Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rafting with Mia and Velvet

Hello future readers,

Remember when I said this year we would have some activities with the little girls cabin, The Grasshoppers? Well Kerry and the Grasshoppers' counselor Ellen had decided that 2 of us should take Velvet and Mia rafting. (meaning Vivienne and me!) So today after rehearsal, we put on our life jackets and we met at the dock by the lake.



Actually it was only gonna be one of us. It turns out that Vivienne had never been rafting before, so she was gonna get a lesson while I took Mia and Velvet rafting, (one at a time, of course!) But Mia was kinda scared, she didn't want to go. She started to cry a little, so Kerry said she could watch Velvet from the dock so she could see how much fun rafting is, and that there isn't anything to be scared of.



So I took Velvet out first. Vivienne was a little nervous, too. She told me it made her feel better that I was close-by.







Velvet was having a really groovy time, and kept begging me to keep her out a little longer, but we had to go back to the dock. Meanwhile, Vivienne was really starting to get the hang of rafting! But she said making the raft turn was kinda hard. When  Velvet got back to the dock, she told Mia that floating in the raft was a cinch, and she didn't have to be scared.





Kerry asked Mia if she wanted to give rafting a try. Mia saw the big smile on Velvet's face and said yes! So I took her out. And at first she was so scared she was squeezing my legs! But then after a few minutes, she started digging it!




Vivienne was practicing how to turn, and ended up behind us. Mia kept saying we should race with Vivienne, but I had to keep reminding Mia that this was Vivienne's first time in a raft (just like you, Mia!), and it wouldn't be fair to race against someone who is just learning.




We had a pretty super time rafting. I'm kinda glad I don't have a little sister. Don't get me wrong, I like Velvet and Mia, but they ask about a jillion questions (and don't wait to hear the answers), and they don't know how to sit still. I guess most 6-year-olds are like that. I guess I was even like that! I'll have to ask my mom about that when I get home.




Until next time, future readers,
Your friend,
Julie Newman

13 comments:

  1. So fun! Little sisters can be a pain sometimes, but they are also lots of fun to play with. I bet Mia and Velvet look up to you.

    When is your performance for Frankenstein? We have a performance Sunday night for a musical we have been working on all summer.

    Melodie

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    1. I know Kerry is a good big sister to Velvet, and Velvet looks up to her. Our show is on Sunday too!

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    2. Fun. Break a leg! (This is a theater term which means good luck).

      Melodie

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  2. Looks like SO much fun! I'm glad everyone had their lifevests on! Little brothers and sisters can be annoying, but one day you'll all be friends.

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    1. Kerry would never let us out on the lake without our life jackets. And I'm friends with the little kids now, (just like Danny's cousin Michael), but it'll probably be easier when they're older.

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  3. Hi Julie,
    Looks like you took good care of the girls. Who knows, maybe you'll come back to Camp Echo Hill as a counselor someday.
    Your future friend,
    Fawn

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    1. *giggle* I don't know about that. I don't I was cut out to work with kids. But maybe that will change as I get older.

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  4. Look at my girl on that raft! Thanks for helping Vivienne to learn with confidence. You are a good teacher, Julie.
    Hugs to both of my girls,
    Mrs. Walton

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    1. Thanks Mrs. Walton! Vivienne did a really super job, and she wasn't as scared as I when I first learned. The only part she really had trouble with was turned. Once we almost bumped into each other, because she said "my raft just won't turn!". Hahaha!

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  5. Glad to hear that everyone got over being scared and had a good time. Sometimes it is scary to try new things.

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    1. I remember how scared I felt the first time I tried rafting. I was so scared I was gonna tip over or embarrass myself. But it worked out for me, and I knew it would work out for Vivienne and Mia.

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  6. Rafting looks like fun. I'm glad to see everyone had a great time. Xyra said her one friend had to calm her down when they were canoeing, but then all was well. I guess being scared can happen at all ages.

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    1. Wow, I guess you're never to old to get scared!

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