Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ruidoso, NM

In June, our church had camp for 4th - 6th graders. They go to camp at Bonita Park. Jeremy and I have some good friends who actually live there. So, while Jeremy is a camp counselor for the 6th grade boys, I and my four children stay with our friends. We have a crazy fun time! Our friends, Kaylee and Connor have four children back to back, just like Jeremy and I did. While Connor is at work during the day, Kaylee and I hang with our 8 combined kids, ages 9 years old to 2 years old. Fun times! It is wonderful that they all get along with each other. If there is a problem, it is with their own sibling. 

When we first arrived, they were like old friends. It was as if no time had passed between our visits two years ago. 
We didn't get to go last year because there was a horrible fire! We were supposed to leave on Monday morning. Our friends were told to evacuate Saturday at midnight. The fire consumed most of the camp and our friends lost their house. Piper was disappointed that she couldn't go to camp that year. I had to remind her that she is lucky that she still has a house and all her toys. I told her that our friends don't have a house, they don't have a bed to sleep in, they don't have any toys to play with. 

There is still alot of damage a year later, but the camp has started rebuilding. Our friends have a new house. This is the amphitheater that is across from our friend's house. It wasn't damaged, but you can see all the burnt trees around it. 
To the left of the amphitheater is a swing set. Two of the legs were black from the fire, but the rest of the swing set is unharmed.
A new fence beside our friend's house...still black trees all around. In the middle left of the picture, you can see what is left of a house.
Here is a close up...
There is still alot of clean up and rebuilding to do. This is a picture of a pile of burnt trees and some stuff.
On a brighter note, my kids had a BLAST playing in the burnt trees! They came in at the end of the day covered in soot and as happy as can be!
We took a trip to Alamogordo and went to their zoo. It is the oldest zoo in the southwest. It was a small zoo, but totally worth the $1.50 per person price to get in! Here is our crew. Yes, Piper is the only girl, with seven boys!
Posing on a rock...
One of the animals the zoo had was a bald eagle. 
Getting pictures on the buffalo statue...

I don't remember what this statue was and I can't tell because of all the kids!
Pictures on the lion statue...
Back at "camp", one evening a few deer were there. 
video
Kaylee and I worked out one morning and when we were done, it looked like our 8 combined kids and a little too much fun...
Kaylee's dog, Izzy, is the sweetest dog. She loves curling up with anyone! She just curled up in my lap and went to sleep.
Can't wait to visit again next year!

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