Saturday, June 28, 2008
It took about 6 and a half hours, and that was including the accident that had the interstate closed. We exited and Mike didn't tell me he knew where we were. I was so nervous as I had no idea. We arrived around 11:30, and Grams, Morgan, and Papa were all awake waiting for us. :) The condo is just as beautiful as it was last year. Hilton Head always feels a little like home when I pull onto it. It is hard to believe that it has been 4 years since Mike and I got married here. Seems like yesterday at some times and much longer than 4 years at others. The kids seem soooo much older than they did then. Way more than 4 years worth.
I am looking forward to a relaxing week here.
Monday, June 23, 2008
See the survey to the right.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
This is a view of the dining hall from the second staff table. I call it the children's table because the director and assistant directors all eat at the other one. This table has some hilaarious conversations as most of the people at the table are in high school - and there there is Mike.
Today was a relaxing day. Not many kids coming in. We couldn't play at free time because the LITs were taking their swim test for lifeguarding. At lunch, they had ravioli and grilled cheese. Morgan asked for PB&J because she doesn't like either. She had to eat 2 bites of each before getting the sandwich. She cried but she finally ate them and the sandwich.
I thought this was hysterical when they pulled up, and I didn't even know why there was a bear. I especially liked the guy in yellow's outfit. I later found out that the bear comes from a story about a girl counselor who called her boyfriend at the boys' camp and said there was a bear. Apparently, she just wanted the boy to come over to see her and there really was no bear.
Mike went to Walmart to get some infirmary supplies (man we go through some band-aids and ice packs here). He was also asked by Morgan to see if they had any hawaaiin stuff for the dance. Not onlly did he find a grass skirt, but he also found bubble makers and a hat for himself.
Morgan and her friend Emma. Delaney let her borrow the lai.
Morgan and Katie at the dance.
The balls flying at the dance.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I ended up being in the infirmary most of the morning because I had a steady trickle of kids. When I did the inspections, I was in complete shock over Wahi (the cabin Morgan is in). It was SPOTLESS. I don't think a professional crew could have made it look better. I was truly amazed, especially since Morgan, also known as the mess creator, is in that cabin. I asked the counselors what they did to get them to get it that clean, and they said that the kids wake up early at 7 to clean and get this...MORGAN is leading the pack!!!! Whoaaaaaa..... I had to sit down after that one. :) For some reason, Katie, who is much neater than Morgan, has a messy cabin. They aren't worthy of the dirty sock, but it hasn't looked very good any of the days. As I was doing inspections, I heard that there was a copperhead in the lake. Lovely. They chopped its head off. As I was walking to Opa, I heard this noise beside me. I look over, and Lena the pregnant pig is digging in the dirt. Too funny. She scared me to death. She is supposed to have her piglets next week. I so wish it would be while we are here. The girls would love it.
I read my book a lot in the morning. I am reading Phantom Prey by John Stanford. So far, it is pretty good. I have read all of the Lucas Davenport books in the series.
For lunch, we had chicken sandwiches. They weren't Chick Fil A, but they were pretty good. After lunch, it was rest time. I decided that I needed to catch up on my blog, so I worked on that. Right before free swim, a girl came in and had been stung by a scorpion. I didn't know that a there were "Georgia scorpions" that have a sting like a bee. It scared me when they carried her in, but a quick google told me that they weren't poisonous. At free swim, I went down and watched for a while. I got a video of Morgan getting blobbed. Then, I blobbed and dove on the board and flipped off the platform. I am still sore from Tuesday, so I didn't do too much after that. Morgan took a video of me.:)
Dinner was hot dogs, and it was camp out night. When I was a camper here, we actually camped out.Now, they get a choice of camping out or sleeping in the pavilion. If they stay in the pavilion, they get to watch a movie. Last night, it was Finding Nemo. Before they sleep out though, they have a campfire, sing song, and this year they had Indian leg wrestling competitions between the counselors. The kids cheered on their counselors. Then, marshmallows were roasted and smores were made.
