Last week I had the opportunity to attend 2 school field trips. For Anna and Conner. Payton had his class field trip earlier in the year and while I submitted my name for chaperoning, I didn't make the cut in the lottery. Yes, they held a lottery, or random name-draw to choose chaperones because so many parents volunteered to go. Another year . . .
With Conner's class I just got lucky. I happened to be online when his teacher sent out an e-mail request for chaperones -- 5 spots, first come first serve. Apparently all 5 spots were filled within an hour.
With Anna, this marked my 5th preschool field trip to the Children's Museum. We've had a lot of adventures there. Let's see, it all started in 2005 with Conner (4) and Payton (27 months). That was interesting, trying to keep my eyes on two small, active children in a place with major sensory overload. 2006 was probably my least favorite year. With a 5 year old, 3 year old, and 8 month old Anna in a stroller, trying to maneuver around all the rooms while not losing track of the boys. In 2007 I had three walkers runners so I came up with the ingenious idea of dressing them all in construction orange. And Anna wore a leash. It went really well. In 2008 we downsized to just Payton and Anna (and side-swiped a deer on the way there).
And here we are in 2010 with just me and Anna. Lowwww stress. The plan, follow Anna around and do whatever the heck she wants to do.
Conner's 3rd grade class took a field trip to Astoria where we rode the trolley and visited the Maritime Museum. It was a good day. A bit rushed . . . we could have used another hour exploring the museum and such. But good. I had a good group (2 boys, 2 girls), and everyone had good attitudes. (Well, Conner needed a little pep talk.) Conner & I had a bench to ourselves on the bus ride home and that was a welcome change after the trip there: 2 boys + me spilling out into the aisle. Conner buried himself in Deathly Hallows and I finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (good book!). Delightful drive. He has a really great class.