Rose's Bridal Shower was yesterday at Tea By Two in Bel Air. It was a bit of a hike to get there but a hour in the car without Chase... lets translate what that means to mommy: I can hear NPR... I don't have to sing John Jacob Jinglehiemer Smith over and over and over again... no reaching behind me to pick up whatever toy Chase deemed worthy of throwing out of the car seat... basically, a glorious road trip for mommy!
Unfortunately I had to take the tunnel (so said Garmin at least) and I am not a fan of traveling underwater... tunnels, submarine, scuba diving, you name... I don't like it. Every single time I ride through a tunnel, I have the feeling that it is crumbling behind me. I need to go faster and faster to outrun being swallowed by the water. Completely ridiculous and implausible but it's my fear.
I was a little worried about the party because most (re: all) of the girls are friends of Rose's from work. I was afraid of feeling like the outsider and having no one to talk to...
... yeah, not even a hint of that. From the moment I got there and met the girls, it was like I had known all of them for years. From left to right... Laura, me, Rose, Kara and In Sung.
It doesn't hurt that 4 of us have children within 3 months of each other... that definitely bonds you but truly, I don't think that would have mattered. They were all so nice and welcoming!
We were supposed to wear our best hats... as you can see Rose and Kara went with a southern flair and I went with a downtown blues feel ;~)
We had at least 4 different teas... which kept our guest of honor up all night... perhaps we should have switched to decaf at a certain point!
...even yummier desserts!
Hey Kara... is that a meat grinder?
A present for the bride to be... and the husband to be!
What a gorgeous serving platter... the person who got that for you must have exquisite taste... or know how to shop off a registry.
In typical Carrie Bradshaw fashion... whatever she wears becomes the style. Next year all the brides will be wearing crate and barrel wrapping!
It really was a lovely day. Not only did I walk away having celebrated a joyous occasion with Rose, I have walked away with 3 new friends!
Oh and Adam and I decided that I am going to the wedding. It's in FL and it isn't in the budget but while I was at the party, the thought of missing this just made me so sad. Rose and I have been through so much together and Nick is such a great guy... I just cannot imagine not being there. Of course it boiled down to money for Adam and I... with a one income family money is always at a premium. However, in a year from now, I know I will be kicking myself for not sucking it up and going. There are times when memories mean more than money and this is one of them.