2019 Life Logs, Day 169: First Day of Camp Oma 2019

2019 Life Logs, Day 169: First Day of Camp Oma 2019
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Weather: Overcast, Afternoon Drizzle, Evening Rain; High 68, Low 58 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

01 Goldpebbles Taking a Swim Break

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Today was the first day of Camp Oma 2019. Camp Oma was launched in the summer of 2013 when Mark and I offered to provide summer daytime activities for Sam and Jonah. Ollie was just a year old and was too young for most activities, so he was not really a part of Camp Oma that year. Tonight when I went back and read about what we did that summer, it made my head spin. I think we did every summer activity offered on Cape Cod. But busy as it was, it was so special to see that look of amazement as the boys learned new things. The next summer, 2014, started with World Cup soccer and all three boys were all in as they supported Team USA. In 2015, one of the highlights was when all three boys went for a four-day circumnavigation of the Elizabeth Islands aboard Windbird with Oma and Granddad—their first big trip without mommy and daddy. In 2016, Granddad’s last summer, we scaled down the activities, but still had many special adventures as well as daily swim lessons at Falmouth Heights Beach and Jonah and Sam attended classes at the School of Science in Woods Hole. Swim lessons at Falmouth Heights Beach continued in the summer of 2017 and then last summer when I moved to the cottage in East Falmouth, we switched to swim lessons at Menauhant Beach and Sam and Jonah attended soccer camps at Falmouth Academy. Today, even though the weather was not cooperating, we made a brief trip to Menauhant Beach and I got a silly first day of Camp Oma photo of the boys on the lifeguard stand. We were the only people on the beach, so there was no competition for the lifeguard stand! This summer the boys will again spend part of their summer in swim lessons at Menauhant, part of the summer in camps offered at the Falmouth Academy, and part of it just hanging out at home and playing. We will work in a few field trips, but for the most part, we’ll spend as much time as possible just playing. We started this day with a morning meeting where I got input from the boys on their favorite summer lunches, summer snacks, and a list of things they would like to do this summer. I outlined a list of daily routines that would be expected if they want to earn screen time and they actually agreed with the list. Independently, all three boys listed that they want to spend time at the beach, go fishing, go boating, play soccer, go biking on the bike path, and wander around Woods Hole. Sam’s “advanced age” is showing as he also would like to attend a Van Halen concert. Don’t think that is going to happen. But making a return trip to the Cape Cod Inflatable Water Park was high on the list for all three boys. We did this last summer and they loved it, so we’ll definitely plan to return this summer when it gets a bit warmer. Friday is the first official day of summer, but it looks like we are going to continue to have cloudy, rainy, coolish weather with just a little sunshine here and there for next few days. We are going to have to wait a bit longer for real summer weather.

2019 Life Logs, Day 168: Monday My Way

2019 Life Logs, Day 168: Monday My Way
Date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 78, Low 58 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I had no commitments today, nothing I had to do, so I did Monday my way. I slept in, got up and made my green smoothie, did some house cleaning, did some clothes organization and found items that I have worn once or twice that needed to be laundered, did a little gardening, and had a nice visit with my friend Karen Baranowski. Karen is the niece of the aunties next door, so she comes over to check on them a few times a week and sometimes we have time to visit. By this time, it was mid-afternoon and I made the decision that instead of going to the gym to ride the stationary bike, I was going to go to Heather’s and haul garden soil from the driveway to a new raised bed in the front yard that needed to be filled. Exercising while doing something that needs to be done makes way more sense to me than just pedaling a stationary bike. So, I went over and filled the old Garden Way cart with dirt and hauled some to the front yard raised bed and some to the garden to finish off a couple of projects there. And while doing this, I did a couple of loads of laundry that I had gathered in my clothes organization during the morning. Today was the last day of school and Heather took the day off, picked up the boys when school was released just after noon, and headed to the beach with other mothers and kids. The weather forecast for today was mixed, but the sun held on and they had a delightful afternoon at the beach. It was a delightful day. Tomorrow is the first day of Camp Oma for Summer 2019. This is year seven of Camp Oma. It has evolved over the years and will continue to evolve. Tomorrow I will have a ‘meeting’ with the boys and we will make decisions about this summer. I know their main goal is to just have free time to play, so there will be a minimum of field trip type activities. All three are enrolled in swim lessons and various weeks summer programs at Falmouth Academy. The programs they are enrolled in are all things they asked to do. Sam is doing a photography class the first week of July and later a percussion class. Jonah and Ollie are doing a ceramics class and I think Jonah is adding a soccer camp with a group of his friends. The challenge for me will be that while shuffling them to and fro, I find a way to eek out as much down time at home or at the beach as possible. As they get older, spending time with friends becomes much more important than what they are doing. Summer 2019, here we come!

