A Crazy Wonderful Week

Well. Family Camp.  It was amazing.  And not just because I had low expectations.  I just didn't

 expect this  all week long!

And while I would love to delight you with all 400 photos, I must save some of my vacation splendor for the little Sizzlin’ Summer Vacation Spectacle that I’m hosting on August 29th.  You can read all about the giveaway-linky-frenzy, here.  You don’t want to miss it!

I will say, it was one high  after another

While the kids ran amuck with their counselors at Family Camp, the parents participated in an amazing parenting conference, focusing on raising great kids.

Umm, yeah . . . we completely needed it! (I’ll be sharing some of the fabulous parenting tips I learned later next month)!

I thought I would share the two parts of Family Camp I mentioned the other day: the  theme nights and the talent show.

Theme Nights:

It's a Mystery

THAT family disguised themselves into various characters for the evening.

It was scary.

This woman looks familiar, but she's a real enigma.

Sixties Night (I'm so glad we didn't listen to my son who thought it was sexy night!)

Aren't we groovy?

I'm at Peace!

Fiesta Night was muy caliente! 

I fell desperately in love with these two Latinos on Fiesta night!

The Talent Show

THAT family entered the talent show, but we forgot the peanut butter (much to hubby’s relief) for our family’s disgusting skit.

God is good.

So, we created a magic ‘enlarging machine’ thanks to reader, Wendy M. for the idea.

What happens when you throw a rag in? . . . . you get a towel!

What happens when you put in some coins? . . . . you get a $5 bill!

What happens when you spit into the machine?  Ask the front row, who were doused with a water gun!

And this is what happens when you throw a toy baby doll in the machine hidden behind the curtain! You get a live one . . . 

Who discovered a new love for all things sticky! Hey, it was her vacation too!

THAT family came home dirty, tired and committed to one another.

We even had time to be alone and reconnect! (My new favorite picture because we were on a boat, watching the sun set!  I'm telling ya'll this camp was something else!) Notice how many times I've used !!! in this post?

Check out this Pine Cove button  .  If you want to experience a trip of a lifetime and grow closer to God as a family, this is for you! I don’t think I’ve ever been served in a greater capacity, laughed more or challenged greater.  We also met some amazing families. 

Make plans to link up at the Sizzlin Summer Vacation Spectacle and you’ll see what other kind of fun was had by THAT family!

P.S.  I'm happy to report that we did not make ONE visit to the ER during our week at Family Camp. We only had to seek out the camp nurse for bug bites, a blister, a sore throat and my son's bleeding gums from the tooth he lost. We did map out the nearest major medical center, because I like to be prepared.  I'm just sayin'.


Marianne Thomas said...

What a fun week -- I'm clicking the pinecone button right now.

Loving the pix and glad you guys survived intact!


Muthering Heights said...

Wow, it sounds like an AWESOME family vacation!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Sounds like one amazing family camp! Looks like good times were had by all. You've got a beautiful family.

Crayl said...

Now that looks like a fun week! And Hurray! No ER!!

Valarie said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time!! I am going to click the pine cone also. :)

By the way lovin the pants wear did you find them? :)

P.S. He loves you... said...

How very COOL so happy your family was blessed to be able to go there!

Lisa J said...

That is an awesome deal to have a "family" camp. I have never heard of this before. What a wonderful way for a family to vacation yet grow closer and learn how to be a stronger family. This is truly an amazing concept. I will be checking out the pine cone button!

Anonymous said...

That sounds amazing- alhtough a little boring without an ER visit. Maybe next year...

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Too fun! I will be clicking the pine cone, too...

I have to tell you, those are the most unusual pants I've ever seen! They were perfect for your outfit!

Kudos on the skit, too. I was looking forward to hearing about the toothbrush skit, but this sounded fun, too!

Michelle Pendergrass said...

No ER visits? God is SO good!! LOL

We have one closer, somewhere in Michigan, though I can't remember the name of it. My friend who moved to San Antonio just drove all the way up here for it over 4th of July. I'm fowarding her the Pinecone link.

