late July musings

so, Ellie and i were hanging out down on the floor with Ziggy the other day and we started laughing. and then we laughed harder . . . and harder. i think we laughed for 5 minutes straight. in fact, we laughed so hard that Ellie nearly started crying because her throat started hurting. and the first thing she said when we finally regained our composure??? “dad, can you write about this on” ta da!

both kids are attending camp this week. Ellie is attending a National Writing Project camp on the Grand Valley State University’s Holland Campus. she goes for 1/2 days this week and is working on writing her memoir along with some other creative writing. i plan to film her reading some of her writing at their performance so stay tuned for that.

JD is at Camp Manitou-Lin. he attended last year as well. every morning he jumps on a bus at 7:40 AM and returns home at 5:20 PM. in between, he rides horses, kayaks, and generally does camp things. fun stuff. we have a big parent night planned tonight and the campers will put on a performance so i’ll film that and post it soon as well.

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.