As cheesy as it sounds, my sister is my best friend. She knows me better than anyone else on the planet, she never judges me for anything I have to say, and she just “gets” me.
Trust me, we didn’t start out that way. We shared a bedroom until we were teenagers and pretty much fought the entire time. It wasn’t until we finally moved into our own spaces, and even our own apartments at FSU, that we really started to appreciate each other. Through college, serious relationships, weddings, IRONMAN training, becoming moms, etc. we’ve continued to grow closer and closer. I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky, and thankful, I am to have her in my life.
Now, another milestone is upon us.
In a few short weeks my little sister will become a mom for the second time. Another sweet little boy is on his way and we couldn’t be more excited. Since Owen has plenty to share with his baby brother, Kelly requested not to be “showered” again, but agreed to a little “sprinkle.” So the girls gathered for Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian to toast Kelly and the pending arrival of baby Weston.
As lucky as my sister and I are to have each other, we’re even luckier to have two amazing sister-in-laws. Our brothers really chose some amazing women to call their wives. Not only that, we’re really spoiled to have everyone in Florida and within a short driving distance of each other.
It’s been a few years since I’ve done afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian, and it was a first for everyone else in our party. We all selected the “Bedfordshire Tea” option, which included:
- First course: medley of sandwiches accompanied with berries, cheese, and lavosh
- Second course: buttery scone and jam tart
- Third course: choice of house-made pastries, strawberries and creme, or english trifle (I chose the strawberries and creme).
Everything was delicious. The final course of strawberries and creme was definitely the highlight, but I also enjoyed the chocolate black tea I had ordered. It was a little pricey, but worth the special-occasion splurge.
I should note here that the tea service does have an odd rule where you’re not allowed to bring/open gifts during he tea service. So if you plan to celebrate with afternoon tea, I would recommend holding off on gifts and opening them else where (we chose the Grand Floridian’s lobby).
As much as I respect everyone’s decision to keep the name a secret until birth (trust me, I get it, we even refused to tell our labor and delivery Annalynn’s name until she made her appearance!), I’ll admit it’s really fun knowing the name in advance. Anything I can order with Weston’s name on it (including the onesie above from Etsy!), I’m all over it. 🙂
The countdown is on in our family. 3 weeks until baby James is due to arrive and 6 weeks until baby Weston makes his own arrival! We’re basically in the middle of baby-mania.