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I remember being in grade school and having to write a 1-2 page paper on that exact topic every year.
Here is a quick (ok, maybe not-so-quick) summary of my summer.
School got out on June 13th and we quickly zipped over the the airport to meet a 10 year old girl from Borodyanka Ukraine. Diana was with us for 6 weeks to let her body “reboot” itself from the damage that living in constant radiation does. They are in zone 2 of the Chernobyl area…so they also get free dental, vision and health screenings while here and English Lessons!
Dental work in their area is pitiful — they do NOT numb kids up before pulling teeth or doing fillings, so these children arrive TERRIFIED of the dental part of their visit. No worries — it’s a great experience for them and my church is working on upgrading their dental preventative care over there.
Here are some pictures of the silly and simple things we did with her: farmer’s market, Vilas Zoo, Cook outs, Parades, Fireworks, eating out, Doing the Home Depot Workshop, going to the Dells and more.
After that, it was time for Vacation Bible Camp – where I am a craft co-ordinator! All the great things for kids like great counselors, fun food, campfires, games, crafts and swimming and new friends!
All of this at the beautiful Bethel Horizons property!
OK, week at the cabin with my Father In Law — it’s an annual thing and the cabin we get is usually larger than my house! It’s a week of great food, a fire in the fireplace and silly time:
Then came our Orlando Trip! We stayed and played at the Coco Key Waterpark resort, hit a fun dinner show and even got a private tour at Universal Studios (more coming on that)
Then Nashville — staying at the incredible Gaylord Grand Old Opry, and enjoying an AMAZING view as well as a dinner ride/show one of the 10 paddle boats left in the world. Fun fact: That hotel is the largest in the US that isn’t attached to a casino! We also made sure to hit the Picadilly Cafeteria (It’s a southern thing…)
I did travel more than that — Washington DC, Hershey PA and even New York City — but those are stories for another day.
What did you do on YOUR summer vacation?