I had a group of girls who needed to take night meds or needed band-aids and such, so I went back to the infirmary. About an hour or so later, it started thundering and lightening. Mike and I looked up the storm on the weather channel, and it looked like we were going to get a lot. We hung out on the porch (it is screened in) for a while listening to the rain (and laughing a little at the lightening and then the immediate screams from the pavilion. Of course, it hasn't rained in forever, but it had to rain during the camp out. I love sleeping in the rain though - especially in a cabin. However, Mike had the fan blowing directly on us and I got pretty cold. All in all, another fantastic day.
Here is Katie diving from the top platform.
Morgan getting blobbed
Mike blobbing a counselor
Me diving (inward dive)
Me diving (back dive)
Me doing a back flip off of the top platform
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
For lunch, we had peanut butter and jelly. This made me nervous as there is one girl who is very allergic to peanuts. She made it through it fine. After lunch, I read during rest hour. I even logged in and checked email as it was the first time I could get to the internet from the infirmary. Mike has been moved from cook to maintenance guy. He got the internet working, so I liked this change. He has adapted well, and he even has a maintenance man cup. Now, whenever I ask for something, he asks if I put in a work order. He did bring me breakfast this morning too when I had the sick camper and couldn't stay
After rest hour, I went to the lake to swim. I did some back dives, back flips, dives, and even attempted an inward (it was ugly). I was chicken to do a back flip from the top dock, but I eventually did it. It was fun. THEN, it was time to change to the older girl, and the counselors blob first. Mike and I got to blob with the counselors. We had a blast. The girls love getting to go high.
After that, several of the counselors were playing around on the boards. It was fun. A girl got a bloody nose then, so I went back to the infirmary. I got the dinner meds ready and fixed my hair (or tried to anyway). For dinner, we had hamburgers. I asked for cheese at the window, and I don't think the kitchen staff liked that very much. Oh well. Who eats a hamburger without cheese (well, Morgan does but she is 9). I read for a while, and then I went down to watch the kids play watermelon knocker (we called it greased watermelon when I was a kid). They coated the watermelon with crisco and threw it into the lake. The girls were on two teams and had to try to get it to the other side.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Then, I get dressed and get ready for the day and prepare all of the meds for the campers for the before breakfast meds. I sweep the porch (and more if there is time). The campers come down the hill cabin by cabin, and it takes me back to when I was a camper here. It was always so fun to walk together as a group singing cabin songs.
After breakfast, there are 3 classes. I do cabin inspections during the first class. My mom thinks this is hysterical. I rate each cabin on how well they sweep the pavement, clean the showers and toilets, clean the bathroom floor, sweep the stairs and floor in the cabin, pick up their clothes, and sweep under the beds. The winner gets the Golden Dustpan. Today, waoka got it.
After the 3 classes, the kids go back to their cabins for about 30 minutes before lunch. I get the lunch meds ready at this time. Today lunch was ham or turkey sandwiches. After lunch is my favorite time -Rest hour. It is quiet and still and wonderful. I think we should get rest hour at work. :)
After rest hour is free swim and then free time (or the opposite for the older girls). Today, they did a swim test to see who is allowed in the deep parts of the lake. After free time, I get the dinner meds ready, and then they go to dinner.
After dinner, the older girls went to the mud pit, and the younger girls played an underground railroad game. There was a jail and a safe place. There were angels who could free the people in jail. If you were in jail, you got sprayed with water. If you sat down in a group of at least 2, then the counselors couldn't tag you. Only one person was told where the safe place was, and you could only tell one person. The idea was for this information to slowly get through all of the people. It went pretty slowly until one girl yelled it out. :)
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Morgan's bunk bed
We didn't get up until almost 9. There was no bell. hmmm... no breakfast either...hmmm...Morgan suggests McDonald's.
