Bryce and I really had no idea what we were getting into when we decided to have a party. We just thought it would be super fun -it would be great to have our friends together and it would give them a fun night out. We didn't realize it would be like planning a small wedding. It wasn't so much the actual work that was hard it was all the decision making - decorations, food, glassware, music. Then it was the worrying (my department) - will people have a good time, is there enough food, wine, good music, dancing, is there someone for everyone to talk to? Then there is the risk of putting yourself out there which if you think about it too much is daunting.
I'm so glad we did it, though. I think it was a fun night. Now Bryce and I are tired and cranky. I kinda feel empty. Bryce informed me that in the last 5 weeks we've hosted a Halloween party, Thanksgiving, and our 40th. Not to mention work, school, illness, and the fact that the girls still want dinner even when I'm tapped out. It is a lot. Life is a lot. But these memorable events are so worth it. These are the things we'll take with us and reflect upon for years to come. This party has turned me into a sappy mess - I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful friends and family. So lucky. Life is so much better shared don't you think? Ah, I need to find someone to hug. What's happening to me? I'm softening. Gah!
My mind is ready to jump into Christmas crafting and baking with you all but my body is still reeling and recovering. I've given myself until Monday. Monday I'll be ready to engage in the holidays. Yes, Monday. Until then have an excellent weekend.
photo by good friend, Sullivan Hester