Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekend Recap: Showering Baby Charlie

On Friday night I caught a flight to Dallas to spend the weekend with my college best friend/roomie/sorority sister. Like I mentioned on 5 Things Friday, the main reason for the trip was to help host her Baby Shower but an added highlight was lots of time with my wonderful friend.

Robley and Brad picked me up from the airport and then we met up with Alycyn for dinner at a dive bar called Louie's. I love hole in the wall places, and this one fit the bill: delicious pizza and cold beer. Just what you need after a long day and a plane filled with 150 seventh graders.

We picked up Lanie from the airport after dinner, said good-bye to Alycyn and then drove to Fort Worth for a slumber party at Robley's. It felt like we were back in College Station at the Zeta House!

The next morning Robley's cousin Kate (and fellow shower hostess) and I left to help our final shower counterpart, Becca, set up for the shower. By the time we got there, Becca had pretty much finished setting up everything. We made final adjustments, set up the Mimosa Bar (holla), and then I took pictures while we waited for the guests to arrive.

Becca's husband prepared the food. All of it was delicious! Becca also incorporated nursery rhymes into all of the menu items. Too cute and so clever!
Welcome Table with Guest Book and Party Favors
Kate had these adorable party favor cookies made for guests to take home. Not only were they cute, but they were scrumptious. I ate both of mine on Sunday night when I got home.  
In case you have not yet guessed it, the theme of the shower was "Where The Wild Things Are." The blocks are from Etsy and we used the book as the guest book. 
We got the cake from the cutest little cake shop in Fort Worth. If you live in FW, I suggest checking out Leah's Sweet Treats. Her store front feels like the Mad Hatter's tea party and her cakes were elaborate and tasty. 
The Spread

At 11am the Momma-to-Be and the guests arrived and we started the party. We had 10 Zetas at the party, including Robley's Nana. Joining Zeta was the best thing that happened to me when I was at A&M. The friendships I made are genuine and loyal, and we continue to make new memories together. Love this group!

Aggie Zetas and Nana. Nana was a Zeta at UT because A&M did not accept woman at that time. However, as you can tell from he outfit, she is 100% an Aggie now!
Kate, Phyllis, Nana and Robley (The Momma)

For the first hour we snacked on the plentiful spread, sipped mimosas, and visited. Then after a game of "Nursery Rhyme Trivia" (which I was horrible at), it was time to open gifts!

Robley's momma has saved all sorts of things from when Robley was a baby and gave them to her at the shower. She also gave Robley copies of the baby books she read to her every night. It was evident how much they love one another and a such a sweet moment.

Robley and Rebecca
That little Aggie shirt was Robley's Dad's when he was a baby. Charlie has a lot of Aggie blood. 

Following the shower, all of the Zetas went back to Robley's to hangout together. It had been awhile since I have spent some quality time with them, and boy do I miss these girls!

Kristin and me! We were college roommates too!
Zetas and Elliott

That night Robley's parents hosted a dinner for the shower hostesses and family. I love spending time with Robley's parents. We feasted on Mexican food, drank wine (not Robley, obvi), and watched the Aggie Game. It was a nasty game because of the weather and the negative outcome. Despite the loss, we had a great evening. 

Giant Johnnie Walker bottle at Robley's parents house. So cool!
Phily and Robley 

The next morning I said a tearful goodbye to Kate and Brad (he is going to be such a fantastic Daddy so I got emotional). Robley and I drove to Dallas to have breakfast with Lanie and Alycyn at Lanie's parents' restaurant. It has such a fantastic vibe and the line was out the door. Luckily, we know the owners and got the best booth. I feasted on pancakes and a cheeseburger, and enjoyed seeing some of my favorite Dallas people (Alycyn, Lanie's Momma and Lanie's Godmother) two weekends in row. I left Dallas with a full stomach and ready for a nap. 

Once that baby is born I will be heading right back down to DFW to see Robley, Brad and Baby Charlie. I am so happy for them and so happy for Charlie. He has a Momma that loves him uncondtionally, will read to him daily, and cherish him wholeheartedly. He has a Daddy that will teach him to be a good man (just like his Daddy), to work with his hands, and to treat women well. (Brad has always taken care of us girls.) I look forward to seeing them grow as a family and making new memories with them.

It was an emotional weekend for me all around which is why I didn't post this yesterday. If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen that a woman I have loved for pretty much my whole life passed away. I found out right when I landed on Friday and have since then felt a great sense of loss. Rachel had one of the most joyous spirits and was a woman of incredible faith. And while I feel heartbroken by her passing, I know that she is a better place. She is reunited with her loved ones that have gone before her and someday I will see her again.
I love you Rachel! Thank you for everything you have done for me. I will never forget you.  


  1. I love you so much! It was a wonderful weekend!

  2. The shower was amazing and I was happy to have a Zeta-house like feeling for the weekend. xoxo