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i’m an ‘over the top’ kind of mom.

yep.

and i don’t feel bad about that not one bit.

hubby is an enabler so that doesn’t help.

but in a world filled with chaos and fighting and just plain ugliness

every day in the media and even real life…

i choose to make make my child’s life a bright spot.

a giant ball of flaming, hot bright spot in the sky.

he works for it.

he started 6th grade this year and he is ROCKING it!

still straight a’s.

respectful.

just a GOOD kid all around.

keeping up with all his responsibilities.

so excuse my mama brag,

but i think he just deserves it.

so the story begins here.

he came home from school on friday

to a big surprise in the yard from his grandparents.

no time for ooh’ing and ahhhing….there’s a party to go to!

Truly an awesome way to make your kid feel special!

 Kim at Cypress Yard Signs made this a very easy task.

I highly recommend it!

hubby says the time has come for me to stop with the cutesy party stuff.

and to that i say….

pshhhhhhh!!!!

sorry it’s just how i tick hun.

and in my defense-  this was a much lower level of

cutesy than previous years (eye roll)…

i mean i didn’t even really make anything hand make anything this year.

i should get credit for that.

ok i made ONE thing- but i don’t think it really counts b/c

it was just a piece of tape in the middle and a string and a tag i printed.

surely, that does not count as crafty (candy tubes from amazon 12 for $10).

for the bags….just a print out of a pikachu outline on yellow paper

and then matted on black card stock.

i didn’t even measure anything so it doesn’t count either

(even if they were super cute).

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FINE maybe 2 things….

it’s just a wreath though…

a really really cute wreath that made me happy 🙂

so it shouldn’t count either.

i mean it’s technically home decore that i happened to hang during his party.

to make:

duck tape around a foam wreath (smaller the better)

got some foam balls from hobby lobby,

put on a couple episodes of housewives and painted half of each ball red (didn’t even measure).

put a piece of duck tape around each ball,

inserted toothpick on each one and plugged those bad boys into a foam wreath.

printed a pikachu outline on yellow paper and colored in a couple thingamajigs on pikachu’s face.

glued onto a foam core board laying around the garage…

made a duck tape bow to hang it from.

BOOM! instant pokeball joy.

could’ve added a couple more balls to make it more full but

it’s not like I’m OCD or anything.

then came the big surprise of the night….

hummer limo to go pokemon go hunting with 9 fab friends around town.

a little over the top. sue me.

piled in and got going.

kids were pretty stoked!

the cutest girls eva!

hubby drove to meet us at the restaurant we were headed to.

he saw us on the highway.

gotta take time to DAB ya know

so part of maceo’s night was to take his friends to his favorite spots.

First stop LUNA PIZZA

also know as the best pizza in metro houston and surrounding counties.

we were SOOOO lucky….

we have been frequenting the location on Kirby for 2 or so years

but they happened to open a 2nd location recently at Yale/I-10

which is a bit closer.

They are having a soft opening so we had the place to ourselves!

just love how they have fun stuff to sit around and do

while you wait.

Which we didn’t have to wait long b/c the management took very good care of us

having our pizza hot and cheesy when we got there.

YOU MUST GO to have their pizza and their house salad.

Anyone i’ve taken there raves and will drive from Cypress to Kirby— um that’s says a lot

for Houston standards.

Thank you LUNA PIZZA!

the toppings…soooo good!

had such a good idea….

kids had their phones like to take selfies right?

so why not make it fun? At the beginning of our fun, i had them all text me their names

and told them the person with the best selfie with maceo would win a prize (a pokemon hat).

ummm….they took some fabulous shots!

The girls received a special prize so we decided they would vote on the winner.

they did an insanely cute job!

Onto our next stop….

Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston.

lots and lots of pokestops.

they did an amazing job of staying together and not stressing me!

and they obliged me several photo ops….

how fun would it be to redo this shot in 20 years?

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don’t we have some of the cutest friends?

mace’s known this sweetie since kindergarten.

and these guys…so cool!

working on their selfie contest submissions.

