We all had such a great time with our grandson, Kade, and his buddy, Eric (both 11 yrs. old) this year for Camp Turlington, that we actually forgot to take pictures on most days!
We started out on Monday at the local video store - naturally - we had to have movies for the night. In fact we went back to the video store every night... two movies a night because, of course, at Camp Turlington we stay up as late as we want to!
Next stop was the grocery store. The camp youngsters get to pick out all the gooey, sugary, bad-for-you stuff they want to eat for the week. You know, like lunchables for meals, chocolate syrup and strawberry syrup for making flavored milk, a cereal snack package with ten different sugar-filled choices, blueberry muffins, and more and more and more sugary delectables -- See, the choices this week are the grandparent's prerogative and the parent's nightmare!! LOL!
We topped the day off with a trip to the theater to see that nutty, feel-good, John Travolta movie, Hairspray. We all enjoyed that one.
Tuesday morning, we had breakfast at the club - Elkins Lake Putter Parlor, back to the video store, and then back to peruse the art studio for ideas about a project for this week and settled on making masks. Later we made a trip to the Westhill Mall to buy a shirt for each boy. (My grandson is a clothes horse! I don't know where he got that -- but he was born with it. He's had definite apparel preferences and an uncanny sense of current fads or styles since he was a toddler. When he was barely two, he would not get out of the car without a hat on! Of course, his play clothes this week didn't necessarily reflect his taste as we were much too busy (and increasingly tired!) to arrange an ensemble for each excursion!
Tuesday afternoon we made an encore visit (from last year) to the Sam Houston Museum, Sam Houston Woodland Home, and museum gift shop and art gallery at the Katy and E. Don Walker Education Building. The boys bought, among other things, a Texas Passport with a place for a passport stamp for many Texas towns. So we went to the post office and had them stamp a cancel for that day on the Huntsville page. (Click on any image to get a larger view.)
Second museum visit was a tad boring! Visit to Sam's home was quicker this year!
We had a camp skit! And then we went into the bamboo jungle! NOT.
Never fear, Mom & Dad, we always had our naps wherever we were when naptime rolled around!
The boys found the most interesting thing at the cemetery were these large flat tombs which Kade announced had bodies buried in them. He said if we could just get the flat slab off the top, we would see a dead body! Try as we might, we couldn't do that. The next best thing was to find one with a hole in it and try to see down in there. Eric found a flat tomb with a fairly large hole and checked it out but to no avail.
Not nearly as interesting but worth mentioning was a tidbit we read about the tombstone above the graves of Sam and Margaret Houston.
According to the marker, the sentiment was written and approved by the Houston's
sons and daughters and sent to San Antonio for engraving. When the
stone returned they found the word "governor" misspelled as "govenor."
Too late for a new stone, they sanded out the "e" and substuted an
apostrophe to make the word "gov'nor." And sure enough when we examined
the words on the stone there was the word, "gov'nor."
(History lesson at no extra charge!)
Wednesday morning, we went out-of-town to Kohl's for clothes -- this time plaid shorts were on the docket! On the way, we stopped at the Conroe Post Office and had a Conroe cancel stamped in their passports. Then back to Huntsville for lunch at King's Candies.
Wednesday afternoon was swimming, golf cart rides, Evan Almighty at the movie theater, etc. (you know. . . all the usual Camp Turlington activities.)
Wednesday evening we started our masks. I made a Rigid-Wrap mask of each boy's face and they planned how they would decorate it the next day after it was totally dry. Oh, how I wish I had gotten pictures but I was quite busy trying to reassure Eric, who went first, that I would not cover up all the holes for breathing! Kade is a tad clastraphobic so I was also busy assuring him that he could do this. He kept asking Eric, "Eric, are you nervous? Eric can you breathe?" At which point, Eric would take several deep breathes through the nose just for good measure.
The "workshop sample" was the very first mask I ever made which was done at a terrific workshop retreat in Santa Fe about 15 years ago with mixed media fine artist Valerie Bechtol and author, photographer, psychotherapist Maureen Murdock.
These masks are fun to use in all kinds of art projects. Here is a triptych I did for a show a few years back. (The middle canvas is actually totally black - with raised letters and the mask of my face - but I had to shine a strong light on it to get it to show up in a photo):
Back to camp: Thursday we spent the whole day at Incredible Pizza in Conroe. That was a blast! I missed a lot of good pictures there -- miniature golf, bumper cars, go kart races, and millions of circus midway-type/Vegas gambling-type activities and and arcade games of skill. The all-you-can-eat buffet for kids had every kind of pizza you wanted, spaghetti, mac&cheese (what else? remember, this is a kids' buffet!), a salad bar (for the parents!) and baked potatoes. Oh, and lots of cake, pie, cobblers, cookies, and ice cream. Then of course, any kind of soft drink you'd want. Yummy - Papa T and I loved the buffet and took it as a day off the health kick!
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Last day of camp the boys pose with their finished masks. Those are the tiredest boys I've seen in a while!
Friday morning we made last minute tweaks to our masks and took pictures. Then while Eric watched a TV show, Kade and I re-made a belt for him to use with the buckle he bought at the Sam Houston Museum. ( I cut the original buckle off, replaced it with his new buckle using grommets, etc. -- being a mixed media artist comes in handy for projects like that!) We had lunch at the Elkins clubhouse, went into town to return the last of the videos, and then took off for Houston to return the boys to their rightful families for sugar rehab and a decent upbringing.
Whew, what a ride! Thanks, Kade & Eric. Papa T and I had a fun, fun, time with you two boys!! Next week it's the two granddaughters at Camp Turlington. Yippee! Tune in later for a recap of the events for 8 and 4 year old girls!