This past weekend got started early for me as I left Maine Thursday after work to go pick up Ryan at his baseball camp out in Pennsylvania. He goes to camp at Little League headquarters out in Williamsport where they have the Little League World Series. It's an absolutely beautiful place... long drive from here, but totally worth it once you get there! Ryan had actually called me Wednesday night to tell me that he'd made the camp's all-star team and asked if I could get there for the all-star game Thursday night. It broke my heart to tell him that I couldn't get there in time... I can probably count on one hand the number of 'things' I've missed so to not be there for this totally crushed me. Out of all the kids at camp, they select 2 teams to face off in an all-star game the last night of camp at one of the big stadiums with all the other campers and coaches watching from the stands. It was a big deal for him and he's still talking about it days later. Luckily, I have an old co-worker (from Disney World back in 1998!) whose son happened to be there the same week and she went to watch the all-star game and snapped a few pictures for me... thank God for Facebook!...
The 8-hour drive was actually good... the open road and some good music is always therapeutic for me so I didn't mind the drive one bit. I got to my hotel just after 1am and then was back up early to get to the complex for Ryan's Friday morning game. I love just sitting there with my coffee watching him play ball at these gorgeous facilities and knowing in that just a few short weeks there will be teams from all over the world there battling it out for the World Series. Not really a more perfect place if you're a fan of youth baseball...
Ryan pitching(Well, there may be one more perfect place... and we're headed there on Friday! More on that to come!)
After his game and after we toured the Little League museum, we hit the road to head home. Our 8-hour drive turned into an 11-hour drive with the traffic and a little detour we took but again, I didn't mind it one bit. 11 hours just sitting in the car and talking with Ryan was absolutely perfect... we talked about so much in those 11 hours, just simple moments but they were all so perfect. I was so happy to be back with my boy after a week apart!
Saturday morning I got to hit the road first thing to go pick up Emily at camp after being away from her for two weeks! These two weeks were definitely easier than last year's two weeks since she's been at camp before and I know how much she loves it. But two weeks are still two weeks and that's a long time to be away from one of your kids so I was more than ready to bring her home! Her, though? Not so much. I barely got a 'hi' when I pulled up to her cabin... she was just not ready to leave. Neither were a lot of the other girls. There were lots of tears all around camp and it broke my heart to see so many girls crying and just not ready to leave their friends for another 50 weeks.
Emily w/ her counselorAs tough as it is for these girls to leave, I know how incredibly lucky they are to have each other and to have such a special place that's so hard to leave.
Needless to say, I was so happy to have both of my babies home! We spent the rest of Saturday at baseball for Ryan and then at a friends house for a cookout and pool time. Throw in some unpacking from camp, chores around the house, and a couple of naps, and you have our weekend. These next few days will go by quick as we get ready to head out of town again!
How was your weekend... are you busy with lots of summer plans too?