After Train Day, the end of the week went too fast for all of us. Family Camp is such a great experience, and we'd love to have any of our family or friends come along with us. There is something there for everyone, and it would be so fun to have even more people we love up there with us. It really goes too quickly…except for one thing.
Wednesday night, very late at night, there was a loud and bright tow-truck outside our cabin window. Strange, right? Jeff was trying to swing/hoist himself up to the window to see what was going on while I was asleep. It was very dark in our room, of course, and he accidentally kneed me…in the tailbone. It hurt. A lot. I woke up sobbing, and he felt horrible about what he had accidentally done. I didn't get much, if any, sleep for the rest of that night, and I nursed a bruised tailbone for the rest of camp (and awhile afterwards at home, too.) After the tailbone incident, I came down with a bit of a cold. So, I didn't enjoy the rest of camp as much as I normally would. BUT, everyone else did, and I'm so happy about that!
Here are Jonathan and Grace on their second dose of ropes course. I didn't see this one - they were just with Jeff while Benjamin and I observed nap time at the cabin - but this is the time that Grace made it through (although with tears, but I was still proud of her and, of course, still proud of Jonathan for doing it again.)
One of the many great things about camp is the camp for girls going on at the same time. Ask me about it! The girls are getting all their babysitter certification (CPR, etc.) and anxious for some experience babysitting, so parents like us can sign up for two-hour slots and then go do our own thing. Jeff and I took a peaceful walk during our slot. Jeff had been really stressed about work, and this day was really the first day all week that he relaxed, since he had been in contact with work all week. Ugh. Anyway, I was enamored with this mama duck and her babies. It was fun to watch her protect her babies from us.
Yeah, life at family camp was good. The kids enjoyed scootering on our little deck. Or relaxing, as you can see.
Here are two of my favorite boys at the family campfire.
And, a few artsy-naturey pictures that Jeff took.
And these are pictures of the second-to-last morning. The kids had such a great week, and so did Jeff and I.
Here are pictures from the final night. All the different kids' classes share a song and what they've learned with the parents. I love this pic of Benjamin perusing the Bible. Hopefully he'll spend some more time doing that when he can read!
After the sharing program on Friday night, there's a party for everyone that includes cotton candy and sno-cones. After an unfortunate experience with cotton candy our first year, we make sure our kids stick to sno-cones. Here are B and G with theirs. And my knees.
The last morning, we had to pack up, go to breakfast, and head home. Time to let other families enjoy camp. The kids got some major bed-jumping in before we vacated the cabin.
It's fun to do things at camp that you can't do at home!
On the way to breakfast. You can see that they're not thrilled to be leaving.
But, breakfast is still good.
All week long, I had meant to get a picture of the new sign in the auditorium, and I finally remembered to do it.
A few more nature pics…and a farewell to a wonderful week. The kids are anxious to come back next year, and hope that next year comes quickly! I'm anxious to come back, too, but I know better than to wish the time away. I'm trying to soak in these moments with my kids, because they are growing up too fast.