This video was recorded in the fall/winter of 2004, when Jacob was two. He had been matching the butterflies in a file folder game I had made for my PreK class, and so I tried to video him doing it. He didn't fully perform on command, but he was and still is amazing.
This year camp was a totally difference experience for me anyway. 1. I didn't plan on going. I only found out I would be able to go a week out, then rushed to try to get things ready. 2. I was solely responsible for my cabin, except for a random extra older girl/grownup that was added at night each night. (A different person each night). In the past, I've teamed up with someone else and we shared all responsibilities. This time - I was the boss - totally - of "MY" girls. 3. For the most part, I was 100% relaxed. Last year, I had been overwhelmingly stressed about trying to figure out my personal life and an upcoming trip to New Mexico. . .so I went to camp HOPING to be able to put those stresses aside. Camp was viewed as an escape to some degree. . . and it was HARD to try to focus on anything but my personal life. . .blah blah blah. This year, I had NO other agenda than to just go to camp and try to enjoy it. 4. I've never been with first year girls. This was an amazing experience for me. I had an amazing group of four girls. . .and they trusted me fully, obeyed me completely, played with me, by the 3rd night, slept on the floor next to my bed. They all four bore their testimonies at the testimony meeting the last night - including the non-member! They told me my laugh was contagious, laughed at my jokes, told me long random stories, . . .it was a great experience for me! :)
I am going to Girls Camp this coming week. I hadn't planned on going, because its scheduling conflicts with my post-planning at school. However, I agreed to go last minute, and my principal was supportive (as always) with me taking time-off to go.
The theme this year is "Red, White, and Virtue" - encompassing both patriotism and virtue, the "new" Young Women Value that has joined faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, and integrity.
I am very excited to go. Every year I have gone to camp has been a remarkable experience. The first year or two I went as a young woman were not too great due to my awkwardness at those ages, but since going as a YCL and older, it has been amazing!
Here's Daisy from Girls Camp 2007. . . sporting a hairdo by me. This is the back of Daisy's hair. . .
Last year, the theme was "For Unto Us a Child is Born" - and everything was Christmas-y. We even had snow! (in June in Georgia!) Fun, Fun, Fun. Anyway, while I am not packed, and I haven't purchased everything I need to purchase, and planning and presenting skits always stresses me out, and giving and receiving Secret Sister gifts is always a challenge for me, I am so grateful that I get to go. Here is a video from the Mormon YouTube channel on Virtue . . . I love at the end where all the girls - babies to growup women are all in front of the temple and together turn and look towards the temple. Sweet! This summer, on the road trip for Jacob and me, I am hoping we get to visit many temples.
A few of my 3rd graders (the ones that hadn't been checked out already) were more than happy to pose for pictures!
I had checked Jacob out as he finished FIRST GRADE! and he came back with me to hang out in music for the rest of the day!
Posing with his "Rhode Island" project. Their school does an end-of-the-year "Literacy Day" and the kids read to their parents, have refreshments, etc., then receive report cards and can be checked out.
This morning, before leaving for our last day of school!
I AM! One more class today, then four more days of school, then one day of post-planning for me, and I am done with this school year! Then, off to camp for 5.5 days with the young women, then FREEDOM! (for a couple months anyway). :)