Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kids at Camp

The three oldest kids went to camp this year. They have always been and continue to be super excited about the camp experience. They are eager to be among kids their age and to have a little supervised independence. 

The church camp they went to had a nice park area which we enjoyed each time we were there.

 Elizabeth's was the first week. She's considered junior high! Aaaagghh! A church from Beaumont "adopted" her for the week.

We found a little diner not far from the camp grounds. We ate supper there a couple times on our way home. Phoebe and I planned to stop and get a piece of pie on our way back from camp, but I was just too tired. It was kind of a neat small town experience though.

 Here's Jonathan being dropped off for his week of camp. He hung out with a church from Austin-way.  He confessed to me, "Mom, I didn't really think about you guys. I just thought about what we had to do next." He's my schedule guy ~ right after my own heart.

 The drive was the best part of all of it, in my opinion. It was 2 1/2 hours, and once you got off of the interstate, you were country all the way. 

 We stopped here a couple times for snacks. It's a neat little meat market and old country store. 

 I love this porch.

 And here is Phoebe's overnight camp. An adult had to go with her, so I stayed and we had another family from church who came with us also.

Putt putt golf.

Friend from church.

 Phoebe loves to color.

 S'mores in 105 degree heat. Well, by this time in the evening it was probably down to 90 degrees. Much, much cooler.

 Tether ball. I'm not sure they ever figured it out.

Bed time.

It was a very successful, enjoyable year of camp. The kids are so independent, and I'm proud of them for stepping out and making friends and enjoying themselves.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Vacation Time

Long time friends are here to visit us in San Antonio. 
The kids enjoyed touring a cave.

 We trekked down to the beach and spent some time at a condo.

Harrison is showing his consternation for getting sand on his hands and pants. It's the beach, boy!!

Elizabeth wanted to put a chair in the pool to see if she could sit in it.

 Phillip and Cody watched the kids while I spent some time getting a pedicure and browsing a used bookstore stuffed full of stacks of books. 


Friday, June 7, 2013

"Free"-Year-Old Harrison

He's very possessive of this train set. There's a button you can push to make it go on its own, but he won't let anyone push the button. He wants to make it go on his own.

Shoes and shirts, Nana and Aupa!

We took a train to the Kiddie Park.

 Kiddie Park is a  neat little place of rides for kids. 

 And a new scooter so he can join in with the neighbor kids.

 He was so excited that it was his birthday. Those are M&M's on the cake. His suggestion.