We went into Clarksville for McDonald’s breakfast (Morgan’s request), and then we went to Rite Aid for some supplied (popsicles, tweezers, band-aids). We went to lunch at the boys camp, but we didn’t eat cause we were full. We got Michael and Chris dropped off, and we went back to the girls’ camp. Before camp started, Katie and Morgan found a copperhead snake right outside of the infirmary. Lovely. The counselors chopped its head off. Nice.
The spot of the snake
About 30% of the campers have medicine they take every day. WOW. Joanie, a nurse wh0 helps the first day 0f each session, came and helped me get all of the meds captured. She has a great system that helps give out the meds. Basically, you put a piece of paper for each kid and then put a paper medicine cup on top of it with the child's name on the bottom. Then, you have the kids come take them and flip the cup back upside down. At a glance, you can easily see who has taken meds and who hasn't.
The cabins here are two story. The first floor is the bathroom, and then upstairs there is a counselor area and a camper area.
In each cabin, they put a sign up for each year that lists all of the campers for the summer. I have found my name on three signs.
We had chicken fingers for dinner. YUM...and I didn't even have to cook them. Love it. Didn't even have to go through a drive through or microwave. Love it.
After dinner, the cabins dressed in cabin colors and made a human knot. They then did some worship and taked about goals for the week. Then, it was lights out!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I arrived in the North Georgia mountains late Friday night. I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in Cornelia for about 6 hours. $10 an hour for sleep. Not bad. I woke up and drove the remaining 35 minutes to camp and picked Morgan up. I checked in with the camp nurse from the previous week, and she told me about the broken arm and the many scrapes from the mud pit. The Gorge requires a more treacherous path now than in years past because the man who owns that part of the land had trouble with some people going down into the gorge. So, now, it is much harder and longer. Bummer.
Morgan and I went to Helen, GA and walked around the little shops. We ate at Huddle House, and it took FOREVER only to get the wrong order. Bummer. We had a blast looking at the little stores , and we went into the Hansel and Gretel Candy Store twice. :) I remember going there as a kid when we would go to Helen for our day trip. We used to get $5 to spend in the store.
Mike, Chris, Katie, and Michael met us in Helen. We went tubing and had a great time. When we went over one of the waterfalls, Morgan was completely dumped out of her tube. It was hysterical. Morgan, Katie, and I went down together. We olnly got stuck once. Mike and Michael went together (we had to split off because 5 people was way too many and Michael and Katie were fighting). When we got to the end, the kids didn’t want to get out of the water. We went to eat at a restaurant in Helen. It was a little German and Italian place. I ordered some ravioli as an appetizer because were were all pretty hungry. As I am ordering it, I realize that Morgan, Michael, and Katiee won't eat it. So, I also order chips and salsa. When the chips and salsa come, Michael says, "Yum, I am going to eat these German chips." Mike and I cracked up.
We got back to camp around 5:30 or so. We cleaned up, unpacked, etc. Chris says, "Oh yeah, this place doesn't have air conditioning." LOL...now that was funny.
Outside of the Infirmary
The cute mat in the infirmary
The kitchen in the infirmary
Of course, Morgan, Katie, and Michael went exploring, and we couldn't find them. We were relieved when we found out they went to the lodge. Mike and Chris were looking in the woodss for them. We managed to survive the night even though it was musical beds. Katie ended up in Morgan’s bed which caused Morgan to come into our bed. This made Chris go into Katie’s bed. Fun, Fun..
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
I feel SO much better this year. Obviously, running and exercise is easier, but it iss much more than that. Life is more relaxing. I can sit and watch a whole movie with my daughter cudding with me. I am not constantly worrying about it. When we went to Busch Gardens, I am not alway thinking about when I can have another or about getting them wet.
of course, on the day that my quit counter flipped to a year, my computer died. I was bummed, but my co-workers went to happy hour with me to celebrate (it was childless week 2008). We went to Friday's and had a really cool waiter a great time.