Sunday, September 9, 2018

Baseball Begins! - Week of Sept. 3rd

"The noblest art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

Once in awhile we catch a nice sunset from our house.  It doesn't compare to Lake Michigan, but it still looks like someone painted the sky for us.
Cam is already into the new routine of 5th grade and excited about his new teachers.  This video was sent by Cam's art teacher and Cam is even quoted at the end of the 20 second movie.
Mrs. Konkle’s Class: Huskies in the Sunset22 Second Video
{In the words of Cam: "I think art is going to be great this year!"}

Also at school, Cam has settled into a new lunch routine and thoroughly proud of himself for being more and more independent.

Saturday marked the start of the fall 2018 WMML baseball league.  Cam is a Hope College Dutchmen for this season.  Anna, a current Hope student and one of our all-time favorite buddies, couldn't believe it!

Chris and Cam put the finishing touches on the batter box, including a fresh paint job, special stickers, new hinges and an overall inspection.  What a great makeover!

The Dutchmen were designated to play the first game of the day at 10am.  Cam's best friend, Brody, arrived early to warm up and per parent's request, the two boys are assigned to the same team.

As luck would have it, the Hope College softball and baseball teams were the WMML helpers and volunteers.  Even though the morning was a little cooler, the sun came out near the end of the game.

We also found one of our good friends, Miss April.  April has participated in the MFB Halloween parade for the last 2 years.  We chatted with her after the game and she will join us once again this October!

Sunday afternoon turned out to be the perfect day to find a new bike riding spot for Cam.  We drove up our old street, Windcrest, to the end where we parked our van and unloaded Cam's ride.   There is a nice stretch of smooth pavement for walking and biking. 
We did see our neighbor, Mr. Ken - aka 'Papa', who laughed and said, "Are you all lost?  I think you are on the wrong street!"

Camology Quotes:

Saturday afternoon, Cam was complaining about his ear popping and asked if we could get his ears checked since it had been happening for a few days.  We drove to the nearest medical center and noticed it was permanently closed.  While parked, Jane used her phone to check where the next closest center was.  She quickly showed Cam the location on her phone and the web page to prove it was open.  As we headed that way, our future technologist, asked:
"Mom, are the ratings for this med center good?"

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Fantastic 5th Grade - Week of Aug. 27th

"You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about." ~Bobby Jones

5th grade began for Cam on a very warm Monday, August 27th.  Super excited and wanting to get to the bus stop early, we missed our photo op moment.

Cam's parents gave him a hammock swing for his birthday.  It's the perfect size for the corner window.  Truth be told, Chris and Jane have been seen taking a turn as well.  For Cam, he's able to relax and enjoy the great outdoors from a nice vantage point inside.

After only 4 days of school, the Labor Day weekend was upon us and Friday and Monday were vacation days for our school district.  Miss Amanda wasn't student teaching on Friday either so she came by to hang out with Cam while Jane was working.  Amanda loves chickens and she brought over a stuffed chicken that was a gift from her boyfriend.  Cam said it was the biggest chicken he had ever seen!

Per tradition, this time marks the end of summer and the best place to say goodbye to summer is at the cottage.  The weather wasn't cooperating too much and Sunday appeared to be our only day to potentially squeak out a visit to the beach.  After lunch, the cloudy weather was hanging on so we played some charades.  Oma is acting out the sport of...bowling.  Jane, Cam and his grandma had a hilarious time entertaining themselves and at some point, while they were laughing, the sun made an entrance.

The Lake Michigan water was actually warm and it was a bit wavy.  Sometimes, when September arrives, the temperatures cool considerably, but not just yet. 
Chris and Cam completed some science experiments at the shoreline as they dug a hole and placed a plastic bottle upside down.  The force of the waves uncovering the bottle and gravity made it pop up out of sand.  We all thought it was pretty cool.
After a few hours on the beach, we headed back up to the cottage where we shared a steak (and homemade chicken tenders) dinner, complete with fresh Michigan corn on the cob and Oma's homemade apple pie for dessert.
We were thankful for the sunshine, swimming, and family time.
Cam said it best in his dinner prayer: "Thank you for this food and this day and Oma and Opa and being here and our family.  Amen!"

Camology Quotes:

It's no secret that Cam is a bit doted on by his grandma. It seems that sometimes it's a bit too much of an expectation.
"I would like some Oma coffee cake, please."
Jane: "Cam- Oma doesn't always need to make coffee cake every time we visit."
(and of course, she actually did- Jane just hadn't seen it in the kitchen!!)