As a FCCLA Sponsor, Yearbook Advisor, Senior Class Sponsor, Mom, Wife, Teacher, and all other obligations that come with those roles, I experience the worst bulk of these roles in the month of February. By this I mean that most of these organizations that I am involved in have some event that happens this month.
To begin with I start in the middle of January getting the FCCLA students ready for the county fair that is held the first week in February. This means hours after school perfect recipes, sewing, glueing, and preparing pictures. The weekend before we spend it in my class working on the final project and hope that it makes it up to the Expo and passes inspections to be judged. For me it doesn't end there I am the superintendent for the Cookie Division which means starting in January I have to line up around 40 people willing to taste any where from 15 to 40 cookies or brownies. Then the day of check in I have to be there when all of the projects are being checked to make sure they pass inspections, if there is a questionable one then I am the first to make a decision about it. After 4 hours of checking in, I get to spend the next 6 hours with the judges deciding on the top ten of each class, the champion and reserve champion of the class, and the Grand and Reserve Grand placings of the division. The next day I go back to the Expo to place the ribbons on each of the exhibits, fold the judges comments and place them in an envelope with the recipe card. Then we go back staple the ribbon and envelope onto the product, so that everything stays together. The rest of Tuesday is spent checking and double checking placings and arrangement of exhibits for viewing on Wednesday. For Wednesday, I am up at the exhibit hall keeping about 900 little hands off projects. Later Wednesday night we hold an award ceremony for the Grand and Reserve Grand award winners, Best of Show, and Outstanding Photography awards. Thursday is the Country Store where we sell all of the edible projects. Then Thursday evening we do the check where the participants come pick up their projects, prize money and ribbons.
My next role as the FCCLA sponsor is to take FCCLA members to Waco for our Regional Meeting and competitions. So the members and I take off at 7 am to head up there for the information meeting, registration, and competition events. We get home around midnight. On Saturday we head back up to Waco for the closing ceremony and awards. When that is done we head on home to get some rest.