Tuesday, July 14, 2009

China Camp

Getting the campers ready for a group pic - not a great shot, but I wanted to post one that showed how many campers there were,but didn't show the campers faces

Last week, our girls attended China Camp in Tulsa, OK (hosted by Dillon International). This was our 11th year to attend camp -- we started when Emily was just 2 years old. As usual, a fun time was had by all! This was a year of changes for our camp time though...a new facility with more room, a new child for us (which means we didn't help with anything during camp), staying in a hotel instead of with our friends (they moved), and Emily was a CAP (counselor apprentice) instead of a camper! Wah! Can't believe she's old enough for that!!

Allyson was in the dragon group this year; Claire was in the Ox group. The girls participated in classes of Chinese language, cooking, kung-fu, art, etc., and came home with some really cute projects. Emily led a group of 2nd graders to all of their classes, and said she really enjoyed her time with them.

Claire with friend/fellow camper, Lilli -----------Allyson making a Chinese "book"

After camp each day, the hotel pool was THE place to be. There was a great indoor pool play area for little ones, and Max fell in love with the frog slide.

Allyson celebrated her 11th birthday while we were in Tulsa. Since we had to postpone her birthday party due to camp, we took her out to dinner at a restaurant of her choosing for a small birthday celebration with another China family. Allyson chose Casa Bonita because she loves their simple cheese enchiladas (& their arcade).

Since we stayed in a hotel this year, Emily's travel group wasn't able to spend the special time together that we've enjoyed in the past. Thanks to the K family though, we had one special evening at their home. They aren't part of our travel group, but they opened their home to our group and served us a nice dinner, allowed the kids to play in the pool and hot tub, and gave the adults our social time. Thanks Rebecca and family!

Max enjoyed the swings at the K family home

Late Saturday afternoon, we headed home. The girls watched a movie, and Max went back and forth between napping and crying (ALL the way home! ugh!).

This was the view from my rear view mirror on the way home. At one point, there were two sets of feet, but one pair went down just before I took the shot. Not a bad shot from a driver who just held the camera up, hoping for a good picture eh?


Kimi said...

I saw that you commented on my friend Kim's blog. I hopped over to visit your blog and noticed that you have a Max too. GREAT name:-)! We didn't make it to China camp this year because my Max was to young to attend but we will be there next year...YEA!!

You have a beautiful family!

Another Kim :-)

Kim said...

Looks like everyone had such a great time at China Camp. We so wanted to go, but it just didn't work out this year. Maybe next year we can meet all our "bloggy" friends.
Kim(Mom to the chili peppers and a Dillon mom too)

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Seems like you had a great time... certainly looks like alot of fun...

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

That sounds like so much fun, and such a great experience for the kids.
Out of curiosity, are there many boys at camp?

Tell Allyson I also love Casa Bonita. Did they reopen near the old location? I haven't been in years...

AZMom said...

Glad to hear there are China camps accessible if we do move there :)

Looks like a lot of fun!

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