First Grade Christmas Program

Wildman’s Christmas program was last night!  Our friends who live across the street from the elementary school invited us over for snacks and drinks beforehand.  It was fun letting our kids play together while we, the adults, chatted about outdoor kitchen ideas, Pinterest and party planning.  We made our way over to the school in good spirits from the red wine and good company.  Our oldest boys were due in to their classrooms at 6:15 pm.

We made our way over to the cafeteria to find our family a little before 6:30 pm.  To our big surprise, Wildman opened the show by reading a couple of paragraphs!  We knew he had a part of the Christmas story but had no idea he was also speaking at the beginning.  That little stinker totally surprised us!  We were all so proud!

Our friends’ son, Pepper, had a speaking part as well!  He rocked it!

T-bone did super too!  Although he managed to accidentally knock down the set on his way to the podium…  🙂

Wildman got all sorts of pats on the head and “atta boys” from people.  Yaya made sure to give him a huge hug on her way out.

This boy of mine continues to amaze me everyday!  I am so very lucky to be his mother.


Field Trip

Yesterday, Wildman’s class joined the other 1st/2nd combined class and the other second grade classes at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High Auditorium for a 3D interactive show about making healthy eating choices.  I tagged along as a chaparone and got to experience Wildman’s first school bus ride with him.  It’s been his dream to ride a school bus and he totally thinks he is getting robbed by not having to ride one.  I’ve tried to explain to him that he’s extremely lucky to be able to live within walking and biking distance of his school.  He doesn’t believe me 🙂

The show was put on by Kid Power and was really quite entertaining.  It probably wasn’t as exciting as visiting Greenmeadows Farm like the other first graders got to do but it was still pretty darn cool and LOCAL.  Parts of the show were in 3D and parts of the show were in a one-man play format.  It was part musical, part movie, part science lesson and part interactive experience.  The kids loved shouting out their parts from the audience.  One of Wildman’s classmates was even called upon to dance on stage!

After the show we took a couple of pictures with the star then headed over to a local park for a picnic lunch.

Things got a little hairy when another group of three classes from a local school arrived and pretty much took over the park.  It was total chaos for a while.  Lots of kids were climbing trees which is a liability for the teachers.  When a couple of teachers asked the children to get down some moms got very snippy and were disrespectful to the teachers in front of their children.  Ugh!  We ended up packing up our things and leaving early.  It wasn’t worth the risk of someone getting injured falling from a tree or hurting themselves on a too-crowded playground structure.  Our kids didn’t mind leaving early.  They were looking forward to recess on their own playground back at school.

Cutie Pie’s field trip is this morning!  We’re pumpkin patch bound!  🙂

Scenes from Mad Science Night

Mad Science Night is a super fun event that Wildman’s school hosts in mid-late October each year.  The teachers from each grade get together to host a simple science experiment.  It’s a great open house that begins with pizza, music and a bake sale on the patio and ends with the kids running wild on the playground as the sun sets.

The  first grade teachers let the children make screaming balloons by dropping a metal nut into a balloon.  When it was blown up you could move the balloon in such a way as to create a screaming sound.  Wildman popped his almost immediately.  Cutie Pie’s balloon finally bit the dust when we got home.

Some of the other experiments included making rainbow gel test tubes, creating dancing Rice Krispies with static electricity, taking a ride on a homemade hover craft, playing with fortune-telling fish and making glowing slime…  We had to miss the boys’ baseball and t-ball games to attend this event and I’m so glad we did.  It was such a nice family event.

This weekend is shaping up to be pretty busy.  I’m attending a friend’s 40th birthday party tonight and J’s taking the boys up to Boo at the Zoo.  There’s a fair in town.  Kennedy Space Center is hosting their free admission weekend for Brevard County residents.  They boys have ball games on Saturday morning.  I’m teaching Zumba on Saturday morning.  Whew!  Don’t think we’ll be bored!

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