Field Trip…

Today was a day I will probably always remember. I was a parent chaperon for Madison’s 1st grade field trip to a Wildlife Sanctuary and then to a local fish hatchery. I originally thought I was going because Madison has a moderate to sever peanut allergy and the rules for our district is a parent needs to go along..blah blah blah.  Karen was supposed to go but with being in the hospital I had to step in to go with Madison.  I end up at the school and I am not there 5 minutes and Madison’s teacher comes up to me and says… “Here is the list of kids you will be responsible for today.”   I’m sorry… what did you just say to me?!?!  I have to be responsible for other kids?  And of course in the heat of the moment I nodded in agreement like I knew this was the gig I signed up for the whole time.

I got my group of kids together and did the whole.. “Hi I’m Madi’s Dad” speech and then it happened.  Little “Jimmy” says.  “Hi Mr. Owens…I’m Jimmy”  I wanted to look around cause for a moment I thought my dad walked into the room.  Who is this Mr. Owens guy he was……oh wait.  It was me.  I am now Mr. Owens.   The past couple weeks I have been realizing that I am getting older.  The first realization was 2 weeks ago at a sweet 16 party.  When over speakers came the Electric Slide, and none of these 16 year old kids knew how to do it.  So guess who had to teach them…. this guy!  I had to walk out on the dance floor and teach these kids a dance that I thought everybody already knew how to to do…but apparently not.   Sorry I kinda got off on a bunny trail there.  I digress… Field trip back on topic.

The actual “field trip” portion of the day was really cool.  The wild life sanctuary was great and the kids really picked up on a lot of the stuff the ladies were teaching them.  My group of kids that I was responsible for did great.  There were a couple that I swear the parents hyped them up on sugar in the morning on purpose.. but I can’t confirm that.   The thin I really enjoyed about his trip is it really give me a moment to take a step back and watch Madison.  Watch her listen… watch her learn… watch her interact with her classmates.  I know our kids can drive us bananas and there are days we wonder what the heck we were thinking trying to parents, but there are those days when you can see you kids and know with out a shadow of a doubt we are doing something right.

Karen and I always wonder how Madi is doing.  She has been through a very tramatic early childhood, and that makes us worry about any behavior stuff as she gets older. But today I got to see that Karen & I are raising a really good girl.  To see how kind she is to her classmates, how willing she is to help anyone really made my daddy heart proud.  She is such a special little girl and I know that God has big plans for her.  I believe it. Today was a reminder that I needed to see that how we have raised Madison has been the best for her, and that we just gotta keep doing what we are doing…cause it is obviously working.

So that’s my rant about my baby girl.  I love her more than words can describe.  And when I look at her sometimes I can’t believe how fast she is growing up…and then I realize that the dating scene is really only just around the corner…..blink….blink.  Umm excuse me while I go HomeDepot to buy some locks for her door. 🙂

8 Responses to “Field Trip…”

  1. Jason Vana
    October 20, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    16 and didn’t know the electric slide?!?! Obviously some parents should not try to raise kids!

    Sounds like you had a great time, minus the whole Mr. Owens thing. You realize I will now have to call you that instead of Bieber, right? =D

  2. Moe
    October 20, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Very cool Mr. Owens, very cool.

    Oh, and I need to see a video of you doing the electric slide. I mean, who doesn’t know how to do that? That’s bad parenting in my opinion. 🙂

  3. Sarah
    October 20, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    I think field trips are designed to freak people out, even the teachers (at least the less experienced ones). It’s really neat to see Madison come into her own.

    PS. I learned the electric slide in kindergarten. The teacher made sure of it.

  4. Adam
    October 20, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    I know right.. i thought the Electric Slide was a universal dance known around the globe.

    Thats cool Mr Vana. Call me Mr Owens if you dare.

  5. Adam
    October 20, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    You know there is video footage some where of me breaking down the Electric Slide.. which is part of the reason it was banned at my wedding. 🙂

  6. Adam
    October 20, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    That right there is a awesome school system right there!!

    Yah Madi’s teacher looked a lot overwhelmed these is her first year teaching so I am sure she was feeling way over her head.

  7. dustin
    October 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Yup, video or it DIDN’T happen. And look at you, Mr.Blogger Guy…. 🙂

  8. Adam
    October 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Hahha well you I like to shake the blogging nation up a bit and throw it off kilter the some posts. 🙂

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