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Vacation pics!

Okay… I’m new at this whole posting multiple pictures at once thing. Can’t figure out how to caption without altering the pic and since I uploaded these from home, I don’t have that option!  Simple enough, though.  The first 3 pics were taken on the Comal River in New Braunfels. The next 6 pics were from our bike tour of Austin, TX  (the 2nd pic of that batch features one of Austin’s homeless that decided to catch us at a red light and assist in narrating the tour!).  The remainder of the pics were taken at the Barton Springs Greenbelt in Austin – we took a cooler of beer and my brother’s two adorable pups with us.

Fun times! 

And…we’re back!

What a great week!  (Can I go again? Please??) 🙂

Where to start?  I only have one kid back so far, so we’ll start with him!

Colin was so excited about camp – we’d been talking about it since the Open House in April.  For those who didn’t see my previous post, the camp I’m talking about is Charis Hills.  We arrived and were sent to check in Colin’s meds as he was swept away for a mini-physical and picture-taking.  While in line, we got to speak to a couple of other parents – their kids had been campers there before.  They raved about how much fun their kids had and how much they loved this camp and everyone involved. It was really nice to have people set our minds at ease right away!

In the medication line, I couldn’t help but notice the bags other kids had.  Our doctor had told us that Colin wasn’t on as many meds as we might think, and maybe he was right. Some of these kids had enough to fill a gallon sized Ziploc bag.  Colin’s four medications didn’t seem like much in comparison!

We double-checked his activities – apparently he and one little girl named Emily were the only ones signed up for dance!  I tried to sign him up for activities that didn’t involve sitting quietly or shooting anything (boating, fishing, archery and riflery were OUT!).  When we turned around, he was already on his way to his cabin! 

In the cabin, we helped him make his bed – top bunk! – and then it was time to change into his swim clothes for a swim evaluation.  He was pretty much pushing us out the door.  I think he must have said “Bye, Dad!” at least three times before we left!

One of my favorite things about this camp is that they have their own shutterfly account and they post pics daily!  That was really nice – we’d check out the site each night and see what he’d been up to.   Here are a few:

in class – they had study time!

Testing out the water

Swim lessons! Colin earned an award for putting his head under water before the week was over!

I found it pretty funny when we picked him up that one of the first things his designated counselor mentioned was how early he would wake up.  Apparently the kids were supposed to sleep until 7:30am – yeah right!!

 Otherwise, they said he did pretty well.  They sent home a little evaluation sheet that discussed how he did at meeting the goals we’d asked them to help him work on (assessing dangerous situations, developing a less inflated sense of self, etc).  They essentially said what we knew – that he doesn’t think before acting and will apologize after the fact, so he knows wrong from right, he just doesn’t have the impulse control to stop himself.  He got in trouble mid-week for touching/taking other people’s things, but he gave them back immediately without argument, so that’s good. All in all, he had a blast.  He can’t wait to go back again next year!  We will probably hear about “sleep away camp” (as he calls it) for months to come. — As this blog has gotten fairly long-winded already, I think I’ll save my yabbering and pictures on our kidless vacation for another post!  I need more pictures from the camera anyhow.  It’ll be like one of those old slide-shows your grandparents made you watch as a kid!  (I know, you can’t wait, right??)

Who’s getting away from whom, exactly?

I think our kids are more excited about this break than we are.

All three of them were up before 6am! (I don’t think Ryan’s wandered out before 7 in over a month!)

The “how much longer?” game has already begun!

My Husband is Awesome

He is.  In fact, I think I’ll run away with him!

Vacation time is near!  I’m so excited!

You know how those last few days of work before vacation just wear you down?  I think it’s the same thing with kids.  Those last few days before you’re about to get a break from them, they just get on your every last nerve!!  Unfortunately, I mainly mean Colin.  They’ve all been a lil’ stir crazy, but Colin has been balls-to-the-wall out of control most of the time lately.  He’s been destructive, reckless, and just…even more hyperactive than usual.  I think a lot of it has to do with the excitement/anxiety of camp coming up.  Yesterday, I bought the rest of what he’ll need for his week – sleeping bag, extra socks and undies, travel sized items, etc.  It occurred to me that with all three boys going in different directions for a week, we might not have enough socks and undies to go around!  I mean, that’s a minimum 21 pairs of each item of clothing.  And the boys have been outgrowing their undies and losing socks right and left, so it was time.

 Tomorrow AM, we’re dropping off Ryan with Rick’s brother – he and his son C (who is Ryan’s age) will be in town overnight, so the timing was perfect.  Then we’re taking Robbie (oh, excuse me – ROB) and Colin to the Special Needs Screening of Ice Age, followed by lunch with my mom, who is taking Rob with her after.

That will give Rick and I some time alone with Colin to pack his suitcase, talk about camp, etc.  The camp gave us a great idea: pack each outfit – one shirt, one pair of shorts, socks and undies – in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag!  That way, he can just grab a bag each morning and he’s ready to get dressed.  I love that idea.

I really think Colin’s going to have a blast.  I can’t wait to hear how it goes. 

Another great thing they do for the parents and campers is they allow you to pre-write letters and cards, etc, for your camper! You drop them off after checking him in and then they can hand out mail throughout the week without worry of letters not making it in time.  You can also email your camper throughout the week. They print off the emails and pass them out after lunch.

We’re even checking our pups into a boarder while we’re gone!  I’m still waiting for something to go wrong – I can’t believe how many different wheels are turning in the right directions for this to come together!

 

Once we’re all back together, we will only have FOUR WEEKS until school starts back up!  I can hardly believe it! We’ll come back from vacation and it will be time to start gathering school supplies and making sure everything is ready to go!

Going back to the title of this post… I want to brag on my guy for a bit. 

As some of you might recall (although I’ve taken down the posts) we had some drama with the neighbor behind us earlier this year.  Well, in the last couple of months, our shared fence had a panel come loose.  One of the posts broke off in the ground and the panel just kept falling over.

After a heck of a lot of inaction from the neighbor (we have actually run into each other a few times now – our dogs keep slipping into the other’s yard, etc), Rick decided to take matters into his own hands.  Yesterday, he went to Lowe’s and bought supplies.  He put in quite a few hours – and a couple of trips to the store – yesterday…and finished it up today.  I think he did a heck of a job.

I wanted to share a pic of his handiwork, but I’m having technical difficulties.  Just trust me – it looks awesome! 

 I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’ll be around, but might not post again until we get back!