Accompanied this kid on one of his last field trips in elementary school. I took his older brother on this same field trip to Jamestown. One of my favorites. We watched Shrek and Shrek 2 on the trip up and back. It was miserably cold and rained the entire time on this day. We had to eat lunch on the bus because we'd had enough. He was such a trooper and stayed positive throughout the day. I think he was happy to have me along.
I love to watch these two bond over baseball. He's growing up. He still runs to me when he's hurt or sad. But he looks up to his Dad for so many things that I can't provide. And I love it.
"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed."
This was all her idea. Hold up 1 and 5. Can you tell he was excited?
Out of the 3 of them, Cam was the least excited about school starting.
In fact, the night before, when it was time for bed, he started crying. He admitted he was nervous about school starting, and that "Summer is so much fun" and the school year is just too long. I mean, I get it. We laid in his bed and talked. Then, he tells me that he didn't realize he'd "like having me at school so much", and he's sad that he'll be going to middle school next year, and I won't be there.
Me, too, kid.
He was all smiles this morning and in a great mood. I was glad for our talk and that he actually shared with me what was bothering him.
He picked his outfit to match his shoes. Isn't it usually the other way around?
Bella was beyond excited. But, after brushing her teeth, she casually remarks, "My belly tickles and be's nervous." She went on to explain that it kind of felt like it did when she rode a ride at Busch Gardens. She whined when I had to fix her hair because she was "so tired". It was the first time she got to ride to school with me and Cameron. I walked her to her class (man, I love my job), but she didn't seem to care and didn't even turn around to give me a kiss. Or a second glance. I must be doing something right.
Then there's this. This is what you get when Dad takes first day pics.
I don't get to see him off because he leaves much later than we do. And I let him sleep. Because this is the last year for that. Next year, it's off to high school, bright and early. And that just makes my heart hurt.
And can you guess who missed their bus home on the first day of school? My 13 year old. You see, the story was that he forgot his locker number and then something about not being able to fit his binder into his backpack with his P.E. shoes, which he TOLD Dad he wouldn't need today, and the bus wasn't parked in the spot it was supposed to be in.....
And so this is the last year for Cam in elementary school and the last year for Jack in middle.
This year can take its' time.
Today, it was just me & Cam. The other 2 are still in Hatteras with the grandparents; Josh had to work. He rarely ever gets time with just us. So, I knew I had to make the most of it.
We took our bikes to the beach to ride the board walk. It was a really pretty, and hot, day. We struggled to get both bikes in the back of my car. But he was a huge help. Afterwards (and it took a lot of time and we were both sweating), he fist bumped me.
We ate lunch at Waterman's. We had been there once before for his birthday 2 years ago. We sat outside. He ordered a Caesar salad and mozzarella sticks. Watching him eat his salad, I could have cried. Afterwards, he said he could easily take a nap on the deck with the breeze blowing in from the ocean.
We rode nearly 30 blocks and turned around. On the way back, I suggested we stop for salt water taffy. He didn't know what it was. He took his time filling up his bag with various flavors. Afterwards, he saw mini buckets filled with taffy with names on them. He picked one out that said "Isabella" and asked if we would get it. "She loves candy", he said.
On the ride home, he told me "that was fun". I let him watch basketball videos on my phone, and we rode home in silence. And that was okay.
I only got this picture. And that's okay, too, because I was just enjoying this time with him.
He rarely smiles and shows his teeth. I wish he did it all the time.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.