Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sailing into Dad's Day - Week of June 13th

“To reach a port we must set sail.  Sail, not tie at anchor-  Sail, not drift.”  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Cam was able to convince Oma to stay and hang out with him in the beginning of the week.  He and Oma and Michelle all had their own stretching class together!  He was very supportive in leading the effort.  The crew took a trip to the Ada Farmer's Market and arrived home with local fruit, vegetables and even fresh fish.

Amanda & Cam on pontoon ride
On Friday, Cam was pre-registered for a sailing clinic in conjunction with MFB at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club on Reeds Lake.  Cam was a bit nervous last year when it was his maiden voyage, but he was ready for the adventure this time.  Lucky for us, Amanda had never been sailing before and we were excited to share this experience with her.  The conditions were picture perfect for boating- gentle breeze, warm air and sunny day.  We arrived shortly after 9am and while we were waiting our turn, we took a cruise around the lake on a pontoon.  Next, Cam had a solo ride in a small sailboat.  To wrap up our excursion, Amanda, Jane and her son all boarded a larger sailboat named "Rebel" captained by Ms. Mary.  Mary cruised around a good portion of Reeds Lake and showed us the secret "Sunken Island" located in the middle of the lake.  You could actually jump out of the boat and stand up- it was that shallow!
Mathew & Cam

Late in the afternoon on Saturday, we headed over to Alaska (not the state, but small town near us) to celebrate Mathew's graduation.  Mat used to live in our old neighborhood and we still see the Flegel family, who are known as our forever neighbors and friends.
The open house served up delicious food and outdoor games, two of Cam's favorite things.  Mat's dad has a huge tractor that Chris put Cam on to check out the view from way up high!

Sunday morning, we left Grand Rapids early to head up to north to surprise Oma and Opa at their church, St. Peter's By the Lake.  They were quite surprised to see us there, albeit just a couple of minutes before the beginning of the service.

We had an awesome beach day afternoon, gave Opa a new grill, and celebrated Father's Day with our family.

Cam and Jane know that Chris is one of kind.  His ability to always find adventure, like digging up a half-buried boat on the beach, constantly remind us that every day something just below the surface awaits discovery!

Camology Quotes:
For Father's Day, Cam and Ms. Michelle worked on a project creating an award card for Chris.  Michelle asked Cam questions which he answered and Michelle helped fill in the blanks.

This is what Dad always says: "Hello, Hi, Goodbye"
He is so good at: "Making ramps"
Here is his favorite thing to eat: "Pickles, tomatoes, broccoli, ham"
Cam helping Chris with the mower
My dad's pockets are full of:  "Money and a wallet"  (Ha! says Dad)
This makes my dad laugh: "When he tickles me" (soooo true!)
When he comes home from work, he likes to:  "Eat, tickle Cam, kiss Mom"  (Mom's personal favorite!)

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