Sunday, June 26, 2016

Welcome Summer! - Week of June 20th

“If you ever find yourself in a jam, just take a moment to sit and think; calculate things, look at every angle, and then wonder where all that jam came from.” ~Melanie Kay Taylor

Cam keeps up with all schedule changes and this week was no exception.
Cam & Amanda
Michelle headed out on a mission trip to Kentucky and Cam's former nanny, Kelsey, stepped in for Monday through Thursday to hang out with her buddy. They kept incredibly busy with reading practice, swimming lessons, stretching and PT.  On Wednesday, they headed out for the morning to complete over 50 pounds of strawberry picking!  And on Friday, Amanda and Cam took the fruits of that labor (literally!) and began hulling and crushing over 10 pounds of berries.  With an assembly line in place, Jane helped the duo fill 18 containers of freezer jam.  There may have been quite a bit of taste-testing during the process.

A visit to the graduate Grand Valley students took place on Friday as well.  Since Cam has been requesting police stories and using his imagination to play "pretend" emergency calls, these PT folks were ready.  They put Cam through unofficial "police training" with a boxing glove and dexterity challenges.  Cam's teaching job was a fun-filled hour and he was rewarded with an official police badge and stickers.

Saturday, the blue skies and sunshine guided us northward.

We stopped at the famous Dog-n-Suds in Montague where Oma met us for lunch.  The location was founded by a Montague school teacher in 1963 who ran the Drive-In in the summer months. It was purchased by the current family in the fall of 1965, and re-opened in the Spring of 1966.  It's a great spot to dine outside right along the river.  A family of swans seemed to be waiting for some floating french fries to head their way.

Whether it's because he's a growing boy or because it's a routine, when it comes to beach time, Cam equates every trip to Lake Michigan needing to be accompanied by a snack.  When everything is settled, the first order of business is a tasty treat and water.

The Michigan sand was warm but the water was still a bit on the chilly side.  That didn't stop Chris
and his son from making the most of cooling off in the hot sun.

Paige & Cam
Cousin Paige had an open house on Sunday and we were excited to celebrate her high school graduation!  The ice cream sundae bar was just what Cam ordered.  To top it off, Paige's mom has some "famous" friends- officers at the Wyoming Police Dept!  Cam had the honor of meeting a real police woman- totally made his day!

This week, we said goodbye to a dear friend, Ms. Mickie.  She and Mr. Ken were married for 55 years and dedicated their lives to helping others and showing their faith through example.  We will miss her so very much.

Whenever Cam giggled and squealed, Ms. Mickie would always echo her own hearty chuckle and say "Oh Cam, you do make me laugh!"
This one's for you Ms. Mickie- we love you!!

Camology Quotes:
Cam took his job smashing strawberries very seriously.  He asked Amanda and Jane:
"Is this jamming consistency?"

Cam asked many questions about Ms. Mickie's passing.  Jane had printed off the picture of Cam and Ms. Mickie's granddaughter, Amanda, making jam.
"Can we send the picture to God to give to Ms. Mickie?"

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