We wait all year for this one week, my family and I. Well, at least the girls and the little boys! All year, I plan for new and exciting projects I will share with the boys. John Thomas and Levi both love art and creating, so that fits right in with my plan. We usually have a theme and go somewhere exciting and fun…just a little day trip from PCB. This year, the plans were discussed. The plans were confirmed. The dates were set. But, alas…the best laid plans often sail off into never never land and the best you can do is just wing it. And, that’s what we did at Boogaloo Camp 2018.
Fortunately the boys got in a little swimming time on Friday, before the clouds decided to turn a permanent shade of gray!
The day was beautiful and Lori, Tara and Suzanne soaked up as much sun as they could on our beautiful Laguna Beach.
We decided we needed an excellent meal to start the camp off right, so off we went to Uncle Ernie’s! Ate out on the covered deck and watched the sun set. The food was delicious, and we all enjoyed a walk around the marina before the darkness settled in.
Back to the Sandcastle to rest and relax and have some fun together…or alone…
After a good night’s sleep, the girls and the boys headed out for some shopping. They were planning to go and return before the rain. Again…that’s what ya get for making plans…
A little bit of wetness didn’t slow them down…it just added to the fun! The boys thought it great fun to go schlepping around in the rain!
They did manage to do some minor damage to their wallets before they headed back!
This pic below is not very clear, but I add it for posterity’s sake. Here’s a little of the ‘boogying’ we do at Boogaloo Camp!
Because our big plans were to take a boat out to Shell Island for a picnic…we tried to salvage at least part of the plan…the picnic part. I put the boys in total charge of the planning, making, gathering and packing of the picnic. Here is the list…by their minds and hands.
Since they decided on cookies, they had to prepare them. And, make the sandwiches, with a little supervision.
They gathered all the things on their list…and packed the cooler…and then this happened…
Joy and I were to meet them and go to the park for our picnic. But the minute we got on the road…the rain started falling so hard we literally could not see the cars in front of us! So, I turned the car around, and we went back to the house. We took our picnic blankets and spread them across the floor. Then, set out pillows…lit candles…spread some shells and sea creatures around…and called it a picnic! The boys served us and cleaned up. Not exactly the fun we had hoped for…but a memory made, nonetheless!
Because of this…
…we decided the smartest thing to do was to head to Dothan on Sunday. As everyone was washing sheets and towels…the boys and I got in a little crafting time.
Our little boys are growing up…going into second and third grade next year…silly boys!
And, so by noon, we were all loaded, floors swept, doors locked, and ready to get to higher ground. The boys were a little sad, so much of our big plans were cancelled. But, we prayed together before we left and thanked God for the rain. We decided that if He wanted us to be back in Dothan, that’s where we should be. After all, His plans are always perfect.
The storm, Alberto, actually made landfall on our little stretch of beach, Laguna Beach. Our houses are about 2 blocks away. We made the right decision to vacate the area.
However, the boys did make us promise that before the summer was out and school started back…we would have Boogaloo Camp 2018…Part 2! And, Lord willing…we will!