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!!

Halloween One 2015!

 

The Halloween decorations went up on Thursday the 13th,  and all the little campers were most excited!!

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Our usual Thursday recreation has Sandcastle building on the playground . . . .

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And boy-oh-boy, did they ‘go to town’ with their building!  Look at the details!  The American Flag . . . the roads . . .

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And is that a bridge??  Impressive!

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What a cute little city!

On Friday, after Storytime, Bocci, and Bubble Play, Debbie took the little campers to the lake for a Nature Walk.  Along the way, they picked up all kinds of nature items to make Lake Monsters for the Costume Party on Saturday.

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FINALLY, Saturday was here! The BIG DAY!  Kids stampeding all over the place!!

At Arts and Crafts, we made site markers so the campers could mark their sites if they were giving out candy. We made lots and lots and lots of them . . . .

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In hopes there’d be lots and lots and lots of campers TO give out candy.

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Then we made Frankensteins!

Eureka!!

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It’s Alive!!!

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Well, kinda-sorta alive!!!

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We shot water balloons, made jewelry, had an adult horseshoe tournament and joined the  scavenger hunt and THEN . . .

It was witch’s stew eating time!!!

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Tami just won’t let me do this, no matter how hard I try!!  I pleaded!  I begged!!  But she firmly said no!

I wonder why?

 

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We tried to have a Pumpkin Parade . . . we gathered .  . .

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But all of a sudden we heard rumbling and Tami cried, “Is that THUNDER????”  She and Debbie shooed us inside as fast as they could.  We played games instead and tried to guess the how many candy corns were in the jar.

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We kept one eye on the skies as the minutes ticked by . . . . 3 o’clock.  4 o’clock.  The skies cleared a bit and the sun peeked out.  5 o’clock.  6 o’clock.

6:30!!  Time for Tami to give the rules!!  And then she makes us pose for a group photo.

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Before she finally sends us out to trick or treat!!

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We got tons and tons of candy!!

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When we’d gone to every campsite that had a marker, we went down to the lake for a costume party and snacks.

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We all love having the party at the lake!

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There’s all kinds of cool games to play for prizes.  And Sammie gives Tattoos too!

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She said the magic spell, tapped the tattoo with her wand and Abracadabra!!  The perfect Tattoo!

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I was amazed!!!  Maybe this time, finally, after all these years, the tattoo would stick to my fur!!  I crossed my fingers to help the magic . . .

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But it didn’t work.  Sigh. One of my little campers gave me a ghost sticker though!  I love my little campers!

And their costumes!

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Before the party ended, I made sure to get myself a Halloween Frosting Stick and a glass of Tami’s special punch.

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Choosing the sprinkles is always the hardest decision!

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When I saw the sun setting over the lake, I was so sad. I didn’t want Halloween to end.  I wanted to hang out with my little campers for ever and ever.  And ever.  I scuffed my feet in the dirt when Tami told me it was time to go.

 

But a pretty girl came over to tell me Halloween wasn’t ending yet!!  We had a whole week of recreation ahead of us!

“And trick or treating?  Another party?” I asked.

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“We’ll do it all over again next Saturday”, she said, before giving me a kiss right on my nose.

Yes!!  Halloween again!!  I can’t wait!!

 

Fairy Tale Weekend

Sometimes, it takes a couple years for a theme weekend to catch on and become big. Not so with Fairy Tale Weekend!!! We started with Bubble Play, a Fairy & Gnome treasure hunt, and Cottage Building for the wee folk  . . .

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Some of our characters gave a shout out to a special friend of ours, who’s staying at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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How I loved meeting all the characters!

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Shrek and Fiona were a huge hit!!

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We made Magical Wands and Fairy Tale Character headbands at Arts and Crafts.  There were lots and lots of spells being tossed around the hay wagon, I tell you!  I was worried I’d get changed into a toad or something.

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And check out these knights in shining armor!!  Very impressive!  I’d let them guard my gate against fire breathing dragons any time!

 

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We had so many beautiful princesses too!

