Friday, October 17, 2008

School Festival

Tonight was the kids' school Fall Festival.
Here's the good and the bad:

The good:

My kids were SO excited about it and have been since we pre-bought tickets weeks ago.

They had a fun time eating dinner there; choosing between a sundae bar and cotton candy for dessert; and winning prizes at the games sponsored by each class.

I didn't have to cook or do dishes.

This is the closest we get to a "community event". We live in a big city, but it feels at least slightly more "small town" when there's an event at the school. It's still a far cry from the idyllic Springtime town picnic in the square, but you take what you can get.

I was reminded that though we've only been back for a little over a year, we've met a lot of people. It's fun to recognize familiar faces and get to know more people a little bit.

The bad:

O. Ver. Crowd. Ing. This is my second school festival in Las Vegas. And it was the second time I tried to imagine how much nicer it would be with fewer people.

Seriously. Here are some numbers from the evening to depict how mobbed it was:
- thought I lost one of the children at least three times
- got my foot run over by a stroller once, feet stepped on twice
- lost our neighbors and their families in the crowds at least five times
- had frequent visions of things like stampedes; gridlock; cattle-herding

But now it's over for another year. The money is spent and so are the kids. And three of the six of us have temporary face tattoos.


Christy said...

he,he sounds like an adventure!

Rachel said...

If it makes you feel any better, we went to our friend's school carnival in our much smaller town and experienced similar gridlock, overcrowding issues. I swore I'd never do it again.

Laura said...

sounds like fun!!! The crowds always get me too, kinda glad they only have something like it once a year huh?

littlecbsmom said...

Oh, the things we do in the name of family fun! Where's the pictures of those tattoo's???