Sunday, May 27, 2012

1st Holiday Weekend 2012 - Week of May 21st

Preparations vary for Memorial Day weekend.  Cam's neighbors, Ken and Mickie, prepare their modern camper for a trip up north each year.  Chris and Cameron tried to help out by checking out the storage areas.

Cam and his parents, along with cousin Libby, headed up to the family cottage on Saturday to spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa.  Of course, the CamMobile had full-time usage over the weekend.  Cam's Dad successfully made it across the log over the creek without getting them both wet!
An added bonus was walking with cousin Coco's dogs- they had almost as much fun as Cam!  The dogs, Olive and Lucy, always try to keep up with the CamMobile, and Cam continuously makes certain they are close by.

Grandma and Grandpa made some delicious meals and the entire family went out for ice cream.  Cameron played with his cousins and felt the chilly Lake Michigan water.
Many thanks to Cam's grandparents for an awesome holiday weekend and to Libby for all of the extra help and hanging out!  Summer for our family has officially commenced!

Monday, May 21, 2012

While the Parents Are Away... - Week of May 14th

While Chris and Jane spent most of the week in Costa Rica, Cameron had the privilege of hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa (O-Ma & O-Pa) for the duration.
It's difficult to determine who had more adventures- the vacationers or the grandchild!
A trip to the Cascade Library, Heidi's Farmstand, Old Navy were just a few of the highlights...

One fine day, possibly while Cam's parents were exploring the Costa Rican jungles,  the lucky boy headed off to the zoo with his grandparents and Katherine.  Apparently, the goat thought Cameron's feet may be quite tasty!

Cam's favorite animals were the monkeys and gorillas.
Trying to mimic those monkeys, Cam convinced Katherine to climb up in the tree with him back at home!

Over the weekend, the social agenda included a soccer game, playing in the park, a visit to Costco (can't miss out on those tasty samples!) church, and a yummy brunch.

Chris and Jane cannot begin to thank "O-Ma" and "O-Pa" for their generous gift of time and patience to stay with Cam while Cam's parents enjoyed a memorable trip to a place they hope to return to one day with the entire family.

Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.  ~Mary H. Waldrip

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day! - Week of May 7th

It was a special week for Jane, celebrating a day dedicated to moms.
When Grandma was in town, the cooking crew- Grandma, Katherine and Cam- made some delicious low-fat applesauce muffins!  Cameron did a great job stirring the ingredients and couldn't help but giggle when his Grandma stirred so quickly, her hand was a blur.
From cooking to clever...Chris always comes up with the most ingenious hiding places for Elmo.  This may be the best one yet as Elmo was wedged between the screen looking in from outside.
The family had a very busy weekend complete with an outing to a furniture store to find a mattress for Cam's trundle bed.  Jane was working with one of the salesmen while Chris and Cam perused the store.  When Jane went in search of her boys, it turns out they were enjoying a little siesta!

We celebrate Cameron's grandmas and all of the moms out there, making a difference in so many ways.  Cam is so fortunate to have many role models in his life and a Mom who's very proud to call Cameron Jackson her sweet, wonderful son!
Happy Mother's Day everyone!!

Making a decision to have a child--it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
  ~Elizabeth Stone~

Monday, May 7, 2012

Starbuck's Anyone? - Week of Apr. 30th

Cameron lives in a great neighborhood where people know each other and frequently congregate in the street to chat.  Just a few houses away, Cam has a new buddy named Eli.  The boys hung out in the yard and played in the nice green grass.
From play outside to inside, Cameron hadn't used his Elmo tent in quite some time.  Katherine and Cam decided that it would be much more fun to work on a puzzle while also camping out!

It seems that it's time for Cam's Mom to make a confession...
Turns out she visits Starbuck's possibly a bit more than "on occasion" and frequently takes Cameron with her.  Although the big boy isn't ready for coffee, he definitely enjoys their cold ice water, which it turns out, they happily serve him.
When Jane asked Katherine in conversation if she wanted something from Starbuck's, Cam immediately asked for his water!  A big thanks to our favorite coffee shop for proving that some things in life still are free!!