Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Back to Camp Jewell!!

During February break the kids and I and a bunch of our friends headed back to Camp Jewell for Winter Family Camp. This year we rallied even more families to go and ended up in two different cabins. I was weary that it could never be as good as last year. But this year proved just as good....if not better!!

Obviously with this crazy winter of snow, we had no concerns that we wouldn't be partaking in snow activities. Last year I never made it on one of the early morning snowshoe hikes so this year on the first morning I mustered enough energy (after a bad night's sleep..ugh) to head out with a small group of energetic boys. The snow was crunchy and not that great for snowshoeing, but we climbed up to the summit on that beautiful morning. Admittedly, I was partially motivated to take the trip for the photos.

Stanley the pig was still there and eating all of our meal leftovers....

We took our turns at target sports. Chica was insistent on loading and shooting the bb-gun all by herself. Yikes! I had to casually direct the barrel to her target......

A couple of cute snapshots of the kids...

Broomball was a popular activity for our large group of (competitive) boys. We had many little games and then entered 3 teams in a Broomball tournament one afternoon. The moms put together a team and there were two teams of our boys and one other family not part of our crowd. It might as well have been an NCAA final four game. Ben scored for his team to win it with about 2 seconds left.

The Champions!

And the mom's team took a bronze. It was so fun!!

Tubing conditions were great and the kids took turns sailing over this big bump and catching some air!

A break for hot chocolate!

The littler ones were such troopers climbing back up the hill with the tubes. Sometimes they needed to stop for a rest....

One afternoon a small group of us tried our hands at ice fishing while another group went on the hay ride. I knew from last year that it was a nice time to relax and it was a glorious day. Our group hooked the worms and dropped the lines in hopes to catch something. I would've bet large sums of money we would come up with nothing.

The crew from the hayride met us later at our fishing holes. Jack sat down and fiddled around with the line of one of the poles. Then he announced that he think he caught something. I really didn't believe him, but as he began pulling out the line it looked very taut. He pulled and pulled and before we knew it, a large fish erupted from the hole. We all squealed in excitement and disbelief! It was no small fish!!

Our last rainy morning the kids all took turns again at the Flying Squirrel.

There were also lots of candles and crafts made and a lot of fun just hanging out with friends at the cabin. Another great time at Camp Jewell!

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