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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Adventure Camp

Nealy and I had a blast at Adventure Camp. It was rejuvenating, refreshing, and just a little getaway from the norm. I was a little worried about all the hiking, walking and spending the majority of the time in the wilderness. (Many teased me about going and wondered if I was going to "survive"). Ha! I showed them! I did not skip a beat! I wasn't even tired. Don't get me wrong, I was ready to come home and sleep in my ever so comfy bed and take a REAL hot shower but, I LOVED spending time with Nealy. I learned so much about her. Yeah, she has areas of growth in some life skills but, I was so pleasantly surprised to learn she has many GREAT life skills in place already. She is definitely a trooper and can be an awesome team player. She is not only a smart little girl, she has a lot of leadership qualities as well. I am so proud of her!

The other girls were very sweet. One was Nealy's very best friend, Taylor. These girls kept me laughing the entire time. I am sure they thought I was a "cool" mom! I blow dried their hair and gave camp attire fashion advice. They even gave me some 5th grade scoop...and I didn't even ask for it! Exciting times at camp I must say.

As a parent chaperone, I really lucked out. I only had four girls opposed to six in my group AND we didn't have to share the cabin with another group. Yessss!!!! It was great! I was paired with two of the nicest dads. They were very helpful and looked after our little group of girls...and me,...the mom. :-)

Nealy and I both had so much fun learning with all the hands-on activities we participated in. We had an amazing counselor/teacher named, Will. He was very knowledgeable and nice. I loved to see the 'big kids' interact and socialize with each other. It was a nice change from my kindergarten kids. Many of the kids said Nealy and I looked exactly alike...Nealy would smile. My heart beamed. I LOVE my mini me!!!!



camp grounds and fall foliage...my favorite




















This is truly the ONLY picture that I
am in. I was busy behind the camera. I am happy to have
one of my girly and me!

My girls...my group of four.


Looking out from the front of our cabinI ran up ahead to get this one.
Beautiful!

Yes, I was in the canoe too.
I wasn't at all scared. :0


The boys

Studying away during our hiking adventure
First night at dinner. We could eat all we wanted
and the food wasn't too shabby. Yum!

Mr. Will said she was a natural!

Mrs. Ragsdale and Nealy
Mrs. Ragsdale 'rocked the house' (okay pavilion)
with her rap routine and fun
"repeat after me songs."

Of course I snapped one of Nealy and her special friend, Jake.
He was actually in the boys group that was paired with us.
I am sure Nealy was happy about that.
He is one SMART fella and super sweet!
This picture was taken on the way home.

I am SO happy I experienced this with Nealy. We had fun and we bonded. I learned I am more like her than I realized. I saw a new found repsect in her eyes for me. It sounds silly but, I think she may see me in a different light now that I have "roughed it and toughed it."
It is definitely a time that will never be forgotten by the both
of us.

4 comments:

Amanda said...

that is SO awesome!! I love that y'all do such cool things! I have never even heard of adventure camp so thanks for sharing!!

Rebeccalynn_dj said...
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Rebeccalynn_dj said...

Yay I found you. You can click on my name to see my blog. I love the way you have this set up! Great photos!

Priscilla Andrade said...

it looks like ya'll had so much fun! the pics are great!