Luther Park 2013

We spent the first week of August at Luther Park.  It was a really great time. The only downer being that the pool wasn’t open much and when it was, it was chilly!

Other than that, both kids had a blast!  Lots of scootering, bike riding, soccer, GaGa, singing, dancing, and playing with friends and cousins!

Chad and I had a good time too!  Lots of relaxing and being outside!  Looking forward to going back next year!  Next year I’m going to take more pictures!
Pontoon Ride

Playing GaGa

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Luther Park 2012

We had a great week last week at Family Camp last week at Luther Park. We had a stressful week leading up to it since our daycare was closed.  But once we were there it was a lot of fun!

  • Lots of friends!  Former counselors and other families who have been there for many years as well.  oh and Grandpa & Grandma.
  • Seeing the kids make new friends! Charlie and Evan were best buddies and Maria just wanted to “catch up” with the older girls. (And using her imagination when making new friends)
  • Campfires!
  • Singing and Dancing and Pretending to be a Puppy
  • Lots of sidewalks for the scooters!
  • A Pool and a boat ride.
  • Tie-Dye.
  • A giant sandbox (volleyball court) and slides
  • Games – Chapel Quest and Pharaoh, Pharaoh were Maria’s favorites
  • Great weather (only one rainy day) and the temps were in the 70s-80s all week.

At the "Park"

Tie-Dye with Carly

Grandpa's Scooter

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Luther Park Family Camp

For the 2nd year in a row, we spent a week at Luther Park for their annual family camp week.  It was a great time. What a difference a year makes with Maria! She was not apprehensive or too cautious at all!!  As soon as she was out of the car she was running across the parking lot to greet Sherm, the camp director! She didn’t even know him, but over a matter of a few minutes grew to love him! And all week was looking for Sherm and giving him hugs!

My parents arrived shortly after we did, and my brother’s family made it up Monday right after lunch, so Maria got great time with family and made a LOT of new friends!

She also was ready to play and went with the counselors for games the first evening we got there without looking back, just took a hand and walked across camp with a complete stranger and other kids.

By the end of the week, she was getting tired. I imagine the late nights, busy afternoons, lots of fresh air and activities, and sleeping in the pack’n’play were taking their toll. Starting Wednesday, she took 2 naps each day, which is a lot considering again the strange place, pack’n’play and so much going on!

She was able to conquer her fear of the loud chapel by Monday evening and realized it was loud, but that she got to jump up and down and sing and dance!  She is still requesting the “Na Na Na” song several times both days we’ve been home!  It was a great experience and I loved just seeing how much she loved being at Luther Park!  My parents started taking us when I was 3 and I worked there in college, so it’s got a lot of memories for me and hopefully more to come!

Swimming
In the Pool

Bath Time!
Taking a Bath

Sherm & Maria
Maria and her BFF Sherm

Grandma & Maria
Grandma and Maria

Maria & Aunt Melanie
Aunt Melanie & Maria

Maria & Uncle Mike
Maria & Uncle Mike

Closing Worship
Up front during Closing Worship

The Family
The Family (minus Melanie & Chad)

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A Baby Shower

Today I went to a baby shower for my dear friend Kyra.  It was a nice time to catch up with many friends!  Chad took Maria to Grandpa and Grandma’s house, and I am now just waiting for them to get home.

From Left to Right: Lisa, Kerry, Carrie, Kyra, Theresa, Kristen, Lisa, Liz, Jane, and me (also Jane 🙂 )

Vacation and Catch-Up

Well, if you missed me, it was because we were on vacation, and I don’t like to announce that to the whole world for reasons like this. Anyway, we went to Luther Park for family camp. My parents were also there, and my brother’s family joined us later in the week. We went to family camp as kids and as many of you probably know, I worked there in college.

It was a great week, but by the end, Maria and I were ready to be home. Chad left on Wednesday night, and as the week went on, Maria got more and more tired. She napped twice a day while we were there, and went down pretty consistently and without much fuss. I was impressed considering she just had her pack’n’play!

But mealtimes were hard. I think she was a little off dining with probably around 100 people in one big dining hall! And she didn’t like her “bible study” group either. I think it was all new, and then I left her with people she didn’t know.   Things she did love though: the slide, the pool, and her cousins!!  And apparently her pack’n’play, since she whimpered “nigh nigh” when I packed it up on Friday morning!

We got home early Friday afternoon, and spent the rest of the afternoon laying low before going to bed early!

Saturday, she and I ran some errands, and she took 2 naps in the afternoon, before we all headed to friends’ baby shower. Maria was a trooper and stayed out past 8. Even after taking a recorder to the face, she was going strong. May have had something to do with the juice boxes and watermelon she discovered!

Today, our friend Karin and Jackson stopped by on her way home. We hung out and had lunch. Maria and I ran some errands this afternoon, and then all of us went to the park. All in all a nice week, and unfortunately tomorrow is back to the grind!

Some pictures:

Dirty Face

Maria and Daddy

Katelyn

Beth

Drew

Beth & Maria

A Day At Camp

Yesterday Maria and I made the long trek up to Luther Park to visit for the day. My parents are up there for their annual week at Family Camp.  We had a good time and Maria got a lot of “Grandma” time and some time with Grandpa too!  (She also got a lot of time with her other grandma on Tuesday, so she’s pooped today!)

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Facing out in the Baby Bjorn is much more fun for her! And easier for Grandma, because Maria is probably pushing 15 lbs these days!

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Lots of time in Grandma’s arms, and I didn’t give Maria a bottle all afternoon!

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Grandma shared her quilt with Maria for naptime.  What a great way to spend a beautiful day overlooking the lake!