|Grif and buddies Nicolas and Liam in colonial garb.|
Its almost the last week of school… This week just about put me over the edge. As my friend Kim said, weeks like these, you wake up hyperventilating. Really. Why does it all have to get crammed in at the last minute?
Last week it was School Picnic and Boot Camp, Open House Night, Colonial Days and a Fifth Grade Music Concert that we failed to get the notice about… Yes, he survived. All for the fifth grader these activities. I forgot to add Bike Safety Night too, and that the big state report was due along with treats to share state related to class..We had Maine so it was blueberries in dixie cups for 30. He remembered about that 9:00 p.m. the night before of course.
|Grif and classmate Seraphina on way to school for Colonial Days. Our Jack Sparrow Halloween jacket has served us well!|
This week it started with a class water gun party that they earned. He had to bring treats to share and a water squirter (of course none of ours are to be found and new had to be bought), electronic gadgets could be brought to class and a change of clothing for those going to after school rehearsal for the Beatles chorus.. Yes, they planned the upper grades chorus show for this week. Not sure who made that decision…
|Goofing around at the chorus concert with neighbor and friend Abby.|
Usually its been a few weeks earlier. Sorry, but even the Beatles can’t revive the checked out kids.. Chorus practices this week after school until 6 and shows Thursday and Friday. Big book report due today. Tuesday night was a special Scouts meeting and Wednesday night was the big picnic and music show for incoming fifth graders at the middle school.. We dragged over to that to catch a few tunes after the chorus rehearsal.. Almost forgot Tuesday was dress like another era day and at 7:45 that morning we were trying to recreate Richey Cunningham here…
Now we just have to get through next week’s trip on Monday to mini-golf and water-slides, Tuesday is something-forget now. Wednesday is the picnic for all graduating fifth graders at the park, and finally graduation. Whew.
I made it Oops, we made it through. He is our last one at elementary. I dearly love our school, but I have been there for 11 years with the two boys. I think I’m ready for middle school and less parent involvement! Oh wait piano recital on Sunday after..
Notice I haven’t mentioned the ninth grader? The first year of high school is just about over and like everyone said it flew, literally whipped by. I’m starting to believe what they say about high school going really fast and it makes me a bit sad. He has already checked out. Seriously. After starting so enthused. things are falling between the cracks worryingly. I have heard this is a ninth grade boy thing and that they are done and burnt out by this time. I hope that is it..On a bright note he did bring home a gorgeous table crafted in wood shop class.
I’m working on getting a few things lined up for them for Summer. It’s a fine balance to get them doing some fun activities, but letting them chill and enjoy the pleasures of Summer. My best memories are lazying about swimming pools, riding bikes with my pals around the neighborhood, popsicles and lemonade stands and Lake Tahoe. I don’t want them to miss just being kids and the feeling of no schedule. That only happens for a short part of their lives.. With that attitude they would say we may not be Stanford material, but I think we are okay with that. I’d rather have happy kids than perfect kids….
On that note, here’s the best thing I read this week. A blog some friends shared on Facebook. This mom gets real about the end of the school year and I just want to hug her.. Read this is you need a smile and some perspective!
Have a good weekend and if you are a parent you are almost there!!