I wish I had taken my camera with once we went to check in. It was a big camp compared to the last couple she has been to, with 140 girls here overnight. All sleeping in boxes. They had smaller groups of 16 and within that they had a group of 4 who then had their boxes together. They had names for their "villages" and it sounds like they had loads of fun.
Brendon was working this morning, so the teenager that has watched Asher before (with Ruth or Rachel here) had her first time of watching Asher without their first aid backup. We went through things a few days before and again in the morning before we left. Thankfully none of it was needed.
Today was part 1 of Rachel's 16th Birthday celebrations = Movies with Mum.
Her birthday is only on Thursday, but it was a nice opportunity with us coming into town for Ruth, to make the most of the trip. We got a bit of shopping done and had lunch before going to watch Beauty and the Beast. Rachel has been looking forward to seeing it every since she saw the first article about it. So it was great to be able to enjoy it together.
Rachel did struggle having Luke Evens as Gaston as she really likes him as Bard in The Hobbit. He does an excellent job of being disliked in this movie. So we got to enjoy the movie on many levels.
He had shown her a piece of wood shaving before and told her it was a part of her present. He made those beautiful roses! What a thoughtful and special gift.
Daniel then headed off to get a buss back to his grandmother and Rachel and I went boot shopping before heading home. The last winter boots I bought lasted me many years but are starting to really look scruffy. So I was pleased there were excellent specials again. Rachel and I ended up buying the same style of long boots, mine just a size smaller than hers.
Apparently the sky behind them was absolutely magnificent. It just didn't come out on the photo.
Thankfully she doesn't look sick at all. She had a very busy morning. Here she is playing with Anakin.
Wed 5th: I only heard about the Parent to Parent craft night on Monday, but there was still space for me, so I got to have a nice evening out today.
I had a lovely evening chatting to the ladies and again came away really encouraged. It's always so good to have that reminder that we are not alone and there are many other families who understand very well some of the struggles we have.
Wonderfully she past, so it was a great way to celebrate her 16th birthday. We also treated the family to pizza for dinner. Thankfully almost all pizza places do gluten free bases now, so that was a nice extra for her birthday too. And made it much easier with me having no time to do any food prep today.
Ruth was at production rehearsal, so Brendon brought Hannah and Hezekiah and we met at the dance hall. We had a quick visit with friends who live close while Hannah danced.
As it was dark he didn't get her to drive the whole way home, but she did drive from Waikari.