Thursday, December 10, 2015

This Was My Life the Past Eight Days

Facebook sends me helpful reminders when I haven't posted anything recently.  I sincerely apologize to the 548 people who have had nothing better to do than anxiously await my next post.  

Just so you know I'm not a slacker, this post is all about what I've been doing the last 8 days that I have not been blogging.  I've also not been cooking, reading, sleeping, or controlling my stress levels very well either.  Instead, my entire life has been consumed by Haven of Peace Academy's Christmas Family Fun Day.

It's kind of ironic, actually, that I'm even writing about this event since I was insistent, for months, that I was not going to lead it.  But then I volunteered to lead the Parent Association for the elementary school, along with Heidi, who volunteered to lead it for the secondary school.  By the time October rolled around, we realized that it was either going to be us or no one taking on the Christmas Family Fun Day.  

Reluctantly, we decided it would be us.  

Thus, for the past two months, this event has occupied a great deal of my brain space.  And in the last week or so, it occupied pretty much everything in all my spaces. 

But finally December 9th came and went, and now I can breathe again.  And clear out my brain.  

Thankfully, it was smashing success.  We had the biggest attendance ever, we raised over $10,000 for HOPAC's new library, and no one actually melted (even though that was a strong possibility in the sweltering tropical sun).  

So, whether or not you care about all of this, I figured I would post pictures anyway, just in case you really have been sitting around, wondering what I have been up to.

photo credit:  Rebecca Laarman

Josiah spent all of his game tickets on human foosball.  No surprise there. 

photo credit:  Rebecca Laarman

Of course, we couldn't have done any of it without Shelley, Beth, Doris, Rebecca and her seniors, Adrian and Student Council, Melissa (on the left) and especially Nisha (in the middle)....who single-handedly solicited thousands of dollars of raffle prizes.  
....and Heidi, my co-leader, partner in crime, and raffle announcer extraordinaire.

(And Amy Ellis, you better get yourself back to Tanzania, because I am not doing this again next year!  No comments about how I said that last year too.)

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