So you know how Eric and have a 30th birthday party practically every weekend? Last night we went to a Surprise 30th, 40th and 50th birthday and graduation party for Eric's aunt Nancy. Does that count as a 30th birthday? I think she would say yes. Apparently, she has never had a party thrown for her- so Eric's mom and cousins (her sons) decided to throw one to celebrate everything :)
Eric's mom was obviously in charge of the cake...
Yes, it tasted as good as it looks. I checked, just for you guys.
The surprise itself went beautifully. She had literally no idea about the party at all. I think part of the brilliance of it was that it was a really random birthday and it happened a few weeks ago, so she had no reason to think there was a party for her. Eric's mom told her she had to stop by and visit a friend from party at a party. Nancy was thinking, oh god I hate going to parties where I don't know anyone... hahaha. My picture of her arrival is terrible (and this is the edited version, but I tried!)
Trust me, she was surprised.
During the night I got a lot of good pictures...
Eric + his brothers, cousins and Nana:
Eric's brother Josh + Nana (they had just taught her the "rock on" symbol):
Nancy's sons + nephews + grandson:
I know I joke about the insanity that is 30th birthdays and weddings, but I actually do love parties for people. Especially ones that start at 5 and I'm home by 10:15. I'm not tired today at all and I ran this morning. Wahoo, why can't everyone get on this time schedule?
On another note, work has been massively stressful lately. I mentioned that right? Also we've had 2 snow days in 2 weeks, and there is a serious possibility we are getting another blizzard this week. I've had meetings scheduled and rescheduled up the wazoo and I'm seriously concerned that when I have to write report cards in a few weeks I'm going to be writing, "your child would've made some improvement if we ever had school...." This added to a million IEP meetings, an aide "swap", this terrible class I'm taking...etc, etc. = I am stressed.
But even so, I am going to channel my inner-zen-yogi-self (hmm haven't seen her in about 10 years?) and I'm just going to be zen. Seriously. It's not going to make any 20 page long checklists disappear if I complain about it. It's not going to make meetings quicker if I get stressed... right? So I'm not going to. Just this week, which is only 4 days because I am taking Friday off to go to Newport with Eric's fam (delayed Christmas present from us). Taking days off when you are a teacher is actually more stress than being there, so I need this challenge this week. 4 days of no-stress. There may be some deep breathing and a lot of laughing involved... I'll let you know how it goes. Ready, set, GO!
How do you channel your inner-zen?