|Cooling off on the Slip-N-Slide|
|Joe and a very sleepy Sam|
|Joe's Big Sister with her feet in the trees....we call our|
swing set the "Paul Bunyan" swing set...this is why!
This is going to sound silly, but I made myself a goal for our picnic with Joe's family. The sole reason we are in each other's lives is because our sons have Down syndrome, and if it weren't for that, this little picnic wouldn't have taken place otherwise. However, as we've gotten to know Joe's family, we've really come to enjoy their company, all Down syndrome things aside. With that said, I vowed to enjoy the evening with good friends and not talk about, ask questions about or bring up anything Down syndrome related. I'm realizing that even though, yes, we have Down syndrome in common, it's far from the only thing we have in common. We enjoy a lot of the same things, and our time spent together shouldn't be shadowed by Down syndrome. Guess what? I did it. A couple times, I just about asked questions pertaining to Down syndrome, but I held my tongue. The closest we came to discussing Down syndrome was when we got an update on how summer preschool was going for Joe. I know in my heart that I can call Joe's mom 24 hours a day if I have questions or concerns, and I wasn't about to spoil a great evening with my questions and worries. It was WONDERFUL!
|At Camp Joy with counselors and friends|
Immediately after the parade, we headed home to pack for our five-day stay at our favorite place in the summer, Lost Valley Resort. We had to change clothes before we left because packing left us all wringing wet with sweat! The first thing we did at the resort was jump into the lake. Sam was hungry shortly after we got there, so I plopped a camping chair in the shallow part by the shoreline and Sam enjoyed a bottle IN the water. This is the life!
|Just one of SEVERAL|
ice cream cones!!
Sam thoroughly enjoyed his first camping trip, spending a ton of time napping in the shade of the birch trees by the shore or in the air conditioned comfort of the camper. He was the only kid of 8 who didn't sleep in the tent and get flooded our second morning there, and he was also the only kid who didn't eat about a gallon of ice cream over the weekend. No joke, our group, which included six adults and eight kids, consumed 71, I repeat SEVENTY ONE ice cream cones over the course of our stay! (Our family racked up 35 of those!!) I have NO doubt that next year, Sam will add several to that number!
Tomorrow, it's back to work and hopefully a regular laundry load. This week, we'll celebrate a birthday in our family, as our second oldest turns 6!
Sam's therapy is going great, and he's continuing to make progress. We tried nursing again while camping (because it's easier than washing all those darn pumping parts and pieces), and while he did a great job, it's back to pumping now. He's so darn rambunctious while he eats, he barely gets the job done even with a bottle.