Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Holiday Weekend

Well, I can't believe it but summer is almost over. Labor Day Weekend is the official end although we stretch it out as long as we can. We went to a new campground this weekend. It is about an hour from home and it was really nice. The weather was perfect. We went with some friends so we enjoyed sitting around the campfire visiting with them. We met some new friends, too, and hope to stay in touch. Their son has Down's Syndrome. He is 18 and they are facing some of the same challenges we are as far as what happens when they are no longer in school.
The campground was very kid friendly. They had a pool which Clayton enjoyed. They also had tie dying and though Clayton thought he was too big to do it, he ended up actually having fun. There was a basketball court and Clayton and his friend took on several others and, as they told it, beat the best kid in the campground!! Clayton is really good at basketball so I'm sure they did well.
They had a DJ on Saturday and Sunday night. We went to listen to the music on Saturday night and Sean had a great time. He was in his stroller and he was boogying so much at one point he almost tipped it over! You can't see it in this picture but he really had a good time. Some people came up and "Pimped his Ride". They put glow sticks all over his stroller. That is one thing that we have found at campgrounds - people are open to Sean. They don't just gawk at him, they come up and ask questions and are genuinely interested in finding out about his syndrome. Camping has been good for all of us as a family.

I don't want to write too much because I've been told it takes too long for some people to catch up (you know who you are)!! So, I'll just put lots of pictures.
Have a Great Week!
Clayton enjoying one of his favorite things.
Carl doing one of our least favorite parts of camping - dumping. At least he wasn't covered in fecal matter!! If you haven't seen the movie RV, you have to watch it. It's hilarious.

Sean getting one of his favorite things - a foot rub. I can't believe he suckered Bob into doing this, but he did. Thanks, Bob.
Our campsite. There's Rascal, too. He is starting to like camping.
Tie-dying extravaganza.
Clayton perfecting his backstroke.
They had this old firetruck that they gave rides on. We didn't get to go on a ride - too loud - but we got a picture of it sitting still.

Oh, look, there's Mom in a picture. I'm always taking the pictures so usually am not in any, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But, I had Carl take this one of me and Sean.


Heidi @ GGIP said...

I'm so glad that you meet so many nice people at the campgrounds. That sounds like some fabulous campground. A DJ? Basketball courts? Are they all like this?

IS that a commercial jogging stroller or do you have to have one specially made?

Misty said...

thank you for sharing those pictures! it looks like you and the boys had a fabulous time!

mason LOVES his feet rubbed too... LOL! i wonder if he will still like it in 20 years!! we will have to see!

Pinkalicious said...

I am so jealous that you went camping this weekend! It was a perfect weekend here in WI to go camping, but it didn't come to fruition for us this year. We did get to Devil's Lake on Monday for the afternoon though. It looks like you were at a really nice campground and that you had a good time. I am glad you made it in a picture! :)

I hope your week is going as well as your weekend!