Leoni Meadows (1) ~ Archery

“The smell of pine trees, the campfire glowing, the marshmallows cooking,
and the breath of crisp cool air are some great things I like about camping,
but my favorite one of all is camping underneath the stars
with lights so brilliant it brightens up the deep blue sky
making you feel a sense of peace and tranquility amid the great outdoors.” ~ Author Unknown

Way back in the early 90s, five young men headed to Andrews University in Michigan.  They became great friends and all five of them ended up going to Loma Linda Medical School together.  They were in each other’s weddings and they all became dads.  This year, they decided that it had been much too long since they had seen each other so they signed up for a Christian family camp at Leoni Meadows.  It was a such a great trip, so much so that we are returning again next year.  I could not believe all the activities that were available to us, we couldn’t get through them all.

Activity #1:  ARCHERY.  My daughter brought along a friend, Chelsey, and when we first looked at the list of things to do, archery popped out at her (and me).  Why?  There are certain sports that countries are better at than others.  For example, when I think of diving, I think of China, soccer – Brazil, badminton – Indonesia, baseball – USA and so on and so forth.  Well, the Koreans excel at archery and when the summer Olympics roll around, you better believe that the whole nation is watching ARCHERY.  I tell you, it’s not something NBC broadcasts, so we have to watch it on the Korean cable channel.  The womens’ team have never let go of the gold medal, EVER?!!!  What is that?  In any case,  Chelsey’s dad would watch it and tell her how the Koreans do well in archery just as my dad had told me.  So, it was our number 1 on our list of things to do.  It was difficult at first for the kids, but the counselors were such patient teachers that they eventually got the hang of it and wanted to go every day.  My husband was proud of himself that he hit the bull’s eye twice and popped the balloon.  He won chocolates for all of us, lol.

Stay tuned, zip-lining, ceramics and canoeing is next!!  Have a great day, everyone!!

Fifty-two on Fridays : [28] Summer

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining,
the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing,
and the lawn mower is broken.” ~ James Dent

My family just came back from a fabulous vacation at a place called Leoni Meadows (next week’s posts will be dedicated to our adventure).   This is my husband having the most fun at Jenkinson Lake, about 40 minutes from our campground.  This photo reminds me of my childhood.  My parents would take me, my sister, my brother and my cousin to Bass Lake, every year.  It was always the 2nd week of August because the first week of August was the annual Southwestern Youth Music Festival.  From the day school got out to the day of the competition, we practiced like crazy, but at the end of it all, we had our water-skiing trip waiting for us.  My dad would get so excited when my sister and I got up on our skis at the same time, lol.  So, to me, summer = boating at the lake.

I can’t believe we are midway through this project.  You can see how it all started by clicking here.  You are in for a treat now, because my talented friend Jules Trandem | San Diego Child and Family Photographer is up next!!  Have a great weekend, everyone!!

The Sonnet Gown

“Little girls are precious gifts, wrapped in love serene.
Their dresses tied with sashes and futures tied with dreams.” ~  Author Unknown

The Sonnet Gown by Eden’s Bouquet.
Styled by Summer of Grey Likes Weddings.

Little Campers

I am back and behind on laundry.  I will begin posting photos from our camping adventure next week.
Hope you all are having a great summer.

Fifty-two on Friday : [27] Free

“Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Francis Scott Key

Hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day. I feel so fortunate to be living in the United States of America, it is truly the land of the FREE!!

Please go through our circle to see how my photographer friends interpreted the word “free”.  You can begin with Memphis, Tennessee Photographer Kara Jo!!

I will be back to the central coast in three days.  Have a great weekend, everyone!!