Space Camp

I can remember as a kid watching the movie, Space Camp, over and over again. I really liked that movie alot. And WOW does that age me by saying that. It was crazy when I realized that the kid, Max, is Joaquin Phoenix; who most of you know as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line or Jack Morrison in Ladder 49. This movie made me want to go to space camp. I thought it would be cool and fun. In June, I lived vicariously though my son.

This was a big deal to him and to me for several reasons. More then I wanted to go to space camp since I was a little girl; Zander has never really been away from me; except for church nursery and with grammie every now and then. He doesn’t attend preschool either. So this was great that for 5 days, he went to Space Camp from 8:00am to noon. This was nice so that my 9 month pregnant body got a break from his high energy and I was able to spend some one on one time with my baby girl before she was not longer the baby any more.

He was so excited the night before but as we got ready Monday morning he was so nervous and said repeatedly that he did not want to go. I pushed and pushed him till we were out the door and in the minivan. It made my heart glad that as we pulled into the space center he said, “oh here!! Yay!! Oh, Yes, I want to go here.”

Then as I signed him in and said good-bye he realized that I was not staying as like we attended previously. (even though we went over this several times prior to us committing to coming). It took a few minutes of coaxing and a teenage kid named Matt that was the teacher’s assistant that bribed him with toys to get him to let me go.

When I picked him up Monday afternoon, it was quite evident that he had totally forgot about his fears of being there without me and truly enjoyed himself and the activities of the day.

Tuesday morning he pushed me out the door so much we were there 10 minutes earlier then needed.

Every day they did different activities. Several days I got there a few minutes early to snap a few pics of him in action. He was so into the festivities that he never saw me while I was in the background. And was always excited to tell me about the day.

It was a great experience for him and me. Our only negative, I was given the incorrect time of when the little graduation at the end of the week. Dale and I missed it. Fortunately, they reenact it for us.

Here are some snap shots from the week.

The kids shot fizzy rockets over this wall.

The kids shot fizzy rockets over this wall.

Tuesday

Challenger Learning Center--Picking Zander up on Tuesday

Zander leaving on Wednesday with his activities from the day

Zander leaving on Wednesday with his activities from the day

Zander letting go of his homemade helicopter from the 2nd floor.

Zander letting go of his homemade helicopter from the 2nd floor.

Zander graduating from Space Camp

Zander graduating from Space Camp

Matt, the assistant that Zander really took to.

Matt, the assistant that Zander really took to.

Zander showing off his space shuttle

Zander showing off his space shuttle

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