Early Tuesday morning, Cameron and his mom said goodbye to Chris for the remainder of the week. For the first time ever, he was headed out for a Canadian fishing trip via a 7-hour drive, followed by a 30-minute plan ride to a remote lake.
Tuesday is a working day now for Cam. He and Ms. Amanda made their way to the café. Cam was excited to test out the new drink carrier tray created by he and his dad. As an added bonus, the café worker made his way through the market crowd to pass out smoothie samples! Who can resist a smiling face and a cotton candy flavored cool drink?
Friday was Cam's second job of the week. Grand Valley graduate PT students awaited his arrival late morning. The team of 4 was assigned the task to brainstorm to figure out how to best engage the "patient" they are working with.
After stretching and reviewing some exercises, the guys had a plan. Cameron had the distinct honor of holding a steering wheel to "drive" through a Mario Cart video game simulation. It was fun and interesting for Cam and also worked lots of different muscle groups.
Friday evening, we welcomed our lifelong friend, Sarah Foody. She traveled from Colorado for a family engagement and we were delighted that she could spend 2 nights with us. Cam and his mom had time to chat with her Friday evening and Saturday morning before she left for the day. Then, Jane and her son made their way to Grand Haven to spend the entire afternoon with Oma and Opa. After a picnic lunch outside and a few indoor activities, we decided to stroll around the entire grounds. It was such a beautiful day with a light breeze and very comfortable outside. We said goodbye to Cam's grandparents before dinner and thanked them for a great day before traveling back home.
Sunday morning, Sarah talked with Jane and Cameron for quite some time before she needed to get on the road. We all agreed that it is truly awesome when our dear friends become the family we choose for ourselves.
As we anxiously awaited Chris' return early Sunday evening, Cam and his mom needed an afternoon project. First, they had a store run to grab the necessary items including pectin and lots of sugar to join the flat of Michigan berries they had already procured a few days prior. Then they busied themselves with the task of making homemade strawberry freezer jam. Music played in the background for berry smashing and mixing in the sugar and cooked pectin. It took them the entire afternoon to fill more than 24 containers but it was well worth it.
Cam's dad returned from his Canada trip in time for dinner and was welcomed with the biggest hugs and grateful smiles. He had such a great time which Jane and her son were super excited about. They did realize, though, that when one of their team members isn't in play, the game isn't nearly as fun!
Cam and his mom definitely had some trying moments while Chris was away. Jane told him that the good things always outweigh any negative.
On Sunday, when Cam's mom remembered to grab chocolate milk prior to him even asking, Cam nicely commented:
"Oh Mom, that's so incredibly sweet of you!"