Starting 6th Grade

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 7th, 2015 18 Replies

It has been over 2 weeks since I wrote about the highlights of our summer. Once again, we’ve been busy having fun and I just haven’t taken time to write about it. “Taken time” somehow makes it seem like there was time – there has been no time! I’m hoping with this long holiday weekend I can get caught up!

Amara started 6th grade on Tuesday but we had some last minute fun before school started.

Amara on her first day of 6th grade

Last Saturday Amara and I went to the movie in the park and saw Ghost Busters. It had been in the mid 90s that day but it cooled off to the low 80s that evening. Perfect weather for being outside in the park. We had a great picnic together and just sat on our blanket under a big tree eating our dinner and watching them set up. It was a neighborhood event and one of the organizers had made individually wrapped s’mores for everyone! Plus there was free popcorn being popped. We love free! It was a great evening!

To my surprise, the next morning Amara got her perfume kit out that I had given her and wanted to do facials! Her Mom and I had been shopping with her one day and saw these peel off masks. We told her about the ones her Mom and I used to use back in the day. They’re hard to find now! I bought it and this was going to be the day to use it. She also wanted to give me a facial too, which is why she got the perfume kit out. It had lots of recipes! I received a honey oatmeal mask. It was wonderful and I loved it. We had oatmeal everywhere and were busting up laughing! Her mask didn’t turn out as well. It wasn’t the kind of peel off mask we expected. It was a fabric mask you lay on your face and then peel off. Not the same! But it was very moist and smelled wonderful and she loved it. It also sent us on a search to find the right kind of peel off mask. More on that in the next post!

Facial Collage of Amara

While she was at it, Amara also made some fizzing bath salts. All of the ingredients came in her perfume kit. They didn’t turn out quite right – you were supposed to shape them into ice cube shapes. The problem was we couldn’t even shape them into balls they just kept crumbling. She even added a drop of food color to each one because everything is better with food coloring! We had fun and of course, it meant a bath to try them! They didn’t fizz as much as she had hoped but she liked them anyway.

By the time her morning bath was over, we were all starving! Pancakes, bacon and eggs! Amara whipped us up some beautifully colored pancakes and I burnt the bacon while scrambling the eggs! I love that Amara was so sweet about it. She told me, “Don’t worry Grandma. Even the best cooks burn things once in a while!” She has such a kind heart! It was such a great weekend.

Amara eating pink and blue pancakes

Of course, before school could start the PTA had to honor the teachers with their annual Teachers Appreciation Breakfast! Jenna was in an absolute panic about pulling it off without Mo at her side. The school is getting a new Principal this year along with some new teachers so Jenna really wanted everything perfect. While Mo was certainly missed, Jenna and the team did an amazing job! She had some last minute stress to deal with, too! The breakfast was supposed to be in the Library Media Center. The painters were supposed to have been finished painting and everything was supposed to have been cleaned up. It was not! So the breakfast was moved to the outdoor lunch tables. We’d been having 90-degree temperatures but fortunately, that morning it stayed cool and overcast until about 9 AM. All of the moms had pitched in and brought food and I brought 3 loaves of my monkey bread. Everything went off beautifully! I love teamwork.

The first day of school finally came. I got to go with Amara and her Mom that morning and for pick up that day. It was so fun to see just how much all of the kids have grown. The temperatures had dropped back to the low 80s and the first week is officially over.

She is in Leadership this year and is very excited about it. She loves all of her new teachers. We’ve heard all about how she wants to run cross-country this year. Her PE teacher told her that exercising would help to stimulate her brain and would make her smarter. Who are we to argue?

She is excited that there is going to be a music club! Unfortunately, her school doesn’t offer band for the upper grades but their band teacher from last year is trying to help by giving them an after school music club! I am glad it gives her a way to continue with her trumpet.

In addition, while all of this has been happening I have been busy behind the scenes, too. This year I finally organized a Grandparents Coffee Break. Each year I have said I was going to do something for Grandparents Day at Amara’s school. This year I finally did it – or I will have done it in another week. Making the flyers, the plans, the copies – has kept me busy. I’ve also been working on a Book Fair-ie costume! I’m actually sewing! Something I have just not been in the mood to do in a long time. Still not really in the mood but I wanted to make a better costume. Book Fair is 3rd week of September so more on how that turns out later!

The 2015-2016 school year is off to an exciting start. Good Luck Amara!

