Monday, August 23, 2010

Where I've Been

I've been one of the head counselors at Camp Cousins...
and I'm happy and exhausted.

This crew flew in from CA, and has been together for 6 days now.
Keeping 7 kids ages 13, 11, 9, 7, 6, 6, and 3 busy and fed has been a challenge.

Thank goodness I've had Mark and my brother here to be counselors too.

Before that we had my sister and her family here for a week.
Her little boy just turned 2.
Such a fun stage to watch.
And so grateful that I'm the aunt.

My dad and his friend were here too.
He brought his 90 pound mutt.
She bought a 2 pound puppy while here.
Add our two dogs...

It's been a little bit of a zoo around here,
but I'm so grateful to have them all here,
and get to be aunt for a little bit.

I'm also happy that these cousins know each other so well,
with miles and miles separating them.

The silly band craze is still alive here in IL,
and has helped me maintain my sanity.
Add one of these,

to a ball jar, and everyone has their own glass.
Rinse them out,
and store in a basket by the sink.

With heat indexes in the upper 90's, it's been really helpful.

And if you want to save it for later...
add a lid!

Back to the crew.
Two more days and I'll have an empty nest for 6 1/2 hours a day.

What should I do?!
The list of options and opportunities is growing each and every day.


  1. I have wondered where you have been! That explains it - wow! Kids & dogs! Glad you are enjoying the last days of summer! Mine started today and I have a very quiet house!

  2. have been a busy girl! Sounds like a lot of fun!

  3. By the way, that's a super cute pic of all the kids.

  4. Your own mini-camp = fantastic!
    I love your ingenuity with the glass-jars [especially the lid part], I bet you colour-coded their bath towels too.
    Looking forward to hearing what you get up to when the troops return to school.
    x Felicity

  5. The pic is so adorable. You are so adorable. No doubt your family had a magical time together. As for those hours of an empty I wish you lived closer...hehehe. :)


  6. Goodness you have been busy!
    And I thought the end of my summer was crazy!!:)
    Love the silly band trick...goodness knows we have enough of them laying around!:)
    Enjoy the night

  7. whew!!!! BUSY ! Oh my! I bet 6 1/2 hours alone will be wonderful just to catch up!
    Looks like you have had lots of fun!
    Have a pretty day!

  8. My head is spinning just reading your post. You sure have had a busy time. Enjoy your down time :o)