We’ve been busy having Fun!

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 24th, 2013 22 Replies

September is always a busy month and this has certainly been no exception. It started the day before Amara went back to school. Again, this year the PTA board and a few volunteers held a breakfast for the teachers the morning before the first day of school. I did my part and made two loaves of Monkey Bread – they really had a feast and the teachers loved it!

The following week I went to the first ever PTA Mixer which was a huge success with a great turnout. The idea of the mixer was for parents to get to know each other as well as their children know each other. The other goal was to give them a chance to find out what the PTA does and what they might want to do to help.

The PTA had set up tables with games and crafts in the back of the room so that the children could play together while their parents mingled. One of the Dads and a friend of his have a band and they played soft rock music while parents walked around visiting the different PTA tables. They got lots of new volunteers.

The next day, when it was 96 degrees out, I had volunteered to help sell fruit pops after school. The first 2 weeks of school were the hottest weeks we had all summer. Jenna and I worked together and while we almost melted, it was so much fun! I think every student bought one that day.

Two weeks later I got to do it again. This time I worked with another volunteer Grandma! Her Grandson is in Amara’s class and we had a great time working together. The 2 kids thought it was really cool that both their grandmas were there. It was a bit overcast that day and even sprinkled for a moment but it certainly didn’t hurt our sales!

Between those two weeks was 9/11. Amara’s school had the most moving 9/11 Memorial ceremony and I got to be there. (One of the advantages of volunteering and being on campus often is I got to sit right up front next to the Channel 9 News camera man!) The Principal felt since many of the students weren’t born when this happened they needed to take time out to discuss it and to remember. As 1300 students marched onto the quad and the lunch area, I was shocked by how big the student body is. Most of them were wearing red shirts. One of the students (and someone we love — see photo below) led those students in the Star Spangled Banner. Another young student and friend addressed the student body and asked, “Who are your heroes?” Her story was all about that fourth plane and every one choked up. Sitting here typing, I get choked up. As I walked back to the classroom with Amara and one of her friends, he asked me if I had seen any of the YouTube videos about when this happened. When I told him, I was awake and watching the news when the 2nd plane hit his eyes got as big as saucers. It was a wonderful hour.

Amara and the young lady brave enough to sing the Star Spangled Banner

I know that this post isn’t all about Amara but each one of these occasions meant I got to spend extra time with her and her Mommy plus a chance to get extra hugs, too! Besides, none of these things would have happened if it weren’t for Amara!

She has spent the night with us a couple of times since school started, nothing special, just the usual fun. Sunday morning after riding our bikes, we decided to go to the duck park and feed the ducks. We hadn’t done it in ages so we shelled one of the old dried sunflower heads and headed to the park. The plan was to feed the ducks and spend some time playing and then we were going to Winchell’s Donuts. I really don’t remember the last time that we went and got donuts. We have been so busy making pancakes and various kinds of monkey bread so this would be a special treat. Even more of a treat to Amara who is just devastated that the Winchell’s near her house has closed. She made sure I got extras for Mommy & Daddy, as “They haven’t had Winchell’s in a long time either, Grandma”. This Winchell’s isn’t exactly close to us but it is close to the duck park, which was closed for reconstruction!

So we got our donuts and went home. I am now on a mission to find another park near us that has ducks!

We’ve been having lots of fun.

22 thoughts on “We’ve been busy having Fun!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am extra lucky that Grampy works so hard and does it so that I can be involved in so many things I would be missing if I still worked.

  1. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    9/11 certainly brings a flood of memories. It is nice that Amara’s school recognizes the ultimate sacrifice made by so many on that day. I haven’t had a Winchell’s donut since we moved from the Midwest. Have an extra glazed for me next time. πŸ™‚

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I will willingly eat a donut for you and I love glazed – especially if you warm them in the microwave for 12 seconds! Good stuff!

  2. Sandy Siegel

    The 9-11 Memorial tribute sounds like it was beautiful. It’s nice that the students learned about that awful day and participated in the tribute. Hopefully it will be their generation that can make the changes in the world that will bring the peace we are all wishing for.