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And Noble Kings.  Doesn’t he look wise beyond his years?

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Here is Girl Scout Troop 1655 in Harpswell.  They worked hard selling cookies this year and earned a camping trip.  Maxwell Moose bragged to everyone he knew that they chose OUR campground to visit.   Thanks girls!!!

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Princess Megan was beautiful in all her finery!!

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Peter Pan came to visit too, with Tiger Lily, Wendy, Tinkerbell and a Lost Boy!!

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I finally got a chance to meet Shrek face to face!  He’s not a bad guy really, if you can get past that onion smell.  Tami was taking our picture for the big guy, when .  . .

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Fiona just had to go and photobomb us.

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Personally, I think she was a little jealous, since Shrek had just gotten a big ‘ol smooch from Paula.

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Here’s the whole Poland Spring Campground Fairy Tale crew!!  Thanks again for visiting us everyone!!

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This theme will be on the schedule for 2016 for sure!!

Fiesta 2015!!

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Fiesta Weekend was so much fun, Sammie and Debbie started dancing in the street!

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There was soooooooo much to do!  We played bocci, had a Penny Hunt, shot water balloons with the slingshot and made sombreros and maracas at Arts and Crafts!

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There was jewelry making, South of the Border field games, horseshoe tournament, scavenger hunt and a seed spitting contest.

You heard me!

A

SEED

SPITTING

CONTEST!!

Shhhhhhh – dont’ tell Tami.  She doesn’t like spitting. Especially when Moose spit.

But she does like hayrides with all her little campers dressed up in their sombreros

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aaaaaaaaand,

she loooooves Fiesta Parties!!!

Ours had all kinds of carnival games, and we got to try them all as many times as we wanted for the prizes . . .

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We shot darts at balloons . . .

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Got a tattoo from these lovely young ladies . . .

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My little campers and I tried to dance ping pong balls from a tissue box around our waist.

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I used every Moosey-dance move I had!

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I tried to ring-a-bottle, but when I wasn’t looking,  Justin covered them with his sombrero.  So when he wasn’t looking, I cheated. A little.

I know. I know.  Tami said the same thing. So then Justin and I did it the “right” way and I won!

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Hunter gave me the rules to the Stack-the-cans-on-the-plate-sitting-on-the-water game.  “You only have a minute!” He said.  “Ready . . . set . . . go!”

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What?  A minute??    Soooo much pressure!  I could only get three of them!

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One of our favorite carnival party snacks are the sopapias Debbie and Ron make.  Yum!!  I like mine with honey.

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Afterward, I tried to get in the bouncy house with my friend RJ . . .

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I asked really, really nicely.  But David said no for the tenth year in a row!!

He said my antlers were too big!

 

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Can you believe this guy????

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“Maxwell,” David said, “Your age group is breaking their pinata . . . go help them.”

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So I did!!

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Sadly, I was not the one to break it wide open, but one of my friends did!  And we all got bags of candy!!

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A huge Thank you to all our helpers! We couldn’t run the party without you!

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The Super Heroes of Poland Spring Campground

This year’s Super Hero Theme Weekend started like any other .  . . we had sandcastle building on the playground . . .

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and my little campers and I talked about what Super Heroes we wanted to be this year.

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The sandcastles were amazing!!

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We have all kinds of fun, everyday!  All day!  But we really had a wicked good time building boats and racing them in the pool!  We were supposed to go to the lake, but we decided to stay close to the rec hall on account of the thunder we heard in the distance.

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Friday night we had Candy Bar Bingo!  There were lots and lots of winners!

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Stand Up Bingo games are my favorite.

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On Saturday we made our Super Hero disguises . . . even Megan . . . Ahem . . . I mean, Super Megan, of course.

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Debbie and Super Megan helped us to make capes,

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And masks and arm bands too!

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Which we wore to Super Hero Tryouts.

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There were a lot of Super Hero Wanna-be’s!

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We learned to work as a team . . .

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run through obstacles . . .

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leap tall buildings . . .

