Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Our 100th Day of School
As we did last year on our 100th day of school, we ventured to Chuck E. Cheese. On the way, we made a pitstop at Bojangles, where we enjoyed our biscuits while reading The Night Before The 100th Day of School, by Natasha Wing. As the story unfolded, I found myself wishing I had read it sooner. I'm assuming in the public schools, the teachers encourage the children to bring 100 of some item to school on that special day. Why didn't I think of that? Hmm... we'll have to do that next year.
Now, for those of you who don't know me well, I'm kind of a freak when it comes to taking my kids to places like Chuck E. Cheese, or the circus, or the fair, or anywhere there might be a large crowd. I get very overwhelmed and panicky. Don't get me wrong. I love people, and I love kids. I just don't like to throw my kids into a huge pile of other kids. They blend in too easily, and I'm afraid I'll lose one. It just makes me nervous. I much prefer to have a conspiring adult with me (i.e. my husband or my mom or my cousin) who I can assign to watch one kid, while I keep an eye on the other. Yesterday, that conspiring adult was my husband, Keith.
We arrived at Chuck E. Cheese at 9:15am. I just want to let y'all in on a little secret. If you arrive at Chuck E. Cheese on a weekday morning, just after they open at 9:00am, you are more than likely going to have the entire place to yourselves! We were the only ones there! I love it! What a relief!
We purchased our 100 tokens, divvied them up (40 for each of the boys and 10 each for Keith and me), threw our stuff down on a table and ran around playing games and collecting tickets! Another secret. They test the machines each morning, by playing them and fixing the ones that need to be fixed. They leave all the tickets they win for whomever is luckiest to grab them. We were the only ones there, so we grabbed all the tickets. We came home with lots of prizes too. Woohoo!!!
So as you can see, we've conquered the "having fun on our 100th day of school" thing. Next year, we'll have to incorporate a little more education into it. I'd be happy to hear your ideas.