This summer, Brad took on the role as director at the summer camp where we met, worked as counselors, and even got married. Amazing, and so full circle, right?
I feel like in some ways, maybe because we were married so long before we had kids, that we STILL have crazy expectations that things can be like they were before kids. Like, oh, we'll be able to both be out at camp, working on things together, and the kids will just tag along and be great and love camp, too!
Hahahahahaha NO. Unfortunately, Miles is 3.5 and completely in the terrible 3's right now, and Matilda is 16 months and just wants to wander or run when we are outside, so basically this summer we worked on getting on a schedule of going out to camp and visiting when it made sense with the camp schedule and with the kids' schedule. We pretty much only went out to visit at breakfast and dinner, occasionally at lunch, and sometimes we would stay for a bit and play afterwards, depending on the kids' moods. Brad usually left the house by 5:30 am each day and didn't get home until 10 or 11 most nights, so it was rough on the kids to not be able to spend more time with him.
It was a great summer and we are so thankful for camp, and so excited our kids will be able to experience summers there starting at such a young age. And to be able to see their dad making a difference in so many kids' lives.
But it was also really, really hard. With Brad's hours, I was pulling single parent duty about 5 days a week. The kids had a hard time adjusting to the schedule and to make everything worse, it just seemed like one of us was always sick. Days before camp started, I had a stomach virus, followed by strep throat, followed by viral pneumonia, which I had actually caught from Miles, who has basically been sick all summer. He's still dealing with a bad cough that just won't seem to go away. The first day of camp, we had only been out there about an hour and he fell in the parking lot, busting up his knee. And then Matilda tripped on a step on the fourth of July and bruised and cut up her eye and forehead. Thankfully, Brad has stayed well all summer and didn't catch anything from us!
I've found that this season of life is super difficult for taking photos--Matilda is usually crawling all over me, and Miles hates getting his photo taken, so I have to be sneaky. I used Snapchat a lot, so while I have lots of vertical videos (ugh) of the kids, I mostly only took photos with my iPhone, and even then I didn't take a lot. I occasionally got some with my Fujifilm X100T, and then brought out my big camera (Nikon D3s) for the final week to get some in a last minute attempt to have some good photos of the kids in this moment of time. So, here's our summer in photos (and a couple short videos).