Sunday, October 25, 2015

Creating a Costume - Week of Oct.19th

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." ~Martin Luther King

Each year about this time as the autumn colors become more vibrant and the leaves begin to fall, Cam and his dad begin dropping ideas for designing their yearly Halloween costume.



Much effort goes into the planning stages and Cam was very insistent about creating some planning notes on his own notepad this year.

Cam & Michelle
Jane had to board a plane for work this week.
It's so tough to be away from her boys, but she's very thankful for the people
who hang out with Cam after school, Taylor and Michelle.  October in Michigan brings warm weather as well as some chillier days, so it's important to go with the flow.  On days inside, there may be some extended stretching and exercise.  Of course, dancing is usually on the agenda for indoor time!  Whatever the activity, there's sure to be some goofiness and laughter with these two.

At Cam's school, all of the kids brought in so many box tops that there was a decision made to have a "wacky hair day" which meant the principal would also dye his hair blue for one day.

Even with wacky hair, our Cam is sure one handsome dude!


Cam-ology Conversations:

"Where do you want to go, Cam?"
"To the airport, to see the Arrivals and Leaving."

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cool Events in our Community - Week of Oct. 12th

Friday night pizza!
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus

As Winnie-the-Pooh would say, "it was a very blustery day, or rather, weekend!"

On Friday evening, we were invited to attend a community event co-hosted by our Katherine (aka Ah-Dah).  The Block Party intended to bring members of the area together to learn more about HQ, a runaway and homeless youth drop-in center.  Food items were donated by different restaurants, there was a craft table, pet goats, and lots of hungry people.  The food went quickly and since we arrived later than expected, we grabbed some pizza at a local spot nearby.  Cam was a trooper without complaint, but definitely didn't feel the need for a photo opp while dining.

"Buster"

On Saturday, we ventured over to Sparta for the first annual Fire Prevention day organized by Katherine's brother, Christopher.  There were fire engines to explore and sit in.  The firefighter even let Cam blow the loud fire horn!
One of the highlights was meeting "the buses" that were actually robotics-controlled.  Dean Transportation volunteered their time and hilarious drivers who provided 'the voices' for the small buses.  "Buster" kept asking Cam if they could race and told him that they wanted to come home with him.  He thought they were so funny!
Of course, the biggest event was the face-painting area that Ms. Ann and Katherine were in charge of.  After inquiring what Cam wanted painted on his face, he choose flames, which made sense since he was surrounded by fire trucks.
From Fire Prevention to Fun Fest, we drove from Sparta to the DeltaPlex arena to participate in 2nd annual Special Families Festival.

Cam was able to try out a new bike and exercised his legs quite a bit, pedaling around the track four times!  There were quite a few games set up with silly prizes for the kids.  Chris and his son practiced their bowling skills and Cam's prize (that he chose) was a notepad to be used for taking planning notes with his dad.

While Chris and Cam were taking a break from some building designs on Sunday afternoon, Patti and Emma stopped over to see if Cam was available.  Emma needed to practice her trail guide skills as part of her homework for Goodwille Environmental School.  The school she attends for 5th grade is built on 28 acres and incorporates using the outdoors as a motivation for learning.  
It was such a pretty, sunny afternoon for Patti, Emma and Cam's adventure.

Cameron had the opportunity to pet a chicken and go on his first official hike.  He listened to Emma explain what they were seeing as they ventured along.  She had created a guide to be used for their hike and quizzed her buddy with questions along the way.

Many thanks to Patti and Emma for asking Cam to join them!


Cam-ology Quote:

"I have never been on a field trip on a Sunday!  This is a new thing for me."

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ArtPrize 7 - Week of Oct. 5th

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ~Aristotle
"The Camper" or... "The Cam" ?

Fall in
Grand Rapids means Art Prize in downtown GR.  It represents 1500+ works of art at 160+ venues across three square miles.  Cam was able to see some of the entries on two different occasions- once on a field trip with his class and again with his parents over the weekend.

The winged mural pictured is a unique, interactive set of wings created specifically for the ArtPrize Grand Rapids competition. Each piece provides an opportunity for people to step into the work and become a ‘living work of art.’
Cam's favorite display was named "Phenomena 117" although he referred to it as the blue shoe tree!
Cam's League Medal
Phenomena 117 is focused on giving things a second chance and a new life. The hand funnel painted tree was not harmed in any way, in its previous life it was dying and slated for removal. It is adorned with 117 hand funnel painted shoes that were all given up and destined for a new beginning.

Michelle & Cam
Every new beginning is some other beginning's end.... Saturday marked the last fall season baseball game for Cameron.

Receiving his medal!
Volunteers hit the field every week and Home Depot was in full attendance.  Many employees from the stores volunteered their own time to help construct the playground there. The weather cooperated for player pictures as well as the medal ceremony immediately following the game.

Two of Cam's biggest fans, Oma and Opa were in attendance for their grandson's last game and headed back to the house afterwards.

We are so thankful they've made the trek so many times to join the cheering section.

And we're all so thankful Cam continues to love baseball and embrace the excitement and camaraderie of the sport.

 Cam-ology Conversations:
"Dad, I will help you a lot and a whole bunch!"
"Why don't you just say a lot OR a whole bunch?"
"Because that means I will help you the most!"

"Mom, can I stay up late?"
"It's a school night, Cam."
"But, I have a 2-hour delay"
"Ok, because you have been such a good boy, you can stay up 10 minutes late tonight."
"Wow, I have never stayed up 10 minutes late on a school night before!"

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Team Cam - Week of Sept. 28th

There is an African proverb... "It takes a village to raise a child."  We are so fortunate to have so many in our 'village.'

Jane was honored to receive a leadership award from her job back in May.  It was a nomination by peers and the award was an all-expense paid trip, 3-day weekend to San Francisco.  Now, almost 4 months later, Chris & Jane felt it was time to enjoy the benefits.

Jane's dear friend, 'Auntie' Karen arrived on Friday from Chicago.  Her arrival coincided with Cam's parents cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge in California.

Auntie Karen & Cam
Karen also brought some presents for Cam.  A new alarm clock that changes color when it's almost time to wake up and then again when it's officially time to start the day now sits on Cam's dresser.
video

Team Cam was ready for the weekend and enjoyed a delicious dinner together on Friday night. (video narrated by Auntie Karen!)

Saturday in Michigan proved to be very chilly and cold leading to the cancellation of Cam's baseball game.  The three musketeers leading the weekend charge, Auntie Karen, Oma & Opa, decided to swing over to Robinette's Apple Haus and Orchard with Cam to explore the pumpkins, apple selection, tasty fudge and donuts.
Cam & Ms. Ann

On Saturday eve, another member of Team Cam, Ms. Ann, arrived to hang out for a bit.
Rolling the dice...
Cam told her all about his adventures thus far and their time spent together is always 'magical' for Ms. Ann.

Each time Chris & Jane had some face time with Team Cam, there were smiles all around and lots of activities.

Baking Time
YAHTZEE!
Sunday included game playing, card decorating and baking.  Cam and Oma had a rousing game of Jane's favorite childhood past-time, Yahtzee!  Maybe you could determine which picture shows Cam's face after rolling an actual Yahtzee!

So much fun packed into one weekend for Cam in Michigan and his parents in California.  Chris and Jane enjoyed multiple ferry rides, exploring San Francisco, and Sausalito wine-tasting.

Chris & Jane in Chinatown
We truly cannot thank Team Cam enough for all of their love and support of Cam.
While Chris and Jane were in Chinatown, they saw this quote:
"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.
When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers."

The Weatherford family certain feels like the biggest blossoming bouquet ever!