Santa Was Here! Santa Was Here!

Gotta love having Santa visit in July!!

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Unleeeeeess, you’ve been a naughty moose.

But I convinced Santa I changed my ways!  No more butt in the ice chest.  No more trying to steal the golf cart. No more trying to get on the hayride.

We had a great time last weekend!
It all started with our usual list of activities – Debbie and Brooke have fun stuff to do every day  – all day!  THIS weekend though, they loaded up with Christmasy stuff . . .

Like making Santa hats at arts and crafts!

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And playing field games, and having a snowball-waterballoon toss,jewelry making, parent/child horseshoe tournament and lots more!

By the time it was Sleigh Ride time . . .

okay, HAYride time . . .

my little campers were asking Tami and Debbie and Brooke over and over and over again when Santa was coming.

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Tami said, “Soon! I just talked to Santa and he’s on his way down from the North Pole!”

Debbie and Brooke handed out kazoos to distract us.

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We played them on the Sleigh Ride to help get everyone in the whooooole campground in the Christmas Spirit.  Although the Moms and Dads kept putting their hands over their ears.

I wonder what that means?

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Finally, after supper, it was time!  We all gathered at the campground entrance to wait for the Big Guy himself.

I asked Tami, “When will we know when he gets here?”

“Oh, you’ll know,” she assured me.

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Because Santa arrives in style!

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While Santa sat and talked to every little camper here . . .

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We played lots and lots of carnival style games, run by our teen volunteers!

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For prizes!!

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And I can’t forget the lazy man s’mores!

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We were all having so much fun with Frosty,

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the Grinch

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and Santa

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that we almost forgot about the handing-out-the-presents thing!

We all lined up and listened carefully for our names . . .

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Imagine! Christmas Presents . . .

In July!

From *gasp* Santa, himself!!

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Hanging out with Santa never, ever, ever gets old.

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AAAAAAaaargh! There Be Pirates!

Poland Spring Campground was overrun by pirates!

Those scurvy dogs sure were a busy lot! They raced from Storytime, to Bocci, Treasure Hunting , and jewelry making and sandcastle building too!

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Those scurvey dogs did it all!  From making parrots and eye patches and sporting tattoos .  . .

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to Scavenger Hunts, Pirate Training Games, Landlubber Games and Bubble Play!

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We knew we had a lot of pirates in the campground. You couldn’t miss them! They were in the store, renting boats, and splashing in the pool . . . but when Tami and I saw the big band of pirates that showed up at the lake to make  Fairy Houses . . . .

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We quickly signed up to join their motley crew!!

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We didn’t want to end up walking the plank like these guys here

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*Shudder*  No walkin’ the plank for me!  My fur gets all wet and stinky.

How I love meeting all my little camper pirate friends!

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We have the best times at Poland Spring Campground!!

Fourth Of July 2016

Yay!!!  David is our hero!!   He fixed this blog!!  There was some kind of crazy glitch in the WordPress’s update that kept Tami from uploading pictures . . . and if you know Tami – you know she can’t post on her blog without pictures.

Lots of pictures.

A gazillion-trillion pictures.

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(And by the way – Tami tried for weeks and weeks to figure out what was wrong.  David googled it and had it fixed in half and hour.  Sheesh! )

Now I can show off all the cool things we’re doing here at Poland Spring Campground!

Fourth of July Weekend was a B – L – A – S – T!!!

The best one ever!   (Tami says I say that every year – but I don’t think that’s true, do you?)

We had so many new campers and returning campers . . .

Young campers . ..

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and  . . .

Did you think I was going to say “Old” campers?   Pishaw!

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I was going to say NOISY campers!

But that’s because Tami and Debbie and Brooke handed out noisemakers for our Yankee Doodle Parade!

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If you wore red, white and blue on you or your bike . ..

you got a noisy prize!!

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And Tami told us all, right before we headed out – “Wake up all the campers out there! Let them know it’s time to have fun!”

So we did.

 

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That was one of the biggest Yankee Doodle Parades we ever, ever had!!

There were so many people, Tami had to take a pana . . . pana . . . romana . . .

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a really, really, really long picture – on her phone – to get everyone in!

