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Intentional Family Time

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Back in January, I wrote about Family Time. This past week, we were intential about spending time as a family.

The kids enjoyed youth group at Mission Springs family camp. Their high school group went to the Boardwalk to ride some rollercoasters, attended a dance, hiked up to a lookout for fourth of July and celebrated our son, Austin’s, 17th birthday.

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Randy and I had to work as we recently returned to work after my medical LOA. We participated in activities as time allowed such as meals, worship/speakers sessions, Frontier Ranch activities, 4th of July carnival/parade and their amazing buffet on the last day.

At the end of the week, we worked together on chores which freed us up to go for a hike at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park.

Next door to the park is Roaring Camp Railroad where you can enjoy a ride on either a steam or diesel train. One of my favorite sounds is the train whistle.

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What do you do to intentionally set time aside to be with family?

Blessings, Rebecca

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Family Fun

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My husband and I are blessed to work at two different Christian camps. Each year our family is allowed to attend Family Camp on both campuses.

In July,  we spent a week at Mission Springs in Scotts Valley. This past week,  we spent a week at Mount Hermon in Felton. Since it is a full two weeks of camp and we like to do other summer time activities,  we tell the kids mom and dad will work while they are in class.

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We did take the day off to enjoy an unique experience of taking a diesel train from Felton to Santa Cruz.

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It was a gorgeous sunny day with a cool ocean breeze. The redwood trees are so majestic providing much needed shade.

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We had a blast riding the rollercoasters and grabbing a bite to eat. It is amazing to do all that and have the ocean as your backdrop. At the end of the day, we hopped back on the train and returned home.

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The week was jammed packed with fun activites such as BBQ, smores, Zumba, night swim, trivia night, slip n slide, crafts, jazz night, ropes course, archery, lawn games, hikes, bike tours, etc.

We completed our week at Victory Circle listening to folks share their highlights, having communion, and celebrating with a party at the common grounds. We snacked on popcorn,  snow cones, hot chocolate and frozen bananas.

We enjoyed our time together at camp as we wind down our summer. I can’t believe it’s time for the kids to return to school.  It went by so fast…

How are you winding down your summer?

Blessings,  Rebecca

Family Time

Does your family unplug? Recently, we’ve noticed an increased demand in screen time in our family whether it’s homework, emails or social media. So, to combat the gravitational pull, we’ve decided to simplify our family time. Here are some basics we are returning to:

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Board Games

I visited our local mall to purchase a board game we played several times at our friend’s house called Aggravation. To my surprise, the stores didn’t carry it. So, I went on line and ordered it. It just arrived and we can’t wait to play it. It’s a simple marble game of chance using dice to get your pods home first. We also like timeless games of cards, Monopoly, Life, etc.

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Walking/Hiking

We enjoy hiking in our majestic Santa Cruz mountains. We are blessed to work on two beautiful campuses surrounded by a variety of trees, paths and water features. Above is a picture of Randy, Austin, Alicia and my brother Greg (back left) and sister-in-law Connie (front left). On Christmas Eve we hiked around Mount Hermon Conference Center. We showed them the zip line canopy tours, the lodges/cabins, and Ferndale Falls. They are pictured above at Redwood Camp’s suspension bridge. Good times!

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Exploring

We love to explore our surroundings. During Thanksgiving weekend, we took the long coastal route of Highway 1 north to visit family versus taking a straight shot of Highway 101. We saw the sun reflecting off the Pacific Ocean, a large variety of wildlife on the ground and in the air, and gorgeous rolling hills/farmland. Sometimes, we stop at a vista point and sometimes we just marvel from our car.

It is easy to get caught up in life’s busyness. We’ve decided to be intentional about slowing down, resting and playing together as a family to maintain a balanced life.

What do you do as a family that’s special?

Blessings, Rebecca