Camp AJ 2013 :: one more time for the last boy

31 days of blogging catch-upThis is part 4 of the untold story of Camp AJ. If you missed the earlier posts, you can find them on the index page of “31 Days of Blogging Catch-Up”.

After Camp AJ 2012 was such a great success I wanted to do it again for The Dyl this past summer. This time wouldn’t be as busy or as often, but I tried to plan a few special days throughout the summer for just him and me to enjoy hanging out together. Some of my plans succeeded and some failed miserably, but we were able to do a few fun things before school began again. He’s in middle school now, so I doubt we’ll have another true Camp AJ summer, but what makes it so great is that the activities aren’t as important as the attention he receives from me. I think that’s what Dyl likes so much anyway. As long as that continues, I’ll be happy to provide more Camp AJ moments in the future.

Camp AJ 2013

Since our schedule had to be open-ended this summer, I created postcards for Dyl to inform him of upcoming Camp AJ activities. This summer included a visit to a new car wash location (always D’s favorite) as well as a movie and outings for dessert: Molten Chocolate Cake at Chili’s and $1 scoops at Baskin Robbins. We began the summer with BookCrossing – releasing books “into the wild” – and thus accomplished my personal task of purging many books from storage. Even the little things can be lots of fun with The Dyl.
 
Camp AJ 2013
 

Camp AJ 2013

Camp AJ 2013

We visited our downtown area and left books on outdoor benches and cafe tables. We’ve only heard from one person who found one, but that book is now in South Dakota!

Camp AJ 2013

Camp AJ 2013

Dyl left a couple of books at a bus stop and when we drove past it later he looked to see if the books were gone yet. [They were.]

Camp AJ 2013

We took a walk in the park and left a book on a picnic table under the pavilion.

Camp AJ 2013

And while we were at the park D had to check out the duck boats, of course.

Camp AJ 2013

Finally, a book had to be released at our favorite pirate ship. No sno-cones on this day but, of course, we went back for a visit later in the summer!


 

One of Dyl’s favorite activities of all time is visiting car washes. He loves to watch the brushes spin, and each time I take him we try to find new locations. He also takes photos every chance he gets. So one of our “big” activities of Camp AJ 2013 was visiting a car wash that featured windows inside the walls. Not only could we drive through the car wash but D was able to watch other cars drive through! He stood at the windows for half an hour and took dozens of photos of the car wash process. It is so fascinating to him and never fails to make him happy. I love that car washes are a guaranteed winner when planning activities for The Dyl.

I love his photos, too! Other than the first ones with him in the shot, each of these car wash photos were taken by the boy himself.

Camp AJ 2013

Camp AJ 2013

Camp AJ 2013

Camp AJ 2013

Camp AJ 2013
 

Camp AJ stories are now complete, but there are more untold stories to come on phrenetical this week. If you’ve missed any of this month’s Blogging Catch-Up, you can see a list of the posts on this index page. You can also subscribe to receive new posts via email. Just complete the form below.
 

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About Jules Q

sharing stories of life, faith, and love for pop culture

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