Our summer did not start well, as many of you know. We lost my Grandmere the first week of June. That was one hell of a week... Not even a month later my Aunt went into the hospital with stomach pains and while she was in there her husband (my Grandmere's son) went in after having a heart attack. He ended up needing open heart surgery. While he was recovering my other grandmother went into the hospital with chest pains. This was followed by my own collapse in early July while the latter two were still in the hospital.
We are all now on the mend and mostly recovered, thankfully. We got to a point where we were about to ask the hospital for a 5th floor multiple room discount. ;)
For six weeks this summer we had the opportunity to send Sparky to a social skills camp run by the agency where we receive our BSC/TSS services. The camp was run by our former BSC/Mobile Therapist who recently left our case. We weren't really sure how he would do but were hoping for the best. On day 2 of camp he was already asking to stay home next summer and not attend any camp. This did not bode well...
Turns out it was wildly successful! He ended up having a great time and made a few friends in the process. I was really excited when on the last day of camp he received his first phone call from a friend! YAY!!!! It was hilarious to listen to and made me realize that we need to work on his telephone skills. BADLY... Haha!
Sparky also went on his longest trip away from me! He went with Grandma to visit my sister for six days. If you've been on my page recently you'll know that it was a recent trip and it went quite well! While he was off visiting his Aunt I participated in a weekend race across Lake Erie. Oh, what fun that was! After I returned I was thankful for the extra two days of peace before the kiddo came home so I could recover. Sleep was not something to be had on that trip! ;) When he came home he barreled into me like a football player and nearly took me off my feet! He was so excited to be home again. He walked through the house and (naturally) tracked down each cat to greet them and tell them how much he missed them. I'm not sure they missed him nearly as much as he missed them, but ya know... ;)
This summer also saw the end of my engagement to Strike. He's still around as he is still important to us but the split needed to happen. We still care about each other but it was just something that was a long time coming. It was a really hard decision but it is for the best. Sparky handled it quite well and seems to be none the worse for wear. He also understands that Strike is still available if he wants to talk to him and he isn't completely gone from his life. I think that helps a lot and has made all the difference in how he's handled this split verses how he still hasn't fully recovered from my split from Ears many years ago.
Now we sit here looking at the future! The kiddo starts sixth grade this year (who told him he could grow up????) in middle school and I start a new job in our home school district. I'm also going to be starting rehearsals soon for my next show now that I have the time again. I can't wait! My older sister (the last of us to make such an announcement) has finally made it public that she is due in January! I'm extremely excited about this and I so can't wait! BABY!!! :D
Things are finally looking up for us as we prepare for some pretty major changes. I'm really excited for what is to come and I can't wait to see where the road leads! School starts a week later this year on Sept 2nd which means we have an extra week to enjoy summer!!
Now I have to figure out what exactly to do with it... I had all these plans to visit different parks and museums but now time is running out. I think we'll stick with the local zoo, baseball games, and the beach for now. :)
Good luck with your back to school adventures!
Here he is squeezing the bejeebes out of me and my face upon his return home. Ouch!!