Sunday, January 16, 2022

Isolation Mode - Week of Jan. 10th

When you put all of the safeguards in place that are possible and you still have an unwelcome visitor...

Cam departed the bus after school on Tuesday and seemed tired.  He started coughing and didn't sleep well. We kept him home on Wednesday and learned two other kids in his small class were also home and not well.  On Thursday morning, we were informed one of his close contacts was Covid positive so our entire family tested.  

Cam was positive, while his parents were both negative.  With school protocols, we were informed that Cam could not return to school until Jan. 24.

As a family, we were most thankful for Cameron's mild symptoms.  The cough lingered through the week but seemed better each day with additional rest at night.  With some extra time available, a Christmas present that had arrived from Cam's great grandma Mary was finally completed.  An evergreen tree kit complete with seedlings to germinate was the first step in the process.  The seeds were watered daily and finally ready to plant. 

A Christmas treat container served as the planter for the seedlings.  The process is to begin their growth cycle inside so they can be planted outside in the spring.  We'll be able to watch it's progress on a daily basis.  

Cam requested additional projects and kept his parents busy finishing tasks and moving onto the next item.  As a family we accomplished quite a bit, cleaning up and sorting, updating our picture magnet board and computer work.  

After all of the efforts, Chris surprised his son by picking up a tasty treat from Tropical Smoothie.  Cam's favorite drink is a chocolate banana peanut butter smoothie.  This should not be shocking since his popular go-to goody is a Reese's peanut butter cup!

Camology Quotes:

Cam is a consummate ruler-follower.  He took his positive test result very seriously, but also matter-of-factly.  When Stella was meowing at him one evening and close to him, he immediately informed his cat of his status.
"Stella, I cannot pet you because I have covid so please do not come close to me."

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Snow Daze - Week of Jan. 3rd

 "Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people's legs like house cats.  It was magical, this snow globe world." ~Sarah Addison Allen 

Cam was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has always lived there. As a Michigander, the winter weather will inevitably find its groove and settle in.  This week was the turning point and Wednesday and Thursday turned out to be snow days, meaning no school for Cam for two consecutive days.

A new semester started at school and our 8th grader electives are choir and GLI.  GLI- Global Learners Initiative is a program the Forest Hills Public School district is piloting for middle school students. Its aim: ALL Learners Achieving Individual Potential, Building Meaningful and Productive Lives in a Global Society.  It includes a literacy component focused on inclusion, equity and global society.  Cam is looking forward to being involved in GLI this semester.  His mom completed the training to be a GLI Champion when he was in grade school.

Even though Thursday was a snow day, Cam had an appointment at Mary Free Bed to be fitted for new AFOs (ankle foot orthotics).  The AFOs help Cam's feet remain in a stable location and assist with standing in his chair.
Jane and her son headed out in the snowy weather in the late afternoon.  They took it slow and even arrived five minutes early.  The process is very interesting to see.  Fiberglass is placed in a tub of warm water and then unwrapped around Cam's leg and foot to create a makeshift cast. It hardens very quickly and then is cut out.  Cam chooses a pattern for the special plastic that the AFO's are made out of.  It takes 6-8 weeks for the orthotics to be custom-made and sent to Mary Free Bed.
On Friday, Cam headed back to school relieved to have his normal routine back in place.  As he shared with his parents, "I am not a fan of snow days!"

Camology Quotes:

As part of a GLI assignment, Cam had to choose a quote that was inspiring to him and why.  He had to research and decide independently. 
The quote he chose was by Dr. Suess: "The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you will go." When asked why he chose that quote, his response:
"It makes me want to read!"

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Bring on 2022! - Week of Dec. 27th

"Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." ~Helen Keller

"And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been." ~Rainer Maria Rilke

The end of the year seems to sneak up on us.  The anticipation of the holiday season, all of the activity and then suddenly the final date of December shows up on the calendar.  Although we missed out on a white Christmas, some light snow arrived this week to blanket our area.  Cam always likes to hear about random facts and the one we found online indicated that there have only been 11 "green Christmases" in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 1902.  This year, 2021, marked year number 12 which means there have been 107 snowy Christmases since 1902.

This week, Ms. Amanda spent a few hours each day with Cam. The two exchanged gifts and Amanda really outdid herself this year.  A blue shirt with the words "We go together like peanut butter and jelly" was Cam's surprise but the bigger unexpected piece was the matching shirt Amanda had.  We all agreed it was one of the coolest gifts ever.  To keep occupied, the duo worked on projects and found some fun New Year's Eve accessories.  They also tried a recently opened treat place in town- The Detroit Cookie Company and declared it most delicious.

On New Year's Eve day, Jane and her son picked up best bud, Brody and his mom, Jenny to head to the movie theater in the early afternoon.  With reserved seats and delicious popcorn, they watched Sing 2.  It was a great show and truly rivaled the first Sing.  The music was so good and we were all moving in our seats to the beat.

January 1st was our productive day to take down the tree and holiday decorations.  It's always bittersweet to remove the festive ornaments.   As we said goodbye to 2021 and welcomed 2022, it's true that time seems to go by more quickly with each passing year.  When we think back on the entire 365 days and how things have changed, we remain optimistic for good things to come in 2022.  Cam says "I hope everything you do brings good cheer and I hope everything you wanted to do in 2021, you get to do again in 2022!"

Camology Quotes:

It's evident that Cam loves his dad's jokes. Frequently, at bedtime, some zingers are told by both father and son. Often, they are ones we have heard before but once in awhile, an original stands out.  Cam shared the following and if you're a techie, you'll understand the punchline...
"Knock knock. Who's there?  Cookies. Cookies who? Website cookies!"