Friday, June 13, 2008

First Grade Picnic

Being the middle child is a difficult thing. Especially if you are the only girl smashed between three VERY active, attention-getting brothers.

Poor Em.

Her life is hard. I feel guilty that she ends up being the responsible one, the forgotten one, the helpful one so often in our family.

So, to make it up to her, I became the homeroom mom for her first grade class.

I didn't realize that it would become my full-time job for awhile.

Especially planning this...

The First Grade Picnic

Fortunately, the pizza was hot, the ice cream was cold and the weather was just right. Parents and kids had a great time and none of the home-room mothers committed homocide. Yay!

Brad and the twinks came along to provide help and moral support.

Planning the teacher gift is always a headache for the homeroom mom...so, this year, I collected recipes from each child's family and compiled into a cookbook for Em's teacher. (And, for the night she doesn't feel like cooking, we all pitched in for a gift certificate at a favorite restaurant.)

I think she liked it.


Emmie has had a wonderful first grade year. Her reading and writing skills have really been polished to a shine and she has gained confidence in all areas.

And I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that Em is wildly popular--she has playdates lined up with different girl pals every day of the week and is in high-demand with the first grade boys on the recess soccer field. (See? Having brothers isn't ALL bad!)

The best part of her year has been her fabulous teacher, Mrs. H. A good teacher is part angel, part magician, part rockstar. Mrs. H. is all three and more. Love her!

I'll miss first grade...until the next go-round.

12 comments:

Rochelleht said...

I could have written that entire blog post myself a nary a word would have changed. Just substitute crazy twin boys for crazy little sister...

Annie said...

YOU are the Rock Star, my friend! Congrats and kudos for a great job, well done.

p.s. I answered your question in the comments on my blog. Funny story behind "the Cape," really...

Annemarie said...

Good job! That is a big undertaking. What a lucky "middle child" to have such a good mom!! (Love her name!!)

Christie said...

Yes, I was the homeroom mom. Once. It was so much work I swore I'd never do it again unless I had to. Way to go!

Jessica said...

All I want to know is: For that picnic, did you have all the ribbons tied just right and I hope you made the right choice on strawberry cheesecake ice cream vs. strawberry swirl.

I know you care about those things.

Cathy said...

Nothing is better than a really good teacher that both you and your child appreciate! Being a middle child myself, 2 older sisters and 2 younger sisters, I understand the role perfectly!

Jill said...

How fun! You are a great mama. I can't wait to participate with my kids at school. I think it sounds fun...I might be eating those words someday though huh!! lol.

TravelinOma said...

Being a room mother is a big job. I used to dread Valentine's and Halloween when I held the position. Emmie is so lucky that she has you to add balance to her "only girl" status. I don't think she's left out of anything!

diane said...

Oh she's the creamy filling in your family Oreo. That's what I tell my middle kid.

Shally said...

WOW! I would have loved to have you as a room mom when I taught school (back in the day).

I am totally stealing your recipe idea if I am ever a room mom, which will be a while... hopefully my 3 brain cells will remember...

DysFUNctional Mom said...

That cookbook is a GREAT idea! I'll have to remember that one.
I have a middle girl too, and she does sometimes feel a little neglected.

Lauren said...

Great job to you! A sure sign of a successful party is that nobody committed homocide ;)

I think it is so great you were the homeroom mom for Em's sake. That couldn't have been easy...ever!

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