Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nothing in particular.

We are nearing the end of our stay here at camp...of course, until we come back in August for Family Camp!  It's hard to believe that it has only been 3 weeks.  It seems like we've been here forever.  The time here has been awesome.  The weather has been perfect.  We've only seen small amounts of rain and this has usually been in the night.  Today is the first day of rain in the forecast and the first day that I've had to pull out the jeans and sweatshirt!  Truett is taking a little nap here next to me so I thought it would be a good time to blog...about nothing really:)

Truett is getting better and better at walking.  He still does his fair share of crawling, but most of the time he chooses to stand up first and take a few steps before getting back down to what is much quicker at the moment.  He's been a happy boy for the most part..until the last few days while he's trying to cut an eye tooth.

The kids are enjoying the Camp MACC week with the addition of Leah, Riley and Brian here.  Camp MACC is a much more "low key" camp.  Don't get me wrong, they still have tons of fun and play tons of crazy games, but it's just different especially compared to the week before with 50 junior campers running around!

I have remained consistent with INSANITY.  I get up every morning before breakfast and get the workout in.  I LOVE it.  I don't love that first step out of bed, but as soon as I get going it's all good.  I finished the 'recovery week'..which really isn't much "recovery".  I get a day of rest and start the second half of the program which I hear is KILLER.  I'm ready:)  I'm waiting until I get home to take my 30 day picture so it will match the rest of them from P90X on.  We'll see how I do in the second phase of INSANITY and then I'll think about getting INSANITY ASYLUM.

As much as I am having a great time here, I really am starting to miss my friends at home!  I feel like I haven't been to church in forever.  It will be good to be home, even if only for a few days before we head to Soulfest!

A bunch of random pics...

Peek-a-boo frisbee

My twins

A favorite place.  (Ethan took this pic)

Luke swimming


Ethan jumping

Luke jumping

Mr long limbs

Jessalyn's turn

Silly Owen

Monday, July 23, 2012

Junior Camp (2nd half)

Junior Camp is over.  Jessalyn and Ethan both had an awesome week.  I asked Ethan if it was the best week ever and he answered:  "one of them".  I honestly don't know what other week could have been as much fun for him:)

They each met new friends and got to hang out with old friends too.  They played tons of crazy wild games.  Got wet and/or messy.  Learned new songs.  Stayed up way too late and got up way too early.  Ethan chose Mountain Dew and Pixi Sticks from the snack shack.  Swam in the pool every day.  The best week ever!

They were each on different teams that competed by winning games, participating in activities and memorizing Bible verses.  Ethan's team was ahead for most of the week until near the end when Jessalyn's team made a run for it.  It ended up that Ethan's team stayed just enough ahead to pull out the win and got the "Golden Monkey" trophy in the end.  He was very excited to be on the winning team.

Both Jessalyn and Ethan won the "bunk of the day" award once during the week.  This award is given to a camper every day by Sargent Dan.  He inspects each of the dorms every morning after breakfast to be sure that they are all clean and "square".  I was honestly surprised to hear that Ethan won this!  ....I was also surprised to see him showering by himself and surprised that he came back with only one pair of clean underwear left in his suitcase!  :)  He did a great job taking care of himself.  I admit, I was worried!

Ethan was named:  Ethan "the boss" Brown
Jessalyn was named:  Jessalyn "tetherball master" Brown

Jessalyn was chosen in the end to be "Camper of the week" which is a big honor.  Her counselors had all kinds of great things to say about her in their description of why she won the award.  She was excited and of course we were very proud of her.

All in all a GREAT time for them.  We hope that circumstances allow us to come back again next week and also hope we can bring along some friends to join them!

I was one of the camp photographers so I have lots of pics of the kids in action.
It only rained on morning..and it didn't stop these campers from having a good time!

Counselor water balloon gauntlet.

Jessalyn in the tetherball line..

Making snacks dessert in the baking session.

The slip and slide game

The NCT ..."Non Camper Tribe"

Mad Moments of Messiness relay

Ethan eating chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers out of a diaper.

Ethan's team just won the relay.

Daniel and Ethan were on the same they are congratulating each other for a jobs well done:)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Junior Camp

Jessalyn and Ethan get to be campers at Junior Camp this week.  They are both having a TON of fun.  This is Ethan's first year and he is such a "camper".  He loves this type of activity and just can't get enough of the fun that he's having.  It's been fun for me to watch him become he has to take care of himself all week.  He's doing a great job.  He was beside himself when he passed the swim test to swim in the deep end.  He worked hard the whole week before to be able to pass this test!

Jessalyn is an old pro at this.  Well..really, it's only her second year, but she has been around many camps as a camp 'rat' so she completely knows what to expect.  She is having fun challenging all the boys in tetherball and can hold her own most of the time.  On the other side she has fun braiding the girls hair in the dorm.  At least from what I can see, she seems to be doing great just trying to be active everywhere she can.

I have taken a bunch of pics...but for the sake of a ton of other campers are usually in them, I probably won't share them here.

Instead, I'll share some super cute pics of Truett.  He is seriously becoming the biggest ham.  As soon as he realized that there are 100 people on the campground at any given time and he can make them all look at him with a quick smile he started to ham it up.  He is constantly being played with by campers...teens and Junior campers.  The adults can't get enough of him either.  The more attention people give him the sillier and more playful he gets.  It's crazy to watch this personality appear almost instantly.  I think he's probably gone be bored when we go home and it's back to just our family to entertain!

I took a string of pics of him today.  He was standing outside...but of course, looking at a group of Junior Campers just doing whatever he could to make them laugh.  It doesn't take much:)

 A perfect example of Truett's pirate scrunchy face:)