18 thoughts on “Starting 6th Grade

  1. Joyce

    Grandma Kc, you are one energized ball of busy-ness! What fun! First of all, Amara’s smile just lights up your entire house! And how pretty and grown up she looked on her first day. It’s going to be great year!
    I never doubt Jenna’s ability to pull any feat off, although it must have been sad to miss Mo and her contribution to every success.
    Your crusade for grandparents in schools is going to viral one of these days! Your best advertising is your own hard work and example. Everyone benefits from that vision. I just love the way you tied in Grandparent Day with your Coffee Break event. Very smart!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really do hope I can get other Grandparents to get involved! Hopefully we will have a good turnout and that if nothing else these grandparents will get to meet the new Principal, hear one of the students speak and find out what a really great school their grandchildren attend!

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  2. Sandy

    Amara looks so grown up for her first day of 6th grade! She’s just as beautiful as her mommy and Grandma Kc!! So excited to see how Cross Country goes for her, and I’m thrilled that there will be some kind of music program for the kids!

    The pictures of your facials are great! So glad you both had fun with them!

    I’m so proud of you & Jenna for your involvement with Amara’s school. The Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast is such a great way to show the teachers some love, and the Grandparent’s Coffee Break is a wonderful way to get even more grandparents involved. Keep up the good work!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It was just a few weeks ago that Amara and I went to Wendy’s for a Frosty and all of a sudden it really struck me how much she had grown! I really like the young lady she is turning into, too! And she does remind me of her Mommy!

      I think this is going to be the best year yet! xoxoxo

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  3. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Amara looks so grown up in that first photo. 🙂 The sleepover sounded like heaven and brought back lots of memories. It sounds like sixth grade is off with a bang and that it is only going to get better as you and Jenna keep pulling off these volunteer miracles. I hope that school knows how lucky they are to have three generations of your family. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I should have mentioned that Amara’s other Grandma bought her that really cute outfit! I just love that little jacket and so does she! I am so proud of Jenna, too! I think the new Principal is just thrilled to have her on the team! I love that we are 3 generations on campus!

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  4. Barb Behmer

    Best of luck to Amara! My twin Grands are in 7th this year and seem to be having fun. They’ve already been in school 2 weeks and were doing homework while visiting me this weekend. Both are running cross country this year, and Amanda is in Choir, which she loves. It’s great that you continue to be involved in Amara’s school activities. Mine live a bit too far for that. Also, I have mine spread out over many different schools. Good Luck with your sewing project.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That is the one advantage of only having one grandchild — she gets my complete focus! Jenna is my only child so she gets all of me, too. You’re right — it would be more difficult if I had lots of grands and if they were spread out. I see that with some of the moms who have lots of kids at different schools. As for when school starts — that seems to change every year! Again, some of the moms had kids who started school a week before the others. Doesn’t make life easy!

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  5. Launna

    Kc… I can’t believe how long I’ve been reading about Amara … watching her grow up. She sounds just as sweet as she always has 🙂 … I love how close you and Amara are..;-)

    I hope I have half of the energy you have as I get older, you seem to get so much done. I need to organize better xox

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Truthfully, I am always behind with everything! But I have learned to set priorities. The Book Fair-ie costume can wait until after the Grandparents Coffee Break. I keep telling myself not to panic! I really haven’t taken on too much!

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  6. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow

    I remember using peel off masks in my twenties!

    And sitting over a steam bowl, etc.

    You have certainly been busy! Not surprised that Jenna pulled it off. Like mother like daughter and two great examples for Amara 🙂

    Well, until you burnt the bacon. Shame on you, ha HA! 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Jenna is much better at all of this than I am! I’m learning from her as we go and having a blast doing it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That is a very good question! She does come from a tall family! Her Mommy is 5’11’ and her Daddy is 6’4″ tall. She reminds me so much of Jenna at that age — all legs!

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  7. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    Amara is such beautiful young lady! And such a blessing to Grandma! You’re my idol. I’m pretty sure my next grandbaby—a local one scheduled for April!—is a girl! (Oops! Did I really just say that? 😀 ) If I’m right, I’ll be gleaning girly tips from your blog, you can be assured!

    Best wishes to Amara—and her parents and grandparents—for the most exciting school year yet!

    xoxo

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      OH! You will have so much with a little girl — not that you don’t have a blast with the boys but this will be special, too! Plus she will be close by! How exciting you will be both a long distance and a local Grandma!

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  8. KImberly

    You are a whirring dervish. We had our Grandparent program last Friday, and my, it was a full house. That is always amazing to me, as I never lived close (4hrs) to my grandparents. Oh my, your girl is looking so grown up.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think Grandparents program are so fun and so important. Many grandparents are very healthy and active. It is different than it used to be! And yes, she sure is growing.

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