It also gets a little more difficult to go and visit him while he's away, especially when it's cold and rainy. It's only about 45 minutes from our house, but it's hard to justify taking the kids out in the bad weather when it's only for a couple of hours... however, we made the trek today and the kids and I got a chance to eat lunch with Rick. The rain and wind was just starting as we pulled away from the camp, so we timed it pretty well. Just like the students, the teachers stay in a cabin- usually all 4 of them in the same one and sometimes two of the teachers (usually strangers) have to share a room. (At least at the camp Rick usually attends) So, this year Rick decided to bring our pop-up trailer to sleep in, giving the other three teacher their own rooms and him a quiet, private place to spend the week. He was able to get water and power hook-up, so he's enjoying it!
The kids and I are really looking forward to having Rick home on Friday and it was a nice visit today to break up the week a little bit. All of leaders and teachers have Outdoor School names (usually related to nature in some way) and Rick's ODS name is "Paw" because in his first years of teaching he had a classroom community called Thamestown, with the tiger as the mascot... tigers have paws... an ODS name was born. They wear their names around their necks on flat pieces of wood and all students also wear them all week with their real names printed on them. Riley and Tyson got the full ODS experience today, receiving their very own name "tags"...
Both of these photos were taken in our trailer, just as the rain was starting. I was hoping to get some great photos of the kids enjoying the campgrounds, running around, and getting dirty... but dirty and muddy are two very different things!
I love this last photo for a few reasons: 1) Riley was fighting against falling asleep extremely hard on the way to the camp, until I finally looked at her in the rear view mirror and told her it was alright to fall asleep. She actually said, "Oh, okay.", closed her eyes, and enjoyed a 10 minute power nap... waking up when we pulled into the camp with renewed energy 2) She was very concerned with not letting go of her Ariel purse, filled with all sorts of toys from the playroom, and she was successful at holding it the entire way and 3) She is holding Cooper's hand... something she does often in the backseat. I love how much she loves her brothers!
Doesn't she look peaceful?