There is nothing like spending the day with a bunch of 2-1/2 to 5 year-olds to really give you some perspective on life.
Stella’s class had another field trip today. This trip included a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island, some time running around at the Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) and a picnic lunch – a pretty cool and fun packed day. It was also a pretty brave venture for her teachers, if you ask me.
Stella was super excited for the field trip and spent much of the night before asking me all kinds of questions – What time were we leaving? Where we going to miss the field trip? Was there going to be mud there?
We arrived at school basically on-time (well, on time for us) and the moment we walked into her class, Stella started ramping up for the trip. She jogged in place, spun in circles, the normal Stella pre-activity behavior.
The head teacher gave us stern instructions and we were off and walking. I was actually in charge of one other child than my own, Stella’s friend Ruby, which I take as a sign that I am moving up in the ranks.
The first stop – the Ferry Terminal. There we loaded the children on to the ferry to Bainbridge Island. During the trip, I sat with three other boys and two other girls in Stella’s class. We established that we were moving forward, we were not going to sink and sharks could not eat through the window. Good – I did not want to deal with any shark drama today.
The boat docked, we all filed out and headed on a fairly long trek to the KiDiMu. KiDiMu was compact in size but packed with two floors of children’s activities. Stella and Ruby headed straight for the “hospital” where they quickly established the health of all the babies (which were apparently all my babies – surprise Michael! you are now married to the new Octomom). We then headed upstairs where there was this huge Lite-Brite. It was super cool and I kind of wanted one in our house.
Lunchtime! We walked to a park and enjoyed lunch al-fresco. For all the whining and complaining I heard from the girls while walking from place to place, the girls ate like birds before running around like crazy-people in the park.
All the kids had so much fun and it was a joy to watch them run from activity to activity. I also loved their stories and endless energy. Even when I thought the kids were going to completely crash out, after sitting for two minutes, they were up and running around again.
If only they could do more field trips at my work!