Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Field Trip Fun

I had the pleasure of chaperoning Maia's third grade field trip today. We went to a really cool place with a really uncool name: Blob's Park. It is also known as Green Meadows Farm, a name far more appropriate for such a pleasant place.

The massive meadow is divided into four sections: Africa, Native Americans, Animals of the Lands, and Cowboys. Each station delivered a 20-45 minute educational and entertaining program. The weather was absolutely perfect and we enjoyed sitting out in the sun learning about lands and cultures.

I was in charge of Maia, her two best school friends, Eli and Rebecca, and a classmate named Bethany. After enjoying all the mini-shows, the four of us enjoyed our picnic lunches together in the middle of the big gorgeous field. Maia and I had our Tastykake cupcakes; it's a tradition. When I was a schoolgirl going on a field trip, my mother used to pack the biggest lunch imaginable and it always included Tastykakes. Now I do the same thing with my kids. Maia couldn't wait to eat today because she knew she'd have "those special treats grandma bought you when you went on field trips." To be perfectly honest, I, too, was anxiously awaiting lunch; those cream-filled butter cream icing cupcakes are like little bites of heaven!


The best part of the whole experience is just that I got to go. My status as a chaperon was on-and-off-again. My sweet daughter was just so excited for me to go with her on a field trip and spend a day with her and her friends. I was delighted to have this special time and make some fun memories. Together, we reported back to the family all the fun new facts we learned today. I guess you're just never too old to enjoy a good field trip.

9 comments:

Christie said...

I love field trips too! That sounds like a really cool one. I will have to pass that name on to Lizas School Sounds really great!

Kellie said...

It is fun to go on field trips and it means so much to the kids. My kids keep score-like I went with Evan and Sam to Toby's but not Johnathan and Sara, etc. Blob's Park is actually named after a real person, Max Blob and is a German Beer Garden and Dance Hall on the weekends. I actually went there to dance a few times with a friend and her family. It felt very European-like we really were in Germany. If you ever get the urge to Polka-that's the place to go! They also have all kinds of Oktoberfest festivities, dance instruction, etc.

Corinne said...

Mendy - we have the same post!! lol!! When we were on the bus a mom was telling me about how she went to polka there once and had a blast :)

Jann said...

So fun. I am glad you got to go. I just signed up to go to St. Mary's City with Kelsie. I love field trips too.

The Jensen Family said...

How fun!!!! It sounds like you had a really fun time. I can't wait for Abbey to start school and do all those school activities with her. Cute picture of you and Maia.

Cami said...

How fun and nostalgic. I want to have some lard and sugar-based traditions in my family as well!!

Cheri said...

That sounds like a great memory. I was there with Andrea and it was a nice, relaxing day. I like the idea of a special treat for field trip day!

Jenni said...

Blob's is the place to be!! :) Sound's like a fun field trip - I'll have to sign up when Sophie gets to go! :)

Kellee said...

Mendy, I so love reading about your family and thoughts about life. I love feeling like I know you again. Sometimes it's hard to be so far away, but a regular blog from a friend really helps keep in touch. I almost feel like I know your kids better right now than when I was in Columbia just a few miles away! Taylor and Gavin have even enjoyed seeing the Hunters on the internet, too! Tell Mason we would love to have him over for a visit anytime!

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