ashley and i left austin on thursday morning and drove to kansas city to meet my great-aunt and uncle for dinner. it was great, we hadn't seen lee and diane since our wedding over 2 years ago.
after dinner, we drove to ankeny, iowa, which is where my sister laura lives. we spent the night there and got to play with little ava before daycare on friday. she is the happiest baby i've ever been around. she never wakes up crying, she wakes up smiling and laughing, it's unreal. i kept telling leila to take notes!! we ate lunch with laura and andrew and i hung out with kathy (andrew's mom) for a bit. i've dubbed kathy as leila's adopted grandmother, she is so sweet, i love her like she's my mother-in-law. when we were there kathy was actually sewing burp clothes for leila with her name embroidered on them. they're adorable, i must take pictures and post them.
we arrived in davenport on friday and spent the afternoon with my parents, just chatting. then we went to dinner at rudy's with liz, delilah, dave, vicky, and dan. liz took us around in her dad's classic bonneville, always a good time! after dinner my sister asked if all of my friends there were atheist, based on the subject matter of our conversations. i think it was good for her to get out of bible-thumpin' republican victoria and see that in other parts of the country there are diverse groups of friends. we all get together and discuss same-sex marital rights, evolution, and politics at dinner instead of my husband's cousin's girlfriend said blah blah blah on facebook yesterday. after dinner we grabbed whitey's ice cream and spent the evening outside.
saturday was the baby shower, it was fantastic! i could go on and on about the great job keli and laura did. keli ordered taco pizza to go along with the yummy snack foods, it was a huge hit! the cake mom ordered was both cute and delicious. laura and kathy made a banner using a cricut machine and it was the neatest thing, we are even going to hang it in the nursery because it matches so well. we played a couple games, like where you guess the chocolate in the diapers and guess how big i am with a piece of yarn.
we had around 30 guests at the house, it was wonderful to see everyone. big thank you to all the friends and family who showed up! and then some of my friends brought their moms or gifts from their moms, i loved that because these are girls i've been friends with since we were 5, their moms made us pb&j and took us to the movies.
i was very humbled by all the generosity too, half of our babies r'us registry is gone. my aunt karin and uncle les really outdid themselves! they walked in the door with several loads of presents, we couldn't believe our eyes. everything under the sun from crib sheets, playard sheets, changing station, huuuge box of wipes, box of diapers, an umbrella stroller, swing-bouncer combo. and on top of that, aunt karin had time to make a beautiful quilt. plus a doll with a matching mini quilt! my other aunt karen made us a gorgeous quilt too. i love those kinds of heirloom gifts, things leila can treasure forever because they were custom made for her. my mom gave us our bedding, everyone agreed it's so precious and even better in person than online. my grandma gave us our changing table, well i'm saying she did because i used her cash to pick that up last week! ;-)
the funniest gift was definitely from liz and vicky. they gave us a dinosaur outfit, nerdy alphabet flashcards like "a is for atom", "b is for binary code", a book called "go the f*ck to sleep" and a personal baby assistant. the pba is SO cool, i would've never thought to register for one! you can keep track of feedings, diaper changes, etc. the book was embarrassingly hilarious. i had to read an excerpt to everyone so they could get the full effect of how funny it was, even my grandma was cracking up!! vicky and liz also gave us a cd of samuel l. jackson narrating the book. you have to look it up, we were dying. so many other awesome gifts, way too much to name them all. laura's gift alone was neverending. she bought us about 10 things from the registry and made a diaper cake, plus saved us big time by giving us ava's bumbo and boppy. anyway, like i said, too many awesome gifts to keep track of for one post.
after the shower ash, laura, andrew, ava, and i walked down to the river. we live a block or two from the mississippi and thought ashley might like to see it.
after our walk the fam ate dinner at jersey grille, then us kiddos headed to the mall. since i was in nfc north territory, i just HAD to get some bears gear for leila. i decided to get a packers onesie too, to be fair to jake. then tuesday night we were in the nursery assembling the changing table and jake thought it'd be funny to play tug of war with kylie using the bears onesie. rude!! haha. after shopping i stopped by a friend's 4th of july party, then sunday morning visited my great-aunt eleanor because she broke her foot and couldn't attend the shower.
after that, ashley and i hit the road. i had a fun time bonding with my little sister on the car drive, all the way down to her rinsing the grapes out the window on the kansas turnpike, ha. here are some of our adventures.
now i'm looking forward to seeing my texas family this weekend in port o'connor. yay for another shower!