Saturday, May 19, 2007

Pull, pull!

Yesterday was Field Day at Gracie's school. Chris, Katie & I were all there to help & observe. Her class almost won the tug-of-war but fell victim during the championship round. In their defense, their class is smaller than some of the others. Also, one of the kids on the winning team was HUGE.....looked to be at least a 3rd grader! Alas, it's just a game and they worked hard so Mrs. Stauffer expressed how proud she was of them.
Part of their Field Day is basically "free play" with hula hoops, jump rope and inflatables-sno cones too. Chris & I were in charge of watching 5 of them and we didn't lose any of them.....for very long anyway! LOL Here is our group + a couple extra who jumped into the picture.

After the "free play," the whole class did the tug-of-war then they played some organized games as a class, along with the other 1st grade classes. They did "Tiki Torch Relay" which was a relay race where they had to walk a certain length with a ball on top of a tiki torch. They also played a game where the first person on the team would fill a sponge with water then they'd pass it down the line and squeeze the remaining water into a bottle to see which team could get the most water in a certain amount of time.Another one was where they all had a cup full of water and they were supposed to protect their own cup from spilling while trying to knock other people's water out of their cup. Gracie did pretty good at this because she's not aggressive and wasn't really trying to make other people spill their water so they weren't paying attention to her. However, someone finally did notice her and her water was spilled.

So that was Field Day 2007! Guess who wanted to join in the fun, too?!?!!? Katie LOVED going down the big slide! When Chris was helping her climb up the other side, she yelled, "I want to do it myself!!!!!" This picture looks like she's just laying on the slide, but she's really going pretty fast!

They were finished in the morning, and I think the rest of the day was quite a bit more relaxed than usual. They did centers and worked on their "settings" for their plays they'll be doing the last week of school. I don't know how big of a deal these plays will be, but I am very excited because Gracie gets to be Cinderella! I think the play is actually called "Cinderella Penguin" so I'm anxious to see this particular version of the story. Mrs. Stauffer sent home her lines this weekend. She has 9 lines to memorize...very short lines. They'll be performing the plays for the parents and some of the Kindergarten classes. The other plays will be "Hansel & Gretel" and "The Three Little Pigs." She has 15 kids in her class and there will be 5 in each play. I can't wait!

Today, we went to the lake to visit with some friends from church who were on a camping trip. We'd been invited to actually participate in the camping trip, but being who I am I wasn't too thrilled about the camping part. I got quite a bit of teasing over this, but it's just not my cup of tea! Once there, I think I could have done it and had a good time. I just need some help getting over the whole bathroom situation! The bath house they were using had 2 potties and a shower. During the almost 5 hours we were there, the potties were stopped up at least twice. The shower didn't look too clean either. I know I'm a wimp, but I was happy to come home and give my girls a nice warm bath in our bathtub! We did have a good time visiting though. We ate lunch with them and the kids "swam" in the lake and rode bikes and enjoyed being together. There were 3 families camping and then 3 (including us) families came today to join in the fun for the day. This is Gracie with one of her friends she has known since she was about 10 months old. I would have loved to be able to hear their conversation as they sat & talked! It seems that they don't get too much time together these days, so I was glad they were able to visit other than just passing by each other at church.

Maybe one day they'll convince me to do the camping part.....we'll see.

VBS is coming along. Only 3 weeks from tomorrow!!!!!!! I'm sooooo glad we planned it for so early in the summer because I won't have to stress about it for too much longer! We're having a meeting tomorrow to discuss the plans and see what help everyone needs and make sure everyone is on the "same page" with plans, etc. We have had tremendous participation from people agreeing to help which is great!


Erica said...

Sounds like you have been busy as usual:) I remember all the fun field days as a teacher. It was always good to see the kids having such a fun time.

Good luck with VBS...I know it will be great!!

janjanmom said...

Go camping already!! You would love it. Your kids would REALLY love it.