I spent all day Thurdsay doing last minute weather research and looking at the Camp GetAway blog along with the many other things on my "to do" list... which was an entire page full of teeny tiny written obsessive mommy-type junk that I just HAD to get done before leaving. You know, like my husband wouldn't survive if I didn't wash and vacuum every surface in the house!
Thursday night, I was up waaayyy too late finishing some schoolwork, laundry and other household junk... everything BUT packing and prepping for camp like I had promised myself. I didn't even take a shower... ick!
Friday morning, I'm up with the birds (as in practically no sleep) and grumpily get in the shower... and then it clicks in my head... today is the day!!! The day to leave for camp! Immediately, I start to relax and smile right there with soap all over my hair.
Now, I'm racing... I quickly pack up everything ... My mom arrives right on time and we smooch the babies and hubby goodbye and we're off!
The signs to camp tell you to relax! The first words I read in my registration packet are "Welcome... Breathe!" Well okay... I can do that! I plant myself next to the fireplace and wait for the others to arrive.
That evening, the Fearless Leader Patti (center of photo with cute pink bandanna) introduces the camp staff... my mommy is the redhead with the blue apron right below her... isn't she cute!
I feel my typical ultra-uptight exterior slipping away and I'm smiling and sharing in the laughter with all the other wonderful mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends at my table. For those of you who know me, this is not an easy task!
Saturday brought on more relaxing activities and... I got to sleep in!!! I was able to take a shower without a toddler at my feet or a telephone to interrupt me! No diapers, no sippy cups, no wee ones in sight... that was weird.
After breakfast, I opted to tie-dye some shirts for the munchkins as other ladies popped in and out from their manicures, massages, facials and pedicures. Others were making mosaics, taking yoga or photography classes or hiking in the woods.
After tie-dyeing, I made Memory Bookmarks (see mommy & me pic to the right) and did a little crocheting while talking to some other campers by the giant fireplace. I usually am pretty introverted and quiet, but it just seemed easy to fall into a conversation with anyone there on just about any topic...
Each sip of hot cocoa and tea was wonderful-- meaning I got to sip not gulp like I often have to at home. And, I could keep my tea where I wanted it and know it would still be there and not moved by little hands!
The Luau dinner was hysterical! Contests for cutest belly-button, ugliest Hawaiian t-shirt, whitest legs (I entered this one!) and tannest legs were "judged" by a trio of a mom and her twin daughters acting like Paula, Randy and Simon. Then came hula-hooping, dancing, board games, karaoke and S'mores!!!
Then came the raffle prizes.. the first of which is the most coveted, a free camp weekend. That... I won!