Sunday we dropped off Leah at her sleepaway camp. This is her third year going, but the first year she will stay for the “big kid” session of 3 ½ weeks. That’s kind of a lot. It was also the first time Benjamin made the trip with us. Here are some favorite outtakes of the trip that took 3.5 hours each way.
First it should be noted that Benjamin hates the car for any length of time , so we knew immediately that the 3.5 hr trek up there was gonna be FULL of sparkles and unicorns the whole way. Thus? Liberal application of technology in the form of a DVD player, an iTouch and many, many replays of movies and games. We did play the requisite “punchbuggy” and “alphabet” games for the first 30 minutes. I was going to consider it a win if we could make it OUT OF HOUSTON before we unloaded the technology.
We barely made that milestone before Diego was on the DVD player.
We actually went to Waco, TX the day and night before we dropped off Leah because it’s just easier that way. The added benefit to that is being able to visit with some old college friends who live there – super bonus! We met our friends at their new country club, Ridgewood, (and, yes, in my head I was giggling at “Bushwood” the whole time – because I am 12) and had a blast chatting while the kids swam and hit the waterslides.
You know what’s hard? Sleeping in a hotel in the same room as two kids sharing a bed. Know what else is hard? Getting a four-year-old to sleep when he’s all wound up and exhausted all at the same time. The amount of whimpering and whining and general NOT SLEEPING that happened Saturday night was extraordinary. Truly. It was one of those times I wished for baby Xanax. Or, you know, vodka.
So, Sunday. Here is the story in pictures!
One of the things you have to do upon arriving at camp is check in. This takes FOREVER. Luckily it happens near a basketball court where Benjamin could run and play. See this face? In two years Benjamin gets to go to this camp as well. I’ll have the same picture then.
I will say that Leah was a little quiet. I know she was nervous about the longer stay. And I will readily admit that I was a little nervous for her, too. I know she will have fun, but I remember as a camper what that felt like. This is a big thing for her, this longer session. A test of sorts to see how she does on a longer stint away. I really, really, really hope she has a good time. But, also? I really kinda miss her, too.
Benjamin was not totally happy about having to leave Leah at camp and last night while we were laying down watching TV turned to me and said, “Mommy, I want Leah to come back.” I can’t blame him – he misses his best friend. This will be a challenge for him as well. Leah is the center of his little, silly world.
He was a trooper, though. That 3.5 hour car ride back home was pretty easy – made easier with the roadtrip necessity of a Dairy Queen stop. I knew he was tired, but wouldn’t sleep in the car (damn!!). He asked to go swimming when we got home, so we did. It’s too damn hot to do anything else.
We quietly wrapped up our day with dinner and some TV time. 20 minutes later this happened:
And after the roadtrip and fun we’d had? We ALL slept like that.