"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." ~John Dewey
"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice." ~Brian Herbert
In the blink of an eye, summer is fading away. And just like that, it was the first day of school for Cam on Monday, August 23rd!
He attends Forest Hills Northern Middle School which is a part of the Forest Hills School District. The Forest Hills Public School District was founded in 1956 when residents in 13 neighboring one-room schoolhouses consolidated into one district. Their goal was to build a high school for their children and provide a quality education to help children be successful. Today, the Forest Hills district has grown to serve over 9,500 students and includes 18 school buildings, a fine arts center, an aquatic building and senior center, and many more buildings to service residents, families, students, and staff. The Forest Hills district is one of the largest geographic districts in Michigan, as it encompasses approximately 68 square miles.
It was a week of reconnecting for Cam, with teachers and friends. Since 7th and 8th grade are in the same building, the familiarity was a welcome sight for our 8th grader.
We also had a surprise visit from Ms. Michelle, one of Cam's former caregivers. These two chatted away like no time had passed even though it's been almost two years since we last saw Michelle.
During the week, we drove up to the cottage to have a family dinner with our Haroldson cousins to see Katie, Tyler and daughter Avery who had flown in from Philadelphia for a few days. We had a great time, although a short visit since it was a school night for Cam.
The weekend took us northward once again on a picture perfect Saturday. The waves were 3-5 feet high but the water was very warm. Cam bounced around in the Cam-mobile in the choppy waters. Chris and Jane had some quality time swimming too and declared it was the best lake day of the summer.
On Saturday evening, we gathered at the Haroldson cottage to say goodbye to Libby who is headed to nursing school next week.
The scrumptious flank steak dinner was enjoyed by all, especially Cam. Typically, we always drive back right after eating, but we were thankful for our son's flexibility to stay later. It is a rarity for us to remain to watch the sunset and it really capped off such a great day.
Sunday was spent catching up on things at home and playing a game we like to call "Where's Stella?" She blends in so well with her surroundings and unless we hear a meow, it's not so easy to spot her.
It seems Cam handles the transition to waking up early again much better than his parents. Perhaps the older we are, the more we long for daily naps again.
On Friday, Cam had the opportunity to sleep in since it was a full day off of school When he slept an hour past his school morning wake-up time, his parents told him it was pretty cool to be able to sleep in. Cam's response: