Monday, November 21, 2011

Showering Henry with love and great friends

The day for my adoption shower finally came yesterday (11.19.11). I was both excited and nervous, and I felt as though I was getting married! My host friend, Nubia, baked yummy cupcakes, made delicious pizza and sandwiches, and did a ton of things to help make the shower a success, so a big THANK YOU to Nubia! Our favor boxes included: a cool luggage tag, a Hello Kitty candy, a mini pen, and some things for the games -- all loosely based on a "Chinamerica" theme.

After a bit of mingling, we asked everyone to open their favor boxes to pull out their "red card" to write a little note (comment, advice, word of wisdom, joke, etc.) to Henry for my album. Then, we played Celebrity Adoptions trivia where my friends had to guess whether the celebrity was an "adoptive parent" or an "adopted person." We played until there was one winner.

After that, we played "Test your Chinese Calligraphy Skills" which I made up. I printed the two characters which made up Henry's Chinese first and last names on separate sheets. Henry's unofficial last name was "easiest" so I gave my friends 20 seconds to study the character, hid it from view, and gave them another 20 seconds to write the name. This was their practice run, and I was pretty impressed with everyone's result. Then, I pulled out Henry's first name in Chinese and there was a chorus of, "You've gotta be kidding!" (yeah, it was very difficult!). We allowed about 40 seconds for review, and probably about a minute to write out the character as best as they could without seeing the word again. It was so funny (see photo #4), and the cards are a great keepsake for my album!

We ended our games with an American childhood pastime: hula hooping. We had a bag of Chinese coins (I have a small collection of coins but you could make these), two of each denomination, and each participant would draw one coin out of the bag. The "competitors" would pair up with the person who matched their coin, and the one who hula-hooped the longest advanced to the next round. We played until we had one winner!

Finally, for the gift-opening part, I asked everyone to "help" me open the gifts by choosing a gift that was not theirs. I didn't want everyone staring at me for 20 minutes so this was a good move on my part :). I was touched by the generosity from my friends and family, and it reminded me that Henry is a very lucky little man. I can't wait to show him everything: the announcement well-wishes, the Evite responses, the red notes from friends, gift tag messages, greeting cards, and lots of photos. Another big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the shower and to everyone who showered Henry "with love."

1) Favor boxes and cupcakes made by my host friend.
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2) We had everyone write a little note to Henry.
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3) We played Celebrity Adoptions trivia (winner: Alice).
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4) We had everyone test their calligraphy skills (winner: Sara) - hilarious!
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5) This is my friend, Misty, who won the Hula Hoop Contest
(her game face worked!).
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6) Gifts from generous friends and family.
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7) More gifts from family and friends (Henry is so spoiled!).
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8) The next day: our 10-year old Shih-Tzu, Monty,
with helium-filled balloons!

10 comments:

Tony and Sue said...

I LOVE the idea of having people help you open gifts so you aren't being stared at the whole time!

We have PA!

Sue

linxx said...

Congrats again, Sue! I've just left a message on your blog :). Woo-hoo!!!

Linda

Tony and Sue said...

This is the Provisional Approval of the I-800. We sent in the I-800 after we received LOA (couldn't do it until LOA because we had to send a copy of LOA with I-800 app). The "approval" of the I-800A is the I-797. I think your order is different than ours because didn't you get a referral before you were logged in (or something like that)? I can't keep it all straight. I just ask our agency if they need anything from us and if they don't, I'm good!

Sue

linxx said...

I know - it's hard to keep track! We were logged in last year before we got our referral but what's keeping us behind is our expired I-797. We think it's coming within the next two weeks but of course, we'll "lose" two days of mail this week due to Thanksgiving. :(

I can't believe you'll be traveling soon!!!

Linda

Team Robichaux said...

Looks like you had tons of fun!! Such great ideas! I really like the name calligraphy game.

-Tasha

linxx said...

We did, Tasha, and the calligraphy game was a lot of fun!

Ann F said...

Hi Lin, Just read your update, sounds like you's had a lot of fun and the photo's are great. Best Wishes.x

Carmel said...

Congratulations on a great party!! I love your calligraphy game... I think I will steal your idea if I have an adoption party.

Henry looks to be one lovely spoiled little boy... as he deserves. :)

linxx said...

Thanks, Ann - we had so much fun!

Thanks, too, Carmel! Of course you can steal the calligraphy game! There is not a great deal of ideas for adoption showers out there!! I had another game idea about inserting $1-bills in each Chinese "red pocket" envelopes except for one red pocket with maybe $3-$5 and go from there, but I didn't have time to go back to the Chinese supermarket! Anyway, I hope you DO get to have an adoption party!!

Linda

hcobb said...

Good times Linda! Misty's face is priceless. xo