Yesterday I got to spend the day with this girl.

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It was a pretty good day too! Her very first ride on a school bus. Bria just cracks me up. She heard her teacher say, “Sit straight. Look ahead, don’t turn around. Don’t stick your hands out the windows.” That child bossed everyone she could see while looking straight ahead. She thought she wasn’t even supposed to look out the window so she wasn’t about to let anyone else look. When we got back on the bus to go home, it was just the two of us in a seat. The little turkey reached up to stick her hand out the window just to see what I would do. She is going to wear me out!

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The kids were as good an attentive as kids can be. It was a very small zoo so you linger and look at most of the animals. They had little notebooks to fill out. Each child had to have their own backpack, water, lunch, pencils and crayons. I was amazed at how independent they are compared to field trips I went on with Arleigh and Hanan. Don’t forget some of them are barely, junior kindergarteners like Bria. I also realized how blessed we’ve been. Bria has been to other zoos, seen lots more animals and fed them. She was telling her classmates how she fed a giraffe carrots. Some of these kids haven’t seen many animals so it was a little disappointing when some of them were hiding.

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Bria and Emily were the two I was supposed to keep up with but Enzo is never very far from me. I love that kid. He surfs and skates. He’s 5!

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This picture of Bria and Dylan makes me laugh every time I see it. I don’t think their faces could be placed any better.

And yes, I do sometimes exist in pictures.

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The most memorable part of our field trip was probably the peacock stealing half of Parker’s sandwich. Glad he didn’t flip out too much. The bus also broke down for a bit. It’s a tiny bit disconcerting to sit on the side of the H1 with the off ramp directly to your right with a hood up on a bus and 35 scared kindergarteners. Luckily, they fixed it enough to limp the bus back to the school pretty quickly.

Overall it was a great day. I even got an unsolicited “You’re the best Mama in the world!” I could never ask for more.