting so long - beautiful.