Just an Ordinary Day: Field Trip


It’s been a while, but I thought I would share a peek into an ordinary day in our life. A couple of days ago, I decided to shake things up a bit in our exciting homeschool routine with a field trip. I know. I can be crazy like that.

As a product of our public school system, I lived for field trip days! Who doesn’t? It’s not any different with homeschooled kids. My children had been anticipating this day since the moment I wrote it down on our family calendar. A couple of my kids are early risers, but on this field trip day, it took little effort to rouse up even the sleepiest of the bunch.

Breakfast was simple and quick (cereal, fruit, and milk), since we had to board the school bus (aka our minivan) early. I packed some water and our favorite homemade granola bars from Kitchen Serf for snacking later, and we were off!

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We arrived at our destination, the community theater, where a production of The Tales of Peter Rabbit was playing [affiliate link].  I’ve read this beloved, little book to my children for many years. So when someone from our Classical Conversations homeschool community invited us to come, it was an easy yes.

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Not only was it an opportunity to see a timeless classic come to life on stage, it was also an occasion for the kids to experience the theater and learn some etiquette associated with it. What I love about this production is that it is specifically targeted at children in the content as well as in the length of the show, which was only about an hour. I can’t imagine my youngest ones sitting through anything longer than that.

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After the performance, our stomachs were grumbling, and because we had invited my in-laws to come with us, naturally, that meant Happy Meals at McDonald’s. I never buy my kids Happy Meals because 1) I’m cheap, and 2) I hate adding to the clutter with toys that will only hold their interest for a week or so. Well, what perfect timing for my kiddos to have Grandma and Grandpa there! Especially since the Happy Meal toys were characters from the highly anticipated Peanuts Movie!

I must admit though that these toys are pretty cute. I’m not a big fan, however, of the box made to look like Snoopy’s house. Eventually, this dog house will fall apart succumbing to the effects of the grease spots left by the French fries.

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Exhaustion set in during the afternoon that I was the one having a hard time getting motivated to open up our school books. Cursed was the teacher, who made her students do school work after a field trip! Who wants to be that teacher? I mean, a field trip should be that alone. “Yay!” cried the children.

The fun wasn’t over yet. That night was our weekly children’s ministry at our church called Generation to Come, aimed at encouraging young children to participate in worship, bible memory, games, and listening to bible teaching. Simultaneously, our church home groups for adults met for prayer, fellowship, and bible study.

By the end of a very full day, we were all ready to crash. Usually, after putting the kids down, there’s always one or two getting out of bed with creative excuses to avoid going to sleeping.

Not this night.

How was your day?

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