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the family baby shower

Almost a week ago, this past Saturday, Michael, my mother-in-law, my brother-in-law, and I drove to Atlanta for a baby shower that his family had planned for the twins. It was a celebration from the moment the front door was opened.

I haven't been to a baby shower since I was a kid tagging along with my mother and her friends, so I didn't know what to expect. This was entirely a family affair, boys included! (Well, okay, they got relegated to the kitchen dining table while all the girls got to catch up in the formal dining room, but they were definitely around for the game-playing and gift-opening and advice-giving.)

Everything, from the drinks to the menu to the addictive cookies that Michael's grandmother made, were true to theme and almost too pretty to eat. (I say almost because food--particularly those cookies--were wiped out fast.) We learned all about how much those tiny baby items really are with a clever "Price is Right" type of game and then oohed-and-aahed over the perfectly tiny and adorable baby presents. Michael's cousins, Rachel and Katie, made a "Mommy Survival Kit" which I was thrilled to bits about. (Note: When we got back home, I caught Michael sneaking candy out of my Kit. For Mommies only, I said!) The funniest segment of the party had to be when we were reading little advice cards stamped with blue baby feet. Turns out, Michael's younger cousins are excellent sources of information on how to take care of babies. 

It was never more clear to me than it was that wonderful weekend that when you marry someone, you're also marrying into a family. And I--and the boys--are so blessed with this one.

{all photos by Michael's wonderful cousin, Katie, whose Pinterest-savvy came in handy for the party}



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