The Summer of Constant

Notice this is titled constant, NOT consistency! This summer has been anything but consistent to date and that looks to remain the same until school starts.
We began our summer with our annual week at the cabin with my brother-in-law and nephew. It was amazing, as always. My nephew is getting so very big. It was fun to watch the boys play on an entirely new level this year. We did more hiking and more swimming and more geocaching and more just being together. It was hard to leave each other at the end of the week. But we all left with the promise to meet up again next year, same bat time, same bat channel.
We returned home to prepare for the boys’ first diving meet of the summer. We traveled once a month throughout the school year to various locations around the state of Ohio. Summer promised to be much closer to home. The first meet was only about 45 minutes away. Thankfully the summer meets are smaller in size which makes for much shorter meets. Meet #1 Keegan took first place out of 8 children diving and Eli took 2nd. They were only separated by three tenths of a point! It was amazing to see their confidence boost! This meet meant that they were only at their summer camp for 3 days the very first week that they started.
The next week my other nephew came for a visit and stayed the entire week. The boys got to go to camp together at the local children’s science museum. They had a blast. It was Super Splatter Science camp with a disclaimer that the children attending had better be prepared to get messy. Perfect for 3 boys! They tye-dyed t-shirts and made volcanoes and elephant toothpaste along with a plethora of other things. They were exhausted every day when I picked them up. A sign of a good camp, I’d say!
July began with more inconsistency. Only 2 days of camp, another diving meet and then the 4th of July holiday break. Again my boys took 1st and 2nd place. They were the only two divers in their division but Eli got to be 1st this time and it was yet another great opportunity for a confidence booster. We celebrated the 4th by watching fireworks from our front yard with friends. Then we packed up and headed north for the weekend. We played at the lake and the boys went boogie boarding. Lots of laughs and fun until Keegan caught a virus and was in bed with a high fever for 2 days.
We returned home to prepare for yet another diving meet. Again it was 1st and 2nd place – Keegan in first this time. Again they were the only two diving in their division. I love that they didn’t care about that part! They just took pride in the dives they did and the ribbons they received!
This week we find a little of whatever normal seems to be. They boys get to go to camp for 4 days – I don’t think they’ve been to their regular camp for an entire week yet. We will finish off this week with a diving meet championship for the boys on Friday. Then on Saturday I am rowing in a dragon boat race. The boys are so excited to come down and cheer me on. I’m excited to be a part of something so amazing! Sunday we get to go to a birthday party. Then the week starts over with normal, I think…
As crazy as our summer has been and as quickly as it’s flown by, it has truly been a summer of fun. We have laughed and played and watched movies and just enjoyed being a family. There has been a minimal amount of anxiety over the diving meets. There have been a fair share of brotherly fights but there’s not much to be done about that.
We are looking forward to another month of fun before the calendar screams that it’s time for school to begin. Then my 2nd and 3rd graders with walk through the doors of their elementary school, new backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies in tow. Who knows what kind of crazy that will bring!

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About Brotherly Love

I am a mom, partner, teacher and a lover of life. I have two fabulous boys who define my life as I know it. One of my children has been diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, Asperger's and anxiety disorder. I blog as much about him as I do about my life and the lives of my immediate family.
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