Engagement, Stage Five--Have a Bridal Shower


Two weeks ago, I flew to Illinois with my mom, sister, and Aunt Mindy because my three aunts (Kim, Kathy, and Mindy) were throwing me a bridal shower. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and left Monday afternoon. It was a quick weekend full of fun and seeing family and friends.

There was cake and punch and games! Aunt Kathy was in charge of those. One was a "who knows Amanda best" game, which my mom ended up winning (of course). She got 11 out of 13 and really showed everyone else up. 

Then, while I was opening gifts, there was a game that involved Jordan. Before I'd left for the shower, Jordan had told me, "There's going to be a surprise for you at the party." But he refused to tell me anything about it, so I completely forgot. Turns out, my aunt had emailed him to ask ten questions. Then, before I opened the first ten gifts, I had to answer a question about Jordan. If I got it wrong, I had to put a piece of Bubblicious gum in my mouth.

I ended up having only four pieces in my mouth, which is not as bad as it could have been. However, four pieces of that gum is a lot. And after all the presents were opened (and right around the time my jaw started cramping), they made me blow a bubble. If you've never tried to blow a bubble with a huge wad of gum, it's not easy, and I ended up with these lame tiny bubbles, which made everyone laugh.

Overall it was a good time, even if it is slightly awkward to sit in a circle of thirty people and have everyone staring at you. But I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the love and support of my family and friends, some of whom drove hours just to see me.

Here are a few pictures. They're from my camera, and since I was the one leading the party, I don't have a lot (or any) just candids. My mom and aunt have some good ones of me with the gum, so I'll try to get ahold of those at some point.

And...when we got home, it being Valentine's Day and all, my dad had flowers for all the girls!
It's silly, but we (females in general) really do like flowers on Valentine's Day. So thanks, Dad!