It was hard for him to leave; he was scared and worried. It was the strength of his fear that made me so proud that he went through with it any way.
And he had the time of his life! He saw the ocean for the first time ever and rode a ferry. The highlight of his adventure was sailing; it was his favorite thing he's done in his whole life. They also swam, geocached, did obstacle courses, learned how to fence, and various other things. On their way back home they saw beautiful waterfalls and scaled cliff faces.
Summer and Cai missed their big brother. They decided to bake up some cupcakes to celebrate his arrival home.
We also made a Welcome Home banner to hang in the kitchen. This is the way I remember being welcomed home from camps as a kid and it is such a wonderful memory. My memories of camp experiences are a bit vague but my recollection of home coming is decidedly vivid. There's nothing like feeling missed and loved and appreciated on arriving home after being gone for a week!
He arrived at 11 pm. What a happy moment for us all!
It was touching to watch the sweet hugs of reuniting.
Aidan showed us badges he got from camp.
We stayed up late hearing all his stories and enjoying his laughter. It was wonderful to feel our family complete once again. And I'm so appreciate of the leaders who took him out and watched over him, far away from home.