For the first month of summer Dagny took a math class and I got to experience what other parents have to go through when I had to drive her to school every morning. The class was 30 minutes away and I did not enjoy getting up early, fighting traffic, or dealing with the parking lot drop-off. The whole situation made me grateful that I haven't had to do that every day all these years. Luckily, Dagny (reluctantly) learned how to use public transportation and most days she rode the bus home.
Just as Dagny started class, Dane started football camp. This is not a random skills camp like he has been to in the past, this is at the school he will be attending, with the team he will be on. (that means he can walk there, I like that) He has to wear a uniform every day and when I saw him in the school colors for the first time it made it very real that he will be going to school in the fall.
The big story for Dane this summer is his ankle. After years of him dealing with pain and having so many different treatments, I finally got his Dr. to send him to a specialist in children's podiatry. It took lots of appointments, but Dane now has custom orthotics that he wears in his shoes and he is going to physical therapy 3 times a week. Dane is feeling really good about all this and for the first time in years he is running without pain. Watching him suffer with this ankle condition has been excruciating, watching him recover is exhilarating.
Last week we dropped Dagny off at camp for 3 weeks. (she is doing the leader-in-training program for 2 weeks, then she will be a regular camper for a week) Dane will join her for the last week, and Steve and I will have our annual week of childless-ness. (!) After the kids come home Dane heads back to football, but somewhere in there before they start school we are going to find time for some family summer fun. Count on it.
the happy camper