Friday, July 13, 2012

Rewind: Kickin it Old School

Zoe got to go to camp this year! She wasn't quit old enough for the camp our church goes to but she was for the one where I grew up. So we headed out to SICSC where the SON always shines. I have to admit it was kind of weird. I didn't feel old until other friends started showing up with their kids. Thats when it hit me. There was an entire new generation at camp now. A third generation of the Camp mafia! Its just pretty crazy to think about. When we got there they told us to just let Chloe stay too so we signed them both in. That left us with just Jo for the day. We had to drive 4 hours to camp so we couldn't just drive home and come back to pick them up. Our family in the area was busy so we pretty much hung out at camp all day. I'm not complaining it was nice to be "home". 

 The theme for the day camp they attended was called "Rewind: Kickin it Old School". I think this would be an awesome summer theme at White Oak. I can only imagine how much fun it would be with older kids. More than anything I can only think of all the fun that camp staff could have with this.

 According to Shawn that ET game shown below is the worst video game ever made. Apparently thats not just his opinion its just known in the nerd world that its a terrible game.

Shawn told me not to be one of those moms who follow their kids around and hover. He made me keep a distance so that they could really enjoy being campers and feel independent. I couldn't help but sneak in a few pictures though when they came near the area we were sitting. 

The girls got to have rest time in Cabin 6.

The girls attended several classes throughout the day but thy had a ton of fun stuff going on too. They got to swim in the camp pool and then they got to play on this.

 After camp was over they were given certificates and their camp picture. They had a wonderful time and so did I. I got to spend time catching up with old friends and best of all I got to visit with PaPa Ron! The worlds greatest camp manager. Oh and I even got to hear his son telling stories about Ron stealing the bell. Who would have ever thunk he stole a bell. Well more like tried to steal a bell according to D.
As soon as camp was over we hit the road and headed to Metropolis to see my grandpa at the nursing home. Of course that meant we had to take a picture or two because who can resist taking pictures in Metro?

Finally we got to the nursing home and had a nice visit with G'pa.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pulaski County Relay 4 life

In my last blog I posted the link to the my speech at the Relay for Life in Pulaski County. What an honor it was to be chosen to do the opening speech. I just thought I would share with you a little more about that relay. My parents are from St. Robert and were part of the St. Robert Fire Department team. We weren't at the Relay long because we had to make the long drive back that evening but we had a great time getting to visit with them.

The kids enjoyed getting to hang out with their grandparents. 

I also had a nice time catching up with old friends.

One of which even offered to take me up in the aerial and take pictures. 
I should also point out that no only did I get to go up in the aerial but it happens to be the coolest one I have ever seen. 
 Believe it or not. Growing up in the fire service and even being on a department when I was younger. This was my first ride up in one of these. I must say it was pretty awesome. Thanks Chief!

 I don't think there was a single moment that the bounce thing wasn't full of kids.

 All three of mine had a blast jumping on this thing.

  Chloe probably enjoyed it the most. Check out the air she got on this jump!
The girls had a blast playing games and winning prizes.

Jo's favorite part was the candy. Every time I turned around someone from the fire department was giving her more candy. Which she kept dropping and trying eat off the ground.

 As always there was a ton of walking.

Maybe the best part of all was getting to hang with GOLDEN BOY!!!!!!!!

Yes ladies he is single!

No relay is complete without a picture of the worlds greatest caregiver. 

I wish we could have stayed the entire time for this one. Although we only spent a few hours at this Relay 4 Life it was a ton of fun. They did an amazing job despite the heat. Thank you again for having us. It was an honor and privilege to be a part of such a fantastic relay.

The Circus of Cancer

Yesterday we went to our second Relay for Life of the year. The first was here in town and our team did a really great job. I haven't had a chance to blog about it but I will soon. This second Relay was in Pulaski County and I was the opening speaker. I had some close friends who wanted to be there and watch but couldn't so I promised I would record it. So for those that actually follow this blog you can follow the link to youtube and watch it. The theme for their Relay was Carnival. Oh and as I was speaking a storm rolled in. The wind got pretty crazy and was shaking the entire trailer we were standing on and it even rained a little bit. If you stick it out to the end (its only 7 min) there is even some dancing in the rain (not from me). Last time I was in St. Robert speaking for something it poured the entire time. I tried to bring the rain back home with us but it only followed us close to Jeff City and then stopped. Anyway, here is the link. I'll post some pictures of both relays very soon. Thank you to Pulaski County Relay Committee for asking me to do the opening ceremony. It was a huge honor!