As a follow-up to Father’s Day, this morning I got an early morning text from Jo with accompanying photos of Justin’s Father’s Day. I mentioned in my log last night that I didn’t have any photos of Justin with Coco and Ziggy on Father’s Day, but now I do. Coco and Ziggy came up with a menu for breakfast in bed for dad. The went shopping to get the food and Jo helped them prepare the beautiful breakfast. Thanks, Jo, for sharing those photos!

2019 Life Logs, Day 167: Father’s Day & Falmouth Flag Day Race

2019 Life Logs, Day 167: Father’s Day & Falmouth Flag Day Race
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Weather: Overcast, Windy, with a Little Rain; High 71, Low 61 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there, but especially to my two favorite fathers, my son Justin and my son-in-law Jed! I don’t have a photo of Justin with Ziggy and Coco from today, but I did manage to get one of Jed with the Goldpebbles.

It was another race day here . . . the Falmouth Flag Day 5K Race/Walk. Jed and Ollie ran as a father-son team and Jonah ran with Heather. Sam sat this one out, but he took my phone and got some great photos. We stayed for the awards ceremony and were so proud that Jonah won second place in his age group. And then he won the top raffle prize or two great seats at a Boston Red Sox game in August. We ended the day with a sushi dinner to celebrate Father’s Day and to celebrate the running Goldstones. Tomorrow is the last day of school and Camp Oma begins on Tuesday. Summer is here!

2019 Life Logs, Day 166:  Sam’s Rematch Soccer Game with Dartmouth and Farewell to Josh

2019 Life Logs, Day 166:  Sam’s Rematch Soccer Game with Dartmouth and Farewell to Josh
Date:  Saturday, June 15, 2019
Weather:  Sunny; High 75, Low 61 degrees
Location:  At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

After last week’s game we thought we were done with soccer until the playoffs next weekend.  But earlier this week, Sam’s team was notified that actually they had to play a rematch with the Dartmouth team.  That game was today and tension was a little high as this is the team we were playing when we had the altercation between a referee, a parent, and then our assistant coach.  Somehow in review it was found that the stats on these two teams were the same, thus the rematch.  This game ended 2-2, but then went into overtime.  One team had to win as only one of the two could go on to the playoffs.  In the second half of overtime, the Dartmouth team scored and we weren’t able to come back with a goal.  So now, the soccer season really is over.  We lost the game, but I think the boys played the best game of the season today.  They really gave it their all.  I had to leave just before the first half to drive to Woods Hole to pick up Josh.  We then went back to the soccer field to pick up Heather and boys but found that the game hadn’t ended.  We got to watch the final few minutes of the regular game and the overtime session.  Then we headed to Heather’s for lunch.  Jed wasn’t with us today as he was at a Boy Scout Leadership training off-Cape.  After lunch, Josh and I visited with Heather for a bit and then we left for Boston.  I drove Josh to Cambridge to meet up with a friend.  I didn’t know until we were on the way that the friend was someone I know.  Erica Ulrich grew up in the same neighborhood with Josh and now she lives in Cambridge.  She came down to the street from her apartment to say hello and then I was off to do some summer clothing shopping on my way home.  I didn’t get home until almost 9 pm and we have another early start in the morning.  I head over to the Goldstones to drive them to Falmouth Heights Beach for the Falmouth Flag Day 5K Run.  Heather, Jed, Jonah, and Ollie will run and Sam and I will play on the beach while we wait for them.

2019 Life Logs, Day 165: EFES Field Day, Summer Camps in PR, and Gardening

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2019 Life Logs, Day 165: EFES Field Day, Summer Camps in PR, and Gardening
Date: Friday, June 14, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 68, Low 56 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

My grandchildren are busy little critters! Today was Field Day at East Falmouth Elementary, so Ollie and Jonah were enjoying outdoor games all day. I went to watch for an hour this morning and discovered that Jonah plays relay games with the same fervor as he plays soccer. In a relay where you had to throw a ball, retrieve it, and run back to the starting line before the next person could go, I got a photo where he and his partner look like they are attacking each other! But it was just two competitive kids playing intensely and pleased with their performances. Ollie and his first grade buddies weren’t so competitive but they were having a good time. Just before lunch his class rotation was a doing the macarena. Ollie was really enjoying it, but he kept that serious Ollie face the whole time. I wasn’t in Puerto Rico today, but Justin just sent photos of Coco and Ziggy in their summer camps this week. Ziggy has been traveling quite a distance each day to attend a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) camp, while Coco has been attending an equestrian camp closer to home. Both have really enjoyed their experiences and had a special treat to celebrate their successes. We have Smitty’s ice cream. They have Paletados, like gourmet ice lollies. Other than enjoying the activities of grandchildren, I went to the gym to ride the stationary bike and spent time gardening here at home and at Heather’s. I have finished planting here but have miles to go at Heather’s—not tomorrow but hopefully Sunday.