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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Year 5 school camp

Emma had her year 5 camp this week which I was lucky enough to go on as well. 

It started with a very excited little girl jumping up and down on our bed at some early hour of the morning.  We were not due to leave until 10.15 so it was going to be a very long morning.  We had packed and got everything ready the night before to save time but we would have had plenty of time anyway. 

Unfortunately the weather was not nice and it was raining.  Oh well......

The first day we spent the afternoon down by the creek searching for creatures that live in the water or surrounding rock puddles.  We managed to find 3 small fresh water crayfish and a few toads.  The children all managed to get themselves some ochre so by the end we had lots of painted faces.  They had a great time.  We cleaned up from this activity and headed to the "barn" for afternoon tea and then went back to our rooms for some quite time before dinner. 

Camp Idol was held after dinner and can I tell you that I haven't laughed so hard in ages.  The children all had something to show us, some good and some acts were totally not so good...... LOL.........  Every child participated though which was great to see.

After a sleepless night we started day two off with a big breakfast.  Our first activity today was orienteering, what a hoot trying to find all the clues etc......  Our team ended up winning but boy oh boy did I get some exercise with that one.  The second activity was bush skills where the children learnt how to start a camp fire and cook billy tea, they also learnt how to pitch a tent and other skills required when camping.  The tea was pretty good too might I add.  Lunch followed this activity and then for our group it was off horse riding YAH.  I loved the horse riding the best and wish that Emma and I had our own horses.  Just a dream I have and one that will probably never come to fruition.  I couldn't believe how sore I was the next day though.  Ouch definitely had a sore bottom....
After our dinner tonight we had a bonfire gathering.  We sat around the bonfire and Nick the school chaplain came down with his guitar and we sang songs and toasted marshmallows.  The kids loved this part the best I think.
Day three was time to go home.  Emma was feeling very tired and stressed by this stage so we left a little earlier and did not participate in the final activity.  She was not feeling well either and had started to get a bit of a cough so I figured it was better that we go home and for her to rest. 

She is due to have her tumour removed on September the 9th.  Mixed feelings about that as I know that she has to have it removed but I am sad that she is going to have to go through all this, the pain she goes through just makes me want to cry but I have to remain strong for her sake.  They say that she will be in ICU for about a week and then on the ward for one to two weeks.  Poor little munchkin

Anyway I must go and finish the housework as I am going to visit a girlfriend tonight.  Emma has gone down to Tea Gardens for the weekend with her nan and pa so she can see her cousins and aunts and uncles.  She gets home on Monday afternoon.  She has an appointment with the hospital psychologist on Tuesday so we are hoping that this meeting will put her at ease a little with all that is about to happen for her.

Hope you are all happy, healthy and wise

God bless
Leanne xx


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the camp photos and I will be praying for her as she gets closer to the 9th! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Leanne said...

So glad you both had a lovely time. It looked like a lot of laughing happened...:D

Best wishes for the 9th...x

Kelly said...

It's all happening so soon. Poor Emma xxx

Great to see she had a good time at camp though!

Tanya Tahir said...

Love all the photos - looks like camp was so much fun!! Will be thinking of you on the 9th. I know it must be so hard for your mummy heart, but she will come out of it so much better. She is so strong for having gone through what she already has. Take care xx

Christine said...

Camp sounds amazingly wonderful, just what she needed right now!

Love the look of your scraproom, it looks fantastic!