Here is a photo of Maddie a few weeks ago -- looking quite grown up with her purse and breakfast. Today I sent her off (without taking a photo) to summer camp.
I'm a homeschooling mom, and we have school year round at our house, which means I spend many hours with Maddie each day. In fact, I could probably count on one hand the number of times she's been apart from me for more than a few hours. So summer camp is a big deal here.
While this is only a day camp -- running from 9am to 3pm each day this week -- it is the first time that she will be in this type of setting, spending an entire day away from me with strangers. In fact, we had to go out and purchase a lunch box for this occasion -- which practically made her giddy. And yesterday we went to the grocery so she could pick out some lunch things. (Often she eats leftovers, yogurt fruits and veggies at home, so this was kind of a big deal to her.)
She was a little nervous and quite excited for camp -- in truth, I think I was more nervous than her. I'm sure she'll do fine though and was already talking about how she planned on making friends as we were walking up to the drop off site.
Now what will I do with myself all week?
The above photos of the peony and blueberries were taken by Maddie in the garden. Photography is one of her current interests.