Thursday, November 25, 2010

Family Camp - Happy Thanksgiving!

Family Camp family photo

Happy Thanksgiving all! I can't believe it is here already. I am making my fresh cranberry sauce and getting the pearls ready to head over the river and through the streets to my parents' home in a few. We have had a wonderful week off. We started the holiday last weekend at family camp with two other dear families. It was an amazing time in the beautiful hill country of Texas.

The camp sits on the FrioRiver and it is crystal clear

The Texas Hill Country

Family camp was at Laity Lodge in Leakey, Texas. This is in the area we Texans call "camp country" as quite a few of the summer camps are located in this area around the Guadalupe and Frio Rivers and it is gorgeous. Each family got their own cabin and we ate at the lodge dining hall (in case you wondering, the food was incredible, as the camp is owned by the H.E. Butt foundation - they own HEB and Central Market stores). We had some family enrichment time and lots of fun praise and worship, and we all participated in camp activities: hiking, arts and crafts, fishing, horse back, zip lines, mountain bikes, archery, riflery - a good time was had by all. The minis had friends, as one family has a son and daughter the age of Fisherman and Sweet Pea and the other family has a daughter and son the age of Sweet Pea and Sport Cort. All of us grown-ups were at TCU together, so we were a purple group!

Allison and Paul
(thanks for organizing the weekend A!)
Katie and Jeff
Alyssa, Caroline and Sweet Pea
(they performed in front of the ENTIRE group Saturday evening at worship)

Alyssa, Caroline and Sweet Pea ready to hit the trails!

Fisherman and Patrick

Sweet Pea

Sport Cort rolled around these giant hamster wheel thingys all weekend.
He won't ever be the same.

My boys

Sweet Pea and me, Katie and Caroline at arts-n-crafts

The weekend went by fast and Sunday came quickly. We pearls decided to take the "long way" home and drove to Luckenbach. Yes, like the song. It really exists. It is a dirt road in the middle of nowhere with a bar, a dance hall and a post office. We shared the afternoon with a bunch of Harley riders and a few hippies. Luckenbach is always an experience. My brother and sister-in-law were married near there and had there rehearsal dinner in Luckenbach and it was the most fun I have ever had at a wedding rehearsal! We were sad to head back "north" to home. The weekend was fun and we were tired. What a great way to kick-off our holidays!

Tired minis

I hope you had a good kick-off to your holidays and that you are surrounded by those you love and who love you. I am so very thankful for my dear family and precious friends. I am thankful to be a Texan and an American and I am thankful to my blog readers! Happy Thanksgiving!

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