Leo's Dad and partner Joan, brother Mark, and fiancee Erin all collaborated to host a shower for the girls today. We posed a large framed photo of the girls labeled with date of their American debut, February 10, on the dining room table for all to enjoy.
Our guests were mostly Aunts, Uncles, and cousins, with a few close friends sprinkled in. Everybody is so supportive. It is really great. We are a little old to be starting a new family, but having so many other people willing to pitch in when needed is going to make it much easier for us to succeed.
Our gifts were amazing. Several new outfits and outdoor winter clothing for the girls. Books, games, and educational tools to help them learn English, our alphabet, and our numbering system. A basket full of art supplies. A basket full of kid medical supplies. A personal DVD player and some educational DVDs. A couple of boxes and bags chock full of lightly used kids clothes. Some cuddly stuffed animals. And several gift cards to various kids stores and department stores. The only critical things we are missing are shoes and boots and underwear, for which we can use the gift cards.
We are really lucky to have such a supportive group of friends and family.