Thursday, June 23, 2011

a crazy mad wonderful week

I'm back. It was glorious. It was rainy, it was sunny, it was cold enough to remain encased in hoodies, and it was hot enough to get sunburnt. It was overflowing with friends and laughter and food.

It's hard to explain Family Camp. I can't imagine not knowing about it. Basically, every year, most of the families in our church, plus some newcomers, spend a week in June at the beach, at a camp. It's not camp, as in bugs, tents, and campfire food, and it's not camp as in twelve teenagers per cabin and counselors and altar calls.

It's camp as in, buildings for eating and a staff for feeding us and cabins for families to sleep in and a chapel for singing and teaching twice a day and a gym for basketball and a lake for boating and trees for dripping and, right across the street, the breathtaking Pacific Ocean for kicking and rolling and screaming and laughing in.

I have gone every single year of my life, even when I was 8 days old. It is the kickoff of my summer, the highlight of my year, the hot spot for dramatic occurrences, and I always come out of it with a different perspective on life.

This year lived up to all the breathless expectations. It was amazing. And, true to form, I took thousands of pictures, thanks to my beautiful camera  (which I did not have last year) and especially my brand-new lens.

Despite taking a ridiculous amount of photos, there were so many moments that I didn't capture. Crazy-beautiful sunsets on the beach which I never happened to have my camera on hand for, late-night beach fires, hanging my legs off the side of the kayak in warmish murky lake water, racing down the beach, glorious eat-fests in the dark in front of our cabin, and talking 'til one in the morning under the super-bright moon and stars.

On the first day, Rebekah (my future sister-in-law!) exercised her mad skills as a makeup artist on several of us, since she needed before/after pictures for her portfolio. Then we dashed to the beach and I took pictures of beautiful girls with makeup melting in the rain.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Beka. is. stunning.

As far as good photo-ness goes, this picture is failure, but I love it for some reason.

Hadley was just wiping off smeared makeup/fixing her hair, but it looks like she's posing all fancy or something, and she looks amazing.

 The makeup artist. : )


I love these people a whole, whole lot.

Yes, I was at Family Camp. Proof courtesy of Hadley. : )

Beka and I, running like maniacs into the ocean. Because that's what we do best.

It is absolutely awesome to have just hordes of familiar, attractive/adorable people all over the place to take pictures of for a week straight.

Much volleyball was played by many, but no volleyball was played by me. : )

I was so, so happy to have my zoom lens, because candid action portraits are my favorite, and it was so much fun getting them during sports.

These people are so awesome.

And this picture makes my soul so happy.

Andy has crazy gymnastic skills, and I wanted to get epic flip pictures on the beach, so he just let loose this insane series of super-awesome flips. Me: (screaming from behind the camera as it's on rapid-fire) "Oh my word, Andy! Oh my word!"

I just wish I had gotten a video, too. I totally think he could get rich doing stand up comedy/gymnastics/feats of strength.

Daniel, Andy, Sam, and Will. Matching shorts. ; )

 As much as it looks like Sam was stroking Will's head, he was actually stealing his hat. Just to clear that up.

Converse. : )

Blue sky! Which prompted shrieks of joy. Family Camp is characterized by drippy, drizzly, cold weather. We had several sunshiney days this year, which was such a blessing.

Hadley, me, and Kerilynn. Gah, self-portraits with a big camera are hard.

Hadley took this one of me... see her in the reflection? These are my favoritest-ever sunglasses. I get comments like "wow, you look like a bug", but whatever. I love them.

And then I passed around the sunglasses.

 Gorgeous Kerilynn and her amazing hair.

And red shoes. : )

The basketball tournament is always a long, intense affair...

...with lots of intense and loyal spectators. : )

This was the epic battle between the adult, Canadian, well-over-six-feet team and our homeboys. I screamed so, so loud. The under-seventeen-year-olds totally won.

And later, there was the aggressive and hilarious dodgeball.

I spent so much time on the beach. The last day was one of the most beautiful beach days ever. My flaming red shins testified to the gloriously bright sun.

My sister and neice...

and brother-in-law.

Such a good, good week. God is awesome.

I've been home for several days, but I've taken forever to get this post up. I've been busy picking strawberries, getting sunburnt again (on the first day of summer!), eating cupcakes, getting a cold, cleaning up the wreckage of our house, clothes shopping (?), washing mounds and mounds of laundry, making food, getting emotional while looking through Family Camp photos, and listening to this song over and over, which makes me want to cry for very unknown reasons.

Now I'm going to step away from the animal cookies and fruit loops and make some strawberry jam.

p.s. I hit 1000 followers! I LOVE YOU ALL. Stay tuned for celebratory giveaway-ish-ness. : )


  1. that.looks.awesome! what was the new lens you got!? :)

  2. Looks like you had wonderful fun!

    Beautiful photos... like usual.

