Summer camp

it’s that time of year . . . time for kids to rush off to camp. and that’s just exactly what Ellie and JD did this whole past week. Camp Manitou-Lin, which is about 1/2 hour south of us was the all day home to our kids. Each morning the kids would jump on a bus at our local middle school at 7:40 AM and then we’d pick them up back at the middle school at 5:20 PM. long days.

Ellie spent her week at a horse camp. She learned all about horse safety and how to ride. She spent much of her day riding horses as well. Her horse was named Trusty.

JD attended the regular day camp. His best friend Robert and classmate Cooper were also attending this day camp. Apparently, Paula had written on JD’s information page that JD was a serious kid. Thursday night was parent night. When we met JD’s counselors the first thing the gal said to me is, “serious kid? was that some sort of joke? seriously? he was the silliest kid we had this week. i mean, just look at him!” we turned to look at JD and this is what we saw:

JD had learned how to split one of those helicopter things from trees and stick it to his nose . . . and boy did it stick.

On Thursday night the kids were all allowed to spend the night at the camp. Ellie decided she didn’t want to sleep in the barn (horse campers had to sleep in a barn). But JD made the decision to stay at the camp and sleep on the floor of a lodge cabin in his sleeping bag. they had a campfire and s’mores and sang songs and had a grand ol time.

they can’t wait to go back next year.

School is out

the end of the year came and went and now we’re enjoying summer vacation. on the last day of school, Ellie’s teacher gave everyone an award for this and that. Ellie earned a best behaved award. after everyone got the award, the teacher then gave a final award . . . he talked it up as the person who is a great students and who is always ready to learn and encourage others to do the same. he said it was a teacher’s pet award as well and he said a few other complimentary things. while he was describing this student the other students in the class started pointing at Ellie. sure enough, the award went to Ellie. i was there and i couldn’t have been more happy for Ellie. a great finish to 3rd grade.

as we were packing everything up, we ran by Ellie’s class to grab the last little bit. JD’s teacher was talking to Ellie’s teacher (Mr. Keller) and i made a joke to Ellie’s teacher and said that JD just wants to skip 2nd grade and jump right into Mr. Keller’s 3rd grade. without missing a beat, JD’s teacher said, “and he could probably do that just fine.” a fine end to the year — a year where the kids missed the first month and 1/2 of school while traveling through Europe.

Paula is reading some book all about the foods we eat. she’s decided that we eat too much processed foods and she’s making changes. sweets are gone and all purchases are now healthy. we have a garden outside that is our biggest yet and we’re growing all sorts of veggies and herbs, etc. Paula is getting Vegetarian Times and i have to admit that some of the recipes are pretty darn good. that being said, Paula made veggie sloppy joes not too long ago and JD was so excited when he heard “sloppy joe’s” . . . when he got the dinner table and saw that it was actually veggie sloppy joe’s he started crying. it was too cute. he couldn’t be more meat and potatoes, but that doesn’t stop Paula as she just keeps making the good food and JD sighs and eventually his hunger wins out and he’ll try stuff and realize it’s at least edible and sometimes even decent. hopefully his taste buds mature a bit or this new healthy diet is going to really be difficult for the boy.