Noah had the most fun! He really considered living there. This was right up his alley! He loved playing with the staff kids - the ones that were his age were boys which was great! He loved being outside all day! He played baseball with the boys and he learned a little basketball - that was pretty exciting. He loved going to the pool and swimming without floaties. He got brave and jumped off the diving board (with floaties) - he just loved the pool. It made me a little nervous because a couple of times we swam during "boys swim" and they get rough. They made a whirlpool one day - which was pretty neat, but most of the time they wrestled in the pool - I'm so glad I'm not a boy...I hated that - but Jason said it was good for them - WHATEVER!! Noah also found two buckets; one had a king snake in it and one had two turtles. He picked the turtles up with no hesitation! He knows not to touch snakes!! One afternoon Noah and Jason went on a canoe ride. We rode horses - which both the kids really liked and Noah shot a bow and arrow! So as you can image - for a six year old boy - he LOVED CAMP! He said he hopes he gets to go back! Hint, hint...
Anna would have lived there but she forgot her Barbies! She kept saying that - "I can't believe I forgot my Barbies!" She also is scared of dogs and the director has two dogs - sweet dogs - but she doesn't care - she didn't like them. So she said, if she could have her Barbies and if there were no dogs there - then she would live there too! I think her favorite thing was swimming but she was pretty excited to ride horses. She got on one and while I was getting on my horse - her horse looked back at her and she changed her mind about riding so we all had to switch horses so I could ride with her...then she loved it! She was a great sport about everything! She also learned how to take showers there - now she likes taking showers - which I'm so happy about! It really hit Jason and I just how grown they are getting. We played UNO on the down times everyday (we have a tournament going) and they just looked so grown up talking and playing the game! Anna is great at the game - she beat Noah every time they played! We have to beg her to play too - she's so funny! She has us wrapped around her finger!
Jason did GREAT teaching! I really enjoyed all his lessons and I think the kids did too! We also met Theo - who is a missionary to Africa. He was a really neat guy - he asked Anna if she would be willing to go to Africa and be a missionary one day and she said, "Yea, I'll go to Africa!" and Noah said, "I can't - I won't ever see my Granny!" Then as we were walking away Anna said "Mom, is Africa far?" She had no idea what she was getting into! It was fun hearing Theo and seeing that God is working near and far!
I was so excited to make one of those ceramic Christmas Trees with little lights in it - My mom and Sally both have big ones and I love theirs...Well, I was talking with Dawn, the crafts teacher, while Noah and Anna were doing crafts and she said...I have one of those and so I got to make my very own miniature one! So, Sally and Mom you can keep yours!! HA! Dawn is putting the finishing touches on it and I should get it in a few weeks!! So proud of it!!
One last thing about our adventure to Ponderosa. Noah was really itching to get out - he wanted to be outside all day long. So we told him to go to the gym and play there. He did this several times - so we thought he was gaining independence being very obedient! We told him you can go with the STAFF kids - just tell us where you are going! But the gym was home base. So one day I was home with Mary and Anna - they were napping and Jason and Noah were in the chapel and Jason was asked to lead review games...Well, Noah left - now if he left the chapel he was to go play in the gym. Well, after review games we were going to dinner and Jason said - "I'll go get Noah (in the gym)." But Jason took a long time coming back and then I heard him calling for Noah! My heart immediately dropped. We lost Noah!! I had just had a conversation that morning with Ann about my fear of losing my kids now that I have three running around - never thought it would be Noah! Jason got a go-cart and a counselor that had a loud intercom and they are yelling Noah's name - they start to send a lifeguard and counselor down to the lake - which completely freaked me out. I'm starting to shake - can't think about where he would want to go...I've also got Anna - I'm trying to stay calm...She's saying..."We have to find Noah, I've got to play UNO with him!" Just scary...then I hear - We found him - he's with Jeff and Josh!! HELLO!! He was with the Director and his son!! Jason looked for Noah alone for about five minutes and the frantic search lasted about five minutes but VERY SCARY...I'm not sure how many people have lost their kids...BUT it is so scary! I remember my mom losing me once and "NOW I KNOW" - Noah still doesn't understand. In his little mind he wasn't doing anything wrong. He was with an adult! Wow...that was the highlight of my trip! From then on we had to know, and all the other kids knew, where Noah was at all times.
The story is...When Noah left the chapel - Josh was riding a four wheeler and Noah asked if he could ride - Josh who is maybe 16 said sure - they went up to the horses to lay some dirt or grass or something. That's why he couldn't hear Jason calling him! The first thing Jeff asked Noah is - does your parents know where you are? I guess he shrugged - I never got a clear answer on what he said. I asked if they had ever lost anyone up there - and everyone I asked said the same thing..."Only the staff kids!!" YIKES...that's who we told Noah to stay with!! Thank goodness for walkie talkies though the minute they said - has anyone seen Noah - Josh called back and said - "He's with us!" YAY! So we all made it home safe and sound! And Noah no longer has independence and he is back under my thumb...Just kidding!!
ALL IN ALL!! We had a GREAT time! A highlight of our summer!! Enjoy the slides...