Friday, November 7, 2008

Field Trip With Fourth Graders (Part 1)


Last week I went on a field trip to the Outer Banks.

With a bunch of fourth graders.

What was I thinking?

I will tell you what I was thinking.

A fun, educational trip with 6 hours of reading and nap time.

Um, have you ever ridden a bus with a lot of fourth graders?

Not. quiet.

Not conducive to naps or reading.

We had to leave at 6am.

Again, what was I thinking?

About fifteen minutes into our trip, the drama ensued.

All the kids were busily chatting on their Nintendo DS's.

Someone called someone a bad word in chat room B.

Everyone was in a tizzy over who did it?

It was like a real life version of Clue.

You know It was Mrs. Scarlett in the library with the candlestick.

Only this time it was

The girl in the hoodie, in seat 23, with a red DS.

Who of course denied it.

Thank goodness for smart, techno savvy teachers who figured out the culprit.

We arrived at The Lost Colony three hours later without much more drama.

I have lived in North Carolina my whole life but I honestly don't remember going to see the The Lost Colony.

It was actually quite interesting and educational.

For me anyway.

We went down to the stage where they put on the production.

The stage was built right in front of the ocean.

How cool is that?

Speaking of cool...it was just that.

Freezing.

I have only been colder one time in my life.

On the shore of the North Sea.

This may have been a close second.

What the temperature didn't do, the wind did.
Exhibit A.

Layer upon layer of clothes.

Wind whipping our faces.

After this picture, the hat, gloves, and scarf came out.

Then we clamored back on the bus and hoped we could warm up before our next stop.

We never did.

To be continued....

20 comments:

The Reed's said...

You can chat on Nintendo DS? I guess I need to be more in tune with technology.

The Lost Colony is a great place though. Glad you were able to get edumacated!

Brooke and Kent said...

good golly clair looks so much like chad!

Brooke and Kent said...

claire* I can't type no worries! Love you!

Mrs de Miranda said...

my goodness! that girl in the hoodie with the red ds...drama maker!

Ive never been to the Lost Colony and I have been to the Outer Banks a lot!!

Chelle said...

Ooohh...Clue! I love Clue! I had no idea you could even chat on those things...crazy!

I think I live in the dark ages...

I cannot wait to read the next part of the saga!

McMommy said...

Wait, wait, wait....Matty has a DS! Do you mean to tell me he is chatting on it?!?!

Thank goodness for you, Wendi or else I would never know these things!!

Looking forward to the rest of your story!

Susan said...

Hmmmm, let's see...on a school bus with fourth graders. YES, I have done that too many times to count and I feel your pain. But, I was clueless about the DS chatting.
You know I have been the Outer Banks A LOT, but I have never been to the Lost Colony. I am eager to hear the rest of the story after just asking Mark about his visit there.

Kristen said...

OH I can't wait to hear the rest of the story!!!!

I think it is fabulous that you and Claire got to spend some time together! Hoping Anya asks me to go along when she is older.

And this lost colony sounds awesome!

4 Little Men and Twins said...

i love your blogger header... you have such a beautiful family

brittany

Jodie said...

I remember going on a field trip to the Carolina Beaches with my son's 1st grade class. I'm glad I didn't have to ride the bus! Looks like a great place to take a field trip. Hope you enjoyed it!

Sue said...

It sounds like a really cool place to visit!

I found out about the chatting on the Nitendo DSs when I went on a field trip with the 5th grade last year! I had no idea!

I await the continuation and I hope you warmed up!

Krystyn said...

Oh, the drama. I had no idea you could chat on DS, either.

Minus the drama...what a fun thing to do with your daughter.

Lauren in GA said...

I know I always say this, but I love your writing.

We went to the Lost Colony this past summer. Did you get to see the play? We got a really neat tour and heard how it practically burned to the ground and someone dove into the sound with handfuls of the original costumes so that they could be saved from burning.

Sorry you were so cold, though.

LaskiGal said...

No doubt it was gorgeous.

But seriously. What WERE you thinking???

You are way braver than me . . .

Grammy Staffy said...

It is still so warm here that I am getting tired of it....however....after reading about how cold you and Claire were I've decided I don't want that either.

I'm not spoiled or anything...but I think it should be between 72 and 82 all year.

I'll be watching for field trip part 2.
Have a good day

Ellen said...

Wendi,
I found out about the DS chat option in church of all places, my daughter and 2 of her friends were chatting during the service, I could have killed them.... Guess they figured they were going to talk reguardless, man I wish I had them when I was little. Gotta love em' they are smart!

I have been to see the Lost Colony but it was at night and I had no idea that it was built on the water. It was also cold when I was there. However, I didn't get much out of it because as soon as the indians came out with the animal skins and the long tail going down their bottoms..... I was kinda distracted, thinking to myself I wouldn't wear that, I couldn't wear that, I wonder if it's comfy, It can't be..... totally ADD like that.

great post, keep it comin'

duchess said...

You are BRAVE!
At least you had a good location to go to - I love the Outer Banks.
Lookin' forward to more drama.
Hope you're having a good weekend.

Ashley said...

I love the Lost Colony! My mom went with my on my field trip to the Outer Banks!!~

Julie said...

What a beautiful place! I will have to add that to my list of places to go :)

Heather @ boy, girl, and a pug said...

Gotta love field trips!