We've had a busy ten days or so. Last week was Bud's week at day camp, his third year at this particular place. It's a traditional outdoor camp with swimming, games, crafts, games, and activities. This year, he loved the zip line! It was a rainy week for camp, though, with Thursday being the first day it didn't shower on them.
Meanwhile, Sis was home with me. Unlike Bud, she had some friends over a few different times, even going to the movies with one. And then there was her first sleepover! She had a friend over on Friday. And it was great. I realized that my job as the mom was to feed them, provide entertainment, and step back. Dinner took a little longer than I expected because Sis wanted to cook out on our campfire and the coals weren't cooperating. But the friend, who has some of the best manners I've ever seen on a child, was really flexible and liked dinner, which was pocket stew and s'mores. They also caught fireflies and played on the swingset until the mosquitoes got bad. Then they watched the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, which Sis's friend hadn't seen, though she is also a huge DW fan.
The only downside is that Bud's own overnight--his first--at his kung fu academy was canceled. I was mad at the coach because Bud was disappointed. The coach is probably also canceling kung fu camp, which is also disappointing for Bud. Good thing Bud doesn't mind too much and that he really likes kung fu.
Last week was also a festival we always go to, this year themed as kind of a country hoedown. There were even real horses and cowboys and a mechanical bull! Sis loved the horses and the petting zoo with a calf, a goat, ducks, chickens, sheep, and even a llama. And Bud line danced the whole night. "Mom, I will always remember tonight as the night I discovered line dancing." You should have seen him boot, scoot, and boogie! I got it all on video, at his request--so he can practice!!
Then over the weekend, we went down to the city to see my in-laws before they head to Thailand. The kids' great-grandfather, Lao Gong, who is 94+, has metastasized lung cancer. Ma and Gong are going to stay as long as they can, so this was probably our only shot at the beach for the summer. And they loved it! They played in the sand and in the waves. There was a rip tide so they could only wade in, not using the boards Ma and Gong got them. We also had two wonderful meals and treats from the ice cream truck, not getting home until after 10 p.m.
And now it's another week of camp, this time both of them together. So I'm home alone, my own "camp" this summer. In fact, I am taking a camp, a Summer Soul Camp, with Heather Bruggerman of Beauty that Moves. Just a way to rest and rejuvenate before the rest of the summer.