The Second Annual Mother Son Event

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 4th, 2016 26 Replies

I know I am behind in my blogging (and my reading) but we have been busy having fun! Someday I am going to get caught up!

Last year the PTA hosted their 1st Annual Mother and Son Event. I didn’t attend. It was a good thing I hadn’t volunteered as it was the day after I came down with those terrible shingles. As a reminder, if you are over 60 and haven’t gotten your shingles vaccine stop reading this and take time out to call your doctor. Shingles are not fun.

But let’s get back to what was fun. Last year the Mother Son event was a bowling party, which the boys and their moms enjoyed. The bowling alley has since closed so the committee planned the event at the local Rockin’ Jump. This place had everything from vertical rock climbing towers to a jousting area! Those boys had so much fun trying to knock their moms into the pit, which was filled with foam rubber blocks. Climbing out of those blocks wasn’t easy either!

Jousting Collage

They also had dodgeball arenas (on trampolines!) and one of the moms took a ball right to the head. She didn’t care, she got right up and started playing some more but the kid that got her was very proud! And when the kids weren’t jumping or climbing, they were lining up to pay extra to get into the Hurricane Simulator booth! They feasted on pizza, sodas and cupcakes and according to one Mom her boys were so exhausted they were asleep in the back seat before she got out of the parking lot!

I had volunteered to take pictures of the moms with their sons as I do at the Father Daughter Dances. It really takes 2 people to coordinate taking the photos. In order to keep everyone straight I have them hold the photo form with their name on it as a test shot. Then my assistant takes the form away from them and keeps them in the order taken. I needed an assistant! We put the call out to all the usual volunteers and we even posted a request on Facebook but most of the usual volunteers were going with their sons. I didn’t want them helping as I wanted them having fun!

PhotoFlyer

Jenna called me the day before and said, “Well, I think I found you a volunteer for tomorrow.” The way she said it had me worried especially when she added, “You can’t look a gift volunteer in the mouth!” Oh my, who did she get? Did I mention I didn’t know I was on speakerphone? Jenna bursts out laughing and says, “You get Amara!” I was thrilled! I said. “I will have to do something nice for her” when she says, “Oh you already do enough things for me!” I had tears! I was touched! She was the best assistant, she was SO good about the fact she couldn’t jump, and she really wanted to!

Amara and Grandma Kc at Rockin Jump

Towards the end of the event Amara did get to play in the Hurricane Simulator and I promised her that 2 weeks from this Saturday I will take her and one of her good friends to Rockin’ Jump as a way of saying Thank You.

Just another chance for me to spend time with Amara!

26 thoughts on “The Second Annual Mother Son Event

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    What a great school Amara attends, and I applaud you every time you post about one of these terrific events where you lend your photography skills. Amara as an assistant? There is a heaven. 🙂 By the way, I think she’s getting a little taller. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She is getting taller but that is no surprise! Should be interesting to see if she ends up taller than Mommy who is about 5’10” or Daddy who is almost 6’4″! She reminds me so much of her Mom from the back — tall and lanky.

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  2. Joyce

    I would SO go inside the hurricane simulator! But what a wonderful evening for you and Amara! She will grow up to be just as selfless as her mom and grandma are. I love this “mother and son” event – it’s the perfect complement to the “father-daughter” dance. Just a wonderful school that works so hard to develop its children academically, athletically and socially!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara is very selfless and she does make me proud! The PTA has tried for years to organize a mother son event but getting the volunteers and getting someone to chair the event has been a huge struggle. Hopefully it will just get easier with each year they do it. So many great things to go on at that school and that has been the problem lately, I’ve been to busy enjoying it all to take time to write! Someday I will get caught up!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You take amazing pictures that I could never capture! The kids really are a lot of fun and it gives me another chance to meet parents.

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  3. Sandy Siegel

    What a fun day & a great way to hang out with Amara! How nice of her to offer to volunteer! You & Jenna & Amara make a great team!

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  4. Olga

    Glad to see the fun continues. My neighbor had shingles a few summers ago and that was enough to send me out for the vaccine!

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  5. Debra

    This post was very fun to read! I am curious about the photo form. Did you email each person their images?

    I am looking forward to the images you take of Amara and her friend at the Rockin Jump. Tell me, will you experience the Hurricane Simulator? Will there be images? 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The pictures are actually a lot of work! As part of their ticket price they get one printed 4×6. A few years ago at the Father Daughter Dance I started getting requests to email them so now we do both. I edit them, get them printed and put a printed one in an envelope with the student and teachers name on it. Jenna and I then deliver them to the classroom as teachers have been known to not check their boxes in a timely manner! Then I go back and go through and email a copy to each parent that requested it. Reading those email addresses can be challenging!

      No Hurricane Simulator for me – my contacts wouldn’t like it and yes there will be pictures!

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  6. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    I can’t imagine a better photo assistant!

    You are so very awesome to be the official photographer for the parent/child dances. I hope you were able to sneak in a bit of boogie-ing with Amara while the music was playing.

    Hurricane Simulator? I had no idea there was such a thing!

    I look forward to pics from the Rockin’ Jump!

    xoxo

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Your grandsons would love this place! It was so much fun and so much better than some silly dance! I think this is a keeper of an idea and I can’t wait to see how many boys want to go that didn’t go this year. When we delivered the photos to the different classrooms there were some boys who really wished they had gone!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She did love that machine. It wasn’t working for a while and the kids were so disappointed that when they got it running again there was a huge line!

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  7. Launna

    Kc… I am behind in my reading too… We all need to live our lives, have a little fun… I definitely needed that break and I gained a great deal of perspective… xox

    I am so happy you had another opportunity to spend with Amara… you and her have so much fun together. Valentina would love that place too xox

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      We will both get caught up eventually. I am just glad you are feeling better and are able to get out and walk more. I know how much you enjoy it and how much better it makes you feel.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I had a nightmare the other night that the shingles came back — I know they can and I don’t want to go through that again. Once was way more than enough.

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  8. Kimberly

    I love when they join in the volunteering. Such a great experience to be on the other side of things.
    Land’s she and Bean are both looking way to teenagerish.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Bean and Amara really are growing up a bunch all of a sudden! I’ve really noticed the change over the last couple of months and it is kind of scary! We want to keep them young forever.

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