Sunday, June 16, 2013

Milo's Baptism

We celebrated Milo's baptism in the Villages today which made a double celebration for Dave's first Father's Day!


Greg and Lynda were the Godparents and the girls loved seeing their cousin, Gregory again!

 
Deacon John performed a special service for the family in the house...
 
 
Mike loves kids. He has so much fun entertaining the children with the full safety of knowing he can hand them back as soon as they cry or poop...:)
 
 
And I even tried my hand at feeding too - it was lovely:)

 
Congratulations Milo! And a special Happy Father's Day to all of the special fathers in our lives: Super Harry, Mike, Pete Sr. (in heaven), Pete Jr., Rich, Greg, Dave and Matt :)

Camp Wewa was the best!!!

After 5 and a half looooong days with no contact, we finally got to go and pick up Maddy from camp! She had the best time and tried out lots of new activities. Like yoga...
 
 
Swimming and Tubing in the lake...
 
 
Archery and Pioneering...
 
 
Rock climbing and Zip-lining !?:)...

 
Performing...


And, of course making new 'biffles' (BFFLs)...


She loved her camp counselor, Jess, who dressed as a cow (it was Western week) the whole time. Even in the pool :). Maddy wants to be a camp counselor just like her one day...

 
There was a special ceremony for the parents when we went to pick her up. Each group shared their camp cheers - even the little ones :)...
 
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So cute! And then they shared a fantastic powerpoint with pictures from the whole week. If you have a few minutes - take a look. Not sure why it makes me so emotional but I cry every time I watch it. Maddy is in a few of the pictures but regardless, it's so beautiful to see the impact of this amazing experience on all of these children. Camp Wewa is totally incredible and I'm not sure that Maddy will ever forget it:) 
 


Sunday, June 09, 2013

Camp Wewa

Summer is officially here so we dropped Maddy off at camp today. Camp Wewa (link to website here!) is a residential summer camp set in the Apopka woodlands and surrounded by lakes. Operated by the YMCA, Wewa camps offer kids and teens growth opportunities in self-confidence, leadership, friendship and faith. The emphasis is on outdoor fun and adventure, and activities are designed to help them develop responsibility, self-esteem, leadership skills and create new friendships through teamwork. There are no electronic devices allowed at camp so this will be the first time that we have been away from our baby without even being able to call or text :(.

When we arrived, we were more nervous than she was but the place looked totally amazing and I'm sure she will have a fantastic time:).

Look at the rock climbing wall!

 
Maddy's cabin...

 
Maddy's camp counselor...

 
Camp chapel...

 
Fire pit by the lake...

 
There are so many activities, even archery!

 
She couldn't wait to shake us off (we are at that age where me and Mike are "sooooo embarrassing") so we left and decided to stop off at Lake Apopka on the way home. We saw some awesome birds today. Firstly, this guy in the parking lot...

 
Such a show off :)...

 
Then my first American Eagle sighting!!
 
 
And a red shouldered blackbird...


Lake Apopka was full of baby gators


If I was an osprey, I'd build a nest right here too :)

 
So now we are wondering what to do with ourselves for a whole week. Thank God Mike managed to set up the DVD finally. We only moved in 8 mths ago - I think that's a record ;)

 
Hope you have the time of your life Maddy - missing you already...:)

Our pride and joy...

Madison received a special award at her school for achieving all As and Bs for the past 3 years. We are so proud of her! Great job Maddy!!

 
I can't believe she'll be in High School after summer....