I am way behind on sharing about Family Camp. I have been sick since we got back. Last night was the first full night of sleep that I have had in 8 nights. It felt amazing. I wanted to take the time to do this post well and really document our time. I just didn't feel up to it until today.
This weekend was special for so many reasons. This was an opportunity that was provided for our family that we would not have been able to do otherwise. We feel so grateful that we had this time together in a setting totally outside of our normal life. There were 7 people at camp with us that made this week even more special. Introducing the Elliott family: (Carrie, Chris (the parents), Colin, Maddie, Mykah, Jackson, and Gracen)here, and our cool water adventure here. The cool little connection that we have and the thing that crossed our paths 2 1/2 years ago was our Swazi kids. Both families have adopted 2 children from Swaziland. There aren't many families that we have that connection with. I was hopeful that our time would be good for the kids and our families as a whole. I WAS. NOT. DISAPPOINTED.
Just look at these two
Speaking of friends, these two(Sam and Colin) connected as well
There is always a risk when you get together with people that you have never really met, especially with 15 different people that need to interact. I can honestly say, once again, that it was truly enjoyable to be with the Elliotts. We just jumped in with each others' kids and rolled with it. We would get two tables at meals and just intermingle the crews. The kids played well with each other. The bigger kids helped the younger ones. It was comfortable and easy.
Rick and I drove Isaiah, Laila and Abby
The big adventure moments came at the High Ropes Course. 3 of us chose to take on this challenge.
Lauren and me before the big adventure.
WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WE WERE GETTING OURSELVES INTO!
Now, I am not afraid of heights, but this was pretty scary. These boards were too far apart to go straight from one to the next. We had to zigzag our way through. It was hard!
This picture gives you a better idea of how high we were.
Just looking at these pictures makes my toes tingle.
I thought this leg of the course was the hardest.
On the last section, we only had wires to walk across.
Lauren thought this section was the hardest.
I was so proud of her. It was hard, but she did it!!
The reward at the end: A zipline!!
I wanted to do a zipline through the rainforest for my 40th bday.
This was not quite that spectacular, but was still a nice reward at the end of this challenge.
Even Sam did it!
We were not there when he did because he did it with Colin and Chris.
When I asked him, how in the world he was able to make it through, he said,"Well I didn't really have much choice once I started. I just toughed it out to get it over with." Needless to say, he didn't want to do it again with Lauren and me.
The whole Elliott family and a dear friend did the course.
That was quite impressive. There were 5 members of our family that were having nothing to do with it!
On the last night, there was a square dance. We all dressed up in our western gear.
Let me introduce you to Mykah. She and Laila were adorable together.
This little chick could climb those climbing walls and even ring the bell, something most adults can't do.
Going down to the Hoe Down
Mykah and Isaiah dancing. He likes to call her his "beautiful new friend."
Laila and Jackson danced the night away, too!
They had the best "do si do" I have ever seen!
Laila has already asked when she gets to see Jackson again
This was our room. 8 bunk beds with a dorm style bathroom(3 showers, 3 sinks, 2 stalls) that we shared with the Elliotts
Maddie and Laila
Sneaking a kiss from my little girl
Cutest Cowboy Ever
On the way home from camp we stopped at some friends house for a cookout. That is when Lauren broke her arm. She was going to kick a soccer ball and slipped on it. She caught all of her weight on her right wrist. It snapped the bone in half. We are praying that it will heal without surgery. We go back in this Thursday to see how the healing process is going. Who knew she could survive so many scary adventures and then get hurt kicking a soccer ball. Thankfully, she is cleared to play soccer. We just have to bubble wrap it so she doesn't knock anyone out.