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some of these kids are seriously talented…

this sweet girl….um please don’t take my job!

this is the shot she was getting…

more awesome friends

so this random pic…maceo passed these guys and told them

“they didn’t look real”.

they thought he was hilarious but it was true! they just didn’t look real for some reason.

they were really cool letting me take a pic.

back to the limo shenanigans

way too much fun

partying like rockstars

after a sweaty humid trek at the park, it was time for some dessert

at maceo’s fav ice cream shop SWEET CUPS on Montrose.

i’m telling you…..this is truly the best ice cream we’ve had anywhere.

and mind you– i make my own homemade ice cream so I’m kinda a ice cream snob.

the flavors are crazy original and they include gelato, custard, and sorbet…

out of this world flavor combos…

blueberry marscapone, zambioni (? wine- yes WINE ice cream),

rose petal, olive oil and pepper, tiramisu, Malai Kulfi, whiskey butter….changes daily.

very happy customers.

the choice process here is intense.

good times

like could they not be an ad for this place? cuties!

we had the limo service for FIVE – yes FIVE hours.

we could’ve done a little more poke-hunting but we decided to head back

and have some non-phone time.

this boy smiled like this all night.

maceo loves studying about cultures

and he recently discovered an african birthday game called “pass the parcel”.

we found a more common, somewhat related idea with the seran-wrap party ball.

talk about fun!

basically you put a big prize in the middle and then continue to wrap a thousand layers of seran wrap

around and around, tucking prizes, gag gifts, candy, etc…in each layer.

1 player starts unraveling the ball while the next player rolls dice.

when doubles are rolled — that player is passed the party ball and begins unraveling until

the NEXT player rolls a double.

we had everything from flavored chopsticks, stickers, bouncy balls,

fake dog poop, mcdonald’s happy meal fair, and a grand prize of $20.

the kids loved it!

 ended this cool, fun night in presents.

maceo is so blessed to have such generous and thoughtful friends.

in 6th grade they’re embarking on different paths,

making new friends, finding their way to become who they’ll become.

but for just 1 more birthday we’re holding onto hold on to a few more minutes

of childhood and making memories with friends.

 

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the sweetest pictures from the sweetest senior session last week.

with all the time i’ve devoted over the last 6-7 months working on a big project

I’ve hardly been able to accept sessions.

oh how i’ve missed my senior girls and boys!

you lift me up.

you give me hope and inspire me for all the possibilities that exist in the world.

i need lots of that to just get me thru an ordinary week.

THANKFULLY

as always

GOD has my back.

He sent me this little piece of senior heaven to finish off my season with.

meet class of 2016 senior ashlynn norris of rose hill christian.

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what a treat to meet this girl and her family.

not only did mom come along but maybe the first time i’ve had a dad come too!

how sweet is that?

you are LOVED if your daddy will come along and patiently

sit thru this and that and lip gloss and shoes and necklaces….

that’s not to take away from Ashlynn’s mom/personal stylist who didn’t miss a beat.

what do you do with a love like that?

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i’ll tell you what you do.

you become a GENUINE and FREE SPIRIT.

you sprout beautiful feathery wings.

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you grow in to yourself with amazing confidence.

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you look stunning and work some model magic.

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you smile a real and gorgeous smile.

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you take on life with deep Faith.

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you laugh and love your life.

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you live out loud.

wishing you a most wonderful journey Ashlynn!

if boots, grit, texas gals, sequins and fringe are your thing

stop RIGHT there and take a seat.

maybe grab a cup of coffee or a margarita if that’s how your roll.

you are about to take a pretty spectacular tour

of what a photo shoot looks…gorgeous boots, fab models, and super team included.

sequins… glitter of the fabric world.

are you sparkling, are you shimmery…it doesn’t matter.

you’re glowing and i love it.

this was a very small small sampling of the jewelry options in not 1

but 2 rooms we had available for our shoot.

imagine the possibilities.really glad i had no part in the choices.

it would have devastated me to have this many options.

these guys.

cameron gott & brandon augilar.

you must go and find them and follow them.

they are MAGNIFICENT videographers and just generally behind a camera.

they have a very natural and creative take on things.

it’s hard to believe they were shooting the same material i was shooting really.

and yet i don’t have them walking through 1 frame.

how did they do that?!

shooting on behalf of Lane Boots was Sam Franks/Texas Star Digital

 who i never quite got a photo of b/c he was usually busy

shooting boots somewhere else simultaneously.

 the boots arrived as the girls were getting ready.

