It’s been a heck of a busy summer for myself and my family, and most of it involved trying to keep busy, to keep our minds off of Tyler, who was about 3 1/2 hours away at camp for 6 weeks. It was so hard for us, and to be completely honest, someone in our house was saying “I miss Tyler!” at least once a day. It was usually his little brother, Caleb.
I took the opportunity to clean out Tyler’s room, wash all his bedding and vacuum in all the nooks and crannies. I dusted everything and put it all back together for him. When I pointed out how clean it was to Caleb, he said, “I don’t like it, that bed should be full.” (of Tyler). It was cute and sad at the same time.
So, we trudged on with our family summer outings, picnics, BBQs, seeing friends, staying in and watching our new favourite show on Netflix (House of Cards), and tried not to think that a major part of our family was missing.
But, aside from one little blip, he was having a blast and that is the whole point of an adolescent summer, and despite missing him, that is the most important thing. What am I going to do when he decides he wants to move out, you may ask? I haven’t gotten there yet, but it’s on my mind because one day, in the not-too-distant-future, it’s going to happen.
We went crashing full force into our summer holidays when we went to go pick him up and watch the closing ceremony/parade. This time, the parade was in the evening, and it made it so much more difficult to find him afterwards, as it was dark when they released the cadets, but I had my beady eyes on that door!
Shortly before we headed to the RMC (Royal Military College), my husband and I made sure to get a selfie in front of the street sign in Kingston, Tragically Hip Way, right next to the K-Rock Center.
You see, Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip’s lead singer, was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and this was his final tour with the band, a goodbye tour. While I’m familiar with quite a bit of their music, I was never a die-hard fan, so it probably didn’t mean as much to me as it did to a lot of their fans. It was a fun photo though, and I’m glad my husband came up with the idea for it!
We stayed up and enjoyed a bit of a visit with our cousins in Ottawa before hitting the sheets, despite how late it was. They were still wired from the concert (second-to-last of The Tragically Hip, played in Ottawa), and we were wired from our drive and our happiness to see them again.
After a lazy morning, we spent some time at the beach and enjoyed a delicious BBQed dinner, while catching up and chatting, with our boys hanging out with their second-cousins. With Tyler being the oldest of the cousins, it’s not as easy for him to relate to the younger ones as it is for Caleb, but he did well, while catching up with his friends through WiFi, a hot commodity at camp (there are very few areas within the college that have WiFi).
Then our cousin whipped up these delicious strawberry-topped brownies for dessert, which we of course, enjoyed with wine!
We were then asked to get ready for an outing, and before we knew it, we were being whisked to downtown Ottawa, and as we drove by the Parliament buildings, we couldn’t figure out why there were so many people gathered there, or why we were even there. Was there a concert here or something? I was pleasantly surprised by the amazing light show that depicted the amazing history of the Parliament building, as well as Canada. At the end, everyone sang O Canada, something I haven’t done in a long time, and the pride I felt at that moment was overwhelming. I shouldn’t have doubted our cousin’s knack for showing us a good time.
After a good sleep, and another great breakfast, we sadly, had to say goodbye. It would have been nice to stay longer, since we don’t get to visit as much as we’d like to, but we had a long drive home ahead of us, and a birthday party to attend that evening.
It was seriously the hottest day of the year, it felt like. After we returned home and got cleaned up and ready to go to the party, it didn’t take long for the heat to make us all feel sweaty and gross again. It was a 40th birthday party for a different cousin, complete with a catered, smoked meat BBQ, a candy buffet, and karaoke.
My husband and I have not done karaoke for MANY years… there may have been the odd song here and there through the years, but we weren’t into it as much as we were during our dating years, as we used to hang out with the same cousin. Adamantly refusing to go up there and sing whenever family members asked me, I gave in when Tyler asked me to sing a Meghan Trainor song with him.
How could I refuse? Here he was, after 6 weeks of his not being home and me, missing him every second, it was impossible to say no… especially since he really doesn’t ask for a lot. You cannot tell from the video, thank goodness, but I hadn’t had enough wine and I was pretty nervous during the song. But seeing that big smile on his face, after being without all summer, it was beautiful. My husband thoroughly enjoyed watching us have fun together too.
This is where I’ll end part one, as the next leg of our summer is all about our camping trip, with so many more stories to share. Stay tuned! More is on its way!
For more great photos from our trip, be sure to search for #therichesescape2016 on Instagram!