Ahhh, the month of MayMay 18, 2016
Just this week I have compared the month of May to childbirth. The only reason you are willing to live through it more than once is you forget how difficult and painful it really is. Any parent of a school aged child will tell you how jam-packed and exhausting May is, yet somehow from year to year we forget! I looked at the calendar last week, and wondered how we would squeeze it all in.
STAAR testing, Teacher Appreciation, Kindergarten graduation, 4th Grade graduation, district wide track meet, Field Day, Splash day, Accelerated Reader rewards day... the list of activities goes on and on. The meal plans of just a few short months ago have given way to drive thru's and grilled cheese. We toss aside the organized chore charts and hope our children have on clean underwear. End of season sports tournaments get wedged between recitals and awards days.
Just today as we raced from the van to the door of our school after the school bell rang, I looked down to see my son wearing two different tennis shoes! He promised he chose to wear them that way, but perhaps he could not find the mates to either so he just wore one of each?
I sit here, drinking my third cup of coffee for the day, and nibbling on my lunch of a sandwich, (OK, so it's an ice cream sandwich, don't judge. I spent all day in Austin with a trillion 4th graders yesterday, and my fridge is just about on empty.....) and I realize that I would not trade this crazy month for ANYTHING! How can I not find joy in this smile, the pride she has of placing 3rd in her 100m heat on Track meet day?
Yes, I spent 3 hours of my anniversary in a car with these 5 ladies stuck in traffic in route to a kindergarten field trip. The field trip ended up not with a day of looking at animals, but instead a return trip to the school, due to poor planning on the part of the Dallas Zoo. So this silly crazy group of women ran by the party store, bought animal masks and costumes and brought the ZOO to our kindergarten classrooms! These ladies brought laughter and joy to each other and a bunch of kiddos that day. Can you say Mommy bonding moment?
I loved how embarrassed this fellow was when his Mom and 5 other moms walked into his kindergarten class dressed up as animals. His laugh and smile made every frustrating moment of traffic completely worth it. Hopefully he learns to laugh at some of the frustrating things in life and turn them into good memories instead.
We created this egg drop carton in less than 30 min, and based totally on his design. He let me know how very much he wished Daddy was there to help him instead of me, but in the end, when his creation protected his egg, his delight with the accomplishment was worth it all.