Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Camp

It’s been really quiet around the house today.  Too quiet.  I even got in a nap while Mia took her nap this afternoon.  I’m down three kids.  Jack and Ryan took off to scout camp for the week and Morgan went to Camp K until Friday.  That’s right, a full week without my little girl.  The one whose never slept away from her family.  I’ve been a nervous wreck these past few weeks.  Questioning my decision of signing her up for camp.  I started talking more about it with her last night.  We pulled out her camping list, started checking off the items as it got packed into her bag.  It made it easier on me as I saw her excitement grow and grow as we talked and packed.  “You’re going to go swimming, hiking, horseback riding . . . you’ll get to sleep in a cabin with lots of new friends.”  Her first words this morning when she woke up were all about camp.  She was ready and excited for her big adventure!

Jack and Ryan all packed up and ready to go!

The scout troop

Oh my goodness!  I can’t believe this little one is at her first camp!  I miss her so much already!  This is the longest I have ever been away from her while being home.  She’s my little homebody,  always by my side, wherever she is, I’m not far behind.  I’m hoping she is having a fun time and loving her new independence and new friends!

We all went with her this morning to check in.  She got a mini assessment and then a little tour of the camp and cabin areas.

We got her bed all set up for the week.  My girl likes her routines and bedtime is the one she is most particular about.  She has to have the exact same pillow case on her pillow and same blanket.  The blanket has a top and bottom (one that only Morgan knows) and she insists that the blanket be fixed if it somehow turned around and the top got down to the bottom.  The blanket needs to be straight and touching all of the corners of the bed without any of it being bunched up.  I started explaining her routine to the counselor when Gavin stepped in and reminded me that Morgan would be just fine.  Maybe the routine is more for me than her?  Haha!  She’s sleeping in the top bunk bed which is ideal.  She sleeps in the top bunk at home too.  After I got her bed all set up, she looked up and said, “There’s my bed (and then pointing to the bottom bunk) and there’s Hadley’s bed!"

Morgan with her new buddy and counselor, Gerber

We said our last goodbyes and smothered her with hugs and kisses and without any hesitation, she walked off and didn’t look back!

I may just need to drive up there and peek in on her sometime this week.  I can’t imagine going a week without a little glimpse of what she’s up to.  Mia is already missing her too.  On the drive up to camp, the kids watched Beauty and the Beast in the car.  Morgan, of course, was ‘Belle' and Mia was the 'four girls’ as they sang their parts in the car.  After we dropped Morgan off and got back in the car Mia realized she could be whoever she wanted to be and declared, “I’m Belle!!!”  After swimming lessons Mia told me that we needed to go get Morgan from camp.  That she needed to come home and play dolls with her.  I love watching the two of them interact and am so happy they have each other!  I know they will always share a special bond together!

Can’t wait to get my family all back together on Saturday and hear about all of their adventures!


Kristin said...

Oh my - even I got a little teary eyed thinking of Morgan heading off to camp. Hopefully it's a great experience for both of you :)

Grandma Bethany said...

Oh, this is making me cry...especially where Morgan mentioned where Hadley sleeps. I love how sweet Hadley is with Morgan when she goes to sleep and puts her arm up for Morgan to hold. Mia will be lost without her best friend. I might just have to go check on Morgan too!

The Michelle Show said...

So proud of Morgan! I bet you are far more upset then she is, and she's just having a blast and being so grown up!

Amy @ OurScoop said...

I can't even image how much you miss that little girl! Camp, this is big! Way to go Morgan for being so brave! I bet she is having a blast! I love camp K! It's so close to us.