There was so much to do . . . bocci, bubble play, prize bingo and Arts and Crafts at the Lake!

We made rockets and shooting star wands.

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We even played Colonial Kid Games, like marbles

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And the fun continued into Saturday too! There was Arts and Crafts to make Yankee Doodle Hats and Drums for the parade.  We made jewelry, shot water balloons in the playing field, and had a scavenger hunt.

But the Watermelon Eating contest was my favorite!

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Fourth of July Weekend is one of my favorites!

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There’s always so much to do!

Now I have to run – because tomorrow is Sunday, and Sunday always starts with Storytime . . . and at Storytime, there’s always great books!

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And Moose Mix!!  MMMMmmmmm!  My favorite snack!

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Shared with some of my little campers . . .

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I just hope there’s some left over for me!

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JUNE WAS A BLAST!!

June can be a quieter month, especially in the middle of the week . . . but the weekends!!  We had tons of fun!

David and Frank have been working hard to get the snack bar up and running.  Starting today, it’ll be open six days a week!  I’m so excited, ’cause they’ll be scooping ice cream!

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Black Raspberry is my favorite!! Yum!

Chinese New Year Weekend always kicks off our Summer Recreation Program.  One of my favorite activities is noodle eating . . .

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It makes for some messy, messy faces! Tami never lets me do it – cause she says it’s too hard to get out of my fur.  Thank goodness she doesn’t say that about the ice cream!!

We had arts and crafts in June too.  Look at these cool hats and fans we made last Saturday!  We all wore them to the hayride . . . .

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And we got some prizes.

These Chinese Finger Traps are tricky though!

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I got to hang out with so many of my little camper friends!

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One of my favorite activities is our story times  in the office circle.  Brooke read some pretty great books last week!

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And then she made Moose Mix!!  Mmmmmmmm!

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We all helped her mix in all the ingredients.

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And then shared the mix around the circle!

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We had some face painting in June too!  Turns out Brooke is pretty good at it!  Soccer balls, cheering logos,

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And . . . oh!  How cute!! Even my name!!

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This weekend we’ve got a campground full of campers and a recreation schedule full of fun!!    C’mon – make your reservations!

 

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

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Memorial Day Weekend was soooooooo . . .

much . . .

FUN!!

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We had arts and crafts, the waterballoon slingshot, jewelry making, relay races, a scavenger hunt, and . . .

A Pots and Pans Parade!!  We made really loud noisemakers and Debbie and Brooke gave us whistles too. They told us to go wake everyone up.

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So we did.

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We had a hayride too!  That was tons of fun!

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I even got over the the pool, to say hello to all my little campers.

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AND we played candy bar bingo!!!

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And that was all just Saturday fun!  You should’ve seen Sunday . . .

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We have lots and lots of cool stuff planned this Spring and Summer!  If you haven’t made your reservations, now’s the time!!

Thank you, Campers!

This weekend was an amazing one!  Mother’s Day and Clean Up all rolled into one . . .

Tami, David  and I think we have amazing campers. Every Spring, they sign up to camp and help us rake sites, culverts, roads, playgrounds and more.

And in return we give them donuts.

 

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I looooooove donuts.  But it’s not nearly enough!  Our campers work hard!

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Okay. Most of them do. I’m going to have to talk to that Ben. I want to know how he does that.

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After the Clean Up, kids gathered to make a special treat for their moms.

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Tami got all teary and stuff, when she read their notes to their moms.

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We’re looking forward to this 2016 camping season!  We have lots of fun planned!

Come and join us!

Helloooooo Campers!

 

I can’t stand it anymore!!!  It’s so booooooring around this place without all of you, my little campers!

The store’s closed, game room’s closed, pool’s closed, and worst of all . . .

The Snack Bar is closed!

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I’ve had nothing to write about . . . nobody to talk to . . .

well, except this guy.

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But he doesn’t say much.

And then just now,  I went into the house for a snack and saw THIS on Tami’s camp desk!  CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2016

Finally!  Sheesh!  It took her long enough.

Now I can start counting down to Camping Season!

Only 113 days until Clean Up Weekend!

