Empty Camp

Well, it’s all over. The summer staff left on Sunday, and we are relaxing in a very quiet, peaceful setting. We were the only people at camp yesterday, which is a pretty big change after a whole summer filled to the brim with kids and fun and laughter and noise.

Ben is taking a couple of days off before he dives back in. We have Family Camp coming up this weekend, and then Pursuit (the new discipleship program starting here at Red Rock) is starting the following week. I am so thankful that we have a little bit of time to catch up on family time!

We decided to go for a picnic today. We took one of the fishing boats out to Crevice Point, and enjoyed our lunch.

Kaylia has been scared of boat rides all summer, but she like the little fishing boat a lot better than the loud ski boat. She said, “That was a best boat ride ever!”

We’re still in weekend mode around here, but I hope that you’re all having a good week!

Last Day

Anika asked if we could please have a very fun day today so that it could go by very quickly, so that we could go home sooner, because she is homesick.

I wanted the day to feel as long as possible!


We had a picnic in the park, and it was the most beautiful day ever.

After lunch, we played on the play structure for a little while.

Then my mom took Kaylia home for a nap while the rest of us went for a walk. It worked out well, because the stroller would never have fit on the little bridges we walked over, and if we would have let her loose, Kaylia would have run right into the water with the supposed alligators, which we did not see. Safe in a playpen, fast asleep, was the best place for her!

But the rest of us had a great time. We toured a swamp. We saw what Florida used to look like before people moved in and made it more liveable.

I’ve always loved these little bridges and paths.




After the park, we made a couple of trips to the pool, and packed up. Tomorrow we fly home. I’m sad, but I miss my house. And I’m ready for Christmas, and Christmas must have snow. So back to the snow we go!

Pictures From the Weekend

We have spent so much time outside this weekend! Kaylia is always going over to the door, saying “Side! Shoe!” And then she brings me her hat, and says “Please!” (Without the “l”) And so we go out again!

She has discovered Anika’s doll stroller and loves it. At one point, she took out the puppy, backed her little bum up to the stroller, and said, “Sit! Ride!”

Our Thanksgiving has been quite un-thanksgiving-ish. It’s been fun and relaxing, but we’re staying around camp this weekend and getting together with family next weekend.

In the morning, Ben took the girls on a hike to Beaver Pond and the snowmobile warm-up shack, while I went down to the lake for some quiet time.

We had a picnic up by the climbing wall for lunch. It might look calm and relaxing in this picture…

…but looks can be deceiving. These pictures are a little more accurate:

Kaylia climbed all over the blanket, made a big mess, and kept helping herself to food from every container she could get her hands on, and added it to her own little bowl.

After she was done eating/destroying any food she could find, she went to the climbing wall and said, “Up!”

Later on in the afternoon, we went to Brereton and spent some time playing on the play structure:

I keep getting far more pictures of Kaylia than of Anika. I realized this weekend that one of the reasons for that is because Anika moves so fast, she’s harder to take pictures of! She also avoids the camera as much as she can, so I have to keep trying to sneak up on her. I’ll have to work on that. In the meantime, I’ll keep getting more pictures of Kaylia:

It’s been a very nice weekend, but I’m looking forward to being with family next weekend!