Friday, May 9, 2014

Evelyn's First Field Trip

This weekend mothers will be celebrated all over the country. Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful moms I know! I have a pretty great one, and I love being a mom myself. It's what I've always wanted to do. It's why I ultimately decided to change majors in college, because "I'm never going to use this teaching degree that's costing me THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of private-school dollars, because I'm going to be a stay at home mom, anyway!" But that's a really long story for another time. :)

Yesterday I had the privilege of spending some time with the child that made me a mommy first. It was Evelyn's very first school field trip to the St. Louis Zoo, and I had been looking forward to it for weeks as a chance to spend some one-on-one time with the child I get that with least of all. I haven't spent a single moment alone with my daughter since she started school in the fall. Come to think of it...have I really spent any time alone with her since Gracie came into our lives? The girls are sort of a package deal. Where one goes they both go. So it is definitely a rare treat to get just one of them on their own.

Per the classroom rules, every child had to have a parent go along on the field trip in order to attend. Obviously it wouldn't be difficult for me to go along, but when Eric found out about the trip, he didn't want to be left out, haha. Eric works in St. Louis, so he devised a plan to take a half day off of work and meet us in the morning to hang out for a couple of hours. That half day eventually turned into a whole day, and we decided we wouldn't tell Evelyn he would be there. It would be a little surprise to see daddy magically show up at the same place we were at. :)

Evie was super excited yesterday morning to get dressed and head to school. She is normally in the afternoon class, so being at school early made it feel extra special!

Grace and Reagan thought they needed to jump into a picture, too. Normally Reagan wants nothing to do with lining up for a pose, but yesterday his rear was glued to that wall, haha. He wanted his picture taken, darn it! 

We arrived to a classroom full of little ones with their parents nearby. I don't think any child was more than two feet from mom or dad, but guess which kid had no problem running clear across the room and doing her own thing? :) I was cracking up as Evie discovered "new" people in her classroom - all of the kiddos in the morning class that she doesn't normally get to see. "Who are you??" Baha.

Soon it was time to get on the bus. That would have seriously been field trip enough for Evelyn. It was her absolute dream to board a giant yellow school bus might remember that Evie threw a fit on her first day of school when we showed up to pick her up afterwards. She was going to march right on with the bus kids!

We climbed up the giant steps and found a seat. I could tell she was really excited. Probably because she kept smiling so big and saying, "I'm really excited!" :)

We were off, and she was in least for the first half of the trip! Evelyn soon discovered the reality of school buses. She was looking a little less than enthusiastic at one point, and I said, "Are you sleepy, Ev?"

"No. I'm just bored!"

Haha, yep.

We ended up having absolutely perfect weather for the day - could not have worked out better for a zoo day. Evelyn and I explored the Herpetarium while I waited for a "secret" message from Eric telling us that he had arrived. It didn't take long, and then I let Evie know she had a little surprise waiting for her.

We walked clear across the entire zoo after Eric let me know he was there, and we found our missing link. Evelyn was happy to see her dad and even more happy to see that he had powerade, haha. She was thirsty! She hopped right up on Eric's shoulders and we were off for a day of exploring.

Which included some dole whips, of course....

We were supposed to be sharing that, but Evelyn wasn't super interested in sharing. :) Can't blame her - it's a yummy treat! And very refreshing. If you're ever anywhere that serves dole yourself a favor and get some!

Evie even got her face painted - something we wouldn't ordinarily do with all three kids in tow.

It was a short day, but I think it ended up being the perfect amount of time. Evelyn said more than once that she missed Gracie. I could tell that she wished her sister was there having fun with her. And by the time we were on our way home, she was even ready to see her little brother, too. :)

Eric surprised ME by asking the teachers if Evie and I could just ride home with him at the end of the day. I was fully expecting to get right back on the bus and part ways with Eric, but it was really nice to be able to all go home together. Before we left, Evelyn picked out some souvenirs for Reagan and Grace, and she couldn't wait to get home and give them their gifts. 

I would say that Evelyn had a very successful first field trip! Even at a place as big as the zoo, we bumped into friends all day, and Eric and I chuckled every time Evie would call out, "HEY TIM!" or "HI ANNABELLE!" :) 

I did manage to shoot a little footage of our day (goodness I love having this working computer!) so here is a very short video of Evie's first field trip!

I loved getting that special time with my first baby. Once again, we want to wish all of the moms a very happy Mother's Day! I hope that you are able to do a little something for yourself this weekend...or better yet, let someone do something for you! Have a great weekend!


Heather said...

Awww, I love it. You can absolutely see the excitement on her face!

Sarah said...

Happy Mother's Day to one of the best moms I know!!!! Luke had a great day too!! You definitely need to have more "Evie Days" I love love love spending one on one time with each one of the boys. And so do they ☺

Adrien said...

You are so right, Sarah. We are making that more of a priority this summer!

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