Random Ramblings: 5TH GRADE CAMPING FIELD TRIP

Friday, April 29, 2016

5TH GRADE CAMPING FIELD TRIP

This little guy is finally back home with us.

Monday morning he left us to go on a 5th grade camping trip for school.  I was so excited that he got to go and have this awesome experience, but I sure missed him.

It is hard when you see your children growing up and becoming dependent and don't need you there every waking moment.  Don't get me wrong, I mean I also truly love seeing the young man he it turning out to be at the same time.  

Isn't it just that as a parent, it is so rewarding and so upsetting at the same time.  You want them to stay little forever, but you want to see what they become and what they will be like as they grow and learn and experience life all on their own.  

Ok back to little Jacob.
They left Monday morning from the school.  We had to drop him off at 9am.  I am glad Jacob got to go into work late that morning so that he could be there too when we dropped him off.
I know my little guy was a bit nervous, he has never been away from us like this before either.  The night before he was having a hard time falling asleep and ended up coming in our room and I told him he could sleep on the futon at the end of our bed.  So he did.  

Because of his foot there was no way he would be able to hike the 5 miles to the cabins so he was able to drive up there with one of the mom chaperons.  I am so thankful for that, so that he was still able to go and have this experience.  I worry that there will be things in his life that will try to stop him from being able to do things, because of his foot issues.  Which I am waiting on all his medical records from Children's Hospital of Los Angeles so I can get him an orthopedic appointment here soon.

They returned home on Wednesday afternoon about 2:45 pm.  It was so good to see him get off that bus.  
I did have to laugh a little to myself when he got off because his face was a little dirty and I wondered if he ever washed his face.  lol.  Oh the joys of boys camping in the woods for 3 days. 

In the car he told me all about it.  I then noticed his clothes were the same ones he wore to camp... He said he never showered, none of the boys did.  EYE YI YI.  But oh well, boys will be boys.  He said he only brushed his teeth once, but really I wonder if that is even true!.  :)  

They got alot of snow while they were there.  His bunk dad let them stay up each night until 10:30.  They all had to make sure they were up and ready for breakfast each morning.  

When we were waiting for them to unload his bags from the bus there was little boy sitting on the wall close to Jacob and he looked so sad.  Little Jacob talked to him a few times and later in the car I asked him what was wrong.  The little boy was having a hard time without his mom at camp, even crying.  So the first night our little guy said he would lay on the bed with him and just talk to him to help comfort him.  They ended up falling asleep while they were on the bed.  This warmed my heart so much that our little guy would care so much and offer to comfort this little boy missing his family.
These are the moments that you cherish as a parent when they are growing and makes them not being able to stay little forever, so totally worth them growing up.

They had activities to do each day while they were there, they had yummy food, and sang camp songs.  He said they didn't sit around the fire because it was too cold. 

He looked exhausted though that is for sure.  So I let him stay home from school yesterday so that he could recuperate and get some rest.  

I am glad he had such a good time and got to go on this amazing experience.  



Have your kids ever gone away to camp for school?  

Now I am off to get ready because I am tagging along on Miss Chloe's zoo field trip today.  I even get to ride on the bus with her, and that makes her so excited.
I love these kids of ours and I couldn't imagine my life without them.

~NICOLE

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