Some of the other charms are the crazy tournament games we play. Whoever heard of golf croquet? Pretty much no one I know, but it is still fun. We also play shuffle board and bocce. There are others options too, but we have not ventured outside of the "Big 3". The little ones go to playschool in the mornings. The big ones play with unrestrained independence and they love it....so do mom and dad! We swim, fish, bike, run, play volleyball, work out, read, play games, go for walks, eat ice cream, visit with family, participate in tournaments, or do nothing. That is what is so great about camp. With the exception of the designated meal and rest times, there is no schedule...no pressures from the outside world to accomplish anything. Sitting and doing nothing is expected and acceptable to all. Wearing the craziest and dirtiest combo of clothing is ok too...after all "Style is dead and comfort is king!" So true for our precious week in August!
|Elena wanted to pick flowers so she could make a bouquet for our cabin!|
|Samuel, Hayden, and Jonah|
|Mary and Hayden|
|Kristen and Emma|
|Getting ready for Bingo...Monday night's activity|
|She was not winning bingo at the moment...|
|Getting ready for golf croquet|
|Elena and Lauren had a tea party almost every day.|
|A Wednesday evening game of baseball...older and younger cousins led by Brian!|
We do lots of activities at the lake....
|Elena and Mary fishing off the dock|
|Elena, Lauren (hidden), Mary, Emily, and John trying to get in the very cold waters of Lake Champlain|
|Aunt Emily giving Elena a kayak ride|
|The raft where all go to play!|
We all gather to talk and play some more...
|Trips to get ice cream is a must!|
|The busiest swing set in the world!|
|We are all so very good at standing around and talking!|
There is the Friday night talent show....
|Emma, Madeline, and Kristen during their performance|
|Luke, Neala, Jonah, Samuel, Holly, Claire, Miriam, Emma, and Madeline|
|Elena finishing her playschool performance|
And, we spend lots of time with cousins....
|Lauren, Mary, Elena, and Miriam|
|Elena and Lauren were constantly together and on the verge of trouble!|
|Kristen, Miriam, Emma, and Madeline|
Even with all that, the best part of camp is family....at least to me. I will share that tomorrow!