summer camp

  • Aug 21, 2011
No one attended sports camps or dance camp, music seminars or even EFY this summer, but somehow there was always something to do.

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As our unofficial camp director, Xander was almost always in the center of the action whether it was baking banana bread,

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building Legos,

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crafting flower fairies with Mary,

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aren’t they gorgeous?

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stair sledding,

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hiking through wildflower fields,

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and organizing Wednesday tennis dates with Grandpa Fritz.

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Almost every day included a bike ride,

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reading on the front porch

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and writing fairy stories.

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Ever the indulgent brothers, Hans and Stefan allowed Mary to play beauty parlor.

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Turnabout is always fair play.

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Now my children are hanging over my shoulder–“You left out Wasp Wars and the chickens, rafting the Provo River, hiking to the cave…”

I can only capture a little; we mourn that our days slipped by too quickly. Tonight they are lining up their backpacks, gathering school lunch supplies and reminding Erik that they need blessings before starting school tomorrow. I wish we’d had another week or two of summer but I’m invigorated by their enthusiasm for fresh pencils and new classes. It’s time for me to finish all the tasks I’ve neglected; dot my i’s and cross my t’s.

And ever, always, every day at home is sweet.

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9 Comments

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    Lisa

    August 21, 2011

    Next year, We’re having summer camp at your house! I need to try stair sledding that looks amazing! And my girls always used to fix Dean’s hair and spray it with water…they called it “blackening Dad’s hair”!

    Ah summer…can it be gone already?

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    Jeanelle

    August 22, 2011

    What a lovely summer in your home. Been thinking about you and wishing you love and happiness. xoxo

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    Tracy

    August 22, 2011

    Happy Back to School to you all! We still have two weeks at home! Maybe I’ll send my kids out to play with you. xo

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    Blue

    August 22, 2011

    Funny, none of that banana bread ever ended up on my doorstep!

    Would it be strange to say congrats to Eric? He’ll be amazing.

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    annie

    August 22, 2011

    A lovely glimpse into your summer. My favorite picture by far is the “tennis one” where one boy has on one white sock and one black sock…That is totally my life. (I have four boys and two girls)

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    Cath

    August 23, 2011

    Michelle – I love this post SO much. All the photos are so precious. And I need a tutorial on those flower fairies. What’s most beautiful though, is your content. How you let them be. I love you.

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    Today's Gift

    August 23, 2011

    I love this post! Stair sledding looks so fun and Xander and Mary’s faces are priceless when they’re making the faries.

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    Judi

    August 23, 2011

    What a lovely family! I LOVE the nerd outfits!!! I only wish Bri’s school didn’t have a dress code! He would have been Nerd #3! Hope to see you soon!
    What a lovely summer you had.

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    Mormon Women: Who We Are

    August 24, 2011

    I’m trying hard not to be envious. This summer was really hard. I love sweet, simple summers.

    And, as always, I love how you capture the magic.

    ~Michelle

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