On Sunday, my mom threw Ingrid and me the most awesome baby shower a person could ever hope for. Tons of people were invited and a lot of showering took place that day. Good thing my dad has that umbrella sticking out of his head.
With the baby's birth only one month away, Ingrid and I have been actively thinking about names for our son. I'm a pretty easygoing guy, so I let Ingrid lead the charge. At the time of the baby shower, she had pretty much decided to name him "Rio", and my bought him the shirt hanging in the background with the name printed right on it. The shirt, of course, is referring to Rio de Janiero, but it says Rio nevertheless. I like the name, especially because when you add the first letter of our last name to it, it spells "RioT", which I'm sure is exactly what he'll be. And yes, Ingrid and I are now both aware of the Duran Duran song with the same name in the title.
We were expecting a huge turnout that afternoon and my mom arranged the entire backyard with seats both under the shade and under the sun.
Good ol' Darren arrived early to lend a hand (and a thumb) with preparations.
Frosty also arrived early and compared his belly with Ingrid's. Don't worry, Frosty, you're still the winner.
Ingrid's sweet aunt, Tia Paquita, flew in all the way from Guatemala to be there for the event.
Those of you who follow this blog know that when my mom throws a party, she really throws a party. Here, Granny's setting up party favors for the guests, which were two mini gourmet cupcakes. My mom had even arranged for a number of games to be played that afternoon.
As for the food, here's a picture of just some of what was served that day. Ingrid's folks brought several plates of food as well. So much food, and all simply delicious. Let's just hope the guests arrive with big appetites because not even Frosty could put a dent in all this grub.
Ingrid's cousin, Estella, brought over a batch of homemade horchata for everyone to enjoy.
Amelia flew in from the bay and not only worked the grill for a bit, but arrived early to help set up.
As I mentioned before, tons of people were invited and it seemed like even more made were in attendance, including a bunch of folks from Ingrid's side of the family.
Several of Ingrid's friends also made it out, including a couple of people I had never met before.
Of course my friends wouldn't miss the fun, or more importantly, the free booze.
Jeanine and Kevin looked good while basking in the sun, enjoying the smörgåsbord of food.
Aunty Ryoko made an appearance, together with my cousin, Ryan, who made his own appearance bright red after drinking just a couple of beers.
It seemed like everyone under the sun was there that day. Even my secretary, Marjorie, and her cute daughter, Bella (on the right), and Bella's friend came to celebrate.
Later in the afternoon it came time to open gifts. As luck would have it, in the middle of unwrapping them all, work called and I had to step out.
I managed to pop in every now and again between calls to share in the gift opening. Here I am wearing this sweet frog towel... just one of many wonderful gifts we received that day. A big thanks goes to everyone for all the thoughtful presents!
Eventually it came time to cut the cake. Let's all celebrate Riot! Hooray!
What an awesome party it was! Mom, we cant thank you enough for the amazing shower. It was absolutely wonderful and everyone there had a delightfully splendid time. Riot will be blessed to have you for a grandmother. We love you so much.