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.
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!
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.
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!