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Sunday, June 13, 2010

I'm a little sad!~

I have to admit I am a little sad today.  Alex for the first time in his almost 13 years, has left the coop for 6 days with two of his buddies to go off to Summer camp.  I had mixed emotions the entire time home. Half of me is so excited for him knowing the fun he will have.  Then the Mother in me part is worried.  It will be pitch dark at night...there is water everywhere...and we saw a ton of spiders and poisonous mushrooms.  Many of kids survive summer camp, in fact most do I am sure.  I think there was little part of Alex that was nervous too. So tell me, did you send your kids to camp?  Did they love it? Were you worried? Just putting out some thoughts here...
Plenty of staff and helpers that is for sure!
The grounds are breathtaking!
And off they went....never looking back.
Linking my post to Mary's Mosaic Monday party.....
Outdoor Wed.

STILL time for the Garage salen partay goin on...come join in



Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

My children never went to camp~ my oldest stayed with my parents across the country for a couple of weeks when he was 13. I knew he was safe, but really missed him! The camp looks like so much fun, and he has friends there, too, so you know he'll have a blast!

June 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm sure he'll have a lot of fun! :)

June 13, 2010 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Viki said...

Awwwwwwww, we never sent our son to summer camp. I don't think many people where I live do or if they did I never heard about it. Maybe just try to focus on how much fun he's going to have and how much he's going to learn. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't get homesick. Just hang in there.

June 13, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's bittersweet for sure, they gain some independence and we lose our babies! I've been through it, it's not easy but you will get through it.


June 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger linda said...

how did you get these pics where you hideing in the trunk lol It looks like an awsome camp and like you said lots of helpers .well at least he will be home again in a few days and it will be a great adventure for him my little grandson just growing up to fast .thank goodness i have stayed the same age lol.

June 13, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww! No looking back is good, Deb! Big hug to you. Breathe.

I never went to summer camp, but if you include my monstrous hostel that I happily jumped into, I've seen and learnt to beat the hell out of, several poisonous little creatures. This little guy is going to learn. Wait until he comes back to re-live it all, with you.

Oh, he might even have a crush on one of those volunteer girls ;)

June 13, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

He will have a blast and the six days will be over before you know it. I went to camp and was very nervous at first, but loved it. My daughter went to soccer camp which is a lot of hard training all day every day. Not too much fun there. He will be fine!!

June 13, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

Mine never went to Summer camp. However, they would go off on other trips and such, and yes I worried myself crazy. Yes - He will have a lot of fun, he will probably get homesick, and may or may not tell you that he did. When they start growing up, it is hard to let go.

June 13, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I was a nervous wreck when my daughter went to girl scout camp 2 hours from our home. She did just fine as will your boys! I know, easier said then done.

June 13, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

None of my kids have gone to summer camp...the oldest would think we abandoned him and the others are too little. I remember going to camp starting when I was 11. I had a great time! I got a little homesick and I know my parents were probably worried the whole time...but I have some great memories from the experience and I'm thankful to my parents for allowing me to go.
Great pics! :)

June 13, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I can totally relate!! It sounds like he'll have a blast and yep, you'll miss him like crazy!! (he'll miss you guys too).

It looks like a great place for him though....lots of wonderful memories to be had.


June 13, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

I absolutely LOVE the photo of them walking away! It's really great!

We sent our kids to day camp for several years. My oldest actually became a camp counselor.

He'll be fine. 6 days is the perfect amount of time for a first trip away from home.

June 13, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Debbie, the camp looks beautiful! My girls went off to summer camp when they were in 5th grade (I think) - all the way to Virginia (from Charlotte) with the church youth at their school. My oldest is so independent I knew she'd be ok & she had a blast! My girls never got homesick & I was glad to have the break- although the house was VERY quiet. The 6 days will go by really fast.

