Friday, October 3, 2008

Priceless Joys of Dauphin Island

Annie and I have just returned from Sea Lab at Dauphin Island with her 5th grade class.  Without going into too much detail because I believe I've diagnosed myself with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since getting back and it's hard to concentrate for long periods of time.  

These were the moments of our memories:

1.  Cost of Sea Lab: $280
     Cost of Gas to get there and back:  $50 (split w/another mom)
     21 5th grade girls, 9 moms, 13 boys, 20 dads, 2 teachers, and 1 principal: priceless

2.  Dinner on the way down to Mobile:  $20
      Snacks and entertainment for 5 hours (one way trip):  $20
      An insanely, sleep deprived mom trying not to rip some heads off of some very obnoxious 
      10 year old boys:  priceless

...watching a family of 5 dolphins play off the shore as the sun rose:  priceless
...watching your 10 year old little girl be one of the first kids across the salt marsh:  priceless
...watching Annie dissect a squid and plankton, well that's just gross, no:  priceless

One more thing, having been exposed to and given an opportunity to observe this aged children in motion:  I'll take a stinky 10 year old boy who hasn't showered for 3 days or brushed his teeth than to the emotional roller coaster of hormones that almost every 5th grade girl was experiencing on this trip.  Love them all and had a great time.  Pictures to follow when I actually unpack the right bag that has the camera in it:)


Susan in the Psych Ward said...

Can't wait to see the pics... can the girls get together Monday afternoon???? After homework, of course!

Grandma said...

ah come on Kris - tell the truth about the "rip the heads off the boys" story and the skit they made about you. It was what was Priceless!

So glad you had fun Annie and when you get older you will really appreciate you mom's humor and antics....

Love, Grandma
Can't wait to see the pics too!

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

left you something at my blog, make sure you pick it up!!!