The week after school let out, I drove up to Idaho with my mom and kids to visit my sister and her family. It was kind of a spur of the moment trip. We had a good time there and the kids loved swimming in the hotel swimming pool. They were all really good travelers, which was nice. Most of the pictures from that trip are ones Jimmy took on the day we went to the zoo.
This first one is of Ben, one of my nephews.
This is of my kids on a big dinosaur at the zoo. Well, minus Rachel. She was sitting happily in the stroller.
In August we had the Family Heart Camp with IHH. Being on the governing board, I helped out a lot with things there so Russ spent most of the time with the kids. Unfortunately, Jimmy was sick so he spent the weekend with my parents. I thought the camp turned out great. The camp is held every year at Camp Wapiti, a campground run by the Elk's Club specifically for groups involved with kids with various health issues. In July there is Camp Hawkins, a camp just for heart kids and their siblings. There are also camps for kids with cancer, diabetes and other things.
The kids had a lot of fun at camp and especially liked the time spent swimming. There was a symposium for the adults where a few from the cardiology areas of PCMC came and spoke. One talked about some of the studies that PCMC is part of, including a pulmonary conduit study that Dylan is in. Dr. Gray from the cath lab came and spoke on what is new with the cath lab and what they hope to be able to do in the future. Meanwhile, we had various activities for the kids, including a reptile show (which was a hit). The rest of the pictures are from the family camp.
School started about a week after the family camp. Our summer seemed to be busier at times than other summers, but it was a good summer.