July 13, 2011

My Fabulous Family at Camp

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

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June 30, 2011

Week Long Blog Hop Till You Drop Party

Hey Y’all,
I’m off to camp! While I’m gone, feel free to link up, follow each other and have a ‘fun’tastic time! Wish me luck since it’s my first time taking two babies under two to camp. I guess this is what great posts are made of!-)


Blog Hop Rules: This is a low key hop to find other blogs we can follow!

1. Follow the hostess, Epic Mom, and be sure to leave a comment so that I can follow you back when I get home from camp.

2. Link up your blog so we can check it out.

3. Check out some other blogs and if you find some blogs you love, become a follower and leave them an epic comment.

Happy blogging!

The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom…20,000 Leagues under the Laundry!

June 27, 2011

I Love Camp

So it’s that time of year y’all. Time to pack up our sleeping bags, our flashlights; insect repellent, swim suits and head off to camp. There’s nothing like it, meeting up with the other camp staff early Saturday morning, groggy yet buzzing with excitement as we mill around the parking lot connecting before we pile into our cars and head north to camp.

The drive always feels long, but as the buildings start getting farther apart you can’t help but roll down your window and take a deep breath of fresh air as you idly take in the picturesque scenery whisking past you. You sing camp songs, you nap for a bit, you munch on snacks, and you catch up with everyone in the car. And before you know it, you turn on to a narrow road that winds its way through a forest of majestic trees. Then you’ve arrived. The car stops, the engine turns off, you get out of the car to stretch your legs and it hits you – from the sparkling lake to the rolling hills, just how spectacular Gods creation truly is. And you feel anticipation knowing that in the next week those grounds will feel the walking, running, stomping, jumping feet of happy kids. The lake will be splashed in, rowed and canoed on. Cabins will house rowdy and quiet kids; neat kids who help make cabin clean up a breeze and messy kids with their clothes strewn everywhere.

As you can tell, I love camp. I love seeing our city kids enjoying the great outdoors. No video games, no computers, no cell phones, no i touch, no mall! They’re able to luxuriate in peaceful moments reading a book, making a craft, sitting on the dock with their heads together sharing stories. I am already yearning for the experience since I’ve missed out for a couple years due to terrible morning sickness in my pregnancy and recovering from childbirth. But this is a new year and I cannot wait to immerse myself in the experience.

And after a week of breathing the fresh air, singing around the campfire and connecting with my faith community, there’s no way I will be leaving without my relationship with God deepening and growing even stronger!

June 23, 2011

JDs 1st Birthday Party

So my baby has turned one year old! He’s now walking, waving and clapping. He can say mama, dada and a few other words, including his special variation of his big sister’s name. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t really been able to put as much planning into his birthday party as I’ve done with Brie’s. That being said, his party still rocked. We had it on Father’s Day and we had a great turn out of friends and family.

I chose a Sesame Street theme and as you can tell by the pictures, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. We had Count von Count’s Mac ‘n Cheese, Pop goes the Grover (pop station), chocolate Sesame Street characters on a stick, Bert and Ernie’s Juice Box Lounge, Oscar’s Garbage Pail Snacks (little cups at a station where you could fill them with a trail mix of gold fish, Cheerios, raisins). My girlfriend Laura brought an appetizer called Big Bird’s Nest which was a Chinese noodles and marshmallow melt topped with Smarties. My piece de resistance, was my Oscar the Grouch Punch, which was made with a couple bottles of Arthurs Green Energy drink and Ginger ale – definitely a new concoction for me but it was a huge hit. The party favour was a bucket and sand toys set. We provided foam letters so the kids and their parents could take a time out from the party, go inside to the activity table and apply the kid’s name to their chosen bucket.

My friend Sarah brought a picture frame (with a special scripture verse) that everyone was able to sign and leave blessings for JD. My little sister Alison had loads of fun games and prizes for the kids. The day was sunny and bright with a dazzling blue sky; perfect weather for the pool. What can I say reader, except it was a wonderful way to transition my little baby boy from an infant to a toddler.

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June 15, 2011

What do you get for an Epic dad

What do you get for the dad who is totally awesome? I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out what to get for my husband for Father’s Day. He’s such a solid guy, a hands on dad and a caring husband. He’s my BFF! Our daughter can draw a picture for daddy and our son can give him sloppy kisses and that would totally make his day. Although a card, and lots of kisses are both on my list, I feel this overwhelming need to step up my game and get him something epic. So here goes, maybe I will get him something that would make him laugh:
Star Wars

Or maybe I will get him something that he thinks is cute:

Daddy’s Girl Pink Pacifier

Or maybe I will get him something that is totally funky and cool:

Whatever I choose to give him, I will also add this poem that helps me to articulate just how much I appreciate him.

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it … Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~

So this Father’s Day, what are you getting for the ‘Epic dad’ in your life?