brand spankin new front the manufacturer and smelling of new glorious leather.

let’s look at this pic and take roll.

we had lane boots executives to tell us what they needed product wise,

2 assistants to move heavy stuff and carry drills and hammers around

ready to move anything our little hearts desired,

mama gypsy helping out with wardrobe,

a FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC make up pro (Andrea Schutter),

2 videographers,

2 photographers (including me),

junk gypsy staff

and of course 2 junk gypsies.

what photography looks like if you were in

H E A V E N.

andrea schutter riebeling on glam duty.

such a professional! got in and out like a make-up ninja doing

her thing and leaving no trace behind. wonderful!

perfect.

boots and turquoise

don’t those soles just make you giddy?

on to location 2.

 daddy gypsy and one fabulous red vintage truck provided by Daniel Rebling.

 

i’ve only DREAMED of doing something like this with amie & jolie.

you may be surprised to know that EVERY single time we’ve had a shoot

it’s been in the middle of antiques week, unscripted, unplanned.

it’s amazing we’ve been able to do.

but here today, we had make up, vintage stuff,

superb lighting, fancy clothes…the works.

i wish i could tell you the story

behind this road but there aint that much popcorn in the world.

made for good times.

but we forged on and we got-et-done.

how fab to have beautiful staff to be stand-ins between takes.

Day 2: the models.

first, the INCREDIBLE, FABULOUS, SEXY,

WONDERFUL Archie (i could go on but you’d prob rather see the pics).

This girl. a rockstar in her own right.

giving junk gypsy all that flavor all these years with her smolder & blue steel (zoolander) .

more touch ups and tweaking

the naturalness of this is everything.

enter Riley Fowler, daughter or Kevin Fowler, and future super model.

prepare yourself…this bombshell was 14 when we shot this.

yes 14 and a wealth of natural talent and beauty.

it’ll be fun to say “i knew her when…”

APRIL-PIZANA-PHOTOGRAPHY-58and the boots…can’t forget about the boots y’all!

 

new spot, new details to primp.

love how completely different this is.

glamping at it’s best.

 

imagine having 2 guys who are standing around just

in case you say….”i’d like to shoot over here– can you move that sofa over here?”

dreams come true y’all.

lip gloss and hair check

stopped to do a product shot here and there bc they were so yummy.


boots and more boots

vintage prom dresses and rusty trucks

that smile

not a boot shot but how could i resist.

dad checking on his baby girl

this should be the official postcard of texas

gotta stop for social media/periscope

like poetry

yet another location.

gypsies meet at gilleys?

these 2 awesome dudes ready for anything.

cotton-eye joe anyone?

walking with archie out to get a couple shots when i saw this in the doorway.

gotta love a girl who doesn’t get rattled when someone randomly yells, “STOPPP DON’T MOVE!”

took riley off to the side and continued to watch her

rock more boots.

last location of the day.

i’ll call this one “the farmer’s daughters”

archie in that dress..can you even?

riley with those braids? YES!

help from the littlest gypsy

Lane Boots execs there to make sure we all behave 🙂

love the originality of this

a little american gothic yo

and last but not least….

biker chick chic

again. 14. who can rock a shot like this at 14?

may be why they call them “super models”?

Cash Baker…future photographer

what bad assery looks like.

inspirational, exciting, and super cool shoot to work on with Lane Boots!

wishing ya’ll lots of success with your boot line Amie & Jolie!

 

count yourself lucky

if you are fortunate enough to live in a school district that

does Junior Achievement/ Biz town.

basically…it’s kids learning facts affecting finances, money,

economy, businesses and how it all relates to the real world.

from about the time of kindergarten all the way through their 5th grade year they do

a unit once a year

It is a program that relies on area businesses and parent volunteers

to fund and volunteer in making the town work.

and boy — does it WORK!

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speaking of work— at the end of 5th grade the big finale begins with

 the students going through an interview process for a job they are interested in applying for.

jobs can range from Mayor, snack shop worker, CEO, meter man,

flight attendant…you NAME it…the list is very long and specific.

my son chose DJ.

he was so thrilled he got his 1st choice of being a DJ given his

love of music. I was thrilled he got to do something so fun and out of the box for him.

He’s a very responsible type of kid usually so this was a welcomed break.

