I experienced a new milestone this weekend: sending a child off to sleep-away camp. I took the 12-year-old yesterday to get on the bus and go off for a week in the woods. He knows a lot of the kids, and I think it will be fun (one friend, in the parking lot, said it was the best week of her life last summer). Of course, there were a lot of nerves. We got texts that he didn’t sleep well (always a problem with the first night in a new place). I’m really hoping that today goes decently.
Other than that, it was a reasonable summer weekend. I went to my daughter’s performance of King Midas and the Golden Touch on Friday. There have been four total shows for the kids doing theater camp this summer and I’ve managed to make it to all of them. My parents came to two (one for each child) and my husband came to two (one for each child) — so we were well-represented in the audiences.
My husband and I went out for a fairly quick date night dinner downtown on Friday night. Afterwards, we walked through the Barnes & Noble in Rittenhouse Square, and I had to take a picture posing with one of their copies of Juliet’s School of Possibilities. (Are you following me on Instagram? @lvanderkam). I know this is not my first time around the block in the book publishing world, but I still think it is so cool to be able to walk into a bookstore and see my books. My novel is being sold at Barnes & Noble! This just makes me giddy.
On Saturday we — by which I mean my husband and I — wanted to go see an exhibit at the Brandywine River Art Museum of N.C. Wyeth’s illustrations (the Andrew Wyeths there in the permanent collection are also really cool). So we took the four kids. Wow was there a lot of whining, as there is every time we go to an art museum. But hey, it can’t all be trampoline parks. Plus, afterwards we went to the Independence Seaport area in Philly and played at the arcade, toured a ship, and briefly met up with cousins who were on their way to the Jersey Shore (everyone got ice cream; well, I didn’t order any because of my veteran parent knowledge that the 4-year-old would only take a few bites…so I just ate his. Frugal!).
Other weekend highlights: harvesting a ton of tomatoes from the garden. They’re really coming in fast and furious right now. My 9-year-old has been eating two tomato-and-mozzarella salads per day, but he’s not quite able to keep up with the output.
Then Sunday was the camp drop-off. We shall see how this week goes!