As I am sitting down to write this, I am simultaneously packing my 10 your old up for an overnight camp where he will be for the next FIVE DAYS.
Cue the tears
He is headed off to a camp specifically for kids with congenital heart defects and even though I know he will likely be watched more closely there, then he is here, it's still so hard to see him go.
The camp is 2 hours away, which isn't far ... unless something was to happen.
That last sentence is a prime example of the loop my mind has been stuck in for the past week (really since my kids were born, but we are only talking about the camp here)
The camp he goes to is in southern Kentucky (although Kentuckians call is Western Kentucky, which makes ZERO sense to me?) Just outside of Nashville TN. It's called Center for Courageous Kids and each week during the summer they host a camp for kids with serious medical issues.
In the fall they host family camp weekends, where the campers can bring their family's out to stay at camp for a long weekend.
The camp is equipped with a full medical center and all the staff are specially trained to take care of the kiddos.
All of this costs the families absolutely nothing!
This place is seriously magical.
I know that 99% of you will not give two hoots about this camp, but I wanted to spend a second talking about it for a few reasons: 1. This is my blog and I will talk about whatever I want thankyouverymuch 2. It will have a major impact on our menu next week (more on that below) and 3. I am always shocked how many local families with medically complex kids don't know about this camp.
If you have a child with an illness or disability that would prevent them from participating in regular summer camp - you MUST check this place out! Each week they host a specific illness or disability, and they pretty much cover them all.
This is also great, because the kids can get to know other kids who are dealing with the same issues and that they can relate to.
If you would like more information on the camp, or would like to make a donation, or volunteer (nursing students get clinical credits btw!) Then check out their website HERE!
Before I get to the menu, I have to share these pictures of my Trenton on the first day of camp last year (his first time at camp) and on his last day. I couldn't get over the increase in his confidence!
Now on to the menu...
So as I mentioned, Trenton being at camp has influenced our menu in a BIG way this week for 2 reasons. First off, Trenton is severely allergic to shellfish. He is so allergic that we can't even cook it in the house with him.
Shrimp just happens to be one of my favorite foods, so we are going to have shrimp both Monday and Tuesday nights 🙂
Second - I am taking the boys on a mini vacation when we go to pick Trenton up. There are a few things to do nearby and so I though that it would be nice to make a little trip out of it.
We are planning to visit Mammoth Cave, The National Corvette Museum and Kentucky Down Under. If you are familiar with with area and have any other must see places, let me know!
We will be eating out for supper while we are gone, but I am planning on packing things for lunch and just eating the free breakfast at the hotel (risky, I know). I will share more about what we are taking over on Instagram so be sure to follow me there for the complete scoop!
Unfortunately my husband wasn't able to take the time off work this week, so I am going to be taking the boys all by myself, so wish me luck!
Here are the links for this weeks recipes:
- Shrimp Alfredo with Zoodles and Bacon
- Shrimp Scampi and Zoodles
- Easy Low Carb Marinara
- Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
- Jicama Fries
- Lemon Pancakes
- French Toast Casserole