Family Camp 2016

Phinehas loves mini-golf. He wasn't impressed my skills, however.

Hiking on free day

Down at the beach!

The Twin Rocks beach before one of the lovely evening campfires!

Elena and Phinehas at dusk.
Building a sandcastle for the contest! Monica seemed to enjoy herself!

Watching the assembly line at the Tillimook Cheese Factory

What can I say?
Family Camp was great again this year! The weather wasn't too rainy and nobody got sick at camp! Everybody got sick right after camp with long lasting coughs, but nobody got sick AT camp, so I call that a win, right? For free day we went on a hike down to a beach, and then off to Cannon Beach for lunch and a visit to Bruce's Candy Kitchen. Zane stayed with us in our cabin this year - like Judah and Ezra, we hardly saw him! Family Camp is much, much easier once your youngest is potty-trained, I must say! The four older kids just ran wild and we'd check in on them at meals. Elena still stayed with one of us most of the time, though we were able to send her off with her big brothers or Monica a few times. I had been thinking that, with Judah being twelve and able to to babysit for us, that this was the year we'd be able to go out in the evenings after putting the kids to bed. Much to my dismay, I discovered that Judah and Ezra both preferred to stay out in the evenings and not go to bed early to accommodate my plan. Go figure! I couldn't bring myself to squash their fun arbitrarily, but NEXT year we will have a plan where certain people sign up to stay in on certain nights so that the rest of us get to go out and have fun, too!

Still, taking the kids to the campfire on the beach the last few nights of camp worked out incredibly well. The weather was amazingly lovely, fairly warm and not windy, and the kids had a lot of fun running around in the dark with their friends and making small campfires  - we adults watched nervously and occasionally curbed their pyromania a bit.


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