Two of my most rambunctious boys turned 10 today. I haven't been feeling good the last couple of days and thought about taking a sick day, but I didn't want to miss trying to make this day special for them.
Little did I know, their parents had gone all-out and planned a birthday party. As I walked to my classroom this morning, Seven's mom was waiting in the hall to see if she could bring in some snacks for Seven's birthday. It would take place from 12-2 and that was OK with me, wasn't it? Of course. Pon walked in shortly after and announced that his mom had ordered pizza to be delivered right after school so that we could have a party after school. Oh, goodness.
Thankfully, I was able to get both of the parties to happen together, at the same time. I don't think I could have handled TWO birthday parties and all the chaos that comes with them--even if I was feeling 100%.
It was supposed to start at noon, but Matt came home at 11:30 to tell me that Seven's mom was waiting for me at my classroom with cake and everything. This surprised me a lot because I've had many meetings with her, and she's never, ever been on time--much less early. So, my lunch break was cut short, and I rushed to my classroom.
We spent some time setting up, and all the kids kept coming to the room asking if they could come in. 23 loud, excited students. So, we had two birthday cakes, pizza, some Thai food, and lots of other snacks. We sang "Happy Birthday", blew out the candles, ate food, then watched Madagascar 2.
Some students decided they didn't want to watch the movie, so they pulled out some games. Without asking. Therefore, the movie was cut short. Classes resumed after a massive clean-up project. Surprisingly, they were able to change gears pretty easily. Math and Science happened without mishap. But, it sure has been an exhausting day.