Yesterday was our baby shower thrown by Cory's sister and cousin! It was held up in the Seattle area, so we got up real real early (3am) and left real real early (4am) so that we could play downtown for a little while first.
We got to Pike Place Market a little after 8am, which was great 'cause while there were a lot of people there it was nothing like it would have been if we'd been there in the late morning. We didn't feel like we were in anyone's way when we wandered through. Cory got a cup of coffee at Starbucks ('cause you have to, it being the first location and all) and we eyed the piroshky shop but ended up getting some bagels for breakfast. There were a ton of flower stalls out on the street, which I didn't think anything of until I saw the photos on the news this morning about the flower stalls all being there for Mother's Day. We were there too early for several of the stalls and shops to be open, but we weren't in the market for anything anyway, really, so we wandered through and then moved on.
Next we drove over to the Seattle Center, where the Space Needle lives. We thought about going up, but at $36 per person it's a little steep (and we've been up before) so we walked around the Center and enjoyed the sunshine.
We still had a little time to kill before we were due at Cory's aunt's house, so next we ran over to Ballard and walked around. It reminded me a lot of NW Portland. Cory bought a hat at the Kavu shop (and I was tempted to buy a waxed canvas bag but I restrained myself) and we looked at a fun indie shop that was full of local art and fun clothes. Then we stumbled on a pub so we spent some time there, me with decaf coffee (I'd ordered beignets with it but the waiter forgot, which wasn't that big of a deal) and Cory with a flight of bourbon. (Yay: he found another favorite! Boo: we can't find it at our local pub.)
Next we enjoyed lunch on Cory's aunt's deck. Most of the family was already there, which was great. And then we partied!
Well, I took all of TWO photos yesterday. Oops. But here they are.
Everyone surprised us with a book (or five) that they loved when they were a kid or that their kids loved. It was fantastic - Ivy will have a ton of books to read now, and if she's anything like we were at that age she's going to need a library that size. Everyone went around the room and shared with us why they contributed the book(s) that they did. We even had some books from Cory's grandparents and uncle, who are in poor health and couldn't make it - that was really special.
All we could talk about on the drive out of Seattle was how blessed we are to have such wonderful families. People came to this shower that I barely knew, and some of the gifts were made by friends of various family members who we've never met but were still happy to go out of their way for us. (Hand-painted booties! Handmade wall hangings!) It was an amazing energy to be able to sit and be enveloped by.
We got home around 10:15pm and both crashed out hard. And today is my favorite part - I get to go through the bags and boxes again and get things organized!
Thank you so much to Heather and Lisa, who organized yesterday's festivities - Ivy's very privileged to be born into this family. :)