I’m just back from a relaxing weekend away for my big girl’s school camp. Yes mothers are invited and it’s wonderful to spend the weekend together. No cooking or cleaning. I find it very hard to leave the house for a night away since baby 6 arrived and so I took the little bub with me as I’m still feeding him. Now usually if I have to go away somewhere then someone will get sick. And right on cue on friday night I had 2 on the couch with fevers and suspected tonsilitis. I should have known. Of course the timing would be the one weekend I go away. But hubby was in control, dr’s visits booked, instructions for medicine left, a frozen lasagne to pop in the oven for dinner and everything sorted for the weekend, I was off.
The setting was as picturesque as you could get. And with a newly renovated and built centre it felt like we were staying at a plush country lodge rather than a conference venue. We had king single beds to ourselves in our own room with ensuite. And I had to take a photo of this building with the navy, white and brick as I was getting some ideas for my own house.
And the chapel? Well I did go a bit crazy taking photos of it and having sunday mass in there was a real treat with the sun shining. I told the priest that the morning will be etched in my mind as a beautiful memory with the sun shining in and a beautiful setting. Sure beats the 70’s churches that I’m used to.
I had a go at archery and loved it and we did a number of challenges that were lots of fun. And I had to have a photo of myself doing archery just to prove that I actually gave it a go. Apparently the kids at home thought it was hilarious. I loved it!
There were so many coffee and meal breaks and its always nice when someone else is cooking and doing the dishes.
That night we said the rosary at a super fast speed that I wondered was each side of the chapel trying to race each other. And followed up by bingo which I realised was super addictive but I had no luck. Everyone brought a gift with them between $5-10 and if you won a game or full house you could pick from the prize table. It was lots of fun even if I was fighting my little guy for the texta and bingo sheets.
I flopped into bed with the baby at 10.30pm and there were still a few girls squealing and having a late night feast or running around. I got a whole new appreciation for teachers who take kids to camp!!! But me and my girl were tucked up in bed (she was still recovering from tonsilitis) and we slept it off. It was great to meet new mums who I only see in carline and old friends who I don’t really get the chance to catch up with. A very relaxing weekend and a lovely place to reflect and spend some time with my growing girl (and growing boy, don’t think I can keep calling him a baby much longer!).
Do you go on school camps? Do your kids always get sick when you have to go away? I loved camp and am looking forward to my next one……………