I’m home! It feels so good! I’ve missed my house and my pup! It’s also been hard to be away from home during the Olympics! I’ve felt so out of the loop as the world watches and I… well… I get the highlights from Jeremy who looked them up on his phone. We’ve used the DVR for a lot of the Olympics this last week and now we’re fast forwarding through them and stopping where we like.
Anyway, back to kid’s camp! It was a week! In a weird way it was a long week that went quickly! At times it seemed like it moving at a snails pace and I would never see my home again. At other times, it just flew by like a blink of an eye. Strange and a little trippy! The whole week was pretty awesome, but like all camping experiences, there are highs and lows. Here are some of my up moments and down moments from Kid’s Camp 2012!
- Praying with students – Cabin devos and alter moments are priceless!
- Watching the girls win late night swim on Tuesday!
- Seeing kids trying new things for the first time!
- Watching Jeremy turn into a giant chicken!
- Lack of sleep (and not in my own bed)
- Eating with the savages (a group of boys from our color group with no manners)
- Lots of little fights amongst the girls and tattling (a side effect of no sleep)
It was a little weird for me to have my girls in two separate rooms… I stuck mostly with the younger girls since the older girls bonded instantly with their new cabin mates and they had two great leaders who were very capable. It was strange to not see them as much, but I know they were in good hands. One big downside for me was I offended one of the cabin leaders who wasn’t from our church by interrupting a moment in their cabin. I didn’t realize they were talking with the girls when I asked the girls to help the rest of the gray team to help clean up the area. I was informed that I had over stepped a boundary and that they were the cabin leaders and I needed to let them led. Yikes! I didn’t mean to interrupt a moment. I felt really bad! I’m not a fan of confrontation and I really don’t like the idea that someone out there as a negative impression of me. However, I know my motives were always to be helpful and keep up with the girls. So I guess, I’m just going to have to take the criticism for what it’s worth and move on. I don’t want to be the type of person who can’t take criticism, so I apologized to both cabin staff members and thanked them for all they did for our girls that were in their room. It was kind of a bummer way to end the week though… oh well!
I don’t want to end on a down note, so I’ll share some more of the happy moments from camp. The kids loved the go karts and the big swing. I had a blast watching our kids drive like speedsters! Drivers education in a few years will be nuts with these kids behind the wheel. I’m always proud of the kids that do the big swing because it really can be scary! The kids are hoisted up 35 feet where they pull a rip cord and then swing back and forth through the trees. At this station, I learned how to become a harnessing pro! My fingers have the sores to prove it! I always want to make sure that as many kids can go as possible, so that meant moving very quickly!
An unexpected blessing for me was getting to move up to the Hillside Lodge on the last night! We stay in the Executive Lodge every year and it’s a bit rustic. It has small rooms with weird beds and a bit of a funny smell. Moving up to the Hillside Lodge meant hotel style rooms. They were spacious and had their own bathroom! Can I get a praise the Lord!?!?! I had been getting up before 6:00am so I could get a shower before the other 20+ people I shared a shower with in the EL. This morning, I slept in till 7:00am at the HL! No waiting in line or worrying about sharing! It was a nice bonus! It’s the little things that matter at camp! You’ll notice the bedding in each photo is the same, because I bring my own from home… I know… OCD!
As always, the food was good. The worship was awesome! The camp speaker did a great job! I love spending time with our girls and getting to know the more. Yes, there are meltdowns and fights. That is what happens when you spend some serious quality time together, but overall, the kids had a great time. Another benefit to being home for camp is actually getting to spend time with my hubby. When he is at camp, he is directors mode! I see him briefly during the day and I’m usually in bed when he gets to our room. It’s a long week apart. Now my hubby has no voice, so we really can’t talk, but that’s okay! It’s just nice to be in the same place for more than a few minutes at a time!
Camp was great! It’s good to be home! The next summer adventure will be a leadership conference and a 5th grade graduation trip to the Mariner’s game! It’s hard to believe it’s August and we have a only a couple weeks of summer left! We’re supposed to be in the 90’s this weekend, so I’m going to make the most of the summer sun while it shines!