Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I have the greatest friends ever....

Last night I had my 15th annual treat's exchange. I have a group of friends who have participated in the exchange since the beginning, but over the years I've had new people join in. Usually the exchange varies between 12 to 20 people, but this year I had a group of 13.

Everyone brings individually wrapped servings of whatever kind of treat they would like. This year we had everything from hot cocoa mix to homemade marshmallows dipped in chocolate (yum!).

Here's a look at the treat table
and previewing this year's stash
After we chowed down on the dinner buffet and started to gather around to collect our treats, Miyoung announced that since this was my last exchange (I'll be busy getting baby Lauren settled in next year), they had a surprise for me. She brought out a big container full of baby books! Everyone who came brought a baby book to start a library for Lauren! So, one by one I got to go through all the books. I was SO surprised and Lauren felt more real than ever!!

Here's a shot of the group. Miyoung (on the far right, next to the table) and Jennifer (2nd one in on the left sitting down at the table) organized "the library"
Here's a shot of me with Lauren's library

Check out these adorable board books, from Jennifer, that make a tea set
and this book, from Judy, written and signed by a local author. The author wrote "To Lauren Elizabeth, Please...Always look both ways! and welcome to Arizona"
Here's a couple of close ups of all the books

Thank you so much to all my friends at the exchange for making my last one the best ever! I absolutely LOVE all the books. Lauren is going to be one VERY lucky little girl!


Kim said...

You have some wonderful friends, Donna! What a thoughtful thing they did for you. All the books look great. If you're anything like me, your daughter will have more books than toys!

Shannon said...

WOW! That's quite the library! What a great group of friends you have! :-)

Katja said...

That was such a wonderful gift for you. I think books are one of the most important things in a child's life!

Lisa and Tate said...

What ideas!!!! A TREAT exchange and getting a baby book library started!!! Homemade chocolate dipped marshmellows!!! Someone was being a MARTHA...I need the recipe...YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!