Yes!

 

Labor Day 2015

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Tami about fell off her stool, when this grumpy camper walked in the store!  I mean, really??  What does he have to be grumpy about?  We had tons of cool things happening at the campground!!

There was our last Candy Bar Bingo of the season.  Our last Arts and Crafts.  The last Waterballoon Slingshot.  Our last Patriotic Parade

 

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Our last Horseshoe Tournament, Jewelry Making, and Hayrides, too.

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Our last group photo of 2015.

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Our last Storytime with Moose Mix . . . . HEEEEEEE-Y!

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I think I get it.

Darn it!  Now I’m grumpy, too!

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“Get up, Maxwell,” Tami scolded. “You’re antlers will stay droopy if you keep pouting like that. Go spit some seeds or something.”   Tami paused, then slapped a hand to her forehead.

“What’s the matter?” I asked.

“I can’t believe I just gave you permission to go spit.”  She sighed.

I laughed all the way to the Seed Spitting Contest!  That’s all I needed, was a giggle.  Tami’s so smart.

From there my little campers and I went to Bocci, Bubble Play, Kickball and lots more!!

One of the really cool highlights of the weekend was Trash Bag Theater!

We had four groups of kids, brave enough to play.  They each got a trash bag of random items, and they had twenty minutes to create a play, using each one of the items.  Then they performed their stories in front of the campground audience.  Sooooooo, much fun!!

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We had plays titled, Sideway Tales, The Witch and the Sword, Pollution Mystery, and Distracted Crows.  Great job everyone!!!

The recreation may be put away, but we aren’t closed yet!  We’ll be here until Columbus Day and the lake is prettiest this time of year.  Come and camp one more time!!!

Aliens!! Aliens Everywhere!

I forgot to mention that Poland Spring Campground was overrun by Aliens back in August!!

Aliens!!!  Everywhere!!

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No!  Not them!  Those are aren’t the aliens, those are my little campers.  Sheesh.  THEY played all kinds of games with Debbie, like flashlight tag, water balloon slingshot, jewelry making, space games . . .

and an alien slime eating contest.

Alien Slime!!!!

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Shudder!

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I was hanging out with them, minding my own business, when all of a sudden, Aliens started showing up all over the place!

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In the rec hall . . .

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In the office circle . . .

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I couldn’t escape them!!

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And I couldn’t get them to leave!  I dragged a couple of the littlest Aliens over to Tami and told them, “Here!  Here’s my leader!  You can have her!  Now go back to your planet!”

“What on Earth are you talking about Maxwell!?”  Tami asked.

“I think, HE thinks, we’re really aliens!”

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One of my little campers lowered their mask. “We just want to bounce!” she said, as she ran to the Space Walk Bouncy House.

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Tami put her hands on her hips.  “Maxwell?  Really?  Aliens in the campground?”  She took out her camera and started scrolling through the photos she’d taken all day.  “See?  They made masks and alien friends at Arts and Crafts.”

 

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I took the camera.  “Sorry. My bad. I guess I over-reacted.”  A shiny object going into the store caught my eye.  “Wait!” I dragged Tami to the store.  “So what about that?” I cried peering in the window.

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“Maxwell!  You’re letting your imagination run away with you!  For heaven’s sake, those are my friends!!  He’s an astronaut and she’s a school teacher.  For the last time, there’s no such thing as Aliens.  Now go play!”

She marched in the store.  I didn’t dare ask her about the next picture on the camera.

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But it looks like an Alien to me!

Where Have All The Campers Gone?

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It’s suddenly very, very quiet here! Where have all my little campers gone??

 

 

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Tami says it’s because everyone is back to school shopping and stuff.  Sheesh.

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Without my little campers to keep my company, I keep getting into trouble.  Tami yelled at me today for putting my butt in the ice chest.

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And then she fussed at me for ringing the bell on this bike over and over and over and over.  I liked the tinkling sound.

Tami did not.

It’s a good thing I still have Sammie to keep me out of trouble!

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We still have some good camping days left!!  Sci Fi Weekend is going to be a ton of fun!  And we stil have sites for Labor Day Weekend, but they’re going fast!!