Last week our annual trip to Alcatraz went off beautifully. We had ideal weather and the kids had the time of their lives! For the first time ever, I got a thank you card the next morning from a student thanking me for putting the trip together and telling me what a great time he had. It made everything worth it! And by everything I mean the sleepless nights leading up to trip, the escalated blood pressure that lasts from 6:00am when the bus takes off to 5:00pm when the bus returns, and the countless time-outs I give myself throughout the day so I don't walk up to one of the chaperones and says something like, "Are you kidding me right now?? Who is the adult here and who is the child!?" It was all worth it and it is every year and that is why we go back.
Matthew had Pioneer School today. It is the big third grade field trip that they work diligently preparing for all year. He woke up this morning this morning and said, "It is finally my day!!!!" Well, his and 29 others...but who am I to squash him at 7:00am in the morning. Besides, he totally lucked out because his Aunt Mickie just so happens to be one of the docents at the school and she just so happened to also get my Mom in to help out with the class. There are no parents allowed at all and so I went around that little rule and let both of them know when his class was going to be there so they could work it and see him. They had a great time and so did he. He had to be in full dress, we had to wrap all of his food in wax paper, it was carried in a tin pail, and he could only drink out of a tin cup. His meal of choice was raisins, beef jerky, carrots, cornbread, and sugar cookies. The hanky in his pocket he stitched himself. :)
By the way, the countdown to our family vacation is 36 days. I....can't....wait.