June 13, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

Its a beautiful area and probably has a great and responcible staff BUT if he was mine I'd have started crying and off and on that would continue till he arrived home safe and sound.. Now having said that, I do know that even right by our side, theres no way to keep them Safe, thats done by a higher power, even than a Mom.. keep him wrapped in a bubble of light and keep yourself occupied.. I hope he has a wonderful time.. Believe me, he'll miss you bunches too..


June 13, 2010 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Tee said...

My oldest went to Clemson's baseball camp when he was 13 and then Scout camp for several years after that, but my almost 15 year old has never been. I know exactly what you mean about having some crazy mixed up emotions. Hang in there! He'll be fine and home (with a boatload of laundry!) before you know it.

June 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger 1 Funky Woman said...

We sent James to overnight 4H camp when he was 8. He begged to go and he and his buddy went for 5 days. I was a little nervous because he was only 8 but I knew how good it would be for him. We really loved the counselors we met and I just had to have faith it would all be fine.

It turns out he had a blast and he was going to go last year but we went to South Dakota during the dates of camp. We then were thinking this year, but now we are going camping in California during the same time. The good thing is how much they are happy to see you when they get back and the week he got back he was an angel. That changed fast, LOL!

June 13, 2010 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I never sent my boys to camp but they all did go on the Outdoor Adventure trip with their junior high which was 4 days and 4 nights out in the middle of nowhere.

But don't worry, your son will have a great time!!! My youngest brother in law is only 13 and he just left for camp yesterday, my MIL doesn't know what to do with herself when he's gone:(

June 13, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Melissa Miller said...

Aw Debbie I'm so sorry you are sad. He will be back very soon.

Your commercial is precious! You did a great job.

Have a wonderful evening. ~Melissa :)

June 13, 2010 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Hey Deb I can totally relate to how you feel but just by looking at those pics I know he's going to have a blast and make some great memories their! Before you know it he'll be home!

June 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Shirley said...

My kids went to very short camps until they went to horse camp which was 2 weeks. They still talk about it and they still LOVE horses. They'll be fine and so will you Mom!

June 13, 2010 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Vee said...

Yes and yes. They both loved it. Your son will have a blast there, I'm sure. It looks like a wonderful spot!

June 13, 2010 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Terri Steffes said...

That camp looks like fun~ I love the mosaic. What do you use to make it?

June 13, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Our children didn't go to camp, but I understand how you feel. Your son will always have the camp experience to reflect back on, and will have a great time. He'll have a blast!

June 13, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger podso said...

Great photos! He'll have a great time--easier than you will probably ...

June 13, 2010 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger A Garden of Threads said...

All my boys went to summer camp and being a mother I worried. They never missed home because they were having too much fun. Enjoy your time while they on vacation. Take care.

June 13, 2010 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Snap said...

Looks like a wonderful camp and a wonderful time!

June 13, 2010 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I did send my boys to camp. They thoroughly loved it and I loved the peace and quite.

June 13, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Camp looks like a place to have a blast and make new friends.
Our girls didn't go to camp but I can tell you I cried all the way home after dropping them off for university in another city.

June 13, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh, I can totally relate to how you feel! My kids never went to camp... but from your pictures, it looks like a great place! I bet he will have tons of fun! :)

June 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger All That Glitters said...

Can I send my 5 year old off! lol! He is wild as a buck! He will be fine and I'm sure he will have fun checking out the girls! ha!

June 13, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Keetha Broyles said...

Not only did I send my kids to camp, but I personally volunteered as a counselor or was the head counselor or was the speaker at over 100 camps during my lifetime.

Camp is life changing.

June 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

I went to Bible camp several years in a row and loved it. He will have a blast, but I tell you what... Jemma will never know that they have camps out there. Especially when I am done building the bubble she is about to live in. Ugh... I will cry when she wants to go to camp. Heck, I am sad when she wants to go across the street to play without me!

June 13, 2010 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hi Debbie, thanks for stopping by my blog as I am so glad to have found yours! It's lovely! I'm your newest follower.

