As we all settled into our routine together with Cam's Grandma Sue and Jalayna, our home seemed energized.
Amanda arrived Monday morning to take the kids on a hike through the nature park while Jane worked. Another daily activity on the agenda was to have Grandma Sue walk down the driveway for exercise with her grandchildren. Layna opened a "salon" in our living room to do everyone's hair. Monday afternoon, Cam headed out for his swimming and PT session while his cousin Layna was sad she couldn't go with him. This was our first FOMO exposure of the week. The second came Tuesday morning.
Summer school runs from Tuesday through Thursday during the last three weeks of July. The fear of missing out is a strong pull for our teenager. He wanted to stay home with his grandma and cousin, but he also wanted to attend the summer session. After much discussion and conflicted emotions, Cam decided to make his way to the bus stop. That afternoon, the cousins were able to visit with a dog named Jada and meet Ms. Amanda's bunny, Ollie.
Wednesday evening, Chris wrangled Cam and Layna into the van for an evening at Dave & Buster's to play games and eat there as well. Grandma Sue and Jane had a lovely fish dinner at home and chatted away until everyone arrived back home. At school, Cam enjoyed an outdoor activity after class work inside. They made s'mores outside using the sun's reflection to provide enough heat to melt the chocolate and make the marshmallow gooey inside. Jalayna and Jane enjoyed some pedicure time Thursday morning and by Saturday, we were ready for beach time!
Sunday morning, we busied ourselves cleaning and awaiting Jalayna's dad's flight arrival. We decorated for his impending birthday party. His actual birthday was July 15th, but we were celebrating on July 17th. John, Chris's brother had originally sent his itinerary that noted he was due in at 6:30pm. However, while Chris and his niece were at the store, John texted that he had landed and it was 4:15pm! It was a huge surprise when our doorbell rang and there was Cam's Uncle John jokingly telling his nephew he had just walked all the way from the airport. It was the best evening for us all, laughing, sharing dinner and eating birthday cake. We all went to bed a bit earlier that eve gearing up for the next three fun days ahead!
"I am not ready to be a teacher!"