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Friday, November 01, 2013

Mother-Daughter Retreat


Carrie and I were invited to a mother-daughter retreat at Miracle Camp in Michigan by some mom friends of ours who attend church where I go for moms' group. Carrie said she'd like that, so we all carpooled north and spent a weekend boy-free.

There was a scavenger hunt to get us acquainted with the layout of the camp:

 
 
 


The retreat was the second weekend of October, so fall was just beginning. I got a kick out of the early colors and sizes of leaves.
 
 


We found these interesting, prickly seed pods. I have no idea what they're called, but they look like spiky little balls that burst open into a butterfly shape and contain a few long seeds each. The leaves on the trees they come from are very long and serrated, not that leaf that's shown.
 
 
 


I love this picture of Martha and her mom. It makes me smile every time I see it.

Here's Carrie, finding scavenger hunt letters and the Pricklies.
 
 
 


There's the leaves I was telling you about, hehe.
 


An early yellow tree for Liam, and earrings for Carrie!
 
 


We LOVED this sign that was at the hot drinks station just around the corner from our room. We drank probably half our body weights in coffee and tea and hot cocoa. They had a bookshelf full of flavored creamers in the glass jars you find penny candy in - heaven!

It was so relaxing to get away with girl friends, and it was really cool to go to a new camp and check it out. We enjoyed the hotel-like rooms of the lodge, the zipline (see later post), the craft cabin, the lake and waterbirds, and the sprawling layout of the camp itself. I'd like to go back sometime to try out their initiatives course (team building low ropes course activites, for those of you who don't speak fluent camp) and hopefully the zipline itself. Perhaps the kids will even camp there for a week sometime. They have a lot of options ranging from ice camp to summer camp, parent/child weekends, and family camps. You can check it out yourself by clicking here.


 
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