Yes, oh, I remember camp can be so hard...they love it but it's really difficult to let them go.

I feel your pain. I'm sure they will make memories to last a lifetime! xoxo Beth

June 13, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Yes, both of our daughters went to summer camp, and yes, I cried, especially when 1 of them got homesick and called home. But she stayed and had a great time, as I am sure he will too. Great mosaic and photos!

June 13, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Bobbi Ann said...

Hi, aww, I have 4 sons, they're all grown now but I know exactly how you feel. Giant hugs to you and I'm sure he'll have a great time! Wonderful photos! I hope that you have a lovely new week! Hang in there, it gets better.

June 13, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

They will be just fine. I still remember camp as being one of the best times of my life. Your pictures are great. Love the last one.

Sent you a classic email with a picture that made me think of you the minute I saw it.

Spray on, Let me know when you are done and I'll make you a pillow....he-he...

Off to catch some zzzzzz.

June 13, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh...the camping grounds do look breath-taking! Your handsome son looks very happy in all the photos :o)
Our three had gone to some summer camps and then became camp counselors and loved it every time!

I know how you feel though...I always wanted to be able to be a fly on the wall and see all the fun! (Um...I was like this when they all first started school...and again when they left for college!...actually, we are several states away from where they are all at...and I can't wait til we are able to move to the same state! So that we can take a quick drive to see them any time, instead of the 12 hour drive that it takes now!

Blessings & Aloha!
thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment!

June 13, 2010 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I'm sure Alex will have some wonderful experiences!

My son went to boyscout camp every summer and learned how to swim, make a camp fire from scratch, and many more camping skills. The only thing he did not like were the very rustic bathrooms.

Happy MM!

June 13, 2010 at 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine are still too small, but I'm going to be just like you if we send ours. I used to go to summer camp all the time and had a blast. It was so fun. My son however promises he will never go as I won't be there if he needs me lol.

June 13, 2010 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Anita Diaz said...

Oh he will have a great time!! MY 10-year old has gone twice to weekend camp with kids and parents from church. My 8-year-old is supposed to go this year, but keeps asking me to go as a chaperone. Not sure she will make it! This week they are at horse camp, and staying with their dad all week, so we are all very lonely without them:-(

June 13, 2010 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

My youngest daughter used to go to Karolyi's Gymnasics camp. I never worried. I was always excited for her. Great pics, Debbie!...Christine

June 13, 2010 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Annette Smith said...

My kids never asked to go to camp so I guess I was lucky there. I'm sure he's gonna be fine and will have lots of stories to tell you when he gets home.
Love the way you did your mosaic it's addorable.
Pictures are wonderful too.

June 14, 2010 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

My children have never gone to camp, yet anyway. I can only imagine what you're feeling. He'll probably have so much fun and at least he's with friends too which makes it better. Hang in there Mom!

June 14, 2010 at 4:08 AM  
Blogger eileeninmd said...

I think your son will love it. My son went just for a week to a camp that had paintball and skateboarding and lots of other activities. He loved it and he met some friends that still keeps in touch with.

June 14, 2010 at 4:59 AM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I never could get mine to go but I think I should have made them. It is a great experience and makes them more confident. Part of me was always happy they wouldn't go!!

Sorry I have been by, my mom is still in the hospital. I have been spending mornings and evenings there. My brother picks up the afternoons. I am so tired and just want her to be better soon.

June 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, been there, done that. My kids are in their 20's and I still worry about them all the time. I don't think it will ever go away. When I'm 99 I'll still be worrying about them. He'll be safe and have the best time ever. Knowing his mom cares about him, will always keep him happy. I hope you enjoy the little bit of quiet in the meantime.

June 14, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Sweetie, Thanks for visiting and leaving your lovely comment on my pink saturday I kissed a frog post. He really is my prince, what would we do without our awesome guys? kids never went away to overnight camp. Mommy was too chicken to let them go, but I think it's great for Alex and I really think all kids should experience it, I was way to cautious with mine and that really isn't good for them. I think you were smart to have him go, it will build great character and confidence in him. He is so beautiful, I love the pictures you posted of him. He's going to have a blast. I can't wait to hear all of his adventures, or atleast the ones he will share with you; Debbie, ha ha!
Have a great day and try not to worry too much, it will be okay!

