2018 Life Logs, Day 176—First Day of Camp Oma 2018
Date: Monday, June 25, 2018
Weather: Mix of Sun, Clouds, and Some Rain; High 72, Low 54 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was the first day of Camp Oma 2018 and it was a good one even though the beginning was a little rocky. I had planned to start the day with a planning meeting to get the input from each boy on what they would like to do this summer. I divided a white board into three sections and was going to have each one write the things they would most like to do in one of the sections. The problem was that all three boys wanted to write in the center section. I tried all of my best cooperative ways of deciding who would get that center section, but nothing worked. So, I just gave each one a sheet a paper and had them write on that. Whew! That worked and disaster was avoided. Mostly Sam would just like free time to play with friends. The younger two are more open to some organized day trips. Not sure how I’ll pull this off, but where there is a will, there is a way. After the planning meeting, I was the pitcher for a baseball game between Team Ollie and Team Jonah, and I did a little gardening and a little laundry while Sam and Jonah watched a World Cup soccer game in the afternoon. Ollie just didn’t want to watch soccer, so I caved and let him watch an episode of Shaun the Sheep on my computer. We’ll come up with summer rules for screen time, but today I just went with the flow.

Tomorrow is Jonah’s ninth birthday and I got him an electric guitar and amp as his present. The middle school music director, who is the father of twins Roland and Meadow, kindergarten friends of Ollie’s, will give him lessons on Mondays afternoons this summer . . . starting today. So Heather and Jed met us at my house at 4 pm for the gift opening and then Jed took Jonah to his first lesson. Jonah has quite the head of hair, and once he had that electric blue electric guitar in his hands, Heather commented that the hair had just been waiting for that guitar. And the snaggle-toothed smile added to the wild look. Jonah wants to be a rock star (this month), so he and Sam will practice drums and guitar in the basement this summer. Ollie says he will learn to play bass so they will have a full-fledged band. Oh my, poor Heather and Jed!

While Jonah went to his first lesson, Sam and Ollie went down to the dock to feed the mother and baby ducks and to go out in the kayak. At this point, we have only been using the red kayak I bought from my neighbor at The Studio. Both boys really wanted to get out the inflatable two-man kayak, so we did. But it was totally deflated at the end of last season and has been packed in a large plastic bin. Heather was still back in the cottage trying to get some work done, but we had to call on her to put the pieces of the kayak together and to get it inflated. It was very late when we got that job done, so using that kayak had to be put on hold until tomorrow morning. We’ll kayak in the morning and then head back to Heather and Jed’s to await the arrival of Grammy Marti. Jed’s mother arrives tomorrow for Jonah’s birthday and will be here for the remainder of the week. What a special way to begin the summer for the Goldpebbles.

2018 Life Logs, Day 177—Happy Birthday to Jonah
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