Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back to School 2013-2014

Back to school.  The yellow bus stopped by and whisked away the three little Weeds for another year of learning this morning.  This year, Alex is in 7th grade, Ethan is beginning middle school in 5th grade and Ashley is my only one left at the elementary school in 3rd grade.  It's an odd year.  7. 5. 3.

Although not one to tear up at the bus stop, I did swallow hard a couple of times this morning watching them all get everything together.  They all brushed their teeth without assistance.  They all poured their own juice and milk (although I tried to help).  They all got dressed completely on their own.  They all tied their own shoes, put together their own backpacks and walked without tears or trepidation to the bus stop and boarded the yellow bus without even a pause.  They've grown up so much.  So much!  Where do the years go?  We've all been told they fly by, they're gone before we know it, we'll miss those little years.  And it's true.  In a blink my crying baby is boarding a bus for 7th grade.  In a breath, my preemie is styling his hair to look good on the first day of middle school.  In a second, my tiny little girl is off to see what excitement awaits in third grade.  The days truly can be slow.  But the years.  The years fly!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ethan + Camp =Best. Week. Of. My. Life.!

Actually those were the words shouted by Ethan as he ran to give me a hug at the conclusion of camp on Saturday morning.  He loved it!  Loved! It!    He loved his cabin, his counselors, his cabin mates, the food, the worship, the night games, the swimming and the boating.  He also loved the mini golf, the frisbee golf, the ga-ga ball, the chapel time, the soda fountain and the songs.  I think everything made the list of favorite parts.  I couldn't be happier.

You see, several years ago we tried summer camp for Ethan at the different summer camp.  The results were not as stellar.  In fact, he might tell you that was the worst week of his life.  Hated. Every. Second.  Homesickness was just too overwhelming and he just didn't enjoy the activities as a result.  We figured if we gave him a couple of years, he'd not be as homesick and would be able to just have a great time.  And he did!  Yahoo!

Here's a picture of his cabin
 He was a Cougar.  Very fitting.  With two parents who are Cougs and being born on the Washington State University Campus, it seems logical!  That's him over on the far right, front row.  Sweeeeetttt outfit, you say?  Indeed.  And given that it's not the one we dropped him off it, it proves he actually changed his clothes (at least once) during the week.  Success! Those are his counselors on the top far right and top far left.  Yes, they do look 12.  That's how you know you're getting old (well, that and the wrinkles).  When you hand over your ten year old to the care of kids who look to be young enough to be your own.  

I think we'll be repeat campers next year.  Although I think everyone will go the same week, for the same amount of time.  Then, we'll have a little stay-cation while the kids are away!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Camp+Ashley= Best Time Ever!

This was a very exciting week for us.  Ashley, 8, headed off to summer camp for the very first time!  Having just completed second grade she did a short 3 night version.  We dropped her off on Sunday with absolutely no drama.  Kind of a "bye, Mom & Dad.  You can go now" moment.
Ashley's our social one.  Thrives in crowds.  Loves lots of people around.  Lives for friends, friends and more friends.  We knew she'd be just fine.
And she was.  She made about 75 new best friend.  And had to hug nearly everyone of them before we left yesterday.  She found a new candy at the canteen that rocked her little 8 year old world.  Although she couldn't remember the name of it.  I told her my favorite from the canteen was the Whachamacallit. Remember those?  Delicious.

Here's a picture of her cabin on the last day.  With all the paparazzi (errrr  I mean parents) trying to get the shot, I didn't quite get an everyone-look-at-me moment.  But I think it's pretty good.

That's Ash on the right, second to the end.  Her friend from town is on the end.  Great to have a friend already when you get there.

As you can see my instructions to keep your hair pulled back fell on deaf ears, but after a thorough inspection last night I think she is tick free. (touch wood)

Her favorite part of camp (besides the unending socializing) were the songs.  Silly songs are what camp is all about.  The kids performed a few for us.  Most I didn't recognize a few I did (Pharaoh, Pharaoh, oooooooo, let me people go!)  She and her friend sang several on the way home.  All a little Biblical and a lot of fun!

And she memorized three Bible verses while she was there.  Three in three days.  Puts me to shame.  It makes this mamma's heart a little fluttery to know that she has tucked three really great verses away in her heart to be used whenever she needs them.

Camp was a huge success.  Huge.  She really wants to go back!  Next year.  next year.