Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Usual Suspects

A few weeks ago, I took a day off work to drive and chaperone a CJSF field trip. Yes, I am one of those crazy mothers without which field trips would not happen. I don't have a mini-van, so I am limited to 4 kids, My personal mental limit, I tell you!

Ernest rounded up what I called The Usual Suspects, the same gang we drove to the Steinbeck Center last spring.

There were the usual hijinks and high spirits, but to tell the truth I really have a great time with these kids. They are smart, funny and good-natured.

But I digress...where did we go? Maybe you guessed from the picture?

The Queen Mary!

We highly recommend you stay away from the front deck when these babies blow! We were taken by surprise at 10:00, but when our tour ended up on the deck at noon we knew to hold our ears. Everyone else had heart attacks.

Gorgeous day. We had a historical tour of the boat, lunch was included, and then the Ghosts and Legends tour.

Wow. What a nice day. And what a nice kid here. "Mom, I can take our picture. I got good at that in Europe."

After the tours, each parent-led group was on their own. We chose to visit the Russian Scorpion submarine. I bought the tickets...I wasn't sure how much money everyone had and I didn't want to ask or embarass anyone. (Wise idea, as it turned out one guy had only $2.) They loved the sub! After several hours of "don't touch," they got to put their hands on everything, and fiddle with the periscope, and climb in the bunks. They are getting too tall to be submariners. (There was a photo of the crew -- the sub commander was 6'5" but the rest of the crew was about a foot shorter!)

Interesting traffic on the way home...


Jen on the Edge said...

Sounds like so much fun.

I like chaperoning field trips because it gives me great insights into my girls and their friends.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Tom and I spent the night after we took the bar exam on the Queen Mary. I spaced out filling up the bathtub (exam brain) and it flooded our stateroom. Heh.

That was indeed an interesting bit of traffic on the way home. WTHeck?

Pretty Things said...

I love going on field trips. I missed one on purpose to see how Zack would do without me (long story, teacher and I conferred, etc etc) but I can't bear it.

I also like being Crafty Mommy at all the parties. That's just me.

jenn said...

Such a sweet picture of the two of you together! Looks like a really cool field trip.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What a great trip. Thank goodness there are moms like you!

barbra said...

Looks like a fun day. But that wagon-carriage thing you saw is totally strange! Snow White's carriage maybe? I saw Cinderella's carriage on a trailer while I was driving to your house last June!

Susan said...

I did the field trips for years and years. Now I mostly make food for the drama productions. That looks like one of those especailly fun field trips.