Camp Kingfisher

In this day and age of iPhones, wii games and way too many cartoons, I signed John up for camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center hoping to reinforce that the outdoors is a marvelous playground – a place for aimless roaming, lazy daydreaming and unrivaled adventure.  In that vein, the PCP spent the last glorious week at Camp Kingfisher doing nothing other than being a BOY.

Camp opens each morning with songs and then small groups break out to explore natural habitats, plants indigenous to Georgia and loads of creatures.  Each day brings new adventures, covering everything from hiking to swimming to canoeing, and counselors aim to instill all sorts of life lessons, like making friends and respecting others.  They talk a great deal about protecting our planet and natural resources and encourage campers to bring “trash free” lunches – no zip locks, no chip bags, no paper napkins – as a tangible part of this effort.

At the end of his week at Camp Kingfisher, John successfully:

  • passed the deep end swim test and earned a bracelet denoting such (good gracious that makes me nervous)
  • brought not only a trash free lunch, but two trash free snacks each and every day
  • learned the basics of canoeing and took a spin in the craft three times
  • traded in some strange tree nut found weeks ago in the Nature Exchange for some other strange variety of rock
  • got to know a few choice snakes, turtles and Lord knows how many other creepy crawlies
  • made a few new friends

When I asked the PCP to name his very favorite thing about camp he thoughtfully replied, “Everything was my favorite.  It was all so favorite that I can’t even pick a favorite.”

This, my friends, is the kind of place where memories are made!

| Filed under Uncategorized | Tags: ,

Worth Seeing

A few years back and on the reco of bestie S, I spent a long summer day lost in the pages of Water for Elephants.  Set in Depression-era America, the novel tells the tale of a young, forlorn vet that joins a travelling circus and impossibly falls in love with the boss’s wife turned star… Read More

| Filed under Uncategorized | Tags:

Waverly World

You know when you think (but aren’t absolutely certain) that you want something (fabric in the case of today) and you jet off to the store (Forsyth Fabrics – more on that mecca tomorrow, perhaps) to decide for sure and then you end up not being able to get it (because they sold out the DAY… Read More

| Filed under Uncategorized | Tags:

Elaborate Plans

*shhhh* …the littles don’t yet know… …but I’m so elated I feel like screaming from the rooftops… “We’re going to Disney! We’re going to Disney!” Our trip is months away but our resort is booked, our meals are planned, I’ve drained Disney gurus bestie N and sweetie M of their tips and tricks, I’ve hunted… Read More

| Filed under Uncategorized | Tags:

On My Bedside

Allright y’all, brace yourselves as I divulge my true literary prowess… … let me introduce you to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I say “introduce” because unless you have a preteen daughter, often peruse the latest Scholastic book offerings or have a fabulous bestie E with unrivaled taste in juicy, teenage drama, I am quite certain… Read More

| Filed under Uncategorized | Tags:

Oakland Cemetery

Along with besties C, E and N, last weekend I took a walking tour of Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta’s Grant Park.  Founded in 1850 and the first public burial ground in the city, the sprawling forty acre cemetery is a historic Atlanta landmark and the magnificent final resting place of more than seventy thousand souls.… Read More

| Filed under Uncategorized | Tags: