Sunday, November 21, 2010

Family Camp 2010

This weekend was the annual Spina Bifida Association of North Texas Family Camp.  This was our 4th year to go and it is something that we look forward to every single year.  We had a fun-filled and absolutely exhausting weekend.  I took 207 pictures...don't worry I'm not going to post all of them.  But I am going to post a lot!  Enjoy!

There are always Smores over the camp fire the first night of camp.  Who doesn't love a Smore??

 Benjamin eating breakfast on Saturday morning.  
The camp has a huge dining hall where all the families meet for meals.  It is such a nice facility and mealtime is a great time to sit and talk with other families.  Benjamin consumed so much food this weekend!  I'm telling you that kid can EAT!!

 Caleb eating his breakfast.  
He sat next to this pretty little girl, Abby.  When we sat down at the table Abby saw Caleb in his chair and she said "Look, he has a wheelchair just like me."  How sweet is that?  That is one of the things I love most about camp, these kids are just kids here.  And this is one time where they get to be around a bunch of other kids just like them.

 After meals everyone would hang out in the Saddle room until it was time for the next activity.  The kids went absolutely bonkers in here!  They all had so much fun playing together.

 Caleb and his buddy Bryce.

 Enjoying some games outside.

 Kalyn and Caleb working on some crafts.

 Working very hard on decorating his slap bracelet.

Look how good his slap bracelet is?  I just told him how to spell "Family Camp" and he wrote it.  He's so smart.

Benjamin was something else this weekend.  He had so much fun but he was oh so tired.  He just didn't get near enough sleep...none of us did.  He loved being outside and playing in the leaves and dirt.

 I discovered that while Caleb likes to look at bugs....he doesn't necessarily want them on him.  And he doesn't want to touch them either (he takes after his mom).  And there are a lot of critters at camp.

 Benjamin just wandering off.  He found some dirt to play in, only it wasn't dirt, it was an ant bed!.  Thankfully it was an abandoned ant home, no ants lived there.

 There are deer all over the land.  Sometimes you can see half a dozen of them just running across the field.

 Abby and Caleb checking out a Daddy Long Leg spider.  Those were everywhere at camp, and the kids are fascinated by them.

 Caleb got to do a little fishing.  He didn't catch anything.

 One of the volunteers caught a nice big fish and Caleb was willing to touch kinda looks like he is petting the fish.

Caleb and Nathan playing.
 While Caleb was participating in Sports and Games, Benjamin found this bat.  He pushed this bat all over the place.  You can see that I took several pictures of Benjamin with this bat.  He just had too much fun this weekend!

There is a big get together Saturday night. There are tons of games for the kids (and adults) to play, face painting, snow cones, and cotton candy.

 Caleb and Abby building with the blocks.

 Here is our lovely family picture.  Unfortunately Benjamin was super tired and he had just had enough fun.  He is not happy in this picture, no smile, just tears and snot.  Thanks to photo editing software, I can fix that....
...there, that's better!

The boys checking out a Praying Mantus that Bryce named "Jumper".  Too cute.
 Benjamin on the move!

 Caleb hanging out by our cabin as we loaded the car to head home.

Benjamin found a stick and some leaves to play in.

Caleb joining his little brother in the leaves.

It was such a fun weekend for our family.  We look forward to Family Camp every year.  The older Caleb has gotten, the more fun it is.  He was so excited about going this year and was constantly asking to see the calendar so he could count down the days to camp.  It is wonderful to spend time with so many families.  I've seen all these amazing kids grow in the last few years.  They are a part of our lives.  We are so grateful to have this opportunity.

And just for fun, here are some blog posts from previous years.


Mom to Bin and Oaxie said...

Cassie I soooo loved the family picture that you edited. When I saw that on the CD I cracked up. It looks like he is looking at you in total dispair! Oh how I remember those days! Good to see you all at camp. Sorry if Oaxie kept trying to literally take over the "wheel" w/ Caleb. She ran up and told me yesterday that Caleb has Spina Bifida and he is her friend. She said it so matter of fact! She is a hoot sometimes.

Heather said...

Love the pic of them leaning waaaaay over to see the daddy long legs. So cute! Looks like you all had a blast!
Heather C.

Jill said...

I love this!! Oh, I'm so jealous, I want a camp like that HERE!! What a fabulous idea and what a fabulous time it looks like you had. I especially loved the edited family picture. ;) That made me LOL!!

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