Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spring Hill

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Last week the girls attended a day camp next door at First Free called Spring Hill and it was an awesome week!
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Since it was in the alley behind our place I was able to sneak out our back door at least once of twice a day to see the girls and their friends having a blast (and take some images of course)! When I think about one of my favorite things about motherhood it has got to be watching your kids takes risks, experience new things, and embrace life.  I was behind my lens tearing up at my girls sliding down water slides, climbing a rope ladder and rock climbing wall, and singing with their new and old friends.
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It is amazing to see how the camp uses the limited space in the city to pull off the camp!
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A water slide in the alley...why not?
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Skittle Skattle Battle day (and that is my open back door on the right so yes, it was a noisy week butI loved hearing the kids scream and laugh all week!!)
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Can you spot Abishai in the crowd for lunch time skit?
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Evy was one of the youngest at camp this year and although she had a bit of a weepy first morning she loved the week.
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Evy and one of her awesome leaders Kerrielle getting ready to attack the climbing wall
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Ummm, serious cuteness.
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and she made it all the way to the top (in a tutu dress I might add) to ring the bell!!
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Anni made some great new friends at camp.
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Anni trying to be serious cracks my stuff up!!
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and this year she nailed the back flip that eluded her last year
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When did Annikah get so big? sniff.

Each child gets an award at the end of the week and Evy got the "Joy" award "because she always is full of energy and approaches every new thing with joy." Annikah got the "Listener" award "because she really engaged and listened well to her leaders and other kids."  We were so proud of them I may or may not have hollered like an idiot and cried.
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The best part of the week was closing rally and a picnic afterwards! It was so awesome to see the alleyway so alive with color, noise, and families!
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cheetoh faced friends
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And my absolute FAVORITE images of the week are the pictures we tried to take with the counselors that were staying with our family all week. We seriously LOVED Ellyn and Natalie and wanted them to live here forevs.
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Miss Evy was so distraught they were leaving she had a boo-boo face until she gave a small smile with the promise of candy.
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And Joy captured this pic on her phone while we were praying for the ladies before they left our home.
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I know, right. Presh. It was hard for the girls to say goodbye but at least they love fiercely right?
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We will miss these ladies!
Praying God was glorified and I know He did amazing things in kids and families and the staff last week! The planning team set a CRAZY goal of having 120 campers there this year and half way through the week the director Laura texted me with the final number: 120. I am consistently amazed at how awesome God is. Happy Summer!!
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Here is a video of some of the girls fav songs form the closing rally:

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