A Celebratory Splurge

A few weeks ago, my principal asked me to go on the morning announcements one morning to share some information about a fundraiser I am doing with a club that I am the advisor for at my school. So, that morning, I headed down to the TV production studio with my data and supplies to make my announcement. My principal came in to make an announcement, too, and sat down next to me.

“What are you doing here?” I asked.

“Oh, I have to make some teacher and student presentations,” she said nonchalantly.

So, I sat there in my chair while she gave out a few awards, and I waited to make my announcement. But when I thought all of her awards were done, she started describing a teacher without saying what this last award was. I was thinking to myself, “That kind of sounds like things I’ve done…” but it could also have been a handful of other teachers, too, so I didn’t think too much about it. But then, I heard her say something about the language arts department chair, and that’s my new role this year. My ears perked up and I sat straight up in my chair.

Something was up.

“…And that’s why I am proud of announce that Katie Brown is our 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year!” my principal gushed – and then balloons and flowers came out and my students started cheering and someone started squealing (I later realized it was me that was squealing)! I was not expecting that announcement at ALL, and I just about wet my pants right there on our morning announcements.

This past weekend, Chris and I went out for drinks and dinner with another couple.  It was just supposed to be a fun night out, but Chris and I used it to celebrate my award. We went to this really fun tequila bar for drinks before hand, and then to dinner at Season’s 52, which is one of the nicest restaurants in Orlando. After dinner, we weren’t quite ready to head home yet, so we went bowling at a place called Kings, which is a chic little bowling alley where waiters serve you in your lane. It was a lot of fun. Actually, a little too much fun. The next morning was kind of slow moving for me… and everyone was really loud… and the lights were really bright…

It was way more money than Chris and I normally spend on a date night.  But, you know, sometimes you just need to splurge to remind yourself that you still can. So, I put on a dress, drank some mojitos (…and a little vodka…and a bottle of wine…and a little more vodka…), and had a great evening with fun people.

And, of course, this guy.


Because it isn’t a celebration is this guy isn’t celebrating with me.

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30 Thoughts to “A Celebratory Splurge”

  1. Oh, I am so happy for you. From “maybe I will be a teacher” to Teacher of the year is way too cool.
    Glad you went out to celebrate the great news.

  2. Caitlin

    Congratulations!!! That’s so wonderful! I’m sure it felt nice to be recognized for all the hard work you’ve been doing! Also, your outfit is just adorable! Love it!

  3. Deepa

    Congrats! That’s a huge deal! Enjoy every minute!

  4. Katie that is so awesome!! I know it’s been a rough year for you so this is such an amazing way for them to show you how much you are truly appreciated. Now the real question is…do you get a crown and sash? Because those are important.

  5. Andrea C


  6. Sarah

    Congratulations!!! From your blogging I know you really care about your students and getting through to them. I’m glad you’ve been recognized for standing out!

  7. Congratulations!! How awesome!!!

  8. Congratulations! 🙂 Well deserved…your school and your students are lucky to have you! And we love Kings..it’s so much fun!

  9. Alaina

    Congratulations! And good for you for having fun!

  10. Catherine

    Yay!!! Congratulations on Teacher of the Year!! Awesome reason to have a fun night out 🙂

  11. julie

    Congratulations, Glad you had a great time celebrating!!!

  12. jamie

    i cried tears of joy for you, my dear imaginary! so proud of you! i love how your principal set you up!

  13. Grandma Barnes

    You always make me so proud!

  14. Aileen

    Congratulations!!! So happy for you! 🙂

  15. Totally made me tear up, so proud of you! Yay!!

  16. HeatherM

    Whoa, Teacher of the Year! Congratulations!!! What a great reward after all of the challenges you have faced this year! And everyone deserves to go out and celebrate occasionally- even and especially moms of little ones.

  17. Jaime

    I have been a long time reader, but have never commented even though so many of your posts could have come directly from my head as well, but I couldn’t pass up saying “Congratulations!” to this one. Just based on your blog, I always felt like you were a really awesome teacher…one who really cares and one I would totally want my kiddos to have! Congratulations!

  18. Michelle

    How wonderful, congrats to you! What a great accomplishment from a couple years ago when you moved and weren’t sure what you were going to do career-wise and now you’re Teacher of the Year! Truly, one of God’s graces; a little ray of sunshine during some difficult times. I’m glad you and Chris went out to celebrate- you deserve it!

  19. Yeah! congratulations!! what a great reward!! things taste better after we work hard at them and you have had a very hard school year so far, so well deserved!
    And you look amazing on that dress by the way! so happy for you two, going out on a date night is always fun and necessary!

  20. Congratulations on being named teacher of the year! That is so fun and very well earned! We LOVE that you went out to celebrate and splurged a little! We always find it so hard to splurge on ourselves like this but when we do it is totally worth it. And impromptu celebrations like this is what life is all about! 🙂 Keep up the AMAZING work!

  21. Jenna

    Woohoo! From one teacher to another: that’s a big deal! I know it’s well-deserved.

  22. Andrea in SC

    Congratulations from one TOY to another!!

  23. INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT! congratulations you deserve it!

  24. Sonya

    Congrats Katie! That was one thing I loved about Florida, their recognition of teachers every year at every building.

  25. Kat

    Congratulations!!!!!!! That is so awesome. And you look gorgeous. And I’m so jealous of all that drinking…but not of the morning after lol

  26. Erica


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