"Oh Noah" I say that way too much to my first born and first teenager (a.k.a. teen-ass-er), I try not to but it's a tough habit to break.
Yesterday we took him to Eagle Bay Camp, his first stop on his August adventures with his best bud Dennis. We've had some great times hanging out this summer break and also some rather notable disfunctional ones! Anyways, he's a cool kid and I'm happy to see him unplugged and out of the house for the month as much as I'll miss him terribly. Next week I'm away with the other kidlets and Noah's off to Vancouver with a friend then he has a quick two day turnaround at home before he flies solo to PEI to visit his grandparents where we will join him at the end of the month.
Just before he left he let me snap a few pictures with him and his dear friend Chum. Getting a photo of a teenage boy is no easy feat and I'll probably be in kaka when he sees I posted these but I don't care. I love him to bits and am proud to show him off, especially when he has had a fresh trip to the barber shop. Nothing drives me bonkers more than a kid inside on a nice day and policing screen times and this summer I tried to bite my tongue and let him play peacefully on his x-box that he worked hard to buy. It's so not my thing but those days of hours on the couch will be no more...no phones and such at camp and no gaming systems anywhere else he's off to, not even a TV for the three weeks in PEI...just fun new experiences.
P.S. If you have camp age kiddos, Eagle Bay is a pretty special spot. You feel the energy as soon as you get there and nothing makes me happier than teenagers that say hello, are into music and growing as people. The lake is beautiful and the camp is very simple but charming and the kids LOVE it. When I was checking Noah in the guy asked me what age cabin I was in....I had my sunglasses on but was still completely ready to give him a big sloppy kiss! Anyways, if I could I would so love to be a camper there...amazing music, beaches, such good food and happy people. Noah isn't normally very outgoing but he couldn't get to his cabin fast enough and was soon laughing and joking with this years cabin-mates. And guess what???
not one tear from me this year!
....it almost happened when I popped into his cabin to say goodbye and all the boys were hanging on their bunks chatting and he gave me a big hug in front of everyone...almost, but instead I made a really lame joke and got the evil eye and quickly made my exit and let his bros say farewell.
They grow up way too fast.