Spirit Week

The school year is starting to wind down, and like most classrooms, Alaina’s pre-school has now abandoned their usual intellectual pursuits in favor of silliness and fun. Among the featured festivities was “spirit week”, where children are encouraged to dress according to a daily theme. She only goes three days a week, so my responsibilities were limited to  the “miss-match”, “crazy hair”, and “favorite sports team” days. Piece of cake,

Miss-Match Day was by far the easiest. When she gets up in the morning, the first thing Alaina does is change out of her PJs and into her idea of an outfit for the day. After breakfast and some play time comes a complex negotiation to determine what her actual outfit is going to be. She was excited that on this day she was able to keep her own ensemble.




Crazy Hair Day was next. One of the bylaws of dad blogging is that every effort must be made to constantly debunk the notion of dad as “babysitter” and show the world that dads can be sensitive, competent caregivers. Unfortunately, I am stereo-typically  poor when it comes to doing anything with my kid’s hair.  Alaina wears a ponytail to school and a Red Sox hat everywhere else, just like her sister did when I was responsible for getting her ready for school in the morning.  Alaina was absolutely thrilled with the “wacky” idea of a ponytail that went straight up instead of the more traditional look we usually go with.




Sports are kind of a big deal in our household, a close second to our children in conversation topics between my wife and I. The Red Sox are terrible this year, but our first over night escape of the summer was highlighted by watching a game from the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Within a few weeks I hope to get the girls to a minor league game or two and we’ve already started perusing the NFL schedule to plan which games we may attend this winter.

A quick glance into my closet shows that 80% of my non-work clothing is adorned with either the logo of a sports team or was a free gift with subscription renewals to Sports Illustrated or ESPN the Magazine. The number is lower for my wife’s wardrobe, but her collection of gear would still impress all but the most hard core fan.

So it was both shocking and completely unacceptable to find that my daughter had nothing that would fit her for Sports Team Day. She’s been wearing her colors proudly since the very beginning.

go sox



We really weren’t more than a few minutes late for school….







25 thoughts on “Spirit Week”

  1. Funny, I’m blogging about the craziness of the summer term in another post this week. Thank goodness all mine have to do is put uniform on when they get up. I don’t think we could cope with having to think up crazy outfits and hair along with everything else that is going on at the moment. As fun as it is for the kids, don’t the teacher’s realise how much extra they put on us parents at this time of year!

    1. Thank you. I don’t think she fully understands that tomorrow is her last day with this class. It should be interesting.

  2. Aww, great post and great effort on this! I’m pretty useless when it comes to hair but luckily I have a boy! I feel sorry for the girl if I ever have one! Love these photos! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  3. Great post, love that you did a ‘straight up ponytail’, what a Dad! I love the idea of all of these themed days at school, so much fun. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst see you again!

  4. This is a great idea for a last week and not too tricky to follow! I still do my hair in the high ponytails now! Bahaha! Hope your girl enjoyed the end of term! Thanks for linking up to #bestandworst and see you again soon xx

  5. Sounds like a fantastic pre-school. I wish more did things like that- including the school we work in. Jen – Mrs Dad Network #bigfatlinky

  6. I absolutely love this post, very witty written. It has put a smile on my face. I also have a preschooler and boy does the nursery try to keep us mummies busy! lol! I love the photos of the kids posing too. Enjoy the summer hoilday! Almost there! 🙂

  7. Haha – I love the idea of spirit week – sounds like a lot of fun.

    I have crazy hair most days! 😉

    Thanks for joining our #HappyDaysLinky xx

  8. I had a good giggle at your comment about your preschooler getting up and dressing herself… We have a 5 year old who has an interesting dress sence and does just this every day! Thanks for sharing! #happydays

  9. Love this post and your pics are lovely. I especially like that your trying to break the gender stereotyping that goes on. I bet your daughter was really happy to be able to choose her own outfit for the day. I have similar battles with my son he has his own sense of style that often involves the crossing of seasonal wear i.e. wellies with shorts. Swim shorts with a heavy knit winter jumper.

    lol!! #happydays

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