Tuesday, June 15, 2010

wildhorse canyon family camp 2010

we had the most amazing long weekend at young life's wildhorse canyon. young life is an incredible ministry and their camping properties and experiences are unbelievable! aaron was asked to speak at family camp and we could not say yes fast enough. wildhorse canyon has a very special place in our heart. the story of how it came to be is one of my favorite God stories of all time. . if your curious check out young life or wildhorse canyone (also known as washington family ranch.) aaron had a huge part in this property from the beginning and it could be his favorite place on the planet. it is located in central oregon and so gorgeous. we spent a month there on young life assignment when the boys were one and half so it holds many special memories for us not to mention all the times we took high school kids to camp. if you ever have a chance to send your middle school student or high school student to young life camp it is incredible! if you want to join us for family camp let me know it was one of the best weekends we have ever have together. i apologize for the marathon post but i just wanted to capture it all. i decided to organize the post in highlights for each child. so here it goes. . . .

first . . . .kinkade's highlights!

this is a picture of dad after kinkade and keagan dunked him in the dunk tank at the family carnival night! he is such a good sport.

here is dad after kinkade earned enough tickets to throw water balloons at dad's face!
he loved this balance game with his best buddy max. kinkade makes friends wherever we go. little boys loved this game helmets, balance, knocking over and really big punching bags!

kinkade and keagan spent hours on the high dive.
max and the boys.
i have never seen a kid so enthusiastic for family field games. he was thrilled with every event.
he did the ice block race i think at least three times. could not get enough. he told me it was a brilliant idea:)

i love his sheer joy jump here as our team performed our team song for the judges. wildhorse canyon is better than disneyland for a little boy. there are at least 5 full beautiful soccer fields, a wiffle ball field, an amazing sportscenter with three full court bb courts, two tennis courts, and 5 huge climbing walls and skate board park. not too mention the gigantic pool, zip line i could go on and on. kinkade said it was the best weekend of his life!

second. . lucia's highlights. ... . . the best part of the carnival for lucia was the cotton candy.

she spent lots of time dancing around and singing at camp and getting tons of attention for it as always.

popcorn at the carnival this kid loves her snacks and treats.
we had lots of time to just be together in the water and the many beautiful grassy fields. i love the willow trees.

lucia is obsessed with horses. there are a few horses we drive by everyday and we spend a lot of our time in the car talking about horses. so we surprised her at wildhorse with a ride on a real horse she was beyond thrilled.
during the family field games each team made a flag and lucia was a our flag girl. she played with the flag the entire time.
another highlight for lucia was the program guys. every young life camp has program characters that are in charge of all the fun! they do walk ons at every club and every meal. sid and captain crunch were her favorite super heroes.
probably her favorite highlight of the entire weekend i did not get a picture of because i was always in the water with her. we got her floaties for the water and she could not believe she could swim anywhere in the pool by herself. she would of swam all weekend. i had to take this picture of her zonked at the end of the day. . so tired from all the fun.
third keagan highlights. . . .
keagan looking smug after dunking dad in the dunk tank at the carnival.
dad in the dunk tank:)
keagan also loved the high dive and even did a front flip we were all amazed.

he was so excited to blob this year!

this could of been keagan's top high light the horse feed, shaving cream, flour all camp war.
the all camp war started with the kids on an adults backs. . the boys were stoked and loved every minute.
more shovel races at the feild games.

keagan was chosen to be on top during the mattress races.
the weekend started off with a bang for keagan at club the first night they sang "party in the usa" by miley cyrus. he looked at me like this is going to be amazing mom! we had been listening to that song all the way down to oregon.
and lastly emery's highlights. . .
love this sweet profile picture.
emery's highlights were lots of cuddling, laughter, and just enjoying everyone being together. she loves it when we are all together in one place.

emery's first ride on a horse. she wasn't as thrilled as lucia buy liked it.
on dad's shoulder cracking up with that darling scrunchy face.
wrestling with dad her very favorite activity.

practicing walking she is so close.
emery at club one night crawled away from us and just watched and listened on her own for some reason i thought it was so cute. so if you are still with me at this point of the longest post of all time i'm sorry. it was just a magical weekend and we have a lot of little humans with a lot of little high lights. go to wildhorse or any young life property for that matter they are all over the country and you won't regret it.


The Boggs Family said...

WOW!!! Awesome post, Darcy! And what an incredible weekend.... loved it & reading about the highlights and what was the fave for each of your darling kids! How totally sweet are the pics of you with each of the girls on the horse?! ... and I loved that one of K&K together where Kinkade is smiling but looking at Keagan, and Keags is smiling at the camera. ;) All of these pics & memories you captured are perfect!! Do you think you'll turn your blog into a book some day that you give to your kids? ;) You should.. you document McMurray life beautifully... love you all!

The Tampiens said...

That makes me want to go back to Wild Horse so bad! I'm pretty sure Jordan would be right there with Keagan and Kinkade with his excitement level. :) We need some McMurray time sometime soon -- we miss you!

Pat and Patty said...

so fun!!! ...? and Mom and Dad's highlights???

Jen said...

Hi! My heart is happy. We have been to Young Life Family camp in Virginia and North Carolina. One summer my husband worked as a rodie running the ropes course and he played the drums for the we got to stay for three sessions. It was the best time ever! We haven't been in several years and I have got to get this on my priority list for next Spring!
Your pictures are such a great representation of camp. The speakers, the music, the skits, the games, the Carnival (my favorite surprise)....and all the rest!
Loving this so much! Have a great day!

The gFamily said...

That sounds like an amazing weekend!! Seriously, you guys always have the most fun!!! I loved all the smiles from everyone!