This past week was highlighted by two celebrations for the Floras: my birthday and our second baby shower! Both were lowkey and casual but they were full of surprises and so much fun! I had no expectations for my birthday –or anything really — this year because I’ve been so tired and experiencing some aches, but my family really made sure I had a wonderful time and felt comfortable while celebrations these milestones.
I started my birthday with a morning yoga class to find some relief from my pregnancy pain. When I walked in the door to our home afterward I was immediately surprised by decorations in the hallway and kitchen. I have no clue how Graham managed to buy the decorations and balloons without me knowing! Where did he hide them? I had been on a decluttering rampage that week, so it’s a mystery to me. He had also somehow baked a cake while I watched TV in the living room the night before without an inkling of what he was up to! A beautiful necklace was sitting on the table for me. All of this was unexpected and incredibly sweet.
After lunch and a slice of cake we headed to see Potted Potter at Broadway Playhouse in Chicago. We wanted to have a birthday date that didn’t involve much standing or require too much energy, and this was perfect!
The festivities continued the following Saturday. Graham’s side of the family made the trip to Chicago to host a casual family baby shower for us at their Airbnb. We spent all day hanging out, eating, playing fun shower games and opening some adorable gifts for our baby girl. It was so amazing of them to travel so I (we) wouldn’t have to drive down to Louisville.
Games we played:
- Guess who said it: Graham and I answered questions and people guessed whose answer it was.
- Put the toilet paper diaper on the guy: I made the best one!
- Guess baby item prices (“Price is Right” style): I would have won but I was 1 cent over!
- Family members decorated white onesies for us with markers.
I’ve been blown away by love and thoughtfulness this month, and I won’t forget it! I hope I can repay those who have been so kind and sweet to me (us) lately.
What have you been celebrating lately? Share with me in the comments!
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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