We made it home from swim camp last night, after a full 4 days away. The boys survived 8 1/2 hours of swimming per day, too.
I’d say there were a few mixed emotions over the week, but mostly positive. The boys were no trouble at all, though I think his friend was not totally comfortable being away from home/ not with family all week. I sensed a bit of anxiety/nervousness at times (along with many phone calls home), which I felt a little bad about. But I know it is pretty normal for many kids at this age.
Of our two boys, Asher is NOT like that. Ivan and I have joked that Asher could go off on an expedition to the Arctic Circle and all we’d probably get back from him would be a cool selfie of him with a penguin or something. LOL! Thankfully, he deals very well with being away from home. Ethan definitely not as much, but he’s way better now that he’s older.
On Wednesday night after camp I took the boys on a little “tour of the town” (sort of). We didn’t have a ton of time and I didn’t want to tire them out, either.
We stopped at Culver’s for a quick dinner and then hit up this super cool sculpture park. It was just a short walk through the woods with stops along the path to see various sculptures made of all different materials. The boys really loved it! I’m super glad we stopped.
This was their all time favorite- the massive bench! I had to hoist them up there.
The plaque next to it read this:
I thought this was cool!
Afterwards we did a little stop down by the Wisconsin River, where the boys skipped a few rocks and just enjoyed the view.
We stopped by the Historic downtown also, just briefly. If we’d had more time, it would have been fun to stay, because they had live music being played in the square and the guy was REALLY good!!
On the way back to the hotel we stopped for ice cream and then called it a day by around 8:15 p.m. I’m glad we got to at least sample the city! His friend said he was tired by the end of our mini-tour, and Asher and I were whispering to each other, “He’d never last on one of our family vacations!!!! 😂😂” (because we tend to do and see A LOT!)
I’m really glad this whole camp thing worked out, but also kind of glad it’s over!
It was pretty nice just chilling at the hotel during the day alone, though. I got some good work done and one day took a hot tub lunch break:
It took a lot to pack everything up, especially all the food they needed for breakfasts/ lunches at camp.
Next up… getting Asher packed up AGAIN to head to Des Moines, Iowa with Ivan this afternoon for a meet all weekend. (By the way, his one ear is doing much better since we started the drops- said it doesn’t hurt anymore. The bad news? Now his right ear is hurting!! ugh. Started antibiotic drops on that one last night now, too….just 2 more days and then he can ease up on the swimming a bit!).
Then, I need to get Ethan all packed up tomorrow to head to traditional summer camp on Sunday! Never a dull moment…. 🤪
Also- just opened my planner for the first time basically all week. This is probably the first time all year that it’s looked like this:
I’m grateful that we all survived a sort of unconventional week at camp! The boys said they’d do it again, so that is always a good sign. 🙂