Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cam's Concert - Week of Apr. 9th

“Music is the fastest motivator in the world.” ~ Amit Kalantri

Last year, Cam wasn't feeling well when the 3rd and 4th graders performed together for the annual spring concert.  Now, as a 4th grader, our son was anticipating the Tuesday night concert and feeling great!
As an extra special treat, Oma drove into Grand Rapids to see the musical.  Cam's grandma actually taught music in a school system a "few" years ago.
Cam's concert was titled "From the Inside Out, A Celebration of Positive Character."  Since the third and fourth graders were combined, there was a total of 9 different classes!  11 musical numbers were performed and Cam proudly played the drum for his part.  We cannot thank Oma enough for making her grandson feel extra special at his first concert appearance.

Most mornings, we have a regular routine but some days, a few surprises make us pause.  We often see deer in our backyard, but have never seen them sitting down and looking so peaceful in no hurry to move.

Although Stella has her own agenda while Cam is getting ready, she does like to hang out in the occasional sink and Cam graciously approves of her temporary housing in his bathroom.

A first for Cam this weekend was taking on the role of babysitter assistant.  We had the pleasure of watching baby Jackson for a few hours on Saturday.  Since he had met us just the week before, we were hopeful he would remember his new buddies.  As expected, he was a model infant and gave Cam and Jane plenty of smiles.
We can't wait for our next sitting adventure!

Camology Quotes:
When baby Jackson arrived at the Weatherford home, he was sleeping.  Cam quietly said to him mom.
"Mom, I will listen for baby Jackson.  When I hear him whining, I will come and get you right away!"

Jane had a big laugh when Jackson tried putting his entire hand in his mouth, to which Cam commented.
"Ewww, gross, Jackson.  What are you doing?!"

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Playdates & Playmates - Week of Apr. 2nd

"In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours." ~Mark Twain 

The first week of April is typically spring break for Cam.  Jane and Chris tend to try to take vacation from work during the summer months so our family has not typically traveled during this time.  Lucky for Cam, Miss Amanda had the week off from her student teaching and was house-sitting as well.
Each day of break, Cam and Amanda ventured a few miles to the house where she was caring for pets.  It seems the animals took a real liking to Cam.  Priscilla Pigsley, the guinea pig, has the same coloring as our cat, Stella.  However, we all agreed that our feline family member may not have taken a liking to the rodent.
Roxie, the dog, however decided he was definitely going home with Cam.  Besides their pet adventures, Amanda and Cam made it to the library, Spoonlickers, and physical therapy.

On Friday, we were so happy Liam could come over for a visit and to play.  Cam and Liam have been friends since preschool, attend Meadow Brook together and both hope to have a future in law enforcement.  After some crazy pretend banking transactions, these two couldn't stop laughing.

Saturday turned out to be another playdate when Auntie Jo and buddy Will arrived for lunch.  After a delicious meal of Chick-Fil-A, the boys settled into a movie while the moms caught up.  The two godsons exchanged Easter gifts.  Will and his mom gave Cam the Game of Life.  Will has played many times already and did a great job sharing the rules of the game with the rookies, Cam and his mom.

Sunday brought a few very special visitors...when Jane was in college, she took care of three wonderful kids, the youngest of whom was Lauren.  When Cam was born, Lauren was in high school and visited him in the hospital after school nearly every day.  We nicknamed her 'Big Sis' Lauren.  After she moved to Colorado, our visits were far and few between.  Just recently, though, she moved back to Grand Rapids and is married with a newborn of her own.  And, to top off all of that good news, her son is named Jackson!  We had the best time catching up and chatting with Lauren, Aaron and baby Jackson.  Cam is anxious to test out some babysitting skills of his own.

Camology Quotes:
Some mornings are for the birds (or turkeys, like this one in our front yard).  Once in a while, a work situation may pop up for Chris or Jane before Cam gets on the bus.  On one such morning, Chris was juggling quite a few things prior to heading to the office.  Cam always keeps things in perspective for us, especially in moments like these...

"Dad, are you ok?"
Sure, Cam.  
"I am going to make it a great day.  You make it a great day too, Dad!"

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Grandparents Galore - Week of Mar. 26th

"Papa" & Cam
"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age." ~Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“Every ending will meet its own end, for every ending is destined to be swallowed up by a beginning.” ~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

Grandparents are a gift.  Cam's Grandma Sue writes creative letters full of questions and updates which her grandson happily receives every few weeks from Kansas.  Grandpa Jim sends the neatest gifts from California.
Oma and Opa see Cameron as often as they can, which in the winter months becomes difficult due to the treacherous roads.

Cam sees Miss Amanda every weekday and her Grandpa (Mr. Ken) lives right behind our house, on our old street.  We have known Ken as a close friend and neighbor for 17 years.  Since Amanda often talks about her grandfather, he has come to be known as "Papa"to Cam as well.  So, our family was delighted when we were invited to have dessert with Papa and his family to celebrate his 80th birthday!  In preparation, Ms. Amanda and Cam worked on two projects- a picture book and a list of Alexa questions to be used with the Amazon technology tool.
Both were a big hit with Papa! The excitement of the gifts gave way to the anticipation of treats.  Cam enjoyed the array of delectable homemade desserts- apple pie, raspberry pie, strawberry shortcake, brownies, and butterscotch bars.  Cam requested some of the strawberries in sauce for his brownie and proceeded to ask Jane if they were "melted" berries.  Papa's daughter, Carol and husband Jim, recently completed construction of the new home they are living in.  It's completely barrier-free with the largest hallways and space Cam has ever been in.  That was a treat in itself!
Sisters Emma & Anna on each
side of Cam, Bex & Emma H in back

On Easter Sunday, we began our morning at church with the Raisch family along with their good friends who attend Calvin, Emma H. and Bex.  They are from Zimbabwe and Cam just loves their accents!
The service was beautiful and the music was was so joyful and the live band accompaniment always seems to bring it closer.

After church, we drove home in the sunshine.  Oma and Opa arrived after lunch to spend the afternoon and stay overnight with us.
Oma has always made an Easter basket for Cam and this year was no exception.  Included was a new book, Peter Pan, since we had recently seen the play.  Next came the famous egg hunt outside and clever Chris expertly hid the plastic colored assortment.  Oma had filled the ovals not with chocolate, but with wooden letters to unscramble and create sentences!
A delicious dinner included non-traditional steak and hot dogs, twice baked potatoes, broccoli and rolls.  Of course, Cam and Jane made deviled eggs and Cam reminded Oma that we needed her famous cheese sauce to complement the vegetables.  Dessert was provided by Oma and Opa- angel food cake with delicious fresh strawberries.

Luckily, we all stayed awake long enough to play some games and enjoy each other's company.

Whether grandparents are far or near or an extended family member, like Papa, they create a special bond, one that transcends that of a parent.
Like the quote says..."A grandparent is someone with silver in their hair and gold in their heart."


Camology Quotes:
When Ms. Amanda was assisting Cam with teeth brushing one evening, she noticed that the electric toothbrush was turning red. 

Cam, I think your mouth is bleeding.
"Um, what am I eating Miss Amanda?!"
Cam, don't swallow!

(upper right corner 'hole' is lost tooth and tooth was successfully retrieved, thanks to Ms. Amanda)