Today was Kendall's first grade field trip to the zoo, and what a crappy day for it! It was windy and rainy all night, and the temperature dropped significantly. But field trip day it was, so we dressed in layers and loaded up the stroller and sack lunches...and we were off! I felt like the whole day was a little rushed, as the buses were taking the kids (whose parents didn't come) back to the school at 1:00. It seemed like we got there, walked around for about an hour, went to the education class at 11:00, then ate lunch. We only had about 30 minutes for lunch, as the parents of one of Kendall's classmates knew a zookeeper that worked in the Gorilla area, and they had arranged for a personal Q&A session with him for just our group at 12:00. It was awesome! Then we had to be at the front gates at 1:00 to sign out our kids if they were not riding the bus home. That is when the meltdown occurred. Kendall did NOT want to leave. She was convinced that her "very best friends in the WORLD" were staying, and she wanted to stay too. We had actually planned on staying longer, but Noah was doing the "drunken sailor walk" and clearly needed a nap. And from the looks of Kendall's meltdown, she did too! So we had to have a pouting, crying, sobbing, attitude filled walk back to the van. Let's just say that she and her Daddy had a showdown in the parking lot when she decided that she was going to run away right then and there. Holy crackamoly. We were all exhausted when we left, and of course, I was left wondering how we (as parents) could have handled that situation better. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...I am so NOT the mother I wanted to be! I TRY, but sometimes fall short of the mark, I'm sorry to say. Well, another day, another lesson learned, I guess!
But alas, 20 minutes later, all was well and she had stopped sobbing and telling us how unfair we are and how mean we are...and apologizing instead. Well, I should hope so.
So, anyway, here are some pics from the field trip. I prefer to remember THESE moments and NOT the fit...LOL!
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