Sunday, July 24, 2016

Camp Kennolyn 2016

It has been AGES since I last posted.  (so what has been happening since I last posted in April?  Baseball for all 4 boys, a play for Vinny, and 8th grade promotion for Joey.  That about catches you up!)


The kids just got back form camp though, so I decided to throw some pictures up about it.  As always it was a fabulous 2 weeks for Pete and I.  We went to a Peter Gabriel/Sting concert (outstanding!), enjoyed several dinners out,  watched lots of movies at home, and got lots done around the house)





We started at Carpo's for our usual lunch prior to drop off.


Then we headed over to check in--everyone passed the lice check!


Heading in



Many of the same counselors are there every year-- they always remember the boys, and the boys love seeing them again.



Off to our cabins!



This is Joey's 8th year, and is his final year as a full fledged camper.  Next year he will be a CILT (camper in leadership training).  He lived it up!  To quote his letter home, his cabin was "the dream team of all cabins".  He was in Mammoth this year, along with cousins Peter and Gian.



With cousins Peter and Gian, and big cousin Alex!


Joeys activities were fencing, outdoor adventure, senior climbing (the wall climb), senior pool hang out, senior time (basically hanging out in the square with other senior campers), and silk painting.  Silk painting?  An odd choice for Joey, but sounds like a bunch of his friends were all doing it so he joined in.




Vinny was in Humboldt, along with his cousin William.  This is his 6th year at Kennolyn.



His activities were: Guitar, Riflery, Pool hang out, archery,  Ropes for a double period



This was Christopher's 4th year at Kennolyn.  He was in Big Creek this year.





His activities were: Riflery, outdoor cooking, hand built pottery, ping pong, wheel pottery, and junior ropes.

And what about Zach?  This was/is a big year for him- he is in the final year of counselor training.  He is a junior counselor.  He is assigned to a cabin, and sleeps with them along with their main counselor.  He arrived early to be assigned his cabin, and then stays for another week for the next session, which is a 1 week session.



I poked my head in his cabin hoping to say good by.  Didn't see him, but saw his stuff!

For the first 2 weeks he was assigned to Angels Camp, which is the youngest boys cabin-- mostly 7 and 8 year olds.  Zach is great with young kids, so I thought this was perfect for him!


Some pictures we saw on the camp photo stream:

From beach day

Boardwalk day

Zach with his cabin

Senior beach day

Chris in wheel pottery


Zach at the dance

Vinny at the dance

Vinny in ropes


We always receive 1 letter from each boy-- mostly because there is one night that it is required before eating dinner.  Vinny and Joey were also made to do this a second time-- they were not thrilled.

Vinny's first letter- "Let's start with the fact that I am only writing this because I want dinner"



Vinny's 2nd letter- "They are making us write another letter for some reason"



Joey's 2nd letter-  "Nothing new happened but I have to write this to eat"



So Pete sent them both the above letter!  Haha!!

PICK UP DAY!





The day started off with cabin introductions:

 Christopher's cabin


Joey's cabin- the yellow sponge is the award for having the cleanest boys cabin all session.  It sounds like was some bribing that happened for Joey's cabin to win it!


 Vinny's cabin-- he is there, but standing behind the tall kid so you can't actually see him.  Sigh
And Zach with his little boys.


I thought it was so cute-- the little boy sitting next to Zach was hanging on to him the entire time.  I am sure Zach was great at taking care of him and the others.

After cabin introductions we spent a little time having fun around camp:





Eating lunch with the counselors,

Joey eating with his counselor Adam

Joey with both his counselors Adam and JJ

Vinny with his counselor Spencer

And Chris with his counselor Ollie
 Finally, it was time to say good by.


And then my fun begins- laundry!



Kennolyn, we love you!  I look forward to hearing all the stories, as they come out here and there over the coming weeks.   It is good to have the kids back, but will be great next week when Zach is back and we are all together again.  Until next year!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Junior Prom 2016


 Tonight is Junior Prom.  Zach asked a lovely girl named Karina (who he has been talking about for a while now-- I never thought he would get the nerve to ask her!)



They went to the San Jose Country Club for pictures and dinner.




Isn't the corsage gorgeous!



They were invited by his friend Ryan and her date. 





Turns out she had plans/made plans with quite a few of her friends for dinner and pictures.

Most of the girls did not have dates!  I was shocked-- look at all those beautiful girls!  You missed out Leland boys!
5 boys to all of those girls (and more-- as I was leaving 4 or 5 more pulled up!)


Have fun Zach and Karina!