Sunday, July 14, 2013

Camps and VBS

We came back from vacation to a very busy week.  It flew by with all the fun things going on.

Bright and early Monday morning, Will started a week of Sci Camp at our local children’s science museum.   It was a little odd because Lindy wasn’t going anywhere that day and man she was not happy about it!  She told me that summer camps were boring!  ha!  The theme for his science camp was storybook science.  What could be a more perfect fit for him?  He loves reading and books and he could learn some science, too.  They read books by Dr. Suess, Eric Carle, Beatrix Potter, Gail Gibbons, and Dianna Hutts Aston, and they read the story of Pinocchio.  He studied all kinds of things and got to go to different parts of the museum.  They got to see a few different animals and potted some seeds to watch grow.  He went to Sci Camp all five days in the morning and he really enjoyed his week.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Lindy went to SEE camp.  SEE camp is a camp for visually impaired students that is put on by our local Industries for the Blind.  It is a completely free camp for the students and went from 9-2:30pm for three days.  We were supposed to drop our students off each morning at the front of the building and not go inside.  Lindy was so excited to go and after one day she didn’t think summer camps were so boring anymore!  Each child in the lower ages had a one on one volunteer with them all day long.  She talked a lot about her volunteer the first day and then had a different one for the last two days.  She got to meet all kinds of new friends and see other kids we have met here and there along the way.  She got to go to a computer lab and practice typing, play on the playground, and got to ride a school bus to local a gymnastics place and have two afternoons of gymnastics.   She was adamant that there was camp on Friday.  She said her teacher told her so.  She will be going back for another week at the end of the month.

Thursday afternoon Drew picked Lindy up at 2:30pm and I met them for her PT appointment.  Jill did some much needed work on her braces which were looking horrible.  She tested Lindy on a few different things and she said that Lindy is really not that far off of a typically developing 5 year old.  She can’t stand or hop on one foot and she can’t jump a foot off the ground (really?  That’s tough!).  She has a little trouble walking on a straight line, too (that’s mostly vision).  Other than that she is doing really really well.  So well that she said we don’t need to come back for 3 months!   This is huge!  We have to keep working with her but it’s awesome she is doing well.  She said she had one small catch in her ankle but everything else felt nice and loose.  We always love good appointments!

Along with all the camps in the morning, we had vacation bible school every night this week.  It was my first VBS where I’ve worked all day and gone to VBS all night.   That was tiring!  I would get home from work and I would change clothes and then we were right back out the door to church. Thankfully we had dinner each night at church.  VBS was from 6:30pm to 8:45pm each night. I was a crew leader for the preschool and Kindergarten group so I had Lindy and Will in my group.  Lindy had nothing to do with me, though.  She was stuck to Ms. Martha’s side all week long.  (Happy Birthday, Martha!!).  Will was in heaven all week with the music, singing, and signing.  He loves VBS music and he gets so into doing the movements to the songs.   We rotated each night between bible stories, crafts, snacks, outside games, and a little movie.  We had 10 kids in our group every night and one night had 13 kids.  Thankfully we had 4-5 leaders each night and we needed every single one of them most nights!  We had some wild ones in our group. 

Each night we were asked to bring in canned goods for our local outreach ministry.  Some of the leaders started making fun bets if the kids got so many cans each night.  Thursday night our VBS leader got soaked with cold water.  Friday night four different leaders got soaked because we had so many cans.  The kicker was if they could get 500 cans Drew would get a mohawk and if they got 600 cans our Duke Summer Intern (with a lot of hair) would get a mohawk!  We ended up with 720+ cans Friday night which meant mohawks for the guys! 

Saturday we slept in (Will and I slept till after 9am – this never happens at our house!  We were exhausted!) and we did some shopping in the afternoon.  We met Rick, the summer  intern, for dinner and then he came back to our house for the hair cutting!  I did Drew first since I don’t care so much about his hair.  His hair isn’t all that long and it’s so blond that you can’t see his that well.  But you can tell it’s a mohawk.  Rick had jet black hair and a lot of it!  His ended up pretty good as well.  He had it all slicked up this morning so it looked pretty good.  He was totally game for anything – he would have let me completely shave his head if I wanted.  I was too scared to do that! 

They showed up this morning for church with their mohawks and they got some funny looks!  But it was all for a good cause.  Drew says he is cutting his today – although we have yet to do it – but Rick says he is keeping his for awhile! 

Thankfully we have a much quieter week coming up.  I’m looking forward to having some time at home.  With vacation and this busy week I haven’t had any time to get anything done at home. 

Singing to the music!DSC_2940DSC_2946DSC_2947Ms. Martha – Lindy’s best bud!DSC_2948Craft time!DSC_2956DSC_2957DSC_2960DSC_2961DSC_2962Check out the bubble on the side of his head!DSC_2965DSC_2966DSC_2969Stand Strong!DSC_2970He took his movements so seriously.  Especially this one that said Holy Holy Holy.  It was SO funny!!DSC_2972Will at his last day of Sci Camp!DSC_2975Snacks! DSC_2982DSC_2983Friday night water night!DSC_2990DSC_2994DSC_2997DSC_2999DSC_3002Giving Drew the mohawk!DSC_3013The Mohawk Pastors!DSC_3025

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