Showing posts with label Family Camp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family Camp. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Family Camp 2015

We had an unexpected treat this past weekend. We were able to attend Spina Bifida Family Camp. It was unexpected because you have to be under 8 years old to attend. Caleb graduated from Family Camp two years ago. Lucky for us, there were several cabins still available so some of the graduated kids were able to come back. We were so excited.

 We love it here!

All of the meals are family style in the dining hall. I don't think Caleb ate any meals with us...he was always at someone else's table eating with friends. He was in his element.

Benjamin and Cannon at the fuse-ball table.  

We signed up for a cooking class and the boys loved it. This class is always a big hit with them.

Benjamin, Caleb, Cannon, and Bryce.

Making fruit salsa.

Caleb and Cannon were 2 peas in a pod the entire weekend.

Weird Science class.

We did an egg-drop challenge. We were given some supplies to use to protect our egg.

Then we dropped our egg off the balcony. Ours survived without a crack!

Volcano fun in the nature class.

It was a jam-packed, fun-filled weekend. We were exhausted...but happy.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Family Camp 2013

This past weekend was our most favorite weekend of the entire year. Family Camp. We are so blessed to have a local SB chapter that sponsors this wonderful weekend every year. A weekend with fellow SB families. A weekend with long time friends. A weekend of making new friends. A weekend at the fantastic Camp John Marc. A weekend our family looks forward to all year long.

I took over 300 brace yourself for photo overload.

Everyone meets in the dining hall for a quick dinner on Friday night. The kids immediately find each other and play. They hang out, they chat, they make new friends. It is so fun to watch.
Bryce, Caleb, Matthew

 After dinner, everyone heads to the Silo for an evening of fun and games.

Snow cones!

Giant connect 4 game. 

Benjamin had a blast building towers with these stacking cups.

Building is fun...but tearing down is better.

We were up and at 'em on Saturday morning. The boys were ready for a fun-filled day.
Daddy long leg spiders were everyone. The boys loved it.

Headed to the dining hall for breakfast.

Cute pose for the camera.

Making some oobleck at "weird science"

This place is amazing. I love it here. I want to live here.

Sports and games in the recreation barn. Caleb had a blast.

Bryce showing the boys his new pet Praying Mantis.

Time for some fishing.

This place is amazing. Did I mention that I want to live here?

Caught a catfish! It was a big one too.

One of the highlights for me this weekend was watching Benjamin make a new friend. He met a boy named Kohen and they were fast friends. These two had so much fun together. They pretended to be secret agents, they laughed together, made light sabers out of sticks, and chatted. 
Watching Benjamin and Kohen play caused me to have a little "aha!" moment. I got to thinking about Caleb and how I want other kids to see past his wheelchair and past his braces. I want them to see past the fact that Caleb can't walk. I want them to just see Caleb, a really cool 8 year old. I want kids to accept him and just be a good friend. And then I realized that Benjamin is that kid. Benjamin is the kid looking past the wheelchair. He is the kid that gets down on the floor and crawls because his new friend doesn't walk. He is the kid that just wants to play and hang out with his new friend. Benjamin didn't care that his new friend had a wheelchair. He just wanted to play.

Benjamin doesn't think twice about a wheelchair because he has been around one his entire life. He doesn't think twice about a kid that crawls around on the floor because he sees his big brother do it every day. Benjamin just saw a kid that was really fun to hang out with. We were excited to learn that Kohen and his family live pretty close by so our boys will play again soon.

"Hey want to feel my shunt, it's right here." Love this photo and the entire conversation that took place. Two boy comparing shunts. Awesome.

SB brings us all together. So thankful for all of these people. Many of these families have been in our lives since Caleb was itty bitty. I have seen so many of these kids grow up right along side Caleb.

Because Caleb is 8 years old he officially graduation from Family Camp. This was our last year at family camp. Once the child turns 8 they are old enough for the week long camp in the summer for kids with SB. While we are so sad that this was our last year, we are so thankful that Caleb can continue to come every summer and spend a week with kids just like him. Camp John Marc is a wonderful place and our family has truly been blessed by the last 7 years.

Seriously, this place is amazing. I really do want to live here.

Over 300 photos take and this is the only family shot.

Benjamin 5 minutes after we left camp. The boy was tuckered out.

If you are bored and have nothing better to do, you can check out all of our Family Camp trips:

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Year In Review

I thought it would be fun to do a quick (yeah right!) summary of the past year. 

The year started with some fantastic family photos. Seriously, just gorgeous.

We took Caleb to his first wheelchair basketball practice...he was instantly hooked.

(This was a busy month, a lot happened during this time.)
We took a trip to San Antonio.

Benjamin said "good bye" to his burp cloth.

And we learned that Caleb's spinal cord was tethered and surgery was scheduled.

(That pretty much consumed April)

Caleb got to meet Wheelz. Very cool.

And I had a "mommy tantrum".

It was the summer of crafting at our house!

It was also the summer of the Slip'n Slide!

I ended the month with some Deja Vu

I went to the SB Conference. It was amazing! These women are amazing!

We got ready for the Olympics.

Caleb turned 7....I'm still trying to wrap my brain around that!

Caleb started 1st grade.

With your help we raised $1335 for the SBANT!

Benjamin got up close and personal with a fire truck.

Benjamin started preschool, just 2 days a week.

(an exceptionally crazy month)

The month started off with a "Rough Few Days"...and that's putting it lightly.

Benjamin photo shoot at the park.

We celebrated a Shuntiversary.

Caleb had his first basketball tournament.

Our ADVENTure began.

A lesson in "Sibling Love"?

My baby turned 4. Unbearable to believe he is already 4.

I think that about sums up our year, well the highlights anyway. Thanks for sharing this journey with us!

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