I was a little nervous about how camp would go. Lately, Kai hangs back a bit with new things. And, there have been a lot of changes -- and talk of changes -- lately. So, I wasn't sure if she'd be too keen on being dropped off at camp at 9 AM and picked up at 4 PM. Granted, she's been in daycare pretty much her whole life -- but this would be a much bigger setting with brand new kids.
Or, maybe I was just nervous about the fact that this would be the first time -- literally, ever, that we would be responsible for feeding our child three meals a day for an ENTIRE WEEK. OK, I suppose if you count my maternity leave or Eric's paternity leave, we did have that responsibility -- but, back in those days, there was no meal planning. It was just the breastmilk. Easy peasy. Since Kai has been eating actual food, we have only ever been responsible for feeding her when on vacation -- and, let's be serious, on vacation, you don't do a lot of meal planning. Doug used to feed Kai breakfast and lunch when he took care of her. And, at Home Away from Home, they did the same.
We prepared for the responsibility. We bought Kai a new lunch box. Princess. Of course. She picked it out. She knew exactly what she wanted. We'd been to the store with the lunch boxes a few times and she had admired them. I hadn't realized she had selected one. But, when we went to purchase the new lunch box, she marched into the store and grabbed the blue and purple lunch box with an image of a princess on the front, declaring "this one!" I suppose it's good that she's a child that knows her own mind. Sigh.
Then we went grocery shopping and stocked up on the sorts of things one eats for breakfast and lunch. Again, Kai knew exactly what to get. She has been eating these meals her whole life, after all. We just aren't the ones that provide them most of the time (and, if I'm being totally honest here... on weekends, she often just snacks throughout the day because we don't really eat breakfast and lunch is often while we are running around). As we were wandering down the cereal aisle, Kai shouted "Heart to Heart!" We didn't know what she was talking about. "Heart to Heart cereal," she explained. "Oh, is it here?" I asked. She said, "you just passed it!!" I started going backwards while Kai navigated, "more... more... you're almooosssttt theree.... STOP!" I stopped and looked and, lo and behold, there was a cereal -- unbeknownst to me just moments before. Also, I love that she picked a cereal that has almost no sugar in it. It's one of the healthiest cereals in the store. Yea, Home Away from Home!
We stocked up on many items for lunch too and were ready to go. Kai loved packing her lunch all week (get used to it, kid.... 15 years from now you might not be an enamored with the activity!) Monday morning rolled around and she was ready to go.
Eric dropped her off the first day, and said she ran right into the middle of things, turning around just to wave goodbye. She told him later she cried a little at lunch, because she missed us -- but, otherwise, she was fine.
By the third day, we weren't even walking her in anymore. At camp, there is the option of just going through a "drive thru" lane where you just pull up, sign your child in, and then someone comes to take your child out of the car and whisk them away. It was a little weird, for me. Kai loved it.
And, we survived a full week of meals. We missed breakfast once. Oops! But, otherwise, it was a total success. And, I actually really enjoyed making lunches with Kai in the evening and planning out her upcoming day.
We visited her new preschool one day after camp -- and she was really excited to see the classroom. She said, "ohhh.. this place has lots of fun things!" So, we're getting ready for the fall. I think it's going to be a fun year!
The last day of camp, there's a performance for the parents. Here's Kai showing off her new tricks!