Posted in Parenting

Summertime with Camp Galileo

This summer, Emma spent two weeks at Camp Galileo. This was the first year we explored our options for a summer activity. With Emma starting Kindergarten this year, we wanted her to have a new experience that might help with the transition. I don’t think we could have had a better fit. Galileo was the perfect mix of education, play, and structure. She had a blast in the Space and Amusement Park camps.

photo 3 continued

Goodbye Preschool

I blinked and this year was over. Just like that, preschool is over. I have so many emotions over my daughter starting Kinder this year. When my husband said, “we will no longer be her number one influencers anymore,” things really hit home. It’s hard for me to let go, I’m just not ready. I keep thinking, just one more year of preschool. She’s so tiny, she needs more time. But, that’s not going to happen. empreschool

My sweet girl is moving on. She’s ready. I guess it’s time for me to get ready too. Goodbye, preschool. We had a lovely time.

Hello, Kindergarten!

Happy trails, my friend

I need a tissue. Our little girl just graduated from pre-school this past weekend. For some, this isn’t a big deal. For me, it’s a turning point. I’m seeing her grow up so fast, and I don’t know how to slow it down. Because seeing her grow-up is bittersweet.

Instead of fighting it, I embraced it.

We made a cake…

preschoolcake continued

Visiting the Happiest Place on Earth with sick kids

Having sick children is hard. Being on vacation with sick kids is even harder. And it sucks. We just got back from a Disney trip where not one, but both kids got sick. It was possibly that saddest trip of our lives so far.

Wouldn’t you know it, both kids got sick the moment we walked into the beautiful Grand Californian. Literally. Both of them felt warm, and their noses started to run. By nightfall, both girls were miserable. As you can imagine, we were too. Parents get little sleep when the kids are sick. We had a long wait to check into our room this time around. I begged front desk staff to find us a room as soon as possible, so I could get the kids in bed. I don’t doubt that the staff did their best, but it was a miserable wait.



Addie at 10 months

With Emma, we chronicled every month of her life. We took photos, wrote blog posts, and never missed a month.

Here we are today, Addie is ten months old. Looking back at Emma, I realized that the similarities between the two are uncanny. However, their personalities couldn’t be more different.


Addie is a little behind Emma in her physical development. Emma was cruising around and standing on her own at this point. Addie is hilarious. We know she wants to move around and stand up. However, she’d much rather have you do the work. She’s growing and strong so we’re not worried. We know she will keep us on our toes soon enough. continued

Dear Emma

I’m honored to be guest posting over at Letters for Lucas today. I’ve written a letter to my oldest daughter Emma. I’d love it if you’d stop by for a visit.

It’s been a challenging year for us. We are still trying to adapt from a family of three, to a family of four.

Thank you Tonya, for letting me share my letter.

Now we can see

At Emma’s four year well-check, she didn’t do very well with her eye exam. I thought it might be the time of day, she was tired. We went ahead and made an appointment with our pediatric optometrist, just to be safe. After an extensive exam, we learned Emma’s left eye is very weak. This is the same eye we had checked when she was one year old. We’re hoping, with glasses, this weakness will correct itself.

Until then, our girl will be wearing glasses.

She wears them well.

Sweet Addison

Our sweet Addie is 6 months old. How did that happen? Our preemie is now thriving. She is huge, in a good way. She has those squishy, chubby, roll after roll, arms and legs. She laughs, a lot. She is happy. She makes all of us smile.

She rarely naps, loves peas and carrots, and her favorite person is her sister, Emma. We’re off to a good start.

Happy half-birthday Addison!

About me

Cam Bowman @CamBowman
Stay-at-home mother of two, wife, blogger, amateur photographer. Former flight attendant. Lover of all things Disney. Living the dream.
More about Cam
  • @CamBowmanon Twitter
  • Cam on Pinterest
  • Cam on Instagram
  • Cam on Facebook
  • Subscribe to this site's RSS
  • Contact this author

I wrote a book about Disneyland

101 Disneyland Tips is available in paperback, Kindle, and many other eBook editions.

Available from

Sign up for Growing up Goofy’s email newsletter, and receive news, DIY projects, and Disney tips delivered straight to your Inbox.

Recent reviews