This Saturday is chocked full of activities for the campers, beginning with the activity planning and scheduling .
Mimi and the campers then headed out to Luray while PopPop tidied up his garden. Trying to broaden the culinary sessions at camp, Mimi’s tour around the grocery produced a small extension of camp cuisine and a large extension of PopPop’s credit card balance!
Mimi couldn’t get out of WalMart fast enough! Lunch was corn dogs, a new Mimi Camp delicacy!
After lunch, the real fun began with a trip to the Page Theatre in Luray to see “Epic.” With popcorn, soda, Skittles and Sour Patch kids for sustenance, the four of us enjoyed the movie.
Then if was off to Flotzies to “top off our tanks” in preparation for Father Chris. The girls got their favorite ice cream cones–Mary, chocolate, and Laura Kate, vanilla. (strawberry was not available)
We all made it through mass….LK slept….and the rest of us prayed….and then we went to Ciro’s….as if we needed MORE sustenance. Although, we all ate heartily….pizza for Khaki and ravioli for Frankie. After dinner, we headed back home to settle in for a movie (Wall-e) for the girls and a Nationals game for PopPop and Mimi.
Day Three was good…especially for eating!
We planned our second day of camp to take care of picture business in Fairfax, which included the traditional visit to the “Elephant Hair Wash” aka “Cartoon Cuts” in Fair Lakes Mall. With a 9:30 hair appointment and a 10:00 picture time, Mimi was cutting it close but we got it all done in time to meet PopPop at the townhouse for a noon departure to the valley. The campers looked quite spiffy with their new hairdo’s and outfits.
With Pop Pop and a full carload of camping activities in tow, we headed to the valley while watching “Rio” on the ipad. Stopping in Front Royal for lunch, the girls had their first KFC adventure. Mimi never thought she would have to convince a camper to just “try” KFC food! But, success was looming when they saw mac ‘n cheese on the menu!
The highlight of the day really came when the girls met their dolly surprise in the valley. Laura’s little girl, Lily Rose, has blond hair, just like her mommy. Mary’s little girl, Veronica Rose, has beautiful brown hair, just like her mommy. Eliza’s little girl is awaiting their first meeting! The girls spent the rest of the day getting to know their new little girls, teaching them their repertoire of “Jesus” songs and the evening ended with coke floats!
Mini-Mimi Camp began on Thursday, June 13th. Mimi and her small campers drove back to Fairfax early in the morning, in hopes of avoiding severe storms that were forecast for Northern Virginia.
The drive was peppered with “Are we there yet?” questions, which wasn’t unexpected except that they began in Henderson (30 mins from Raleigh)! Khaki doesn’t seem to have a concept of driving times….Mary Frances isn’t much better at that skill, either. I loved Mary’s question, “Do you like saying ‘yes or no’ when asked that question?” How was I supposed to answer THAT without stretching the truth? Kids can ask the strangest questions!
We arrived in Fairfax without a drop of rain and with only two stops for the “necessary”, which included a double chocolate milk and two strawberry donuts of the Dunkin’ Donut variety!
Since the weather wasn’t the best, we had to forego a dip in the pool. The girls settled in to serious cartoon watching. In between SpongeBob and Mutant Turtles (modern version), the girls were trying their hand at the banjo. After a thousand and one “Jesus” songs, I asked for a “Mimi Camp” song and Mary broke into her version of “Don’t be afraid of Mimi Camp!” Huh?Hmmmm! Now she has me worried….
Uncle Chi arrived back from the airport with Pop-Pop at the same time we got back with pizza for dinner and we all settled in for a mix of Nickelodeon and NBA Finals. Mimi settled in to bed and slept soundly for almost 9 hours!
Ready to face another day of the “worrisome” Mimi Camp…heading to have hair done at the “elephant wash” aka “Cartoon Cuts” and then on to have their annual pictures taken.
Let the fun begin!