Cameron is in the community on a daily basis. Sometimes, we are still surprised by inaccessibility. We also realize we only notice it due to Cam's powerchair. Last year, we had asked Jude's Barbershop about making the sidewalk close to their entrance more accessible for a powerchair. The access area is actually 3 stores away. Cam's stylist, Ms. Amelia, also pressed forward with the request. It took some time, but lo and behold, the new Jude's powerchair enabled entrance, circled in the picture. A small thing to most, but a gigantic change for us, especially with winter around the corner.
This week marked the beginning of 4th grade for Cam! It also the marked the first time our son had started the school year before Labor Day. He was ready and anxious.
|Cam asked to help with the garbage. |
Chris rigged up a bungee cord
so Cam could haul the cans back
to the house. Ask for change to make
Jane explained to Cam that although we didn't have access to the app yet, we had made others aware. Most importantly, things may not happen just because they are not working the way they should. You can only change something if you ask for it to be changed. On a side note, Cam's bus was 30 minutes late the very first day. While waiting in the sprinkling rain, Cam announced to his mom, "See, this is why we need the app!"
With Friday off of school and Labor Day weekend in our sights, we headed north to visit our favorite lake. A quick stop at the classic Dog-N-Suds was requested previously by our summer-loving son. Cam thinks it's so cool that you order your food through a speaker by the picnic tables. The frosty mug root beer dining establishment was hopping with activity. Their delicious food and lakeside view make it a favorite spot. A sweet couple offered to take our picture and when one of them guessed Cam's age as 10, he exclaimed, "how did you know?!"
We descended on Oma and Opa's right after lunch and spent the night. Some cloudy weather in the afternoon prompted Cam to request some iPad time.
The next day, though, was picture perfect. Our kayak made quite a few voyages over the waves. Although they look harmless here, they seemed larger than life in the flotation raft. Chris and his boy enjoyed the thrilling rolls over the water.
Back on the shoreline, the bakery shop was in full swing as we created delectable desserts in the sand and thought up different names for our creations.
It's always hard to believe how quickly September creeps up on us. Although the summer is short, Michigan days like this one are glorious.
An added bonus to the weekend was a stop at the family garden on the way out of town.
Uncle Joe was insistent that we take home an array of potatoes, tomatoes and carrots. We were more than willing. Our uncle taught Cam how to spot the potato vines and dig the delicious vegetables right out of the ground.
Uncle Joe mentioned how good homemade salsa was with the garden tomatoes and on our way home, Cam announced we would need to make salsa upon arrival.
After a quick trip to the store for a few additional ingredients, the boys got busy and created a most tasty dip for tortilla chips!
"Why is it that your age does not match the grade? Why not... you are 4 years old and in 4th grade?"