THIS is BIZTOWN!

It had a cartoony feeling which made it fun but the actual business had actual

useful equipment which made it more realistic.

The kids walking in…they were so excited! They couldn’t have dreamt up a place more fun.

as a volunteer for the day, i was assigned a shop– my “job” was at Centerpoint Energy

Let me tell you…this is NOT a play date. NOT by far.

Here’s a glimpse of how it all works— take the centerpoint shop for example…

Every business is given a “Loan” from the bank to pay off before they can actually make a profit.

in our case, we were a utility company so the kids first took inventory as they passed out “supplies”

to the other businesses.

they then had a meter reader who would go to each business and check an ACTUAL meter where

he would write down the units of energy used.

THEN he has to return to the shop– enter the units used.

through the magic of networked computers and stuff i don’t know or want to know

that data is compiled into an invoice that is sent to the print shop (all over networked programs).

The print shop delivers the invoices to the businesses

where at each individual business– the CFO enters the invoice so that an check is made out

(through the print shop again) to the center point.

The CFO deposits the check into yet another laptop with networked program

which puts the money into the company’s account.

Unfortunately, as in the real world, the money does not go very far.

centerpoint like the other shops are still responsible for paying OUT many funds

including but not limited to: employee wages, web design fees, advertisement fees, rent,

taxes, lots of not so fun stuff.

it’s not wonder being an adult is not very fun.

the kids get a taste of this when they see how fast money goes out and slow it comes in.

in the mean time they have fun trying to keep their heads above water.

i can’t tell you the joy in  seeing them work together- sometimes in a panic – but together

nonetheless.

another joy….just seeing them in their little worlds and how far

they’ve come growing up. You have understand.

like many other parents, i’ve seen these sweethearts grow up from kindergarten– which is basically

half their lives.

onto the radio station…where their “product” is music and advertisements.

what fun he had as the dj.

he got to choose the music, make announcements, and just step into another world.

and if you get too tired of your job- you an always take a vacation.

need groceries? no prob. everything is in stock.

maceo’s best friend….the judge! now that sounds like a stuffy kind of job unless

you’re this guy who made the best laws which included “you must dance as you pass by the radio station”

and you must say “happy cinch de mayo” if you see the cop…

he had a great judicious and commanding presence about him.

next up insurance and lots of “jakes” running things.

another cutie radio station employee getting info from the area businesses.

the cop on the beat.

flight crew

sports store for your sporting needs

now and then there was a break for messages and announcements from CEO’s

and officials.

back to work at the AIG shop

no lay offs at the Schlumberger branch!

bank was crazy busy but handled it like pro’s.

definitely the cutest IRS agent i’ve seen.

each crew took a lunch break in which they

had 30 min to eat, deposit their checks at the bank (sorry no direct deposit here), and go shopping.

city hall, radio station, and insurance guys eating together networking i guess…

a funny pic considering the only thing in focus here

is the sign:

“money doesn’t grow on trees”.

exactly the point.

just like real life, the kids have to run errands during

their lunch break. this line wasn’t bad at all

but there were times the line was VERY long.

balancing his checkbook so he could go shopping for important stuff like

gummy worms  and a pet rock at the nature store.

and he’s back at work….

what a super fun day for these kiddos who

have had to grow up so fast in the age of

way too much pressure and responsibility in elementary.

It did my heart good to see kids be KIDS and get to play

dress up for prob the last time

and all in the name of learning about how money flows in and out

(mostly out).

i can’t wait to see who you all really become kiddos!

here’s a little sample of

BIZTOWN IN ACTION!

 

it’s a great question.

“how far can one go?”

found the answer this weekend and i have to say

i’m a little proud of myself.

this month’s boy scout adventure was

to camp at a swamp in louisiana.

yes a swamp. a REAL swamp.

with alligators, snakes, weird sound making critters…in dark. at night. that’s no lights.

originally hubby was scheduled to go.

my right hand. my hero.

the one that would haul everything for me,

put up my tent,

put down a nice inflatable comfy bed…etc…

but due to the unscheduled tsunami that hit our area in houston

plans were changed.

turns out a leak in the roof can put a damper on your plans.

haha jokes.

as luck would have it,  me and the bff

were all in the same boat (get it boat?! :P)…

Husbands couldn’t go.

