Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I survived!

And actually had a blast! Being gone for 3 days, away from the usual routine, no meals to cook, spending 4-5 hours a day out of doors and being with 17 most incredible little souls was tiring, yes, but invigorating. It was non-stop. One activity after the next. Add to that the fresh air and we had kids who ate like wolves and slept like logs. And it was cold hovering around -20C. But we were all well dressed and the woods tend to be sheltered and less cold. We played broom ball, lots of tobogganing , cross-country skied to a little lodge and had hot chocolate, snowshoeing to a huge beaver dam, walked up a mountain (45 minute hike up), walkedthrough the forest at night with candle torches, singalongs and marshmallows around a camp fire after supper, loads of indoor games (parachute, dress-up, hot potato, duck duck goose, etc), putting snow boots and snow pants and hats and neck warmers and mitts on and off and on and off, wiping runny noses, story time before bedtime, pajama party with clowns and jugglers and getting loads of hugs and seeing happy faces on a great bunch of 4-5 year old. Their parents missed them lots more than they did. What an experience for them. True confidence and independence builder. An experience of a lifetime and I'm so glad I volunteered to go.

Enjoy the pics, in no particular order.
(the lady in the red coat would be me:)


BeachMama said...

Wow! Sounds and looks like such a wonderful time. So glad you were able to go and enjoy the time with the kids. Three days is a long time for four and five year olds to be away from their parents. Looks like you kept them so busy they hardly had time to miss them.

Silver Creek Mom said...

Looks like an awesome time was had by all. I don't know if I could let my 4 -5 year old go. UNLESS I went too.

Kudos for you and your kids for braving the cold.


nancy said...

Fantastic experience and memories for everyone. I love the look of all the little beds all lined up - looks very fancy for a 'camp'. Glad you had such a great time.

Valerie said...

How incredibly awesome. Looks like a truly wonderful time, but amazing that it's with kids so young. Makes us all rethink our kids and their abilities. Have to say, I'm envious - it looks totally fabulous.