Tonight was the Learning Fair at Matthew's school.......While I always like the idea of going to events at Matthew's or David's school, usually there is a reason we can't go, or, truth be told, I find a reason we can't go.
It is hard to bring 3 kids to any school event on a Friday night. It is harder to bring 2 school age kids and one preschooler to a school event on a Friday night. It is even harder as a single mom, to bring 2 school age kids and one preschooler to a school event on a Friday night.
That said, I am so glad that we went tonight. The boys have grown up a lot, and it is important that we try these different experiences so that the boys have different opportunities. These programs are also a great way for me to see just how far we have come!
I clearly remember going to the Learning Fair 2 years ago. Matthew was in 2nd grade, David was 4 and Jacob was 2. We sat through a concert and then did some fun stuff with the music teacher, but I also spent a lot of time wrestling with the boys, chasing Jacob and keeping David calm.....
Fast forward 2 years and we are doing GREAT!
Tonight we saw a teacher from Mad Science- he was a little over the top for me, but the boys did great. The lesson was on air pressure, and went WAY OVER MY HEAD, but he used a leaf blower, and created a version of a hovercraft so the boys were thrilled!
Then we went to a Kids Cooking activity....I mean really....could there have been a better class for Matthew? He walked in and fell in love....the woman leading the class had been at Glenmont on Thursday making smoothies and he LOVED her. The way to matthew's heart is through his stomach!, so to have this woman at his school 2 days in a row, it was like the god's were smiling on matthew!
The boys all did great cutting strawberries, folding cool whip and yogurt together, and creating their own little healthy snacks. I was able to meet a few of the kids that Matthew knows at school, and I had a great time chatting with a few moms at my table.
Of course, it got a little hairy when David wanted more vanilla yogurt, and jacob wanted another dessert shell. But in all honesty, the challenges were over in less than 2 minutes! I have learned to read David better, and I knew that at 7:15 at night the last place he would want to be was in an over crowded school building.
The moms who were near us were super helpful, and you could tell that they were enjoying watching David and Jacob cut the fruit and chatter together! Matthew ended up proposing to the woman leading the session, and announcing "my mom needs to know where to buy a blender so she can make me some smoothies"!
I was able to see the humor in the entire evening, to gush a little at how well my boys listened and to bribe them to leave after the first workshop instead of staying until 8:30 making sketchbooks!
It was a fabulous night....the next time a note comes home about a school event, we will go again and try to have another success....but for tonight, I am basking in the glory that my boys did great, I did great and we were just another family at the Learning Fair!
- I am a single mom of three amazing boys! All three of my sons entered my family through adoption. All three of my boys have developmental disabilities. My oldest son, Matthew has been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder. David, my middle son, has a genetic condition, he has a duplication on his 15th chromosome which leads to autism like symptoms, seizures and learning challenges. My youngest son, Jacob has learning disabilities. Each of my children bring unique challengs to our family and also bring their own personality and joys to our everyday life!