Camp Chip

This past week was Camp Chip at our house.  Camp Chip is something we have talked about alot over the years as it is one of the reasons that we have looked to move.  Chip has always wanted to have a place where the kids/families could come and he could do alot of things with them.  Well, we never got the place, but last week we got the kids so off he went.

So, what do you do at Camp Chip?  Well, you do


They spent alot of time at the ball field playing baseball.  Jacob is a really good baseball player so that was really cool for all of them.  He could power the balls out into the field when he hit them which was great.  Markus is a catcher so we had catcher’s gear which allowed them to pitch and catch for each other.  They took turns pitching, catching and hitting.  Davey told Chip that he is really excited now to play baseball next year.

In the evenings, when Markus was at football practice, Chip and the boys were at the field either throwing around a football, playing catch or at the skateboard park there.

They also practiced Archery in the back yard.


We did alot of cooking this week, but the pictures can’t be posted until Friday when we talk about that meal we made.  The boys definitely tried new things and were great about eating everything put on their plates (even if I had to point out to Davey that carrots are good- you can eat them :)). 


Another day was spent at Lake Taghanic – a State Park – swimming in the lake.  They had a great time that day.  They also hiked the back trail by one of our local resevoirs a couple of times – seems they came back wet from those hikes too.  And no visit is complete without a trip or two to the High Falls Conservation area and the creek that flows through it.  Why Chip does not have them wear their bathing suits when he brings them there is beyond me because they always end up in the water.

I like the pictures that just show them being together, not being aware of the camera

But you get their smiles when they are looking at the camera – which I love too.


After they came back from football practice, the three older boys all headed up to the leather shop to work on their belts – which I posted about on Thursday.

On Friday, the older boys did a hurried project to make bracers to wear to the Renaissance Faire the next day.  They set up a workbench right in the back yard so they could work while they were taking turns shooting arrows at the target that is set up in our backyard.  (This is a regular activity for our boys, who work on building bows with their Uncle Chip also).

The bracers had to be cut out of the leather

and then edged

and then dyed.

And in the end, you end up with a bunch of good looking, well attired men heading to the Renaissance Faire – where we ended Camp Chip yesterday.

Obviously I was destined to be surrounded by good looking men.

We will post pictures from the Renaissance Faire on another day, as this post is already long and picture heavy.  Friday night, however, was spent carrying piles of “garb” clothes out of the storage area and into the living room so we could sort and work out the garb for all of the boys for the next day.  What can I say.  We forgot to buy marshmallows so Camp ended a little atypical.

Now I have GOT to get some knitting done as Camp Chip and my own work really cut into my knitting time last week.  Never fear though – there is new yarn to show and talk about.  Enjoy your Sunday.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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4 Responses to Camp Chip

  1. danielle says:

    WOW. Chip is just amazing and the boys look great in their garb! What a fun week!

  2. pentalia says:

    This is simply marvelous! I just can’t get over how wonderful you and Chip are with kids. You are both very special people, and the boys are too (including your big ones).

    • Shelly R. says:

      Can I tell you how exhausted we are today? Chip was in bed “dozing” before the boys went to bed last night and I was in bed right after putting them to bed at 9:00 p.m. I was the first one up at 7:30 this morning – the boys and Chip still slept another hour after that. We are not leaving the house today. Heck – we may even just order a take-out pizza for dinner. :p

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