Sons wanted to go.

we decided to ride it out together.

power in numbers.

to Lafayette we go.

first a PIT STOP AT BUCEES for

some necessary hip hop nonsense.

5 hours later after a couple of detours, turn arounds, and potty breaks we arrived in lafayatte at roughly midnight.

ever arrive at a swamp at midnight?

Not optimal.

thankfully the men folk volunteers took good care us.

on a side note– i’d like to make a PSA to unwed women of the world:

when you are interviewing for husbands, let me encourage you to give extra points to

any man who was a boy scout or is a scout leader.

they are made of a special kind of fiber.

these in particular just took our ginormous cabana tent out of our little lady

hands and pitched it in minutes.

did i mention we were on a bank of a very small peninsula on a swamp

with absolutely NO barrier to the water 2-3 feet from our tent IN THE DARK?!

it was highly possible we could’ve went for a swim had they not stepped up or sept on waterlogged grass.

my hubby was so thrilled they took such great care of us.

and our boys did a fine job of setting up their tents in the dark as well.

yay boys!
this was the view we had once day light broke.

cute little reptiles everywhere.

took this shot from a boat later on…our glamping cabana is the one on the right.

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onto breakfast.

i brought my own little setup b/c i like my coffee a certain way.

yes I’m impossible in Louisiana too.

it just starts my day off right.

i pre-ground the beans at home to make things easier.

after that it’s just a matter of boiling water.

i was considering buying a really expensive water boiling thug-a-ma-jig

on amazon but i ended up waiting too long and had to get something quick.

so i got this little pop up stove at academy for like $6-7? it comes

with some kind of pellets that you light and let me tell you – they FIRE up!

they boil water and milk fast. it’s smaller than a sandwich too so that’s nice.

and then there was this.

men who cook.

Make that — men who cook REALLY REALLY well.

fabulous pancakes and bacon anyone?

someone said “camp food just tastes better” and i guess that’s what it was.

That and I want the one cooking.

talk about feeling spoiled!

seriously amazing guys.

meanwhile the kiddos made their own food.

they had scrambled egg tacos.

maceo had hot sauce on his which was pretty funny considering he’s never done that at home.

gotta love how scouts makes a boy feel manlyyyyyy!

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made my mama heart proud to see him take the initiative to do his

part and wash pots and pans after his own dishes.

all without being asked.

see what i mean about how scouts makes good men?!

next up was the swamp tour!

riding in a boat with a very little sides in a real swamp. yep.

it was breathtaking.

mother nature in full effect.

you don’t typically associate the word “swamp” with beauty but that is exactly what it was.

Pure, raw, unfiltered, ecosystem.

a photographer’s dream.

a carpet of lush green leaves and lilies floating over water, sprawling mystical trees, and cascading moss everywhere you look….

sure there was God knows what under it but

what i found is that if you just put it out of mind – your heart will pump

at a less erratic pace.

i mean…how could there be gators under something so dreamy?

and these trees. these magical cypress trees.

i expected a gnome or a fairy to float on out.

200 year old cypress

we went for miles and miles and ended up in the open

waters of Lake Martin.

very serene with fisherman here and there.

the weather was ideal. high 60s-low 70s and the ever so perfect light breeze to keep us cool.

we passed some of the troop.

 

Lake Martin is known for the variety of wild shore birds including

the blue heron, egrets, osprey, spoonbills, eagles, and many more.

It is protected by the Nature Conservancy and there are rules and regulations.

what stood out to me the most is how completely spotless it was.

i kid you not when i say i did not see 1 single water bottle or piece of trash over the 2 hour tour we took.

i didn’t have a higher power lens on me to zoom in to get up close details.

But  i can see why wildlife photographers would

be mesmerized at Lake Martin.

