Working Moms and School Flyers
As the end of the school year approaches, my children have brought home mountains of crumpled papers as the teachers clean out the classrooms. I swear that I try to look at every paper…but with two kids in the house, that means two mountains. That’s a LOT of paper.
Sometimes, despite my best efforts, things slip by… things like flyers from the school about the upcoming All-State Fair at the boys’ elementary school. I very vaguely remember seeing something flying by my face at some point, but with everything going on it didn’t rate on my “important things to do” list.
Tell me again why I made a pact with myself to attend all school events this year? I got to take the boys by myself since my husband works Saturdays.
Since we lost the flyer, I had to ask the boys what exactly was the All-State Fair? Have you ever asked your children for details about anything? I didn’t get much out of them. They knew they were participating in a parade…and THAT WAS IT!
Well, we hadn’t had time to stop by the book fair for the school yet, and it would be open at the fair. We get to explore the fair (or whatever was going on), and visit the book fair…win-win!
I drove to my ex-husband’s house and asked the older boys if they wanted to join us. Declan was all for it… Scotty took a little more begging. As we waited for Scotty to get dressed, Gage came over and asked me what time it was. I told him 9:25 am.
“Mommy, we have to be there at 9:30 am to get in line for the parade!”
Lovely! Please tell me I’m not the only mom with children who tell them everything at the VERY LAST MINUTE!
I rushed everyone to the car, and drove to the school in record time. As we pulled onto the campus, we saw the parade of teachers and kids rounding the bend.
I seriously stopped in the middle of the road (on the campus, not on the highway) and got the boys out. I REALLY wish I’d taken a picture of them racing to catch up with the group. They were way too cute.
I parked the car and we headed towards the activities. First stop…bathrooms. I’ve had six kids…bathrooms are usually my first stop anywhere we go.
After our bathroom break and retrieving the two that participated in the parade, we walked to the book fair. We walked into the library and immediately the boys’ eyes were drawn to a sign hanging on the wall outside of the Computer Lab.
It read “ARCADE”
I immediately lost all four boys. Well, this could be a good thing. I won’t have to worry about keeping my eyes on four boys who like to scatter. I can take them one at a time! I’m brilliant!!
Ok, well, the Computer Lab teacher is brilliant.
I grabbed Michael and we went to discover what treasures were hiding on the shelves and tables.
He immediately went towards a shelf with gaming books. The book he wanted was WAY too advanced for him, and WAY too expensive for me. I gently steered him towards the “Sale” table.
“Michael isn’t this book awesome??? It’s $0.79” (overdoing the excitement a little). He wasn’t going for it.
We finally settled on a few books that weren’t too bad. Time to grab the next kid.
Repeat the steps from above…. smh.
I got lucky with the third kid. He only wanted one book and it wasn’t too expensive.
I got even luckier with the fourth…he didn’t want one at all.
Reality hit when the cashier began ringing up our purchases. A bunch of not-too-expensive books adds up really quickly. Great…I’m going to be in trouble.
While Declan and Gage went back to the “ARCADE”, Scotty and I took Michael to see what the All-State Fair was all about.
Each grade had booths set up with displays depicting facts for the different states in our country. It was really neat.
The students created dioramas and posters, and the teachers and parents made samples of food. They also had a variety of games set up for the kids. Hawaii gave out pineapple cups, and set up Hula-Hoops
*Light Bulb Moment*
The kids can eat at the school… and we won’t have to worry about lunch. Totally loving this All-State Fair. Even my very picky 15-year old found stuff to eat.
Each booth had “brag tags” that the kids could collect showing each state. We ended up collecting about half of them.
After we sampled the food from each booth (OMG…the cheesecake!), we headed back to grab Declan and Gage. They were both excited…Declan won a typing competition. I am SO proud of him!!
We walked around so they could eat and look at the displays. I think they both had three hot dogs each.
Then, the boys found a basketball arcade game set up…they totally forgot my name.
It was a really fun day. Not only did they get to choose new books, and play on the computers… but they were introduced to all of the different states. They were able to see the projects on which they’d worked so hard. Plus, we got to spend time together.
I love spending time with my boys!