    The PTA is really setting a good example of keeping parents involved, which can only lead to better students! Cudos to the PTA!!

    You have sure crammed a lot of wonderful memories in this 2 week period! I’m so happy that you not only get to be so involved in Amara’s life, but that you are documenting it here in a blog. I know it takes a lot of time and effort on your part to do both. You are an inspiration.

    Last, but not least, you have made me hungry for donuts. I don’t think we have Winchell’s here in Michigan, but as you know, we have an awesome little bakery in Jonesville that makes delicious everything!!

    Thanks for taking us on another great memory adventure, big sister! πŸ™‚

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Please go to Jonesville Bakery and have a donut for me. Actually I want one of their chocolate frosted long johns – the ones with the yummy custard.

  3. debra@ HOMESPUN

    A live rock band…WOW that school always has a lot of great stuff going on and it is so nice that you can participate along with Amara! πŸ™‚

    now I want a cherry donut in the worst way…..

  4. Joy @ Yesterfood

    I love how involved you are in Amara’s school, and how much of an effort her school makes to involve parents and grandparents! Win-win! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the wonderful stories about your adventures with Amara and her mom!

    Love, Joy

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad I have this chance to be so involved. Three generations on campus or in the classroom together really is very special!

  5. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    I love reading about all you do at Amara’s school. I bet every single teacher (and school) wish they had more grandma volunteers like you.

    Lovely photo of Amara and her friend. Sweet.

    I don’t think we have Winchell’s Donuts in town anymore. Now I’m curious and must look. And eat a donut. Thank you.


  6. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise

    That’s wonderful that the school had a 9/11 memorial ceremony. It was an important, albeit sad, day in our recent history. It changed the way we looked at the world, and at each other.
    Monkey bread!! Oh my, it’s been a long time since I made that! Yum yum and more yum! I checked to see if there was a Winchell’s close by and I’d have to go to Oklahoma or Kansas to find one, so I’ll just have to be happy with the donut shop that’s close by!!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You and Noli should make Monkey Bread! I bet she would love doing it – and everyone will love eating it!

  7. Connie

    Ah cherry donuts! I use to buy cherry fritters every weekend at a little place close to me. It really sunk in when you mentioned that the kids hadn’t been born yet; my gosh that is crazy to think about, something we have to explain to them. I don’t think my gkids school did much, it was up to the teachers to decide what to talk about that day in each class. It bummed me out because it was such a big deal in our not so distant history. I tried to talk to the kids some about it when I picked them up from school but they really are too small to understand much now.

  8. KImberly

    Interesting day to read this as today is likely my last volunteer activity at Bean’s school, for him anyway. I’m glad you are so willing and active. I have so loved so many of my parent/grandparent volunteers. Miss Amara is one lucky little lady and I can imagine this legacy going on when Jenna volunteers in Amara’s kid’s class. Sweet.

  9. Launna

    It sounds like you have been busy and having a lot of fun doing it…

    I think those times are wonderful in our life when we fill them up and good times keep coming… I look forward to that happening for me one day soon….

    Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog… they mean a great deal to me πŸ™‚

    9/11 is still very sad and very powerful after all this time… :-/

  10. Vickie

    The Winchell’s in the town closest to us closed also. Now we have a Krispy Kreme! I also love visiting my grandkid’s classrooms. Or on days when I get to pick them up from school, to see the smile on their face when they see me just melts my heart!

  11. Susan Adcox

    A PTA mixer is a great idea. So many times children want to visit with each other and parents are reluctant because they don’t know the family.

    Sounds as if you have been having great fun and also making a contribution. There’s nothing better!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The PTA is hoping to have a few more mixers this year in hopes that as the parents get to know one another better they will also volunteer to help more. It is always the same people who volunteer and they’ve asked everyone they know — so they need some fresh blood!

  12. Joyce

    I am always impressed with Amara’s school. The 9/11 ceremony is beautiful. The family mixer is such a great idea, not only for recruiting volunteers but for making everyone feel welcome. I love how you are in there, too, as a role model for other grandparents who want to get involved!


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