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Everyone worked hard!  But we also had a lot of fun.

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And Debbie proclaimed us Official Poland Spring Campground Super Heroes!

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Suddenly, Tami got a call from Paula in the office!  Thor’s Hammer had been stolen by some really old, really evil guy and his gang.

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Did I mention how evil they were?

As they marched toward us, they gained more minions!!!

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And just like that, the line was drawn across the playing field.

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We bit our nails!

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Tami gave a really long pep talk about honor . . . and valor . . . and upholding the Poland Spring Campground Way!

And that was great and all, but when Debbie pulled out two crates of water balloons, and the slingshot, we gave a rousing cheer!

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It was the villains turn to look worried.

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The games were on!  We slung balloons . . .

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And they fought them off!

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We kept a close eye on the battle . . .

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Soon, I could see that we had them beaten!

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And Tami yelled, “Charge!! Get the Hammer!!”

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They knew they had lost.

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We saved the day for all the Poland Spring Campground campers!!

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Our Super Heroes are the bravest . . .

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Smartest!

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Strongest . . .

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most honorable Super Heroes in all the Universe!!

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Well done, Justice League, well done.

Ho Ho HO! Christmas In July!

 

Christmas is sooooo much fun!  And its even more fun in July!

Except for the waiting part.  Sigh.  That’s hard, really hard.

Debbie and Megan tried hard to keep us busy so we wouldn’t think about it so much.  We had a Bocci tournament, and a snowball hunt, made giant Bubbles, and played reindeer games in the field.

We had Arts and Crafts every day, too!  And we made lots of Christmas-y stuff to hang on our campsites to remind us Santa was coming.

Like Christmas Wreaths from pine cones . . .

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And Sleigh-boats at the lake ~

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so we could float them!  Then we had a contest to see who’s boat could hold the most presents!

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We made elf hats to wear to the Christmas Party

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And some Christmas jewelry too.

 

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We even had a Santa Decorating contest.  We decorated real live kids!

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And oh my goodness ~ I thought they were the Big Guy, himself! I thought Santa had come early!  Don’t they look good?

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But, after all that, we still had some waiting to do. So we had a hayride and sang Christmas Carols.

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I asked all my little camping friends if they’d been good this year. Turns out they all have.

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Good thing!  Because Santa was coming for a visit.  The REAL Santa!

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I was so excited to see him!

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We all hugged him . . .

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and told him what we wanted for Christmas.

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Then we played carnival games for prizes . . .

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And we got tattoos .  . . not the real kind, silly!  The fake kind . . .

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There was cookie decorating, too!

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And finally, when I thought my antlers were going to fall off from all waiting, Tami announced it was time for Santa to give out presents.

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We all listened carefully for our names . . .

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It was such an awesome weekend, we didn’t want it to end!!   One little guy stayed, waving goodbye and saying Thank You,  until Santa was just a speck in the driveway.

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See you soon, Santa!!  Only six more months till we meet again!

Pirate Weekend 2015

 

 

 

Shiver Me Timbers!  We were overrun by pirates!!

It’s taken Tami days and days to recuperate!

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So, okay, they didn’t pillage and plunder.  But they DID play a ton of games all over the campground.

They built fairy houses down by the lake . . .

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And then sank each other’s ships . . .

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They scavenged for the Scavenger Hunt, had two story times, and trained to be a pirate under the most horrible of conditions . . .

Swabbing the deck . . .

Swabbing the deck

Walking the plank . . .

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Walking the plank

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Walking the plank blindfolded AND

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getting squirted with water at the same time!

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Walking the plank and getting squirted with water by your MOM!

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And if all that wasn’t bad enough, then Debbie lined them up to throw water on them, like it was a hurricane or something!

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I turned to Megan to ask if I could sail on her ship, instead of Debbie’s, but Megan did it too!

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We played all kinds of pirate-y games . .  .

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and made sandcastles too!

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There was even some swordplay with the Poland Spring Captain!

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We had a right, fine Poland Spring Pirate Crew!  I’d set sail with them anytime!

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