For the first time ever, Caitlin has spent a week away from home, yet not in the care of assorted relatives.
She's been away plenty of times before, but it's always been to Camp Grammy or Camp Dawn or Camp Cindy or Camp Janet. This time, however, she went away, all by her lonesome, in the care of...strangers.
We sent her off to a Girl Scout camp!
We also sent in a secret weapon:
Her best friend, Marlena!
Could there be anything cooler than going away to a sleep away camp with your best friend? I think not!
We caravan'd up there with Misty and her gang and discovered that a) the Ranch was very far away and that b) it was a bit of a hike to the cabins!
It was a bit rainy, but very lovely. I heard hummingbirds zipping past as we walked.
Fortunately, Oliver was there to help Emma along.
Eric was there, too.
After we delivered them to their cabin area, we took off back down the hill.
Logan discovered the thrill of walking softly and carrying a big stick.
While we were a little nervous to hand Caitlin off into the hands of strangers, we knew that she's a trooper and that with Marlena beside her, she's bound to have loads of fun.
Caitlin has always been an excellent traveler and has never been really nervous about new adventures (On her first day of preschool she took off like a shot. Eric had to beg for a "Bye!" and a hug!). As a matter of fact, although we sent her with 4 or 5 pre-stamped and addressed postcards, we haven't heard a single peep out of her! So either she's having a fantastic time...
or she's been eaten by bears.
I'm betting it's the former.
* The sad part about this picture is that there should be three more before it that show all three kids holding hands, but they've mysteriously disappeared off of my camera. Were the twins involved? I don't know, but I'm sad the 3 toddler hand holding shots are gone.