Sunday, July 28, 2013

taking care of you

I'm home and showered and basically a real person again! Still catching up on journaling though.  And I need to unpack. And do laundry. So that's fun.

As I've been trying to get used to not being at camp all the time, I've been thinking a lot about camp life. I've realized that as rewarding and incredible as it was, I've never been that drained and not been able to do anything about it.  Sometimes I turned into Sassy Audrey.  Whoops!  Sorry, co-counselors.

So to minimize the appearance of Sassy Audrey, taking care of yourself is going to be one of the focuses on my blog from now on. Mainly because I always need to be really intentional about it.  It's hard work! And at least for me, usually if I get busy or caught up in life, taking care of myself is one of the first things that goes out the window.

But no more!  I'm going to work on getting to know myself better and knowing how to best take care of my mind, body, and spirit.

Thanks for following along with my camp adventures! I'd love it if you would stick around and comment or email me about how you keep up with taking care of you.  Let's learn from each other!

Friday, July 26, 2013

week six

It's been a really fantastic last week.  The third and fourth graders were precious.  We had a talent show, a shaving cream war, played in gross things, and sang a lot.  I had a couple of campers who loved to hug me and sit on my lap, which is my favorite.

If you've been following my bucket list, I get to check a few more things off!  No throwing up!! Yippee!  Although some of their sleep talking and moaning made me kind of nervous. Really nervous, actually.  And I didn't mess up any names all summer.  Okay, I did.  But they were identical twins, so I'm going to give myself some grace on that one.  I journaled every week and filled up one of my journals- crazy.

I also feel like I got to know a good deal of my campers pretty well.  Camp is a unique place where people seem to open up more about what's really going on in their lives.  That's been cool to experience this summer.

Right now, I'm still running low on energy from the week, but I feel like I learned a lot about myself, working with different kinds of people, and loving on campers.  Valuable life lessons, I think.

I'm thankful for camp.  It's been good.

Friday, July 19, 2013

week five

This week was fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, which was kind of strange since the age range was so wide, but I really really loved my cabin.  I clicked really well with a couple of girls in my cabin so we had an awesome time hanging out.

One girl was pretty eager to get out of bed in the morning, so before I had even sat up, she was right there hugging me and telling me good morning.  A little startling at first, but I really loved it.  Throughout the day, she loved to hug a lot of the counselors just because.  It was such a bright spot in my days.

I had a couple other campers who loved to write songs or skits and perform them for us, so that made our cabin time entertaining.  And they listened well, which is always a plus.  We may or may not have played the quiet game before bedtime.  They were so competitive it worked beautifully.  That was a blessing.

As you can see by my red hands (no, I did not kill a camper) , I got to knock tye dying off of my bucket list!  I always forget how much I love to do it- I'm hoping to make some more shirts once I'm home for the summer.

We were also visited by Andrew and John, who are riding their bikes across America to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and keeping a blog along the way.  They ended up staying with us longer than planned because camp is too fun.  The campers had a ball asking them all kinds of questions and playing night games with them.  Love it.

One week left!  I'll be sad to leave, but I'm missing my friends back at home too.  Bittersweet.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

week four

It's so weird that it's only the fourth week of camp, but we only have two left!  This week was packed with all kinds of games and activities, which was incredible for the fifth and sixth graders, but the counselors were exhausted by the end of the week.  It was sweet, I had one camper who had been to a different camp before and she kept talking about how much she looooved this week even more.  Not that it's a competition, but I'm glad we won.

This week was awesome too because there was all kinds of counselors who I knew from church that were here.  I was so glad to have my two counselors-in-training in my cabin.  I even had my brother and sister here this week- love them.

Basically, I'm really looking forward to the last two weeks of camp.  It's going to be awesome.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

week two and a half

This week was different than the others because it was the youngest camp so they only stayed at camp for two nights.  It rained a lot and we had to move the schedule around a lot, so things were always kind of crazy, but it was great.

I love this age group because they love to be with their counselors.  It was fun to get to know all of my girls and be silly with them.  We played hide and seek with flashlights in the cabin, celebrated a birthday, and drew pictures together.  I love that.

Since the week was so short, I didn't get to work on my bucket list much, but I am working on staying intentional about being a good counselor. As we all get more tired, and things get crazier, it gets harder, but I really think that God gives us strength to be there for the kids.

Yay camp.