Apr 17, 2012
Mr. Loch Goes to Washington
The morning came very early today! After the fun times waking the boys up at zero-dark-thirty and getting the zombies ready to roll, it was off to get Loch boarded on a bus headed for Washington D.C.! I am proud of myself, the only place my nervousness showed was his overpacked cooler of food and the ID tags hidden all over his backpack and pockets :) I had to brief him on proper procedure "just one more time" on what to do if he gets separated from his group - his response was "I'll find some creepy guy in an ice cream truck and ask him for help" - it was his humor that let me know he can handle it, and he is definitely my kid, LOL!
Have I said lately how much I love the Math & Science Academy? Fantastic program, teachers, and some bi#ch^n field trips!! Public schools too, I must add! I feel badly for parents and kids who don't have such great schools, but I feel that so many good schools and teachers bear the brunt of this "public school is awful" mentality. Nope, I grew up in a great public school, and my kids have one too and I want to recognize those teachers for the devotion they have to the kids. Don't get me wrong, our school board has some ridiculous stuff going on that I'll rant about another time, but the teachers are what make these kids, along with the parents supporting them and picking up the slack at home. I'll stop now :)
Loch (in the red shirt):
These kids made me laugh trying to maneuver these coolers!
National Arboretum bound! These buses hold the 3rd, 4th & 5th graders from the Math & Science Academy, Loch says they separate once there into grades, one going to Smithsonian, one to Arboretum, one to the National Zoo. They will go each year so by the time 5th grade is here he will have seen all of those. That's what I hear anyways, but that's coming from a 3rd grader LOL.
On to other happenings from the weekend:
A bolted cilantro plant in April? Even when there's an early spring apparently the cilantro can't be timed with the tomatoes haha!
More vole-holes, they are everywhere this year, ugh - any bets on whether there will be any turnips attached to the foliage when it's time to pull LOL?
Seedlings are finally IN!!
Finnegan was my helper and planted most of the peppers. The tomatoes got planted about a foot deep and were still tall! I'm sooooooo glad that's over, now we wait...
I forgot to actually get a count of everything planted so I'll have to do that another day.
I also had the first day of the Ready, Set, Grow! program this year. Yes, I'm still a Master Gardener - it was just me throwing an anxiety tantrum when I said I was going to quit because I was too busy, I'm back at it for another year :) We had 2nd grade classes today at Finn's school, and Thursday will be another full day of classes at another school. This month is our busy month for the program, as we have it coincide with the end of the kids' school based curriculum on Horticulture in science class.
I'm exhausted. I'm also wishing I was about 28 again, I had lots of energy then :)
I still have to manage to pick up Loch this evening when he gets back, I can't imagine how much fun he's having right now!