Happy Camper

Today was the first day of Girl Scout Day Camp.  I haven’t seen Mimi  this excited in a really long time.    This is Mimi’s first year being a full fledged PA (Camp Counselor).  She had been told a couple weeks ago that she was to be assigned the highly coveted position of working with the Pixies…or preschoolers in normal-speak.  She’s been practically bouncing off the walls.

Now, you have to understand that Mimi is the Pied Piper of kids.  Seriously, if there is a young kid around they will make an instant beeline to our little Mimi.  They tend to fight over her and follow her around.  They always have.  Somehow they just know that she’s the one to hang with. 

Mimi started the count down sometime last week.  Yesterday, she started counting down the hours to camp.  (She is so her father’s child)Without a word from me, her lunch was packed and all her gear was ready to go.  Promptly at nine o’clock she kissed me good-night and headed off to bed.  (Can we have camp year ’round?)

Naturally, our little Mimi was so excited that she couldn’t get to sleep.  Not that she didn’t try.   She would come out of her room to tell us something then pop right back into bed.  A few hours later, she crawled into bed with me, still jabbering away.  She was worried that the kids wouldn’t like her or that one would fall into the honey bucket or…who knows…I drifted off to sleep. (I think she finally did too).

When my alarm went off at 7:06 this morning, Mimi was already up and ready to go.  (Could this really be my child? The one that I have to threaten with cold water to get up?) We arrived in camp and Mimi was in little kid heaven.  Every time I caught a glimpse of her, she was buried in Pixies.  They were riding on her back, climbing all over her or just being near her.   

I had to leave camp early to pick up KT at the aquarium.  When Mimi was brought home by one of our friends she could barely walk.  The only thing she had to say was “That was exhausting!”

Only four more days to go!

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KT is on a mission to re-read all the Harry Potter books before the new one comes out.  Budd is on a mission to pester her…

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24 Responses to Happy Camper

  1. Keshi says:

    Good on ya!

    I love Budd awww…

    Keshi.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Oh man…I need to sign Kyrin up for this. She is a pain in the butt to get out of bed in the morning (Oh..who am I kidding?? MORNING? more like AFTERNOON!) SHe is on the same quest as KT to reread HP. I think she should have started a little eariler than…oh…last week :o)

  3. Susan says:

    Keshi~Buddy’s such a sweet boy!

    Stephanie~We saw Harry on opening day (well the late showing!) The next morning she was on her quest. She read book 6 first and then started back on one. Needless to say, we haven’t seen much of her! She and her friends are looking for clues as to how it will end. They have a few theories now. 🙂

  4. Cazzie says:

    I went to see the new flick of HP, I loved it today. I give it the thumbs up for my boys to go see it at the flicks, but not the girls just yet.

  5. mjd says:

    I love reading about the adventures of your kids. It is wonderful that Mimi is excited about working with little kids. I am sure that a good-time was had by all.

  6. Jay says:

    Mimi and I have something in common. Kids run TO here and AWAY from me.

    OK, so we don’t have something in common.

  7. Jay says:

    Dang it.

    That’s supposed to be to HER, not “here”. My fingers are too fast for my brain.

  8. Kell says:

    Well, I doubt she’ll have any trouble sleeping tonight. Sounds like she’s going to have a wonderful time.

    I reread HP 5 and am rereading 6 now. I’m actually kind of scanning them. I just want to remember what happened before I get number 7 on Saturday. I told Al I’m not watching or TV or getting on the internet all weekend because I don’t want any spoilers.

  9. Carol says:

    Ah, to be young again! I worked at the University of California vacation camp for 5 summers and LOVED the kids flocking to, climbing on, gabbing at, and lovin’ on me!!! Those were the days! Best part? They all fought over brushing my (then) long hair. These days no one brushes it. Like, NO ONE!!

    Carol

  10. coffespaz says:

    Ahh…sweet memories!! They didn’t have Pixies when I was in, so I had Brownies for one session, then Juniors for the second session. Wow that was fun!!!!

  11. I want to re-read HP for refreshing =)

    What a great experience that Mimi had. She even woke up before 7 a.m. ;p

  12. photowannabe says:

    Ah youth, I can almost feel the excitment Mimi has. I get exhausted thinking about it. Camp is always fun and She sounds like a wonderful counsular. Good story as always.

  13. Tink says:

    I love how sweet and ambitious your girls are!!

    I wish I had time to reread the HP books before the new one comes out this Friday. Maybe if I call in sick… 😉

  14. Swamp Witch says:

    What a wonderful experience to be a camp counselor. I guess you will tell us about the entire week, won’t you.
    Great picture of the lovely young lady with the kitty cat.

  15. Jeff says:

    I just pre-paid for my copy of the new HP book today. Can’t wait to see how it all ends.

  16. Tylor says:

    Just last week I was surrounded by pre-schoolers (for Vacation Bible School). Don’t think I have quite the same effect on them as Mimi though.

  17. Lynne says:

    You have great kids, Susan, you really do!

    I never read any of the Harry Potter books. Saw the first movie, it was okay. Saw another movie and fell fast asleep although hubby says it was awesome. I heard a news cast the other day and the silly person was wondering what Rowling was going to do now that the books were finished. DUH! I know what I’D do: retire and reap in all the cash this has created for her!

    I know that they are supposed to be wonderful, and I’m sure they are. I am just glad it’s the last one. I am tired of all the hype. Frankly, I am potter-ed out. No flames, please! Everyone please enjoy your reading; pay no mind to me!
    🙂

  18. Michelle says:

    Kids are so good at sussing out the “fun” bigger kids, aren’t they? (certainly explains why little kids avoid me like the plague! lol)

  19. Gracey says:

    Bud is sooo cute…he reminds me of my cat “Tiger” I had when I was a kid! 🙂 I have yet to read any of the Harry Potter books…I should do that when Jer deploys.

  20. Cheryl says:

    I really wanted my daughter to go from being a camper, then a junior counseler, then a real one when she was old enough. That was not her plan. I’m so glad Mimi is doing it. I’m sure they all love her.

  21. Oh, I loved Girl Scout camp. I was always a camper though, never a counselor. How wonderful that Mimi was so excited about working with the Pixies!

    Your Jeep is AWESOME!!

  22. kirsten says:

    I can’t wait till my girls are old enough for camp! It sounds like Mimi has found her niche!

  23. gawilli says:

    Some of my fondest memories are of 4-H Camp. I’m glad Mimi has found a nice place to make some fond memories of her own. Wonder if she will work with children when she grows up. We certainly need people who can make that connection with kiddos in the education field.

  24. Karina says:

    I love it! All Hail Queen Bee!!

    Nice little pipecleaner bee too!