Friday, July 31, 2015

Maker Camp with Friends: Week 2!

This weeks theme for Maker Camp was Fun and Games!  On Monday the kids made a HUGE marble run:
On Wednesday everyone was super excited to make their own little robots called brush bots.  We also had a Maker Camp pool party at our house!
And today we learned about chain reactions and made a cobra stick bomb!
A bunch of our campers creations made it on the share videos on the Make Camp page this week (days 2 and 4)!

We are having so much fun with Maker Camp that we decided to continue for one more week!  Get ready for some cool Flight related creations next week!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend Adventures: Fort Ross

On Saturday we decide to go for a longer excursion than usual.  After about 3 hours in the car headed north we ended up on the coast at Fort Ross.  This is a very unusual fort in that it is Russian and was built in 1812.  Lucky for us they happened to be holding the Fort Ross festival the same time we were there!  There were lots of people milling around in traditional Russian dress.  We saw dancing, singing, a horn band that actually came from Russia for the event, and a militia re-enactment complete with black powder rifles and cannons!  Here's some pictures:
stopping at In-N-Out for lunch
inside the Orthodox church
the little kids running around in traditional clothes were so cute!
the CA coast is so beautiful!  This is the mouth of the Russian River
On Sunday after church we had lunch with the Saltarelli's and went swimming in the pool!  The perfect relaxing Sunday afternoon.

This week holds our last week of Maker Camp with friends and a camping trip this weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Maker Camp with Friends - Week 1!

We had such a great week doing Maker Camp with some of our friends.  We were super official - we all had t-shirts!  Our camp was originally scheduled to be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but I was recovering from my camp cold on Monday so we pushed it back to Tuesday.

The theme of this week was Farmstead: sustainable living and food, so on Tuesday we talked about wind power and made fun pinwheels!
 Our campers were even featured in the share video on the Maker Camp website the next day (watch closely to find them)

Wednesday we talked about solar power and made sun prints using special light sensitive paper.
The kids were featured again on the Maker Camp website!

Friday was our food day.  We used the MakeyMakey to make a banana piano!  Afterwards we used the bananas to make banana oatmeal cookies that everyone got to eat. Yummy!

Each day after our Maker Camp time we wandered over to the park to play with our friends and eat lunch - it's been a wonderful week!  We can't wait for all the cool things to make at Maker Camp next week!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Young Lives Camp - Lost Canyon 2015

This. Week. Was. Hard.  But, it was also so amazing and good.

Let's start with the end result.  This is a picture of all the girls that got up early on Saturday morning for the new believers walk.  Amazing!

And here is a video from Say So.  This is an oppurtunity for the girls who made a decision to follow Jesus this week to stand up and publicly say so.  Many tears from me.  This is why I came.

One of the girls that stood up at say so is named Itsy and her daughter is Valeria.  Valeria was in my nursery and she became attached to me over the week.  Such a sweet little girl.  I spent much time holding, rocking, walking and putting her to sleep.  A neat thing about Itsy and Valeria is that they live in East Palo Alto, a few miles from where I live in Sunnyvale!  I hope to stay connected to them and am praying for Itsy as she starts her journey with Christ.

I have missed Young Life camp and all it's awesomeness over the last 6 years of not attending camp during the summer.  The property and housing was amazing, the leadership and program teams were wonderful, and the food was so good (like always).  I think heaven may look like a Young Life camp.  Here's a few pictures of Lost Canyon.
 I ended up in the Navy nursery for 20 - 24 month olds.  Most of them were actually a little younger than that and we ended up have 17 kiddos in our nursery with 9 nursery workers.  I was the oldest in our nursery and therefore "the mom".  This also meant that I got to deal with a lot of the poop and puke - but it got me some swag in the form of a sweet t-shirt at one of our childcare meetings :)  Here's some of the nursery workers with the selfie stick that one of the girls brought.  (We were not supposed to take pictures of the moms and babies, or else I would have some!)
Last night in our nursery!  Everything is all sanitized and ready for next year!
One of the reasons why this week was so hard was that we were watching babies way more than I anticipated.  I had very little free time, which was ok since I was there to serve - I just had to modify my expectations a bit.  It was also hard when all the kids were dropped off at the same time, and all screaming for an hour of so.  It's a bit draining to carry a baby on each hip while they are both screaming in your ear for any length of time.

Another hard thing was the sickness.  As to be expected when you gather over 150 moms/leaders and over 100 babies together, there was some sickness going around camp.  None of our nursery workers got it, but 4 of our babies did - 2 of them puking in our nursery, on the same day.  Praise the Lord that I have not gotten that flu, please pray that I didn't bring it home!  I did, however, bring home the cold that the babies were passing around.  Please pray that no one else in our house gets it and I can recover quickly.

On one of the hard nights I texted Zac to tell him I was having a rough time.  His reply was just what I needed to hear, "good thing you do hard things."  It would have been much easier and comfortable to just stay home and do my routine in my safe little bubble - but that was not what God called me to do this week.  He called me to this camp to love and serve these girls and babies, to stretch me beyond myself so that all that was left was Him, to witness lives changed as girls made decisions to follow Jesus.

I'll finish this post with my new theme song.  In our childcare meetings (called nanny and manny club) we get to worship together and this was one of the songs that we sang a few times.  I had never heard it before but I'm pretty sure God wrote it for me just for this week.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve at Young Lives camp this summer and I pray that God will continue to call me higher.

Called me Higher - By All Sons and Daughters
I could just sit, I could just sit and wait for all Your goodness
Hope to feel Your presence.
And I could just stay, I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel You
Hope to feel something again

And I could hold on, I could hold on to who I am and never let You

Change me from the inside
And I could be safe, I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home
Never let these walls down

But You have called me higher, You have called me deeper, And I'll go where You will lead me Lord

You have called me higher, You have called me deeper, And I'll go where You lead me Lord
Where You lead me Lord

Here's the video if you want to hear it (it's awesome):

Friday, July 10, 2015

Maker Camp: Fantasy Week!

We had such a blast with Maker Camp this week!  It's totally free and there are 5 weeks left, join us!

Here's what we made!
soldering with Dad
this is right before she burned herself :(
sketch books and blinkey Makey pins
painted cardboard masks
superhero capes
 And here's our stop motion animation movie!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fourth of July Weekend

We had such a great, relaxing weekend celebrating the birthday of our country!

There was some of this:
No training wheels!!!  Can you hear her giggle the ENTIRE time?
And a bunch of this:
Our pool is here!  It's 15' diameter and 4' tall - and salt water!
And Zac and Keanan got to do this:
A ride in a float plane!

Hopping around in the delta
After playing in the pool and eating a yummy 4th of July dinner with our friends, the Hoffman's, we made our annual trek to the roof of Zac's work to watch the firework show at the Shoreline Amphitheater.  There was much hot chocolate and treats, I made this:

There will be no blog post next week because I'll be holding babies at the Young Lives camp in Arizona!  Please keep me in your prayers (and also Zac and the kids).  I'll be sure to post about it when I get back!