Monday, August 31, 2015

Cousin Camp 2015: A Photo Recap

Okay - we are officially at the end of Summer as tomorrow is SEPTEMBER THE FIRST GOOD GRACIOUS so I need to hurry up and get this recap up before all the memories fade off into the oblivion of pregnancy brain. Cousin Camp 2015 was held at the Flying L Ranch this year and I took a few pics. One thing I didn't document well is the awesome water park at the Flying L. We spent 4 consecutive days at the water park and I didn't take pictures because I am giant and because I didn't want my phone to get wet but really it was quite amazing. Anyways, on with the pics!

Here we are, all packed up and ready to go! 

Grammy brings a cookie cake every year!

Each kid was given a gift bag with their cousin camp shirt, a cowboy hat, some sunglasses, a bandana, some little toys, a sheriff badge, and a lantern. They were pleased. Dean took his new role very seriously.

"Mommy? Listen. I needa tell you sumpin. I'm a cowboy."

One night, the ranch held our nightly dinner down at Ghost Town instead of the mess hall. This is an old western looking abandoned town that the kids really loved. When we found a jail cell, we locked 'em up and threw away the key. 

Their expressions were killing me. 

Grant was unable to stay for all of Cousin Camp because he had to go to a big work thing in California all week, but we got him for the first few days and I was so thankful. Isn't he handsome? Here we are with my pregnant face. 

Ropin' cattle. 

Hi, this is me and this is my belly. WHOA. THERE. 

One day the "big kids" and their parents went on a horseback ride. The grandparents and the preggo and Ellie and Grant stayed behind and explored. We found these cute ducks and a beautiful fishing spot. I love the Hill Country. 

Texas forever.

Every day after we would swim, Grammy had brought a little craft for the kids to do. This was a bandana they could color with fabric markers. 

My cowgirl.

I was finally able to document this silly face Ellie has been making lately when she's trying to make me laugh. She'll stare off into space, make this very serious little face, then stare off into the distance and slowly squint her eyes. Then she busts out laughing. She's a ham. 

Every night, the ranch would provide some kind of campfire entertainment. This night was "cowboy stories" - a real live cowboy gave us some cowboy history, and each night was topped off with a generous helping of s'mores. 

All the kids got to paint a letter and decorate it. Ellie brought her E home with her and is still quite obsessed with it. The other night she asked me "Can I sleep with my E from Cousin Camp?" Um, no. 

Aside from the mouse incident, it was an amazing trip and I'm so, so thankful for another summer of Cousin Camp memories!

Since Grant had left the ranch early, I got to ride home with my sister and Ellie was quite pleased with this arrangement. 

I just love those two little cousin buddies....

And, of course, shortly after we got home, we had to go pick up Moxie from Puppy Camp. I think these two were happy to see each other, don't you?

That's all I've got, folks. Happy Monday and have a great week!

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