This bird – the anhinga – spreads its wings to dry in order to fly.

it stays perched like this for quite some time

making for spectacular photos.

see this girl on the right?

she’s in stealth mode.

don’t blink for a second.

look the the left and you’ll see 8-9 baby gators sitting on the log.

it’s gator nursery.

she obviously needed a little space but don’t you think for a

minute she’s going to let you get up close to those babies.

she came up To say hi when we just looked over their way.

 we turned around to this scene.

dude in a kayak and another tour up close and personal with a gator at least 5-6 feet.

our tour guide told us that gators can jump the equivalent of their length which means

this gator was being pretty nice considering what he was capable of.

guess kayak dude didn’t hear that part if

the tour.

we were impressed.

the next gator we saw was perched upright on the tree above.

i didn’t get a good photo of it at first b/c we all decided it had to be fake.

it was so still and perfect and practically standing up on the tree.

no way it’s real we said.

and then we got closer and this happened.

towards the end of our tour and it did not seem like 2 hours had passed but it had.

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next the boys went on a hike. a really long hike.

i decided i would give mine some distance to explore and a refreshing mini nap didn’t hurt none. that didn’t keep me from peeking in on his tent.

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SEVEN miles later he returned tired & hot.

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soon began the dinner preparations…

another crazy good meal provided by our fantastic cook/host.

crawfish, crab, shrimp, potatoes, corn….yep!

the men were pretty much in a daze just thinking about it.

kids got to touch and hold crawfish.

grown ups got to eat the crawfish

Scouts are responsible for cooking their own food in each group/patrol.

some of which were very creative!

this patrol had “cajun pizza”.


maceos’ group had spaghetti and meatballs.

they seemed pretty content.

and there that boy is again…washing dishes.

you’d think he did it at home!

he does have  chores but dishes aren’t one of them…may need to rethink that one.

after dinner, kids had free time.

some sat and reflected on life.

some played music.

some grabbed fishing poles

some stood around looking at snakes crawl up the bank.

like literally crawl up the bank.

nothing to see here….
some did people watching

some launched (with air) things like crawfish into the swamp.

this is our leader Louis.

Louis is an incredible person.

Not only because he devotes so many hours to the scout cause but be/c you

can see how he truly takes joy and pride in it.

and the kids see it too.

it’s not an easy feat – he somehow maintains a respect from the kids all while having fun with them.

that is IMPOSSIBLE usually.

i saw him re-direct bad behaviors but never with causing shame.

i saw him constantly praise kids doing good things.

i saw him let insignificant things slide.

i saw him allow the kids to lead  themselves but still offering advice when absolutely necessary.

truly, what a blessing he is to the troop.

ALL of the volunteers were exactly the same (i’m sorry i don’t know more names).

all so welcoming and helpful to the kids.

a perfect balance.

talk about making boys happy

maybe too happy?

you  know it’s a kick butt camping trip when the police show up!

J/k….it wasn’t a big deal.

someone thought they were shooting ammo in the lake at the gators

but no. just compressed air.

my favorite memory of the whole time we were there….

maceo said to me, “mom! we are in lousiana! we camping at a swamp in Louisiana!”

love making memories with this boy and i love that he gets it.

what a sunset. the stuff of travel guides.

next was campfire and the iprov of telling jokes & scary stories, doing skits, and whatever comes to mind.

always the brave one.

he did a sing along he made up.

and it ended with a mexican hat dance.

yes it did.

then it was time for bed.

the air was chilly – not freezing – but 60 degrees.

i went to bed thinking how blessed we are to have this fantastic experience…

sleeping under the stars at a swamp in louisiana as maceo had said.

i should’ve recorded the sounds– it was a symphony of night creatures…

some sounding human at times. made me understand the whole

bud-wei-ser frogs of the Super Bowl years ago.

i forgot to mention there was also a herd of cows right next to us.

yep. cows, frogs, COYOTES howling, things hissing and buzzing.

things plopping in and out of the water right next to our tent.

but i really wasn’t scared.

I’m serious!

my tent was zipped up.

nobody was yelling that they were being eaten alive….

and you won’t believe this but we didn’t get ONE single

mosquito bite the whole 3 days!!!

apparently the mosquitos don’t like a substance in the trees?

when you put it all together– it made for a great story and trip.

THANK YOU JESUS!

speaking of jesus…

i love that we ended with a church service the next morning.

this was a remarkable group of people.

the boys were very sweet, helpful, independent, respectful, clean, funny, and had just GREAT attitudes about being there.

the adult leaders were the same and much more.

we’re still kinda new to  Troop 533 but i can honestly say

i am so happy we are here and i’m so glad we didn’t let the flood situation keep

us from coming.

we risked much but the wonderful adventure we had made it worth it.

 

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