(I am apologize for the extremely poor picture quality. Our poor camera is hardly working anymore. We’re hoping to get a new one next week.)
This summer, we decided to put Micah into day “camp” two days a week. We haven’t sent Micah to pre-school so this is the first time our boy has been involved in any program outside of the house. But, he has seemed bored lately and he loves to see other children his age so we found a day camp we could afford and decided it was time to shovel out some money!:)
I’ve got to tell you, I was nervous Monday as I contemplated that the next day, my big boy would be taking a little step of independence and going for a full day to camp. I imagined him being scared and home sick. I went out to Target Monday night and got him a new pair of sandals and a Spider-man lunch box to match with the Spider-man back pack he picked out last year to hold his preschool materials we do at home. I bought him a few new, fun snacks to go with his lunch. A few new things can go a long way in making a child more excited about something.
Tuesday he woke up so excited. So excited to wear his new sandals and don his back pack. He skipped along beside Rick as he held daddy’s hand and they made the 25 minute walk to the camp location. It made me so relieved to see him so ready to face this new experience!
When I picked him up that afternoon, he was covered with strawberry Popsicle and as happy as a clam…but TIRED! He fell asleep in the stroller on the way home. I found out he had made a few friends named Leo and Lucy. He liked his teachers.
“He loves to play,” said one of the teachers when I came to pick him up yesterday. He was sprawled on the floor, in heaven with a bunch of toy cars. He did not want to leave. He made another new little friend named Ezra and it seemed to be another good day.
He’s growing up. This experience is for us like his first day of school because we have not put him in preschool. In just a few short days, he suddenly wants to do everything for himself…”I want to do that all by myself,” he says whether it is unlocking the door or unclipping the stroller belt or putting on his shoes. All these things are good…I am proud to see him wanting to be more self-sufficient and this will be helpful to me.
This summer’s going to fly by and our boy will be making some great memories!