Last week was school spirit week.
What is Spirit Week? It’s a week of dress up days. Each day has a different theme and you use that theme to plan your outfit accordingly for that day! Basically, you play dress up all week! Growing up, I remember Spirit week leading up to our pep-rally as awesome and fun and good times. We loved dressing up and having fun with our friends. I remember spending hours trying to figure out the most awesome thing to wear! Then there’s the pep-rally! So much fun! I looked forward to it all year!!!
This year is the first year my boys school had Spirit Week. They had a pep rally, but none of the week long fun leading up to it. When I heard they were doing it, I was so excited! The kids are going to love this as much as I did! Then, I saw the list of dress up days.
Monday- Fave college sports team day
Tuesday- Fake an Injury Day
Wednesday- Professional Day
Thursday- Superhero Day
Friday- Blue and White Day
Minus Monday & Friday, all I see is way to much effort.
Monday….We have lots of Wisconsin Badger gear because of my brother Mike so…done. (Bad mom forgot to take a picture)
Tuesday…. Fake an Injury Day. This one I wasn’t a big fan of. Number one because my brother was handicapped. Number two because I don’t think it’s appropriate to make light of injuries. It’s teaching them that it’s ok to make jokes about people and their injuries…that it’s not important or hurtful. Number three…. because I don’t see why we need to teach our children to fake anything. Why teach them that faking an injury is ok? Needless to say….is a rough patch, But…I’m not about to let them down. I searched all over for different things they could use. LilSki ended up using an brace from when he broke both bones in his arm last October. I ended up finding some gauze wrap stuff for BigSki for his arm.
The part that REALLY got me was the kids that had beautifully done makeup to look like shiners or stitches. Time and care and extra effort put into special bandages and steri-strips. The kids looked great. Their injury looked fantastic! All I could do was look at my kids with their bandages arms and wonder if I should have tried harder. Then I remembered I was late for work and off I went.
Wednesday- Dress like a professional day. A professional what? A professional whatever-you-want (that’s appropriate for a Lutheran school that is) to be.
Meet my little professionals…
BigSki’s request to be a writer didn’t shock me. However…LilSki’s desire to be a scientist did. Alright google…whatcha got. I pulled up the google and looked up “kids scientist costume”.
Lab coats and goggles made a frequent appearance. Well, I didn’t have any of those an no way to get/make something like that in time so….new strategy. The kids got a “Tasty Science” kit for Christmas which has some test tube thing in them so…score! I tried to get him to go with a “mad scientist” look. Like the professor from the movie Flubber after an invention exploded in his face.
I’m talking spiked hair, goggles (swim ones cuz that’s all I got), and maybe some black smudges on his face. No dice. So, I made due with what I had and he looks pretty cute! Maybe not scientisty to some, but it’s all I got!
Thursday- Dress Like a Superhero Day!
Now this is a day I can get behind! I am all about the positive themes! Plus, I have to avenger obsessed children and a whole hoard of hero Halloween costumes! This one we got covered!
We got LilSki as Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy bringing his new baby Groot with him because…when is Rocket every really without Groot! They are best buddies! Face it…I wanted to have a mom win by letting him bring it to school! Not often mom gets the win in our house! BigSki I was hoping would go as Starlord since we have that costume as well and it would complete the theme, but Alas…the boy is Batman obsessed (can’t say I blame him…he’s my fave super hero too) and HAD to go as Batman!
I was all for a nice easy day that didn’t require running around to look for something, make something, or improvise!
Friday- Blue & White Day/ School Spirit Day
Another somewhat easy one! Just wear school themed clothes! We bought the kiddos new gear for Christmas with BigSki starting basketball! So, that’s what we did! I also used an old blue eye liner pencil and wrote on their faces with it! Team name and for BigSki I drew a basketball and #5 (his number) as well!
Sadly, another “bad mom” moment…I forgot to take a photo! Honestly, we had Spirit Week and were packing for a weekend away for our final Christmas of the year so I got distracted and forgot. So here’s a pic of me sporting school colors in support of my boys!
Spirit week is over. While parts of it were fun, I am glad it is. It showed me that while I want the kids to dress up and have fun…I am not one of the pinteresty moms that is going all out making special outfits/costumes for their kids. I’m the mom that helps them find it, but encourages the kids to do it themself. Maybe I’m lazy. Maybe I’m encouraging independence and self motivation/creativity/reliance. Who knows. But I will say that while I LOVE Pinterest and have made many meals and some homemade things from there….I will never be a Pinterest mom.
***THE PHOTOS OF MY CHILDREN ARE MY OWN! The quote meme at the end I, myself, made for this post. But…the kids scientist photos are courtesy of Pinterest and the Flubber picture is from google and obviously not my own! Flubber is a great funny movie and if you haven’t seen it I recommend it! ***