About 50 people who can't wait to meet you gathered to celebrate the good news of our referral on Saturday (Summer Solstice) at a party/shower for your Mommy and Daddy. It was a beautiful summer night and we spent much of it up on the roof deck at Jon and Kristin's, who graciously opened their home for the party.
I am pictured above with the six hosts (from left): Leigh Ann (and John) Drevs, Amy (and Andrew) Manion, Kristin Kenefick (and Jon Ross), me, D'Arcy (and Mike) Ryan, Karen (and Jeff) Radtke, and Lourdes (and Jason) Campbell.
The party had a Vietnamese theme (thanks to input from Linh Lawler). The "Chuc Mung" sign means "Congratulations," while another one said, "Hoan Nghenh (with a little "hat" over the "e"), which means "Welcome."
The food (from Tank Noodles, a Vietnamese restaurant in Uptown) was awesome! We had pork and chicken sandwiches (w/extremely hot peppers!), egg rolls, a yummy shrimp salad and fried rice (made by Lourdes). Desserts were Vietnamese sweets (not a huge hit, honestly) mini-cheesecakes (made by Amy), lemon bars (made by Jeff) and those chocolate/peanut butter/Rice Krispi balls (made by Leigh Ann). There was a keg of Leinenkugals and limeade, with or without vodka. Finally, there were Jello shots, made by yours truly.
We got lots of nice gifts, including some big stuff, like the high chair seat and Wee Rider bike seat. We got some really personal gifts, like a CD of my brother-in-law reading Dr. Seuss (complete with sound effects) and a painting of mother and child from my friend Staci. We got lots of practical stuff, like onesies, wipes, and sheets, plus a bunch of really nice books. We also got several Target gift cards, which will come in very handy. The one gift that made me cry was the little baseball glove and ball from my parents.
Here's who attended:
Mommy and Daddy
Jon Ross and Kristin Kenefick
Amy and Andrew Manion
John, Leigh and Josephine (7 months) Drevs
Karen and Jeff Radtke
D'Arcy and Mike Ryan
Lourdes and Jason Campbell
Delia Seeberg and Liam
Suzanne Fox and Ed
Jane and Michael Ungari
Kaycee, Erik and Vivian (5 weeks) Glavich
Kristi, Bryan, Aubren, Silas, Ealin and Conrad Kubicki (from South Bend)
Nina and George Wilfred
Charles Isaac and Karlin Sloan
Mark, Michelle and George Hanafee
Kate, Scott, Rainee and Huey Flynn
Jerry Eichhorst and Stephanie
Flo and Greg Merkl-Deutsch
Dan, Linh and Gabrielle (4 months) Lawler
William (sans Maria who was sick) Hussey
and Michael Donovan and Margery who came but couldn't get in the gate
There was such a feeling of community that night--so many people who have supported us throughout this long journey to parenthood and who will be there for us once you get home. And so many little kids who can't wait to be your playmates and friends! We are truly blessed.