Last year the boys went to summer camp. For 3 weeks. Yes, at ages 7 and 10 they were at overnight camp for 3 weeks. And they did amazing. They became more independent. They made friends. They spent time out in nature after 5 years of city living. They got to do things without their mom yelling “Don’t do that! Don’t touch that! Don’t climb on there!”, amongst many other mom type sayings 😉
They had such a great time that we decided that it was a good idea for them to go again this year. After all, they talked non stop about their experiences after they got home last August. Of course after we signed them up, Aidan decided he didn’t want to go. Too late! In the end, he had a great time as you’ll see by all his smiles.
Josh timed his trip home with the kids’ trip up to camp. The primary reason we chose Camp Wekeela was because this is where Josh and Becky went as kids. It was a great camp then and it’s a great camp now! The bonus this year – Liam’s BFF from Spain, Quinn, was going to be joining him. Does it really get any better than that?
We drove up on a Sunday and unfortunately when we got there, it was pouring rain. But that didn’t make the amp any less welcoming. The counselors were in great spirits and remembered both of the boys, making them at ease right away. Aidan was nervous about being away for 3 weeks again and got a little teary at one point. Liam, on the other hand, pretty much just high fived us and said we could go along our merry way – he was fine.
Over the course of the 3 weeks, Josh and I wrote to the kids regularly. Oddly Josh was the only one getting letters back. I didn’t care as long as one of us heard from them except for the fact that I had this nagging feeling that perhaps they weren’t getting my letters (which are sent via email – and the kids respond via letters that the camp scans and then emails to the parents). Call it mother’s intuition, but I was right.
After working out the logistics with camp, the kids were able to get my messages. Unfortunately at that point, Liam was annoyed that he hadn’t heard from his mom. It’s something he will hold over my head for years to come (seriously, not joking here). Thankfully, they started to get my letters after that and Aidan wrote regularly including one letter asking for more socks of all things! Liam wrote just the one he sent to Josh. His reasoning was that he was having too good of a time to write. I’ll take that reason!
We had one phone call each during the 3 weeks. Aidan was having a great time. Liam was too… and not wearing any underwear (as he had previously warned us he would doing). They were actually very busy watching a big soccer match when I called and seemed put off by having to leave it to talk to me. Again, if they are having fun – I’m ok with playing second fiddle!
During the 3 weeks, they played every conceivable sport possible, they spent tons of time in the lake, including doing some tubing! They climbed a mountain. They took part in Color Wars (their team, green, won!). They made some new friends and reconnected with old ones.
The pictures don’t come close to covering all the things that they did over the 3 weeks but suffice it to say they were pretty tired when they got home. Getting them back to my parents the day before we headed back to Amsterdam, we had one last day with Josh’s parents who made the drive up with me the night before. I put Liam in the tub as soon as we got back to my parents and the water immediately turned brown from all the dirt on his little body. I guess another sign of a great time!
We don’t know what next year has in store for us as far as camp goes. The kids are in school until the middle of July and our lease is up in August which means another move at some point. So not sure how the logistics will work out or if we’ll need to take a year off, but regardless, these boys have made memories for a lifetime over the last 2 summers. Thanks Camp Wekeela!
Knuffels en kussen,