That morning, breakfast was served outside (it was cold but worth it). They drove in a big grill and set a huge griddle on it and proceeded to make tons of pancakes. And these pancakes weren't just served to you in a normal fashion, because it was a pancake FLIP! In order to get a pancake, you had to station yourself on the lawn in front of the grill, plate in hand, and keep your eye on the flipper as he tossed your pancake 10 feet in the air (sometimes more) and you maneuvered around under it to catch it like you would a fly ball. Oliver was fascinated by all of the pancake catching and we sat on the ground near the launch area so we could watch everyone's attempts to catch their breakfast. I caught both of mine pretty easily as did Matt and Oliver. But some people dropped quite a few so there were pancakes scattered all over the lawn. Good times...
After our brunch, we played for a bit and then the kids started both asking to take a nap... at 10:45 in the morning!! They had been off schedule a bit because of the time change and the staying up late and the physical exhaustion from running around camp all week. We were happy to oblige so naptime that day was early - which worked out great because that afternoon Matt's brother and sister and their families were coming in from Denver to visit us! Yipee!
So while the kids slept, I got to spend sometime on Matt's Dad's computer catching up on emails and blogs (which I LOVED) and Matt and his Dad got to attend a free guitar lesson/jam session with one of the musicians who had been playing for us at Horn Creek that week. His name is Nathan Clark George and he is a great musician with an amazing story. Check out his website: http://www.nathanclarkgeorge.com (we knew we squeezed both of their guitars into our van for a reason)!
After they finished jamming (and getting sunburned!), Matt and his Dad headed out to finish up the last few holes of the Frisbee golf course they had been playing off and on throughout the week. It was a fun and challenging 18-hole course that ran through the middle of the camp. After the kids woke up, we were just killing time until the Denver folks arrived. We walked down to the Rec Center again and the guys played some horseshoes and the kids ran around until we saw the caravan pull up to the front office. We ran to greet them so excited they were finally here!!!
We all decided a trip to the water slides was in order. Matt and I took the kids down there earlier in the week and we just played in the wading pool at the bottom of the slides. The kids were not interested. Matt and I went down a few times and those are some pretty wicked slides! Whew! They have 1 short, slow, kids slides and two longer, more intense slides going down the side of a mountain. So we showed up with our whole group and took turns going down the slides with the older kids - Olivia and Calvin. Matt and I decided to go down together once which was quite a crazy ride. Two adults on a mat at once makes you go much faster. Then Matt and his brother decided to go down together. I think they regretted that decision as soon as they hit the first big drop! They ended up stopping themselves 3/4 of the way down and just climbing out of the top of the slide and walking the rest of the way down. I don't know about Daniel, but Matt had a bruised toe that I think is just now finally starting to look normal again! It turns out that two grown men riding on a mat together down a water slide is not a good idea!
We were finally able to convince our kids to go down as well! Gabby went down first so Oliver was a little bit more motivated after seeing her go down and not go under the water at the bottom. Check out the cute pictures and videos below:
Gabby on the water slide with Mommy
Oliver on the water slide with Daddy
After the water slides, we hurried back to the Lodge to change into our dress clothes for Banquet Night! Since it is the last evening of camp, they fancied up the dining room a bit with candle light and dressed up servers and provided us with a multi-course meal. Matt's whole family got to join us for that meal and it was a great evening. Afterward, we headed out to take group pictures. Here is the whole David Dillard clan:
From left to right: Ed Schroeder, Stephanie and Daniel Dillard, Atticus, Emily (Matt's sister), Calvin, and Olivia Schroeder, Granna and Papa (Annie and David) Dillard in the back, and our family on the right!
After dinner we, changed and headed out to the cabin where the rest of Matt's family was staying for the night. We played board games and talked and enjoyed a relaxing evening catching up with everyone! Oliver loved playing Peter Rabbit with Uncle Dan (thanks for indulging him Dan!)
We headed back to the Lodge that night to sleep and then got up early in the morning to meet the whole clan for breakfast at a cafe in town called Chili Bears. They served us some yummy food (especially their hash browns) and we filled up with gas and hit the road for our long trip back to Texas. It was such a great week for all of us and the kids did well on the drive home. We made some awesome memories and can't wait to do it again next year!