Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sports Camp!!!

Our entire family has been super excited at the mere mention of SPORTS CAMP since the beginning of the Summer. The excitement was for several reasons: 1. EVERYONE in our household is finally old enough to attend.  2. Salene and Saleece are joining the kids.  3. It's the FIRST week of FREEDOM for this mommy, since school was let out, AND it's FREEEEE! The week finally arrived.

Both boys and girls attend, but the girls are focusing on dance this year, while the boys are focusing on team handball and floor hockey.  Our youth pastor and dear friend, Brett, planned the entire week out.  Our younger youth and older college students are a great help, keeping the kids, ages kindergarten through fifth grade, entertained and obedient.  Brett has also assigned silly/daily dresscodes which help the kids to anticipate the NEXT camp day.

Monday - Introduction day!  The kids arrived early! I had all 5 kids ready and out the door by 8:45 am.  That was definitely a miracle!!! My biggest dilemma each morning is having to do 3 little girls' hair.  A small recap of their impression of the first day of camp: Salene LOVES Caroline Reed.  The three girls are infatuated with Jake Shaffer, but they think he "likes" them. Jake is 17 by the way. Ty is THRILLED to be with his friends.

The girls entertained me by rehearsing the dance routines they are learning.  The first routine is danced to the song "Saints" by Andy Mineo.  It's Christian rap. I have watched this 100 times and STILL find myself laughing.  It's funny with and without the SOUND.  Check Lilah out ... that girl has got MOOOOOOVES that will BLOW you away. #shescaresme

Tuesday - CRAZY HAIR and CRAZY SOCK day! I took the kids shopping on Monday, after camp. Have you ever taken 5 kids into a store the size of a public restroom? LOL!  I was surprised at how well-behaved they were actually were.  We picked out some glitter hair dye and some blue hair dye. Then we spotted some fun colored hair attachments at the Dollar Tree. 
For Ty's hair, I just took our razor and shaved his head down the middle and across the back of his head.  I dyed whatever hair remained, BLUE, and hot glued plastic ants onto his head.  Ty was actually the winner!!!!!
Saleece had about 5 sections of hair divided into ponytails, several bright hair attachments, and blue glitter hair dye.  
Jax chose to wear a goofy HAIR WIG!
My Liley Bow had two BUNS turned into cupcakes! I used cupcake liners, candles, and blue glitter hair dye.
Salene and Saleece's hair were very similar, but they were each able to choose the color hair attachments they wanted.
I surprised the kids on Tuesday morning with some CRAZY SOCKS that I designed while they were sleeping. Surprisingly, there was NO arguing over them. Everyone had their own preference for which ones they wanted to wear.  
Ty's socks had matches and sour patch kids on them.
Leecie's socks had balloons and pom poms.
Jax's socks had army men and pretzels.
Salene's socks had rainbow colored crayons and sequins.
Lilah's socks had google eyes and pom poms.
Group photo: compliments of Brett Williams.
Wednesday - Tie Dye Day!!!  After lunch yesterday, the kids and I ventured out to JoAnn's Fabrics to buy a tie dying kit, t-shirts, and a few other small items to prepare for Wednesday's agenda. Be on the look out for our tie dye extravaganza, in a later post.  BOY... it's definitely a messy project when you are doing it alone, with five children.  I will also do a short post on my duct tape project.
Ava Mitchell won the tie dye contest!!
Upon arriving home, they were able to make their own tie dye shirts and socks.  In the early morning, I made the girls tie dye hair bows and I made Ty a tie dye bow tie, out of duct tape.  They shirts didn't turn out as colorful as I had hoped, but I still think all the kids looked fit for the occasion, not to mention adorable.

The kids seem to be having a really great time.  Tyson said, "This is the best sports camp to-date." I am grateful that this is not just a camp.  It's a camp, filled with fun, sports, and friendships, but CENTERED around the holiness of God, our sin, and our need for a Savior. Ty has been coming home every day and telling me about the messages he is learning from his leaders: Jake and Kobi.  

Tomorrow, Thursday, is NEON day!!!! Be on the look out for the fabulous outfits and ideas I have planned!!!

Friday is water day and funny pool gear attire!