Saturday, July 9, 2011

Missing my Boys

It has been a very long time since my last post. As a matter of fact, I haven't written in so long I almost couldn't get back into my blog- I couldn't remember the email address I used or my pass word... I was definitely feeling somewhat lame. Blogspot has made all of these changes too!

What's new here in beautiful La Quinta? Since my last post we adopted two kittens- originally though to be short hair- absolutely NOT short hairs. We adopted them more than a year ago - I will save them for another time.
Blue Eyes

Back to my boys. They have been away at camp for almost 3 weeks. Enjoying "cooler life" (in every sense of the word) on Catalina Island. We are so grateful that they are able to have the opportunity, more than the activities that they participate in - and believe me they do some incredible activities, it is the profound changes that we see when they return from camp that really make a difference.

They both develop relationships with campers and staff. They learn how to live in a group environment, sharing living quarters and group decision making are part of the mix- I notice that they are able to negotiate conflict a little better on the mainland and that they understand more fully how to be a part of a group, whether they are navigating family, their classroom, the martial arts studio or a sports team, the camp experience has helped them to learn new coping skills that they hone each year.

This year I have seen them physically grow too! Hiking, swimming, hanging on high ropes, kayaking, snorkeling all in a day's schedule at camp. Just what they need... fresh air, physical exercise, friendships, wholesome food and young adults who guide them through decision making and choices.

As much as camp is a great opportunity- one that I want them to have... I truly miss them. The house is quieter and calmer and the princess seems a little lost without her big brothers. All in all, it has been a good 3 weeks for all of us, though I am looking forward to picking them up at the boat on Monday!!

Make the best of your day,