My baby sister is having a baby! And how good is God that he is also due the same week of Christmas (like my son, Gabriel!) We have a feeling these two will be best of friends, about one year apart!
Here are the invites and the theme:
And the invitation inserts:
Myself, my mom, and sister Katie decided to host her baby shower where I had mine–the beautiful Royal Park Hotel. We love the Conservatory, as well as that gorgeous “tiffany blue” chandelier!
The theme we chose was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” since my sister is an Elementary School Teacher. We had guests sign the book by Dr. Seuss, and moving forward she will have each of her child’s teachers sign it each year. She plans to present the book back to Easton when he graduates high school!
Hot air balloons are the theme of this Dr. Seuss book, so we had them decorating each table, along with some pretty roses, of course! Each table also included the “Wish tree” instructions. Our family isn’t big on baby shower games, so this is an activity we enjoy–“Write your wish for Baby-To-Be and hang them on the wishing tree!”
My aunt Lorrie made these sweet hot air balloon cookies as favors for the guests!
And here’s the wishing tree…before, and AFTER! (Look familiar?)
People seem to enjoy these baby shower brunches!
Brett’s mom made this lovely cake!
My sister Katie and I had fun with this whimsical theme in decorating, gifting, etc! Our gifts to baby…We had each guest bring a book in lieu of a card to help baby build his library. I chose “Oh, Baby, the places you’ll go!” It was fun to write a note inside to my sweet nephew!
I can’t wait to meet this sweet angel! Oh, the places he will go!!!
We are gearing up for Easter here at the “Robbins Nest”…it’s our first with “baby G”, and I couldn’t be more excited!
On the menu will be: food catered by my sister Katie Farrell, of Dashing Dish! We are deciding between a spring lunch like grilled shish-kabob skewers, rice pilaf, and greek salad…OR doing brunch with frittatas, gluten-free pancakes, and turkey bacon. Of course there will always be one of her famous fruit trifles for dessert!
For a fun treat, I am preparing adult Easter baskets with some of my favorite beauty products for the gals…and yummy chocolates for the boys (pictures to come, as I don’t want to spoil the surprise!)
Here is last year’s tablescape…I can’t wait to see what I create this year! (*If you know our family you know that I LOVE to entertain and decorate, but am a TERRIBLE cook…but my sister is actually famous for cooking! So between us three girls, we have the best holiday gatherings!)
What are YOU doing for Easter? I would love to hear your plans below! Happy Easter from “The Robbins Nest” and our cutest little EB, baby G!
Sources: I got the napkins, and napkin ring holders from Pier 1 last year!
On the 12th Day of Christmas my true love (Mr. “Rockin Robbins”) gave to me…little baby Gabriel!
Meet Gabriel David Robbins–Born on the Epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas!) 1-6-16!
…our Christmas angel….due on Christmas, but who decided to show up fashionably late (like his momma) on the 12th day of Christmas!
We truly had the most amazing pregnancy, and the most incredible labor. If you read my previous posts here ,you now that is exactly what we prayed for! After 5 minutes of pushing (ladies, don’t hate me)…we welcomed our angel into the world! We are finally home now…P+S+ baby G= Robbins Party of 3 (finally!)
Little Gabriel is loving his new home (as you can see from the pictures below)…he is quite the happy baby!
It was so incredible to be welcomed back home to incredible meals, flowers, and fabulous messages from friends and family who prayed for our little miracle.
I feel especially grateful for these bouquets (seen below)…not just because they are beautiful, but because of what they mean. Let me tell you why…
I’ll never have to miss a baby smile…
I’ve been married for almost 12 years…and we waited a very long time for our precious angel, our firstborn son. He is the result of an answered prayer–a promise from God. We prayed for him for a very long time. We were so blessed to find out on my birthday that I was pregnant, and that he was due on Christmas day! Everything worked out so perfectly–we even found out he would be a boy on our anniversary day (the exact day we were allowed to find out!)
We prayed for the most perfect pregnancy (and it was). We prayed for a speedy and safe delivery (and it was–only 5 minutes of pushing!) With all of the excitement, we didn’t get an ounce of sleep since labor started Monday, so it was so nice to be welcomed home to these beautiful bouquets, and a really special phone call…
The beauty of our business…
As I walked into our home, with my beautiful boy in my arms….I stepped in to find the most gorgeous bouquets of flowers I had ever seen. Many from friends and family…and 2 from my “Rodan + Fields family”…one bouquet from our CEO and President Lori Bush, and the other from our executive team at Rodan + Fields.
It is so awesome to be a part of a company that recognizes us well, and celebrates us well! These flowers were so special to me because they reminded me of our journey–they allowed me to reflect on how thankful I am that I don’t have to take a maternity leave, and instead I get to celebrate every little smile…
I started my Rodan + Fields home-based business part-time 8 years ago, so I could do for my family what I did for so many others as a kindergarten teacher. Since then, it has been more than a blessing to us– providing us the time and resources for both Phil and I to be home with our son and allow us to retire…but also for us to give our time and resources to children in need all around the globe– in fact, a few short weeks ago, we opened up a brand new orphanage in Gabriel’s honor. You can see the dedication below. This is the second we opened (the first was last December for 117 boys in India), which you can see here.
As I was marvel at the beauty of these gifts, I find myself marveling at the meaning behind them…
More than the money…
The moment I stepped inside my home returning from the hospital, I got a phone call from our Chairman Amnon Rodan, congratulating me on becoming a mom…and also congratulating me on becoming our company’s very first “10 million dollar circle achiever”! I was humbled and grateful…and while the accolades are nice, what is truly marvelous is how this business has allowed us to LIVE MORE and be home with our baby, and never miss our baby smile. And also how we are able to GIVE MORE–as we are able to give our time and resources to children in need, so we can make these precious babies smile…
That is the beauty of what we do–it is a vehicle to live a life we truly love, and help others do the same!
What is YOUR “Why”? WHY are you here on this earth? What is your purpose and plan?
If there is one thing I wish for each of you–is that you define your “why”…and find a vehicle to help you achieve it, and passionately pursue your dreams! There is nothing like seeing your reason “WHY” in action! You deserve to LIVE more, GIVE more, and LOVE your life so much more–that is my wish for you!
Thank you all for your warm wishes celebrating baby G, and 10 “MDC”! (<=and to be really honest, this little boy has rocked my world…the accolades don’t matter at all..what matters most is how much more we can give….to our family, and to those we are able to bless. My family IS my greatest accomplishment!)
We are thankful and grateful.
We believe we are blessed so that we can be a blessing! XOXOXO
Phil, Sarah, and baby G! (*more baby pics and posts to come! I’m one proud mama!)
I’m a wife to my best friend Phil (Mr. “Rockin” Robbins) and a busy mom-to-be! (There’s a new “Robbins” coming to the nest! ETA= Christmas Day!) I run an international business from home, am a best-selling author, am passionate about my faith, I adore my family, have fun entertaining my friends and absolutely love all things fashion and for the home!