Friday, August 13, 2010

Morningstar Camp & the Benedictine Abbey & Modest Swimwear!

This post is a mess
and I don't have the energy to figure out how to fix it...
it IS similar to a 7 quick takes, but I don't have
the umph to link up there, either...

The last few weeks have been pretty interesting...
Scooter planned all year to go
to Morningstar Camp in New Hampshire
with her best friend...The camp is run by
the Sisters Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary...
in FULL Habit. 
They are amazing.
She developed a cough in the week before camp started...
it wasn't too bad...
until I dropped her off on Sunday : (
Thankfully we were staying at
a Benedictine Abbey in Still River, Mass-
just two hour south of camp...
Tuesday night I had to drive up and pick her up.
She loved the camp and wants to go back next year.

Not sure Mom has the energy for a repeat...

"Chewba Grabowski" in the Kelty backpack ....
He loves ridin' high!

Tilly and Snorkie at the Lake in Harvard, Massachusetts.
Lovey weather ALL week...only needed the AC two days.
Spent Tuesday afternoon at the lake.

I made it to evening prayer several times
and morning Mass Mon, Wed, and Fri...
Chewba is a high energy guy...
it is like wrestling a baby crocodile during Mass-
trying to keep him quiet!
Compline was easier because he would nurse
and the Monks chanted the prayers so I didn't need
to worry about following along...
The Monks were SO gracious...
I'll be going back again, I'm sure.

Louisa May Alcott's house in Concord, Mass.
The fee was WAY too high to tour the inside
with four small children and two adults,
it would have cost $35.00....eeek.
It sure was pretty on the outside : )

Minute Man Statue at the Old North Bridge...
The "shot heard 'round the world"
was fired here...
Good thing we are all studying American History this year...
we actually got a field trip done in July!

I could not have gone a week away from my husband
without my friend "J".
Chewba just loves her and she made it possible
for me to actually EAT a meal once in a while.
This is Chewby visiting with a gal named "L" who lives
at the Abbey.  They had SOOOOOO much fun
making faces at each other!
I have to send a copy of this photo to her!
As soon as we got home Chewba started crawling "for real"
He had been scootching around and cruising a little,
but now he is officially ON THE GO!

And away he goes...

Both Scooter and Tilly needed new swim dresses...
I got these put together the week before we left.

They are comfy, cute and easy to swim in...
the dresses each have a full swimsuit sewn inside
so that they wont fly up over their heads in the water.
The leggings stay down because they are cut very slim.
If I wasn't nursing, I'd make one like this for myself!
Actually, I AM going to make a swim skort for myself
out of the blue floral fabric : )

The first night that we arrived at the Abbey
we made it to evening prayer before dinner
in the guest dining room.
It had been threatening rain for hours...
as the kids and I headed back to our rooms,
this sight greeted  us...
It was so big, I couldn't get the whole rainbow in one photo!

Blessings, all!