As the students were lining up to go, one of my boys was a bit excited and started throwing his shorts up in the air and was trying to catch them. As I was telling him to get in line properly, he threw them up again, and they got stuck on one of the pipes. He looks at me to see what I am going to do, and I simply tell him that it is too bad that he will not have shorts to wear outside for the walk. He goes into "solve the problem" mode and starts moving a chair, and then a desk over to where the shorts are and I tell him that in no way is he allowed to try any of those means to get them down. He went down to the restroom disappointed, but I wanted him to learn a good lesson. A bit later I went back to take a picture of them, but they had fallen down somehow.
At lunch my class had won a pizza party for the most class participation for bringing their Amerathon mailers in. So they were very excited about that. As we go into the lunchroom, my same little gem of a boy walks into the kitchen area, and yells out to my friend and her husband (who had been working hard all day with the Amerathon, making sure there was water outside, and oranges were cut up for the kids, and granola bars out for them to have, and counting out rubber bands for each child to have 25, and then running to go get the pizzas for school lunch and then for our pizza party) "So when are we gonna have our pizza party?" Or something to that affect. That also did not sit well with me and I told him to go sit down at the lunch table and wait quietly. A little later I saw him coming out of the kitchen area again. I asked if he had the nerve to ask them again about when they were going to be getting the pizza....and yes, he did. Then as my friend was passing out slices to everyone, I asked her to withhold his. He of course couldn't figure out why he hadn't gotten any pizza or soda. I made him wait about a good 10 minutes or so. As I called him over to me to give him his pizza and let him know the reason he didn't get it right away, I see him putting something under the table as if trying to hand something to someone across the table. When I asked, he said one of the other boys had given him a couple of chips since he didn't have anything to eat. Oh my! So, I made him wait longer. When I finally gave it to him, the other kids were on their seconds and just about done. As I explained it to him, I think...I hope he got the message. Before he could even think about seconds I told him he needed to apologize to my friend and her husband! He did so, and was able to eat a little more before it was time to head to recess. It killed me to have recess when they had just been out for a while running for the Amerathon, but we did have some recess time. We did get a little work in, in the mean time. In the afternoon I just put on the rest of our Treasures of the Snow movie, which was a good way to end the day. After school I left quickly to head home to take out the pup. Gave her some time outside, brought her back in and gave her her dinner, then a snack and headed back to Newington to get to the Sports Picnic. Of course it's Friday night traffic, so it was a bit stressful and I was trying to get back to be on time for helping to hand out the cheer leading awards. When I got there, they had already started with the cheer leading awards and I got up there just in time to give out one of the awards, though I felt a bit discombobulated at the time. But made it through. Watched the other awards given out and kept getting emotional about certain awards. Then came the award that I had already thankfully been given a heads up on, or that would have been worse for me. But the school has been giving a Falcon award to people who have been such a great help during the sports seasons in many different ways. Well, they decided to change the name of the award now, it's no longer the Falcon award, but the Angie Larson Memorial Award. Coach Eric talked about why he wanted to change it, and tried not to choke up as he shared his heart. I was trying so hard not to just lose it and sob, that I just ended up giving myself a headache, oh my! It was special and my friend Brenda was blessed to be the recipient this year. She was very touched, and it was a special moment at the picnic.
I got to spend a little time afterward talking to friends which was nice. Then headed home back to Bella. It's often tough coming home from something like that and not having anyone to share it with. But it was good to just veg for a little bit before I went to bed. Definitely a long, emotional, busy day, but ending it with my sweet girl by my side made me happy! So thankful for her!
Lord, these days are tough...and I have been having a few of those lately. I need You and Your help everyday, but on days like this even more so. Help me to remember on days like this that You haven't left me, You are always there...there with me, there helping me...there to give me peace if I keep my mind stayed on You! Thank you for that! Help me as I sometimes struggle to remember that. Thank You for being patient with me!