Sunday, May 31, 2015

"There may be flies on people whose table's average age is lower than 23.6!"

"My high of the day was all the songs at chapel this morning and hanging out with my cookout group." -Amanda

"Everything about the great outdoors-- but mostly s'mores." -Katherine

"Coming up with RFAJWD with the CILT counselors and hanging out with my nature day group." -Sarah Wright

"The papa______iyas... By that I mean the amazing memories I made with the papayas." -Kristin

"Making sporks look like Batman and singing the Batman song with Amanda." -Whitney

"Being a Brazilian." -Molly Henry

"Fabiano taught me how to make a fire." -Kathryn

"Getting a goal in Circle Rules Football or whatever sport it is." -Erin O'Awesome

"Making lots of new friends and playing with camp kids at the hobo dinner." -Katie

"Somehow making it up the hill to South Pasture (que The Script- Still Alive But I'm Barely Breathing)." -Amy

"Being reunited with camp friends." -Liz Koch

"Building a fire with Molly Brunner and hobo dinners with my outdoors group." -Ellyn

"When Matt Radding laughed at the things I said lol." -Emily Lanigan Jones

"I built a fire super fast and got to spend six hours roaming through the woods with new friends." -Emily Harlow

"Holding a snake." -Abby Bien

"Doing surgical procedures to get ticks out because it's literally a freckle with legs." -Kerri

"I MADE A FIRE!" -Anna Gibbons

"I really loved when the snake crawled up my sleeve. That really brought me closer to nature." -Maddy

"Building a fire and learning what poison ivy looks like." -Diggy

"It took me two hours and it was only like a foot tall but I started my own fire with the help of Emily Harlow, 3 boxes of matches and about 2 full trees worth of pine needles." -Rotto

"Singing with Erin." -Alli

"Hobo dinners and talking to new staff about what they're excited about." -Kevyn

"When I was holding the snake Keith said she seemed especially calm and relaxed with me-- aka Rosie and I are best friends." -Emma

"Getting to be part of Women's Journey planning surrounded by so many women I've looked up to for so many years at camp. And I held my first chicken EVER today!" -Molly

Saturday, May 30, 2015

"This is Sarah Wright's world, we're just living in it. Oh, and I really missed your handwriting."

Today one of the girls who will be in Session 1 texted me, 
"So hype for neon hats and hobo dinners and crazy kiddos who just want to be your friends and deep devos where people cry because they're relieved and happy chapels and singing out hearts out and random dancing and being with the other CILTs and cuddling in one bunk and being silly and living out God's love in goofy and childlike ways that just prove that our big, big God is real."

Yes to all of that. Yes to waking up in your bunk and remembering that you're finally at camp. Yes to reuniting with old friends like Peanut and Brunner Runner Runner. 

Yes to Diet Coke parties all day long. Yes to Erin and Kristen being weird and that being totally acceptable.

Yes to learning new things like towel chickens. Yes to being silly.

Yes to the kind of friends that listen and scratch your back without being asked and who will lick chicken crumbs with you if you invite them to join the club.

Yes to becoming friends with someone in about 10 seconds. Yes to being so happy all the time.

Yes to bringing back point and shoot selfies since we can't use our phone cameras at camp.

Yes to daily pics with Ellyn.

Yes to trashketball and cheering everyone on.

Yes to laughing with Ellyn and hanging out with Alli and Tim. Yes to Liz arriving tomorrow!

Yes to teaching the whole staff a choreographed dance. Yes to laughing at meals around circle tables.

Yes to devotions in a circle around a candle and giving each other encouragement. Yes to falling asleep in your bunk with 12 other friends in the cabin.

Friday, May 29, 2015

"I'm not married and don't have kids so the forest and leaves are pretty much my kids."

IT'S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! We're so dang excited about summer starting as soon as the bell rings at 2:43 and having the next 10 weeks off. 

Caroline made me a canvas this morning that I love. 8th grade art girls have been bringing me more Miss Wright caricatures that totally rock. I love the things each of them choose to include. Taylor nailed my open mouth smile.

Jayla brought me a deck of cards with 52 reasons why I'm awesome written on them. Oh. My. Gosh. One of the coolest student gifts I've ever gotten. I love the little things she noticed this year. 

After watching HSM 2 in every class, singing along to Camp Rock during 7th period and chanting summer, summer, summer as the final seconds ticked down the bell finally rang for the very last time this school year. WE'RE DONEEEEEEE!!!!

Maddie, Natalie, Jules, Cecilia and Lince came to visit right before they headed home. Dodgeball champs even in our dresses. I will miss being in the same building as these girls.

I've loved having Morgan, Hannah, Emily, Sydney, Lauren and Maddie in class this year. In both semesters I've been lucky enough to teach so many incredible kids. I can't wait to go to Castaway with them in just a few days and then to be at Fall Creek Junior High together next year.

I love this cabin of moms with all of their kids on leashes. The moms even brought snacks in their fanny packs to share.

Our cabin is just so #basiccampgirl with all your favorite camp clothes and accessories.

Raise the roof, raise the roof...

Raise the roof, RAISE THE ROOF!

Instagram... Insta Graham...

Can I tell you I'm just so dang happy to be friends with Amanda and Amy all summer and in the same cabin for a week? It's pretty awesome already.

Justin Bieber serenade. This is amazing.

Don't try to cross the body guard circle.

Sarah and Ellyn daily pics are back. 1 down, 69 to go.

Mike and Tom burst out of the caterpillar as butterflies and then ran campfire like it's their job. Which I guess it is, so that's good.

We had our annual fire building contest-- Erin, Georgia and Skylar. They immediately lit their kindling on fire which actually turned out to be an ok strategy.

What the hobb. J is the best boss ever. You wish you worked with him.

I'm so excited for what's to come. So many friendships are about to spark, adventures will happen and new memories are being made right now. I love this place. It's so surreal, but I'm back home again.

Honorable mention blog titles:
"I'm really good at listening, I'm really bad at conversationalizing."
"I'm going to be here week 3 as a Brave and I hope I get any of you as a counselor."