a week after the big bbq shindig, i threw mama a surprise retirement party. yes, i tried to do too much in a matter of a week, but it was so much fun! and i left for a week of nothing but waves and sand the very next weekend, so it was all good...
so, mom finally ended a
32 35 year teaching career....teaching elementary school, mind you. there are a lot of teachers in my family, but i can honestly say that i absolutely got NONE of that "educatin'" gene. God bless her and all those teachers out there because goodness knows what they have to put up with!
she truly had no idea that we had organized a surprise for her...she thought she was going to a baby shower for ashton (we sent her a fake invite in the mail) so, she bit the bait and arrived at her own party with a baby gift in hand. priceless!
instead of a traditional guest book i bought "the giving tree" by shel silverstein and had everyone write personal messages to mom throughout the book as a keepsake for her.