Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Family Camp at Spencer Lake July 2nd-5th

Growing up Tim and I used to attend weekly church camps during the summer at Spencer Lake in Waupaca. They offer a family camp, I’ve never been, but Tim had gone when he was a kid. This year Tim’s mom and sister invited us to join them for a week of camping during Family Camp. June 2012 002

It just so happened that the 4th of July weekend is one of the hottest weeks on record in the state of Wisconsin (okay I don’t know if that’s really true or not, but I do know we made some records). It was CRAZY hot, most days being in the upper 90s and some were even hit the 100s!! June 2012 007We arrived on Monday morning and set up and left on Thursday morning early (so Tim could get back to work). We then came back on Saturday to spend some more time with Tim’s mom and sister (and family) as well as some more swimming in Spencer Lake. June 2012 050

The kids favorite activity was definitely swimming, and this was really the only activity I was going to be leaving my air conditioned camper for, so we went swimming every day in the hottest afternoon sun to keep cool.

Thankfully, the water was not only nice but they also have some really fun water inflatables on the lake – a blob, iceberg and wibit.

On Tuesday, Treyton decided he was going to climb the iceberg (it was probably 25-30 feet high). June 2012 012It was for bigger kids so the arm lengths were pretty far apart, I think it was his max to pull himself up. June 2012 014As a mom it is hard to explain the emotions that you go through watching your child do something like this – I was so nervous and proud all at the same time. I didn’t want him to fall (not that I would be disappointed but) because I didn’t want him to be disappointed. June 2012 020Once he got near the top, he was scared and nervous (he told us later), you could actually see his leg shaking from the shore (my heart was nearly breaking with nerves and pride at the same time).     June 2012 024Thankfully, he didn’t fall. He made it all the way to the top!! I was so overly proud! He did so good. June 2012 027

He tried it again on Wednesday but wasn’t able to do it (though he had been on the wibit quite a bit and didn’t rest) his arms were much more tired this day.

Then on Saturday when we went back he did do it again! He was also able to do the blob this day because his Uncle Tom was there and blobbed him, he had wanted to do this before but wasn’t able to because I obviously couldn’t do it, and there was just too much of a weight difference between him and Tim. He loved it the first time, the second time he did it though he landed head first in the water and he said his brain hurt. He needed to sit down for a while to recuperate. June 2012 070Tim and Tom also conquered the iceberg this week, and Tom the blob – it’s always a good time when you get to the see the men complete such an accomplishment :) June 2012 064

Alexa and Audrey even though they didn’t climb the iceberg or do the Blob did just as great in the water. Both of them making their own progress.   June 2012 101 Alexa for the first time started going under the water on her own and coming back up. She did it over and over and over and over again ;) June 2012 096Audrey would actually get in the the water (which was progress) and loved walking between mom and dad on the first day, and by Saturday she was walking all over the place.   June 2012 081 In fact, sometimes I would have to tell her she was getting to deep (not typically Audrey’s problem). June 2012 111She did go under a few times, and did very well with standing up herself and not getting too worked up about it. June 2012 098

While we were at family camp, it was our nephew Sawyer’s 4th birthday, Tim’s 32nd birthday and because Alexa’s birthday was a few days away we celebrated group style with some cupcakes that Aunt Tami brought and of course, s’mores. June 2012 033

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June 2012 037For the Fourth of July we celebrated with the kids, simply, with sparklers (very exciting for them). Since Treyton was a baby we have not been able to keep the kids up for fireworks. We realized that Alexa’s seen fireworks possibly once in her life, while we were walking through the parking lot back to our car after Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. I know, makes us sound like heartless parents, but seriously, our kids do not handle staying up past bedtime well and it’s just one of those things we’ve given up for the sake of sanity.

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June 2012 057All-in-all, it was a fun week, and we had a really great time in spite of the heat. 

1 comment:

Ashley Skye said...

LOVE this pictures it looks like you had a good time despite the heat. I am really sorry we could not make it....I was really looking forward to it maybe next year...

Looks like they have gotten some more stuff since I was there last - I was feeling nervous for Treyton just looking at the pictures. He is getting so big I dont even know what to do with it.

I am really glad you said it was Sawyers birthday I never would have recognized him....It has been way too long since I saw him last.