The Apron Queen said...

Oh. I so wish that I'd have known about this! Looks like awesome family fun. And it's not far from me either. Maybe next summer! :)

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Jenn said...

Sounds like you had a great vacation!

Caution Flag said...

What a wonderful experience for your family! (But it did look like a lot of work preparing for all those theme nights and skits!)

MoziEsmé said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! Congrats on no trips to the ER!

marky said...

What a fun post! Makes me wish my family could attend family camp! Thanks for sharing a taste of how God blessed your family this week.

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

I'm jealous! What fun!!

JMBMOMMY said...

I grew up going to Pinecove camps! Just love it there. What is the name of the camp you went to--I looked at it a few months ago considering the family ones, etc.?

blessedwith5 said...


I am envious of your wonderful get away together time! It looked wonderful!

Threeundertwo said...

Love that skit! Looks like such a fun week! We have got to find one of these.

Suzie said...

What a fun fun week. I had no idea you were so THIN!!!! Rock on!

Mom of TWO Princesses said...

Sounds like you all had a great week! Looks like a lot of fun!

Carolina Mama said...

What an awesome camp! Something to look forward to for sure. Love your peace out! ;)

Nancy M. said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast! The pictures are great! Glad you didn't have to visit the ER.

Amy said...

I love those 60's glasses! Looks like fun!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like an amazing week! Did you know about all the themes before hand so you had to pack all that stuff with you?

Pregnantly Plump said...

Sounds like a great camp! Very fun.

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

Looks like you had a blast!!

LifeatTheCircus said...

That sounds like a WONDERFUL week! I could see us enjoying something like that when the kids get older!
GREAT job on the costumes and I love that your son thought it was sexy night instead of 60 night... wouldn't quite be a family camp I am guessing if it was the other way around!

Joanna said...

Looks and sounds like y'all had a ton of fun!!!

Tammy said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all. I wish our church would do something like that. I might have to put a bug in somebody's ear!

I love the enlarging machine. That may come in handy one day!!

Glad you're back!

3cookieday said...

Your kids are adorable. I laughed at your youngest in the family pictures. She didn't look too excited. She's such a cutie!

Karen said...

That camp sounds awesome - what a wonderful way for families to have a good time while drawing closer to God.

Lynn said...

You are inspiring...and creative...and hilarious...and FUN!!! Looks like a great way to spend a family vacation. Did anyone else have costumes as cool as yours? Can't wait for more!

Happy Mommy said...

I was mentioning to Hd tonight that your family went to Family camp and I wonder where such a thing is and what do you do and then you post all about it. It sounds like an amazing trip! I love the costumes!

iPost said...

FUN and GOOD TIMES! I am anxious to hear more!

The Fritz Facts said...

Those pictures are wonderful!! I love the skit. I think my cabin did something like that one year at camp...I will have to hunt up pictures.

Bubba's Sis said...

We're going to a Family Camp very similar to that over Labor Day weekend - it's at the same place I just went for Moms' Summer Camp. It's called Camp Allen and it's in Navasota, Texas. It was great!

Looks like ya'll had a BLAST! Can't wait to hear more about it!

heather said...

This soulds like soo much fun! I would love to participate in something like this.

Colleen said...

I'm imagining that pic of your youngest with that big sucker on her blog someday. :O)

D... said...

That looks like so much fun! I can't wait to hear more about and to see more pictures.

Sarah said...

Oh, my goodness, that looks like so much fun! My husband wants to take off with a pop up camper next summer, but I must say that looks like a better option!

Lilypad Mom said...

It looks and sounds like a wonderful time!

Jai said...

Love some Pine Cove. We visited frequently for singles retreats before I was blessed w/ my man. What a wonderful time and great pictures.

I have heard many great things from friends who go every year for family camp. Perhaps we should jump on the bandwagon next year.

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