We went to Sam A Baker Park to camp out in a cabin :) I was loving it because we got a cabin located by the basketball courts for the older kids and also by the play ground for the younger kids. I could set by the fire or be working on dinner out side and see the kids playing.
Now maybe some would call me over protecting my kids, but I wanted to keep them safe. That's the mom in me.
On the first day I told the kids that the older ones could go play basketball while I prepared our lunch for us to go to the water. The younger ones could go to the playground, BUT, they had to wear these whistles I had bought. I had put them on a piece of ribbon,so I put them around there neck. I said to the younger ones, "Mommie can see you... so don't worry, but if you get scared of something blow the whistle." Everyone went their way, except for Shawndra... she was only 18 months old so I kept her with me. I got her looking the other way at something and pointed so that the other kids could take off to there play area. You see, if they didn't sneak away... they would have to take her, haha, and like they really wanted to do that....so they know the drill.
Now the fun began! I was getting lunch ready, and Shawndra went back to playing, but not before she checked around for the other kids. I am sure in her little head she wondered how they could make themselves disappear like that :) Then I heard it, the whistle, loud and clear, going off tweet tweet tweet tweet ect.. I picked up Shawndra, and ran as fast as I could, down a small hill and across the lawn to the playground. The older kids Dawn, Shawn, and one of Dawn's friends Kelli who came with us on vacation, and Chana, my third born, ( I had made Chana one of the big kids that day so she could play basketball, she loved being one of the big kids :) anyway, they heard the whistle too and all came running to the play ground.
Amanda had climbed up one step on the cross bars and was pointing down with her whistle in her month tweeting over and over.... "What's wrong Amanda?" I said as I ran over to her. "A spider, it's down on the ground Mommie... it tried to bite me!" I looked down and of course I saw nothing, (what spider would stick around with all that tweeting going on...:) I looked at Kendra... saying nothing... because as soon as I looked at her she said, "Don't ask me Mommie, I didn't see it, I just climbed up the ladder on this end cause I was scared!" The older kids just looked a little bit mad then laughed and ran back to the basketball court. I told Amanda the spider was gone and to just blow the whistle when it was something real bad... like a strange dog, or if one of them fell and there was blood.
Okay, so we are all back to our thing. And there it went again tweet, tweet, tweet, I picked up Shawndra and ran to the play ground again, along with the older kids. Kendra was sitting at the bottom of the slide on her bottom crying, Amanda was blowing the whistle for Kendra. "Are you hurt? What hurts honey?" I asked, as I stood Shawndra down beside me. Amanda taking Shawndra's hand saying,"Be careful baby you can get hurt around here!" Looking from Amanda back to Kendra, I said again, "Where are you hurt... are you bleeding somewhere?" "Yes Mommie I must be bleeding on my butt cause it hurts, the slide just pushed me to hard!" Then Dawn with her hand on her hip said, "Mom... you really think this whistle thing is going to work?" I looked at Kendra and ask, "Wheres the blood honey?" Kendra said, "Mommie, I haven't looked, I just know there must be blood... you look!" I stood her up, dusted her off and couldn't see anything. The older kids ran off laughing, "Kendra" I said, "I don't see anything... I think your okay." And she said, "We are going back with you Mommie, this park is just to mean!" Taking my hand... we walked slowly behind Amanda who was holding Shawndra's hand saying, "Come on baby, this park is mean, we are never coming back here again." Smiling I walked slowly back with them, They played around me while I finished packing lunch.
The rest of the day was fun, and yes... the whistles were put away. We hiked to the shut in to swim. On the way, Amanda said her legs hurt, so Kelli carried her. Their dad had Shawndra on his back... and we all hiked, rested and hiked. The shut in was beautiful! As I watch them all playing in the water, I thanked God for them. What a boring life I would have without them, I loved every minute of raising my children. Oh yes... while watching them play in the water, Kendra came up and said, "Mommie I think I need that whistle, there are things moving in this water!" :) Laughing, I said, "I will sit with you." So Shawndra and I waded out a ways in the water and sat down, while Amanda and Kendra played happily around me.
Having six kids and always taking extra kids along, I could tell you a lot of storys, but this was a very fun time camping at Sam A Baker Park.
My Children are all grown and living their life, and prayerfully making memories with their children. I will cherish the days of raising my children. And would do all over again. Kay