Valentine's Parties make that feat rather challenging. BUT -- here in the good ol' USA -- Valentine's Parties are part of school cultures. We all might as well enjoy them and make the most of them.
Today, Kate & I spent a small part of our afternoon with Luke and his class of first graders (aka firsties) having fun with their party.
To accomplish this -- I had Kate take her nap early. It was S.A.D. and rather challenging (in a good way) to wake her up to go to the party.
A mom of one of the girls in Luke's class lead some LOUD, but very fun for first graders, games. Firsties like to pop balloons, in case you didn't know....(Luke's in the glasses)....
After their teacher and the helper Mamas got them "calmed down" from the games (Ha), the kiddos exchanged their Valentine's from each other and WERE indeed instructed to only eat ONE piece of candy. I *think* most of them obeyed that instruction -- at least while they were in the classroom.
The helper Mamas passed out the treats -- a cookie (more sugar), some "Chex" mix, some cheese/meat, and a juice...
Kate enjoyed being near her brother at this point....
Surely she's not yet ready for first grade...Sniff Sniff!
To "keep it real" -- Kate, though cute, wasn't the easiest to have at this party today. During the 45-minute party, she managed to "need" to go to the bathroom twice, had to be put in the hallway to *unnecessarily* cry, and found her way into the "bus line" in the hallway (I discovered this when I couldn't find her in the classroom and had to go & look for her)....
Someday, I'll look back at moments like those and laugh and wish I were still in that phase.
I know that, and I get it....
All in all -- too much sugar was involved in our day, but it's ok! Everybody survived and had a good time!
This evening, we (all 4 Friesen people from this house) traveled back out to Luke's school for some basketball games!!!!
So. Much. Fun!
This school, from the young elementary kids to the high school kids, has some spirit! The gym was loud (in a good way), and it certainly helped that the varsity boys & girls won!
And now -- I'm tired. I will head to bed -- excited that tomorrow is a Saturday morning, and we don't have to be up early.