Summer Camp

When the school year winds down and summer is around the corner, A and T start to prepare for summer camp.  Since Hubby and I both work full time, they need something to do in the summer to keep them from going in insane from boredom and me from going insane from two bored kids running amok while I work from home.

The preschool they went to provide a summer camp for kids and they have been going there every year.  The have a lot of space with a small pond for canoeing, tennis courts for lessons, swimming lessons everyday, horses and fun games.  They spend the entire day outside which is great for kids with seemingly endless energy.

The last few summers the kids at camp have been playing with Pokemon cards.  So to prepare for camp, A and T have to make sure their cards are all organized and ready for play.  They use their money to buy new card packs.  Apparently, it is a big deal.  This year we had to get new binders to fit their growing collection of cards.

They have also started creating cards on the computer and printing them out on photo paper.  And we must not forget the renewed interest in watching episodes of Pokemon on demand.

It’s funny because E, R and C have long outgrown the card collections but do also get a renewed interest in Pokemon at this time.  Last summer at the beach, C told A and T that he would buy them new card sets if they had what he deemed “good behavior” for a few days.  It worked as well as the bribery we usually try.

This year T has made several references to how a lot of camp kids start working as counselors once they are too old to participate as a camper.  I wonder if this is foreshadowing for what he might was to do in a few years to make money and keep busy in the summer.  We shall see.

I am very glad that they enjoy their summer camp.  A few years back they did not want to go but we made them anyway and now they love it.  I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have such a wonderful choice for keeping them busy in the summer.


PS – My 4 year blogaversary came and went last week without fanfare.  Happy Blogaversary to me.


It was three years ago when we said goodbye to our sweet little pug Meg.  She was my first baby and we miss her very much.  Sammy and Willow the Samoyeds are awesome dogs but I felt like we were missing a littler furry member of the family.

Puppy fever hit out of the blue a couple months back and so I started looking at puggles. I thought that mix would be big enough to play with Sammy and Willow but small enough to be a lap dog.

After looking for a little while we decided to search for a rescue and found a sweet little puggle who needed a home.  She was a popular pick and we didn’t end up being able to adopt her.  So the search continued and I found a pug looking puppy at a local shelter.

Turns out she was one of a litter of eight sweet beagle mixes so we hustled over to see her.  Since she already had an application on her, we decided to meet her and one of her sisters.

It was then we met little “Eve” and fell in love.  She wasn’t exactly what we had set out to find since she was not really pug-like nor was she very big yet at only eight weeks old.  But she had undisputed cuteness and a lot of energy and we knew she would fit right in.

We filled out the application and were able to adopt her.  We took Sammy and Willow to pick her up and they were a little wary but friendly.  This was a Friday and over the weekend they warmed up even more and you could tell they decided this little bundle of energy was OK by them.

We took the weekend to decide on her name and we all settled on Cora.  She doesn’t know her name yet but it fits her.

Willow especially has fallen in love and plays with her a lot.  Sammy likes to play too and is extra gentle as he knows he’s a lot bigger.  It is so fun to watch them together.

So far she’s “mommy’s dog” and I hope to keep it that way :)  She loves to snuggle on the couch watching TV at night.  The kids adore her.

Welcome to the family Cora.  Meg is smiling from the Rainbow Bridge.

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