We picked the boys up from camp early this weekend and I have to say, I couldn't wait to see them. Leaving them at camp was the longest they had been away from me without being with their grandparents. I wondered all week if they were struggling with feeling homesick. I also wondered if they were just running so much that at the end of each day they were too tired to think about anything but going to sleep.
They were so happy to see us when we arrived at camp. They were talking a thousand miles an hour to tell us about the friends they made, the activities they did and how they enjoyed camp and couldn't wait to go again next year. In addition to all the activities they did, we also learned that they enjoyed the freedom of spending their money at the camp store. They bought necessities, such as bandanas and flashlights, but they also indulged in daily treats such as snickers bars, slushies and pixie stix. Connor quickly admitted that he didn't feel all "hyped up and crazy" after drinking a Mountain Dew, despite the warnings he's heard from us for a long time when we have denied him the opportunity to try it. Nope, he didn't feel that way at all when he tried it the first time, second time, even the third and fourth time. I just had to laugh and be thankful it was the two teenage cabin counselors that had to deal with him during this experimentation!
They seemed to come back 6 inches taller, with deeper voices, new words and expressions in their vocabulary and a strong sense of independence. That's a good thing and I'm happy we sent them! Along with all the fun, they learned a lot about faith, Jesus and being a part of the church community. They both participated in bible drills and learned more about praying. It was heart warming to hear them share how they feel about the experience and their faith!
So now we are back to as normal gets in our home. Hubby and I managed to take full advantage of our time alone; it felt similar to our life about 11 years ago. We went out on dates and enjoyed each others company without feeling the pull to get home or worry about how much the babysitter will cost. We met friends for sushi one night, ate at a bar another night and even took in the production of "The Music Man" at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. It was really a nice time and we are glad the boys want to return to camp next year!