    God Bless!

  3. STUNNING photos! My goodness, you make me want to track down this family camp place and just go nuts there! <3

    Oh, and congrats on 1,000 followers!!!!! <3

  4. Thanks for *finally* posting. ;-)
    Love the pics and I must concur:
    Family Camp = AWESOME

  5. Wow!! Looks like ya'll had a BLAST! Love the pictures! By the way...I seriously need those sunglasses.:D :D

  6. Love your pictures (and I think your sunglasses are awesome too)

  7. These photos are FANTASTIC. Really, some wonderful, beautiful shots are in this post. I loved it!

  8. Finally! I've been checking everyday and have been rather bored with the lack of Family Camp-ness. :) Can I just say, you have the most amazing shaped eyes, ever, in the history of beautiful women. Hepburn has nothing on those babies! Great job with the sunny beach pictures. If we only take those ones, maybe we'll remember Family Camp as gorgeous, sunny and summery. Right? Happy jamming.

  9. Wow! These are beautiful photographs and it looks like an amazing camp! So glad that you had a fantastic time and took so many wonderful shots. :)

  10. I'm loving these pictures!

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  11. wow, these pictures amazing! love the ones of you!
    did you get my email? I realize that you are super busy though!

  12. That's so cool! Our mission does something very similar every year -- we have funds set aside to stay at a resort for about a week, and the whole time it's just all the missionary families gathered in fellowship, eating good food, hanging out together, and studying the Bible. It's pretty much the highlight of my year.
    You girls are so gorgeous. Just so you know. Just like my friends.

  13. Wow, thank you for sharing! I think you just made that trip more joyful by sharing all that joy with us.

    Okay yeah, and I'm pretty much with love with your camera too. <3

  14. Looks like a wonderful time of fellowship and fun!


    ~Miss ALK

  15. That looks like SO. MUCH. FUN! I went to a camp 2 weeks ago almost EXACTLY like that. Except we had a lake and no gym. But that's it. It was so much fun and it was life changing. Looks like you had fun. My camera was being mean to me and it kept dying on me AFTER I charged it. *need DSLR*

  16. Packing...well stalling on packing for family camp right now! This will be my first year with my new camera as well and I look forward to some great moments!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  17. looks like you had MAD fun!!!!!!! AMAZING pics<3

  18. You have amazing photography skills!! It looks like family camp is a lot of fun!

    --- Pearl

  19. Girl, I didn't have any post-camp tears until I read this, and then I started *bawling* when I listened to the song... so, so nostalgic!! Whenever I hear stuff from Talent Night that someone did, especially really beautiful and sad-ish stuff, I cry so hard.... LOL! Anyways, awesome, awesome post! The pictures truly warmed my heart =)
    I love you!!

  20. I've been waiting for this post! Hooray for family camp. We were sad to miss it this year. :-(

  21. Wow, looks epic! Seemed like you had a good time!
    Love your blog, and the pictures you take are immense!
    Iris xox

  22. Wow! It looked like alot of fun!

  23. Looks like you had such an amazing fun time at Family Camp! And I love all the pictures, of course!

  24. Hi! I just looked at your blog for the first time! I -love- all the pictures, especially the flips! <3
    -Haley <3
    *awesome sunglasses*
    and congrats on 1000 followers! :)

  25. Wow, looks like a blast! My fave pic was the black and white one of all those people jumping at the water's edge. Awesome.


  26. Looks like an amazing time!! Congrats on hitting 1000 followers too! =D

  27. I love almost every single photo I've ever seen of yourself. You really have a talent with the lens.

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  29. Your pictures are awesome and I LOVE your red converse!

  30. Wow, you take amazing photos!

  31. Looks like an 'uper fun time! My church's family camp is in the fall and we always have a blast.

    Some beautiful pictures (as always) of some beautiful gals.


  32. Love all your photos. No one's ever told you that you have stunning eyes, have they? Uh huh. I thought not. ;)

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse of you week--it appears fantabulous! :)

    Did you whisper something about a giveaway? *excited shriek* Congrats on having 1000 followers!

  33. Love all the pics! Especially the basketball ones...and the beach ones...the jumps are cool. Man, I have a super boring life.

  34. I saw all your pics on FB...haha WAY before any of these people did ;)

    Looks like you had a marvelous time, my beautiful friend!! Love you!

  35. It was kind of a flashback for me to look at your photos, I used to attend a girls camp at the same place. I went for three, or four years. Twin Rocks. <3

    ANYway, looks like you had incredible fun! Gotta love the Oregon coast!

  36. I love how all your pictures tell a story so perfectly! and they're so personal. its lovely:)

    And it's fun to see your friend Hadley!! she and I have been in online classes together (:

  37. WOW These photos are beautiful :)


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