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My daughter recently returned from a week at Malibu Club in Canada.  She loved it!  And we have enjoyed hearing the stories about her time there.  She was glowing when she came home, one very happy girl.  A ropes course where she jumped off a 30 ft. platform, dragon boating in the early morning hours, sharing a room with a dozen other girls, no phone, no internet....all new experiences that she made the most of.  I asked her if it was hard for her to not have her phone.  She told me, "the hardest part was when you were looking for someone, you actually had to go and find them!"

 I have loved having her back home- and I'm glad that she's still only thirteen.  Her time away was a reminder to savor each of these days that we still have with her while she's living at home (even the hard ones). These pictures I'm showing you are hers.  I sent my camera with her, half hoping that something would happen to it, "forcing" me to get a new one. ; )  Alas, she took good care of my camera.

        And below, a few more pictures that I've taken recently.  The common theme that I notice in all of these pictures is just how green everything is.  We've had a very cool summer so far.  I'm trying to see the positive in this, even though I really love hot weather.  The green is the trade off, and I'll take it.  It really is beautiful.  But I'm also counting down the days until vacation, when we head to Lake Chelan in eastern Washington.  August, Lake Chelan...we're pretty much guaranteed some hot weather!


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Reader Comments (6)

Wow I didn't realise the camp she was going to was in Canada. How exciting for a 13yr old! It sounds like she had a blast and made lots of memories.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

This is so wonderful! I'm sure she created memories she will treasure for a lifetime. :-)

I had to laugh at your comment about the camera. Yesterday, I checked my camera and discovered it was safe - and for a moment I felt a strange disappointment! I realised later that I was because I would have been sad ... and yet appreciated the excuse to get a new/better one! ;-)

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Your daughter looks like she had a great time! I have heard of that camp - too fun.
We are in Chelan right now :) It is sunny and blue sky!!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

The camp looks and sounds like an amazing place -- very empowering and in such a beautiful setting. Kitty looks so content amidst all that green. It's finally raining here; after weeks of hot dry weather, the parched earth and wee beasties outside are getting a break.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Thirteen is really rather an amazing age - awakening to adulthood, seeing the world in a new way, but still with the expectation of magic - good shots, Grace, and I cannot be sorry that you were so responsible with the camera, even though I understand Mom's hope that it didn't come home all in one piece- - LOL.

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Kristen- yes, thirteen really is an amazing age. I feel like a newbie parent once more, with all the rules changing. She is both adult and child, all at the same time.

July 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

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