Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fundango - Part 2

We drove our car straight out of Camp Side by Side north to Lake Whatcom on Friday, to participate in Fundango weekend, Part 2.  Mike's parent's so kindly purchased a house on the lake, and we wanted to check it out for them... Ha.  It was a perfect weekend full of friends, and it was hot and sunny too.  I feel so lucky to have so many circles of quality friends...

Our Saturday gang.  Jon, Shannon, Noah, Caleb, and Misha joined in on the fun today.   


They discovered rowing was hard work.  This didn't last very long. 

Lakes are just so fun...  

 



I seriously want to steal Oliver.   

This is more like it, say the kids.... 



Thanks for the end of a great holiday week....  We are adequately tired from all our fun.

Fishing... Camp SBS Style...

Maeve and Josie were master fisherwomen...  I think this whole series of shots took a matter of 30 seconds to capture.  Josie is a great buddy and these two are so cute together :-)








Camp Side by Side 2014

Camp Side by Side was last week, and we were lucky to be able to volunteer and witness all the goodness of family camp.  This is a camp for families that have a child currently on therapy for cancer, or recently completed treatment.  It is a special place, and I have been lucky enough to be invited back year after year to volunteer on the medical team.  Maeve is lucky enough to be my daughter, and therefore enjoy all the fun that camp has to offer.  The theme this year was "Dude Ranch".  Awesome is right.  You can read more about the camp via the blog -- www.sidebysideblog.org.  I also can't post photos of the kids or families attending the camp, so you get Maeve, mostly.

 Every child received their own horse.  Of course I can't remember what Maeve named hers... it changed frequently, to my credit.
3 years running -- Maeve and Josie were paired up as buddies.  How lucky is Maeve?? 

Slip and Slide! 

Bath.  Check. 

The Wilson kids, minus Sofie.  Fun times. 

Maeve got run over on her last slip and slide.  I don't think I need to tell you how she felt about that.   

We were ready to go to a hoedown that night.  No one was more ready than Maeve (or Pax, but darn it, I don't have any shots of his awesome outfits, sadly). 

Flippin' her dress around...  she means business. 

'Howdy, partner' 

'Whao...' 

Such good buds, Beck and Maeve. 

She mastered the slide.  She even got a little award crowning her the "Waterslide Queen"... 

Fun in the pool with Fiona... 

Pool turned Spray Park 

Midway through the week, Josie acquired another buddy -- Beckett.  Maeve could not be more thrilled to have Beckett join in on all her fun with Josie.

Carnival Day! 

Brodie character giving her a sopping wet hug (he was just out of the dunk tank) 

No carnival is complete without face painting... 

...or a balloon artist. 

Maeve and Emma went on a horse ride together.  Maeve was so tired at this point of the week... 

But managed to rally and end strong.

Camp Side by Side is a special place and I'm so thankful it exist.  How lucky that I can volunteer alongside some of my best friends also.  We are the lucky ones.

Hair


12th Annual Camping Trip...

Stacy has never claimed photography as her strong suit....



I love that the tradition is still alive :-)

Fundango Part 1 - Lopez Island

Every year we do a 'Fundango' gathering or camping trip, and this year landed us on Lopez Island.  It was great... we could've used another night or two, but why complain when it was great while we were there.  We had a stellar turnout this year -- I think everyone made it out, so that made it even better.  The kids played super well, and everyone always had someone to play with.  Stacy, Taryn and Kate joined us too, so that added to the fun....

We had great campsites right on the beach... 

Stacy, Kate and Taryn.... 

Mark brought his skim board (is that right?), and all the kids lined up for their private tutorial... 

Ummm... cute, or what? 

Its too bad our group doesn't know how to relax... 

Summer at its finest... 

Nothing beats a good ol' game of kickball... 

Especially when half the team is dressed up... 

Even Maeve decided to partake... 

The 5 year olds on the trip -- Maeve and Fiona 

All the kids minus Kate and Bauer... oh, and Caleb.  Well, most of the kids.

Our campground...

 A virtual game of tetris

I don't know why they were complaining... plenty of room to spare.  Ha. 

A little marine life exploring while waiting for our ferry 

Say 'cheese', Stacy! 

It quickly turned into happy hour while waiting for the ferry to show up...  

Yay, Fundango.  It was great.