June 14, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous ERin said...

I went to 4-H camps all in my youth, and I am still here(plus there were no other casulties). I loved camp sooo much but know that it must be hard for you. Just remember that he is building memories and that this 6 day trip is only going to prepare you for some point on down the line when he goes for longer. Hugs to you today:)

June 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Kelle Dame said...

I never went to summer camp because the ones I knew of had public potties and showers. I just couldn't do it :) So I went to the fall and winter camps where the potties were private and normal. Am I crazy or what?! Such a priss! Plus those camps only lasted for four days instead of ten. They are going to have a blast and time will fly for them.

June 14, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Wow cool pictures, great post. Have a nice week

June 14, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hugs you Mom. He will be home before you know it.

June 14, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

My kids and I never got to go to summer camp. But my granddaughter, Kayla, goes to Camp Care every summer. Camp Care is for kids that have had cancer and is located in Lake Lure, NC. Remember where Dirty Dancing was filmed? Kayla was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4. She is now 12 and in remission. I will post pictures when she goes later in July.

June 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

No! Mine never did go to summer camp. They did spend a week with out of town friends. Still hard! Yes, it is hard when they first start to gain that independence away from you. Not nearly as hard for them as it is for you! Think of this as stepping stones working their way up to the college years. Now that's hard! Cheer up! He will be fine and have some great stories to share w/you! :))

June 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

Don't worry Debbie, MOST kids do survive camp :D

June 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

He'll be all right, and so will you!
Maybe you'll wish camp was longer?

June 14, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger cheeky rose said...

OMG what a beautiful place to spent with friend. My son went to summer camp when he was 9, I encouraged, forced him to go, he always hated being away from home, still does. He wrote me a postcard on the first two days, I am so glad he never posted it, otherwise I would have hot footed it back to collect him. It said he hated summer camp and had to drink tea and bake bean with grass. The following day he got to go horse riding and he forgot the grass tea, or the tea with grass bits. He made me the most beautiful papier-mâché model; it has pride of place in my bathroom.

June 14, 2010 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

My children went to camp with their school, and I was worried the whole 5 days, but they came back all happy and telling many great stories.

Hang in there Debbie! He will come back soon..Gorgeous photos by the way.

June 14, 2010 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


Found your site through Eve and I'm a fellow Carolinian, so I thought I'd leave a comment!

Will be following from here!


June 14, 2010 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh I so know how you feel! I hate it when my kids are gone! I know they are going to have fun and new and wonderful experience...But I worry soooo and I miss them soooo! My youngest has the hardest time...I am holding on to him with both hands...I tease him that when he leaves...I am going with him...I think I am warping him;)!


June 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I went to camp as did all my siblings and now all 3 of my children, and we all loved it. My younger 2 are off to camp again soon - one as a counsellor and one as a leader-in-training. It is hard (on the parents) when they go off for the first time but it is making wonderful memories for them and building skills and independence that can't be found anywhere else.

June 14, 2010 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Shellbelle said...

I still hate it when my kids are off somewhere I can't easily reach them and they're in their 30s! A mother's worry never goes completely away. The funny thing is now my kid's worry when I'm off on some adventure, lol.

June 16, 2010 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Ms. Bake-it said...

My boys only went to camp twice. They loved it and had a great time but they usually spent the summers with my parents on Anna Maria Island and what could be more fun than spending the summer with your grandparents at the beach? Not much. I did not have too many issues when they were with my parents because I joined them on the weekends but when they were off somewhere else, I really had a hard time. When both of them were gone at the same time, I was lost and did not know what to do or how to spend my free time. Of course, the older they got the easier it became!

June 16, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

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