27th Birthday Bananza!!!!!

So I turned the big 2-7 this past Wednesday, and if I could bottle up the love I felt all week and sell it, I'd be a millionaire:).

The festivities began at midnight on April 7th (I couldn't wait another second!) when Chris gave me his present- a trip this coming weekend to San Francisco and Napa Valley! To say that I am EXCITED is an understatement. I must have screamed for 5 minutes straight. I have wanted to go to San Francisco since high school, and going to Napa Valley is one of the things on my life list, so he did a realllllly good job with this gift. The funny thing was that the first card he gave me said that he was taking me to Richmond for the weekend. After I used all of my best "excited" acting skills, he gave me another card that had the details of my actual present. Now, I love Richmond as much as the next gal, but I have to admit I was a little more excited over California.

The next morning I woke up to find that Chris had continued the Robinson tradition of hanging birthday signs up around the house. This started my day off perfectly, because this is a very serious thing in my family- you just do not start your birthday without signs. My favorite one that Chris made said Over the... and then had a big picture of a hill. Clever. I also ate a spoonful of black eyed peas, but that's a different story that belongs with my OCD blog post.

When I got to work and turned the corner to my classroom, I saw the biggest, most obnoxiously HUGE and FANTASTIC birthday sign hanging outside my classroom door. It was so big that it made me laugh out loud. Then, upon entering my classroom, I saw that the "birthday fairies", my mom and my teammate Jane, have decorated my entire classroom with streamers, flower, signs, and balloons, and my teammate Susan had brought me breakfast. I literally couldn't believe it. I thought my heart might explode with appreciation and it wasn't even 9 am.

When the bell rang, my students started filing in with a gifts, flowers, and homemade cards, and once again I thought my heart might explode. One of my students, an 8 year old, had even gotten everyone in the class to sign a "class card". I know some adults who can't manage that!

My mom came and met me for a birthday lunch, I had cake and ice cream with my students, and all day long people came in my classroom to wish me a happy birthday. To top it all off, that night Chris took me out for an incredible birthday dinner in DC, and I of course stayed up until midnight to see my birthday out (another tradition of mine).

This past Saturday, the celebration continued all day at a vineyard, where we listened to live music, had a picnic, played football, and relaxed in the sunshine. As most of you know, I am a spring time junkie. So an entire day outside with beautiful weather was my dream come true.

On Saturday night I had people over for the final birthday hoorah, and it was wonderful to have so many people that I care about all in one place. I really will never forget the feeling I had when I listened and watched as a whole room full of people I love sang Happy Birthday to me. It was a striking, vivid feeling of just how lucky I am, and I will carry it with me all year long,

Here's to another 27+ years of feeling happiness just like that. :)

Here is the video I made of birthday pictures! http://animoto.com/play/FIolo6Ga2vc6N2a0tRQgNQ?utm_source=project_complete_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=project_complete_email&utm_content=main

PS. I want to give a quick shout out to the Big Mama, whose thoughtfulness is one of the main reasons I feel so loved on my birthday and every other day of the year.

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