A surprise party for my Mom

You might remember my Mom fell a while ago and dislocated her shoulder. Since then she’s had to have surgery and is still immobile. Every year for her birthday she has a big tea party. She cooks and bakes for days beforehand and her friends come from all over to celebrate with her. It’s her ‘thing’, her annual tea party.

This year she obviously couldn’t bake a thing and there would be no party. She was a very sad Panda.

So we decided to have one anyway, but conveniently forget to tell her about it. Only thing was that it could only be the day after her birthday, on a Saturday. My mom made my Dad go and buy a cake and some snacks, but when she called her friends they were all ‘busy’. Man, was she upset. I think she drove my poor Dad around the bend the whole of last week, poor guy. And her friends all drove me insane, calling and saying how bad they feel lying to her, but I think we managed to pull it off.

I’m really bad at lying and keeping secrets, so I pretty much avoided her last week, which also didn’t go down very well.

My Mom’s friends are amazing, they all helped and baked and brought flowers and were all-round awesome and my sister made a kick-ass cheese board.

Here are some pics:

Her face as she walked in the door.  We were all hiding behind closed blinds
Her face as she walked in the door. We were all hiding behind closed blinds
She asked for a Red Velvet cake for her birthday
She asked for a Red Velvet cake for her birthday
Inside of red velvet cake
Inside of red velvet cake
The table with all the goodies and beautiful flowers
The table with all the goodies and beautiful flowers
Lastly a pic of all the Tannies.  I'm on the left standing behind my Mom and my sister is kneeling infront of her.  I was NOT happy about being in the pic.  Also missing from this pic is my Aunty Anne who ran away.
Lastly a pic of all the Tannies. I’m on the left standing behind my Mom and my sister is kneeling infront of her. I was NOT happy about being in the pic. Also missing from this pic is my Aunty Anne who ran away.

Not that I think any of the Tannies read my blog, but they were all amazing, thanks to everyone that helped!

ps you may have noticed that I have created another page called My Favourite Recipes and there you will links to the Red Velvet Cake and Cupcakes I made. This page is a work in progress, so not everything has links yet.  I’m not starting a food blog, I just need to keep my shiz together in one place.  Just so you know.

But wait, there’s more..

“Your Mom probably knows you best, she’s also human so forgive her indiscretions – you’ll need that same forgiveness one day”

This is a quote that my Mom cut out of a magazine for me today.  It’s her way to ask for forgiveness, a forgiveness she doesn’t even need to ask for anymore.  Now that I’m also a Mom I understand that she was always trying her best.  We all survive our childhood with some sort of hangup.  At the very least we can expect that our kids will have sort of hangup.  Because we are all human.

This quote topped off a rather emotional day for me after the rough start this morning.

It was my lovely boss’s last day today.  Even though I didn’t work for her for very long the company she is going to is VERY lucky to have her.

I was also keeping my eye on twitter the whole day to see how well Norwin’s (@norwin) little boy was going to make it through brain surgery, which he did with flying colours thank goodness!  Click here to visit Jay-Bee’s blog, his story is incredible and he has wonderful parents!

I also took these pics on our annual school nature walk on Saturday.  We always say we should go for walks there more often, but we never do.  But this year I’m serious. Pinky promise.

Our beautiful mountain!

Here are the kids on our picnic blanket: