Saturday, June 21, 2008

What a week

"Hey Hudson, would you like to come back here next summer for camp, without mommy and daddy?"
"I AM coming here next year, Mom. I NEED to be a camper."

Well, we're home.
We went into our week at Kanakuk family camp with high expectations, and no surprise, they were far surpassed.

Bottom line, we fully enjoyed the week. Lots of laughing and adventure and activity and camp traditions. And did I mention a one-room family cabin? Yikes. Essie was the last to bed and first to rise every day. But truthfully, we were surprised at how smoothly it went to be all in one room, and as my friend Emily pointed out, it's a wonderful feeling to snuggle into bed hearing the sleeping sounds of our children right there in the same room with us.
So what made family camp a successful family vacation for us?
Counselors. Amazing college students from all over the country loving on our family and on our kids.
Meals. Served family-style at round tables, and we dined each meal with old friends and new ones.
Speaker. Shawn Stoever from Winshape Ministries, speaking on building successful families in our crazy culture. Funny and self-deprecating and down-to-earth and insightful.
Amenities. This is NOT K-2. Air conditioning and a coffee shop and cokes. Wow.
Kanakuk t-shirts and hats. Our boys haven't taken theirs off yet.

One of the pools with a lazy river & water slides - where to find the Wilson boys.

Basden & Essie with some of their favorite new friends.

Go Hudson!

Pie-eating contest - no spoons!

Cajun party was one of our favorite nights. I discovered 3 very clean crawfish claws in the washer yesterday while doing laundry.

Playing behind the waterfall.

Absolutely loved our time with the Levys. Boys were and continue to be inseparable.

Esther as we pulled out of camp the final day.

I can't believe it's already come and gone, but perhaps we can look forward to next year. If Hud has his way, at least some of us will be going to Kanakuk!