My Work Shower
I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing friends and family. Although I am not working this year, the support system from my school remains, and it feels so wonderful to know that those friendships aren’t just going to stop because I am not working with them day-to-day anymore.
When I made the decision last year to stay home in preparation for these babies, I knew that I would not get to experience a school shower the way that so many first-time moms do (as is the tradition at our elementary school). Well, I was wrong. They threw me a shower anyway! Because we have had so many different women on our 4th grade team over the years, they all got together to plan it for me, and it was so special!
Being thrifty teachers, they went to their friend Google and somehow found some adorable nautical-themed decorations for both boys and girls. PLUS, these items can be changed around and then used for a 1st birthday party as well. Who wants to guess what our 1st birthday theme will be?
Before this shower, I had my high school friend Debbie of Studio Ten15 create this beautiful poster for us. It is a sketch of our house, printed on a large poster and framed without the mirror. At our showers, we wanted to have everyone in attendance make a thumbprint and sign it to create a version of “Up” inspired art. We did something similar to this at our wedding, where we had everyone sign a picture mat. We then framed one of our wedding pictures and we hung it right outside of our bedroom. It is something that we see every single day, and each time I look at it, I subconsciously find another note or signature and remember that person that was there to celebrate our marriage. We wanted something similar for the birth of our babies, but we went back and forth with what we wanted. We thought that we would do something for each of them, but then we realized that this was going to be something for us, not necessarily for our twins. So, what’s more personal than the home in which they were born?
Tim and I wanted to be the first to leave our prints.
And after the Shady Grove shower, this is what we had. Beautiful, right?
Thank you so much to my amazing team members and friends for throwing me such a special and memorable shower! I love you ladies!
My Family Shower
I told you that I was lucky, right? Well, the fact that my family put together this shower for me just shows how lucky I am. To say that the Doyles and Tuckers have been busy over the past few months is an understatement. We have had traveling, deaths in the family, reunions, bridal showers, weddings, visiting family, and so many other things happen, that it would be so easy for everyone to just say, “I’m sorry, but we really just can’t do this.” But that’s not my family. The very next weekend after her wedding, my new sister-in-law Lauryn, Kathleen (Tim’s sister), Pat (Tim’s mom), and my mom put together my family shower. It was beautiful!
Of course, we had our “Up” picture, stamp pads, pen, directions, and baby wipes to clean up afterwards.
The directions say: “Thank you for celebrating the births of ‘Baby Girl’ and ‘Baby Boy’ Doyle! We are truly lucky to have you in our lives. After all, it takes a village, especially when raising twins! Please leave your fingerprint as a balloon memento as well as writing/signing your name by it so we can have this keepsake for years to come. With much love, Dory and Tim”
There’s also a practice area on sticky notes at the bottom, just in case people wanted to try it first before committing!
Now, on to the decorations:
My favorite part of the food table was the cheeseburger sliders that Kathleen made for me (in homage to my #1 preganancy craving of cheeseburgers).
Or was it my Boston Cream Pie cakes? They were so delicious too!
Kathleen, my competitive Doyle counterpart, was in charge of the games, and she rocked it out! We had 3 games to play, and they were so personal!
The first was called “Grandmother Knows Best.” Kathleen had asked both of the soon-to-be grandmothers questions about Tim and me growing up, and we had to guess which child they were talking about. Out of 10 questions, I only got 7 of them. Good job making it tricky, Kathleen!
The next game was where Kathleen had lots of different types of candies spread out. Kathleen would say a phrase, such as “We hope that Dory’s contractions are not _______,” and we would have to match it to a candy (answer: “Whoppers”).
The final game tied in with the opening of the presents. Kathleen’s gift to me was a basket of many different goodies for the babies. The guests were able to look inside the basket for 30 seconds to see if there were two items listed in the basket, or only one.
Love the hashtag #twinning!
Here are some pictures of those that were helping us celebrate:
My beautiful sisters (in-law) Lauryn and Kathleen:
Thank you so much to Lauryn’s mom Loretta for snapping these pictures of some of the gifts:
One of my mom’s talented friends made these diaper cakes for us. They are so beautiful I don’t want to ever take them apart (as much as we will need to use those diapers one day):