This was the best week of school, ever! There was no school Monday-Thursday and Friday was a fun day. The whole school went to Reunion Ranch in Georgetown for a day of fun.
It was a little hectic getting the kids loaded onto the bus because they had to sit three to a seat. It’s hard to take small children anywhere, but packed as tightly as they were, it was quite a challenge to get them to sit still and use a soft voice. Fortunately, there was a big reward at the end of the bus ride.
When we got to Reunion Ranch, I hurried the kids to cast off all their coats, lunch boxes, and other supplies at the picnic tables and make a bee-line for the bathrooms. I was standing at the entrance to the boys bathroom letting a boy in for each boy that came out when I heard “Where are the handles for the sink?” I assumed it was one of those automatic faucets so I told them to wave their hands in front. They yelled back that it wasn’t working. I warily poked my head in to find a bunch of my boys standing in front of a metal trough that was used as a urinal, waving their hands. I directed them to the sinks.
Once the class’s immediate needs were taken care of, we got to play on some of the most wonderful playscapes the munchkins had ever seen. There were mazes and a balance beam, a hovel of sorts to hide in as well as a tall rope ladder and very slick slide. They were just bordering on getting tired of playing when a tractor carrying a trailer came driving up. It was time for the hay ride.
I want to take a moment to give credit to all the middle school and high schoolers who patiently waved at not one, not two, but four trailers full of small children all screeching and flailing their arms. My munchkins loved it.
After the hay ride, we went under the covered picnic area to enjoy lunch. The rain chose this moment to come, which was so convenient, because it kept all the kids from galavanting off onto the fields or into the pond while I was overseeing the lunch proceedings. After a ten-minute deluge, the rain stopped and the sun shone again.
It was time to head to the mini-golf course. First, let me say that the ability to swing a golf club is not inherent. But, the munchkins really outdid themselves in terms of being awkward. Most of them couldn’t hold the club correctly, despite my instruction. And those who did manage to hold the club correctly rarely swung with any ease. They tried to hit the ball with the tip of the club instead of the side, and stood behind the ball instead of next to it. On the bright side, I now have some of the funniest 3 minutes of video ever recorded.
After mini-golf, the kids took a few swings at a pinata and then returned to the bus for the ride home. It was noticeably quieter on the way back, and with the exception of occasionally hopping up to keep an unconscious chid from hitting the floor, it was a very peaceful ride.