Fifth Grade Sleepover

Crazy…. Daring…. Brave…. These are just a few of the words that people used to describe Austin and I as we willingly decided to invite all of my students to a fifth grade sleepover at our house.

I had promised them the whole year that we would have an end of the year party and so I made sure to deliver. Of course they were full of questions and could not wait for it. Some of the questions were hilarious, for example ” What time are we going to go to bed?” Apparently this student of mine has not been to many sleepovers. “Can I bring 2 suitcases?” It is only for 1 night kids I don’t want to even see 1 case, bring a backpack. Inevitably, one of the girls brought one. “Is there going to be Air Conditioning?” Most of my kids have lived in Africa their whole life, but this question proves that they are not kids that come from the average Tanzanian family. Yes, we have an AC unit in our bedroom. No, it will not be used for you all, all night. Silly kids. Ha ha.

Anyways, the big day finally came. I was amazed at all of the stuff they brought to spend 1 night my house! We began with a group picture and a delicious ice cream treat from the Azam ice cream man who makes bank off of the kids leaving school each day. We then got into our play clothes and went to play some field games. At this time a large storm rolled in, one would think this would ruin the games, however we played right through it. We played steal the bacon, relay races, soccer and much more soaked and covered in grass, dirt,  and mud. They had so much fun!

Group Photo before the madness.

I Sream You Scream we all Scream for ICE CREAM!

Rolling in the mud.

The rain finally let up and we sent them to the pool showers to rinse off. After rinsing off we had pool time with Marco polo, sharks and minnows and my favorite the belly flop contest. Then it was time to head home for dinner.

Belly FLop Contest

We had to cross a very dangerous street, no crosswalk of course, to get to our house which was what I was most nervous for but thankfully we all made it! We set up the movie projector in our old empty house where the boys were sleeping and the girls left their stuff in our current house.

The kids were all hungry and so we ate. I had their parents each bring something to save me the time and it really worked out great!

After watching Evan Almighty, playing charades, and capture the flag, we went back to school to participate in the school’s first ever Swim Marathon. Austin and I had signed up for this some time ago but the only night we could do the sleepover was the same night so we brought them along and they swam too. We had the 10pm and 11pm shifts so while we each swam for an hour the kids took turns in the lane next to it. They were more excited about it than the secondary swimmers which was fun, except of course my students who fell asleep on the stadium benches.

Swimming at the Swim Marathon.

At midnight we walked back. We then watched Star Wars and most of them started to get tired. I took the girls back (3:45am ish) and quickly fell asleep. I was not meant to get no sleep. Unfortunately the kids left the door open and the mosquito’s were swarming! I had 11 bites on my neck alone in the morning. Girls had fallen asleep with Lollipops in their mouths and many stayed awake all night. The boys did stay awake all night. Poor Austin. They were putting toothpaste on everyone’s faces, and playing sardines and hide and go seek. They wanted to leave the house to play outside at 5am but we held them off until 7am for the sake of the neighbors.

My favorite picture of the night.

I woke up at 6 and prepared the breakfast. They were all exhausted but trying to use the bit of energy they still had. We had them clean up the now destroyed house (good thing there was no furniture) and pack up. Mom’s and Dad’s came at 9am and Austin and I went to bed as soon as they all were gone. We too were exhausted but the kids had a great time and I know it will be something the remember forever.

I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I sure am going to miss these kids!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mom on June 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    You have to love sleepovers! It sounds like an awesome time. I wish I had been there. I probably would have brought some T.P., so I guess it’s better I was here! Love you!


  2. Posted by Elaine on June 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!


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