From Camp with love

Friday, June 6, 2014
Kate seems to be having a blast at camp!!!

Lots of people have asked how I am doing.  I am doing well.  I have not had one moment of anxiety or nervousness or worry for her.  But I have had a few sudden waves of emotion where I just miss her terribly.  They come on suddenly and pass quickly.  But I miss her smile, her laugh and her joy.  It is almost impossible to be in a bad mood around Kate because she's so happy.  She's my buddy.  I miss her bright, sunshiny self.  I really enjoy my kids' company. {And let me say I have been loving some special time with Harry this week.  Will has been working a lot and has water polo practice too:( }

Of course, I search the camp parent website a few times daily for any photos of Kate. It is easy to spot Kate because there are exactly 2 Chinese girls at camp this week!!!  And there have not been as many photos as I would like.  In fact, I was really disappointed on her birthday (Tuesday) when there was not one photo of her! I just needed to see her little face that day.

I did get a call from the camp Mom and she told me Kate is having fun and that she got her 3 top class choices (cooking/baking, equestrian care and hip hop).  She is making lots of new friends and having fun.  

Here are a few photos from camp....


Cabin mates Day 1

These are from the first day with her cabin mates and dancing...

dancing day one

On the waterfront with someone we know from home:)

water slide

Western Night...

Western Night

western


A frozen themed party...

frozen


These are from Kate's cooking class...

cooking corner

Can you spot her in the middle above?  She's clearly the youngest/littlest in the cooking class.
I hope the big girls actually let her cook:)

\\cooking class

(she's in the front right corner)

This is my favorite picture so far...

Equestrian

new friends

  I was so cheered up when I saw these last two photos this afternoon.
 She looked so happy and so in her element.  I as SO glad she went away to camp.  
It has been worth my waves of sadness.

Then I spotted these letters that came today.  So funny.  I send self addressed stamped stationery with the boys each year and they NEVER write (except for the one little postcard the counselors make them send).  I gave Kate 3 little notecards and all 3 came today (one for me and Dave, one for my Mom (Mimi) and one for Harry).  I am so thrilled that she wrote to us.  The boys need to step up their letter writing this year!

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Kate spells very phonetically:) And she has dyslexia so she transposes some letters too.
 I'll translate if needed...

Dear Mom and Dad,
I am having a blast at camp.  The bus is a really long time.

So what is going on at our house?

A list of what happens:
The shower is freezing.
Horse back riding is not as fun as I thought but I do like it.
I had a swimming test and the water is freezing.
I went to the camp store.
I made new friends.
I am in Katie's cabin.

Love,
Kate



13 comments:

  1. Wonderful news. She seems to be having a blast. I hope that makes you feel better too. Loved her letter too. Can't wait to see the pictures of her when she gets home.

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  2. That was interesting when I was reading Kate's letter. I have followed your blog since before you went to China to get her. My daughter will be 8 in Aug. and I just had her fully evaluated and she has dyslexia too. We are doing vision therapy this summer with a local optometrist. It is so hard to see them struggle like that. When I saw Kate's b's and they were made into d's and how she phonetically spells things...I knew before you even said that she has what Annika has. I just love your family. You are doing such a wonderful job rearing your children. I have 3 boys who are 26, 24 and 20....so yes, please enjoy every second with your children....they will be gone before you know it. And I am only 47....so I feel like it all went in a blink.

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  3. That camp looks like a blast and I love the sweet letter she sent you guys! How fun! But, I bet you are excited for her to come home!

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  4. I knew exactly what she was saying! So adorable. She does look like she is having so much fun. I went to overnight camp once and got so homesick I never went back. I was a bot older and all the girls had been going to camp together for years. Wish I had started younger!

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  5. This is SO CUTE! Brings back so many happy memories of me going to camp when I was a little girl. I know your reunion will be worth the waves of sadness!

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  6. Glad that she is having such a great time. It's a big step for her and it seems that she is handling it all so beautifully. You must be relieved!

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  7. How precious!!!! Summer camp is my fondest memory of growing up!

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  8. I just came across your bog & I will definitely be reading along now! This is such a sweet post and it really looks like she is having so much fun at camp. I am a dance teacher and it made me smile to see that she is taking hip hop class :) She will love it! Looking forward to reading more of your posts

    xo Kelli

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  9. How cute to watch Kate grow up. I hope she enjoys the camp!

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  10. I understood the letter perfectly. I giggled at the "double comment" about the freezing water. She looks like she is having a GREAT TIME!! There is NO WAY they would have gotten Bre of that horse!! That child LOVES horses!!!

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  11. Camp looks incredible!!! And Kate's letter? Beyond precious! A keeper to be treasured for many years to come. No problems understanding it at all! She certainly got her points across....the water at camp is freezing, btw! Lol! Love it!

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  12. Wow, that sounds like an awesome camp! Wish my daughter had a camp like that to go to. I'm in NW Indiana and I don't know of any camp around that offers any of those activities. Glad your daughter is having a great time.

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  13. Oh my word! This might be one of my favorite posts yet! It looks like Kate had an amazing time at camp! How fun to see all of these pictures too!

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