When planning my trip to North Dakota, for my brother’s wedding, my sister-in-law asked me to arrive at least a week before the actual wedding date because she wanted me to be there for the Bridal Shower. I was more than happy to get there early, because being a part of the pre-wedding celebrations helped me to get to know Shauna and her family members before the wedding.
There are a number of different names for this kind of bridal shower, but in South Africa, when the ladies gather to give the bride gifts – mostly kitchen-aids and household decor/ appliances that are on the couple’s Wedding Registry – we call it a “Kitchen Tea”. I thought that this was a common term, but the family in North Dakota had never heard it before. They thought it was quite cute, so that’s what they called this particular shower for Shauna. The party was planned by the maid of honor, Shauna’s sister, in the same colors as those chosen for the wedding, blue and green. Everything was handmade and prepared, very lovingly, by family members. Again, this was great bonding time for all of us before the wedding.
I have recently blogged a bit about my brother and his wife, but if you missed those, here (on the left) is a picture of Elijah and I with Shauna. People keep asking me how my brother ended up marrying someone from North Dakota. Basically, he was doing seasonal work in the little town of Medora, and that is where Shauna lives. They fell in love and the rest is all part of their sweet love story which led to their wonderful wedding. I am so happy to have been a part of it all. Spending 10 days in Medora with Richard and Shauna was a great blessing for Elijah and I.
I drove with Shauna to the Kitchen Tea – Elijah fell asleep minutes after I put him into the stroller, and he stayed asleep until after I had eaten lunch. This was very convenient for me, since eating with him on my lap isn’t so great in this “grabbing-stage”.
This was not an easy game for me since, by this point, I had only known Shauna for about 36 hours. We had done a mini road-trip, slept one night in a hotel, and then another at her house. There wasn’t too much that I could write in terms of “Personal Memories”. Still, it was fun listening to all of the memories that people wrote, and then Shauna guessing who wrote them. If she guessed wrong, the person who wrote the memory got a prize. As you can image, she guessed mine easily!
By pure coincidence, all of the little boys at the Kitchen Tea arrived wearing bowties. Even Elijah had a onesie with a bowtie on it. I wish I could have taken a picture of all of them, all dressed up, but when Eli eventually woke up, the other boys had taken off their smart clothes, and they were playing on the grass.
“The Price is Right” – Now there’s a game that’s hard to play when you have never bought any of these items in that particular country. I can’t even say what they cost in China because we use totally different brands. I did my best to guess what I thought the prices would be, and amazingly enough I ended up being one of the winners. I wasn’t closest to the final amount, but I was a pretty close runner up!
When Elijah woke up he was happy and acting all goofy, so I took a few pictures of him, and then some more of the ladies with the decorative umbrellas that were used at the shower. This as a good afternoon of bonding with new family and friends. Richard was very excited to see what Shauna brought home from the party afterwards. They have many new house-toys to play with! More Medora adventures and wedding fun coming soon!