Ok. We are getting there…..here we are on Wednesday.
Mental note to myself: This entire week, my Mom and I were on the edge of our seats waiting to receive the call that Lindsey was in labor. Mom had planned to be at the hospital for the birth and Lindsey asked me to be in the room with her. She was due two days before camp started, so my cell phone was glued to my body and with every activity or meal, I thought, am I going to make it to the next??
Back to the pictures…..here is Juan teaching the elementary kids. Portia and Lyvia Juan, Tiff, Austin and Mackenzie Here is one of the morning field activities. We didn’t have a jump rope so they were just using a rope. The kids were fun to watch, but the counselors?? Now, that was fun! Haha! Here is Mitch…. And Bethany….. They gave up on the jump rope and moved on to the parachute. Floor hockey for the big kids down at the gym…..(that’s Ethan with the greenish-gray shirt and black shorts) Sitting with big brother at lunch Big boys relaxing after lunch The girls enjoyed the lake in the afternoon……until we saw the water snake go by. Eeeek! Bumper boat time! Just kidding, they did pretty good steering clear of each other. And then it was just Weston and I……. When we got too lonely at the lake, we moved up to the pool. Aaaand, back to the lake we went…..Grandpa took the boys fishing. The lake was so pretty and it was fun to watch all the kids out there fishing or just floating around. The evening game of capture the flag. You can’t really see him well, but Weston loved getting in on every game he could!
So, here we are Tuesday, July 29th. The elementary kids begin each morning with calisthenics with Juan. Weston couldn’t wait to get on his bike each morning! Heading down to archery……. If you hit a target, you got to wear this raccoon tail hat. Skip was so sweet to take the time with Weston too. Looking down the hill at the big field in the background, the gym and the pool. Looks like somebody’s going fishing! Lyvie hit a target too! This is where the high school and middle school have their campfire each night. Ethan and Ricky are down there doing something. Volleyball! I have a ton more pictures but as it is we are on picture overload here for camp. When I put together an album for camp or a photo book, I will include lots more! And when that will happen, I have no idea! Alice and Mom came to watch. Nelson came up to get a big group picture. This is everyone except me. Here is the elementary group.Here is the middle school and high school group. And somehow Weston found his way in there! I just noticed that! Haha! Ethan prayed before lunch that day. He looks so serious. And then after lunch he comes up to me like this: Weston could not wait to get his shark blown up. Once again, Skip to the rescue! He blew it up for Weston and off he went! Except that it was very tippy. He took him a while to get the hang of it. Ethan is saying, “I used to fit in this tube!!” “Oh, there we go!” Giving his little brother a hand on his wild shark! Afternoon fishing! This is usually how my Dad spent his entire time at the lake……….rigging or fixing someone’s pole. Ethan and Joe coming back from fishing. Joe caught a nice one, but we have to throw them back in so we didn’t get to see it. Tuesday night’s skit included Rowena “calling 911″ to get away from the ranch but they thought they were coming for Granny (Granny!! That’s what it was. Sorry, Tiff) Juan and Leo are wearing my old EMT jackets. Singtime! Juan was really getting into it! Quiz time! Here are the girls saying their memory verses……They had a new one to memorize for each night. Snack shack! Mimi was behind the counter taking orders. She cracked me up.I got a chocolate milkshake! SOOOO good! Weston got something else, but wanted mine. I shared. A little. Evening activities…. Weston always looked forward to getting snuggly and having some of the goodies I had brought for him. Same book. Different night.
Monday morning, July 28th, was the first full day of camp. Weston was eager to get up early and he loved peeking out the window of our room. Breakfast! Morning field activities. Dad teaching the middle school and high school kids. Uncle Mark and Mackenzie Katrina, Tiff, Weston and Kerry Tristan and Weston at crafts Weston and Hudson Archery Indoor kickball. Go E-man! Go Mom! Daddy-O Austin Waiting on lunch Mimi and Weston Afternoon pool time Who can make the biggest splash…. Races the length of the pool……. Handsome boys! Weston’s turn!Afternoon lake time!
Ethan in the canoe….. Bumper boatsGrandpa teaching the boys how to steer the pedal boat.
Weston was chasing that squirrel hiding behind the garbage container there. Grace’s tribe at lunch Evening sing time Rowena skits with Rowena, Uncle Ralphie, Rhody, and Grandma (I think??) Tiff, were you Grandma? or another name? Oh, I’m sorry did I just give your identity away?? Haha! Evening rainbow It was a full rainbow but I couldn’t capture it in one shot. Evening campfire. The counselors had to roast the marshmallows for the campers. Evening capture the flag game. The girls on their bunks. And, yup. It was a full day! We wore this little guy right out!
On Sunday, July 20th after church, we babysat Hudson, Emma, Jackson and Quinn, so that Darrell could take Shelly out for the afternoon for her birthday. We had a “picnic” in the living room for lunch. Then everyone got a yogurt pop for dessert. Quinn took a nap. He is such a cutie. It warmed my heart to see these cups lined up on the counter again. It reminded me of having Asa and Josiah over here all the time. There would always be six cups lined up on the counter. And it was great because everyone knew whose was whose. That evening after Darrell and Shelly picked up the kids, we headed out for some crabbing. We have never done it before, so it was all a learning experience but so fun. It was such a beautiful evening and I went crazy with the camera so you may want to just keep scrolling down….. The kids had bologna wrapped with cheese cloth. I know there are other ways to crab, but this is how we did it this evening. We needed something quick, easy and not too messy. We ended up catching several crabs. Most were probably smaller than they should have been but we didn’t know that at the time. Remember I said we were learning. See Weston’s crab on his bologna…… Bird over the water…… As the sun was setting, it was shining so beautifully on this dock and the houses in the background. It is so hard to capture in these small pictures. But everywhere we turned it was pretty. My blue eyes cutie patutie. Look at this big crab that caught some bologna! We took home our loot and had fresh crabmeat with melted butter on crackers for supper. Not sure which child took this picture, but the angle is funny. And see me peeking over Sam’s arm? Learning how to crack open a crab and get the meat out. We did not get much meat because the crabs were so small. But it was still fun to learn how to do it and enjoy eating what we had just caught. The kids loved it!!We made memories that evening for sure!