We had SO much fun! For those of you that don’t know, Camp Okizu is a camp for families affected by childhood cancer. We first heard about it when one of our favorite UCSF nurses went to work at the oncology camp. We’ve been before and we hope to go again!
This year we were thrilled that the Reibel family could come up with us! Rosalie, a girl in Oscar’s 3rd grade class, was diagnosed with a brain tumor (medulloblastoma) when she was a baby. She’s a Rockstar!! Our families have been friends since meeting at Clarendon. I’m so proud and in awe of Rosalie! This is her website.
And so, the nine of us shared a cabin, and the two families clicked really well!
Half of these photos were taken by Mark Reibel (all the best ones if you’re wondering) and let me say it was SO nice to take the pressure off, photo-wise. It was such a treat to receive his dropbox full of awesome memories! — So – here’s back at ya Mark!
**And don’t think we were sitting around with our cameras out… I was able to “unplug” entirely,
and my phone-as-camera was mostly stashed away. ;)
We were busy the whole weekend! Okizu is a masterpiece. Special thanks to three of the kid’s most favorite counselors, ZaZa, Eggo, and Woo. (I know – don’t you love counselor names?)
It went really well! Lucy has been super attached to Charlotte almost since school year began, and has been begging to have her over. This year Lucy has been focusing on friendship, and who might be her ‘best friend’. (Last year we saw small glimpses of this, but then the friend moved away.) But this new thing is all a little intense and so we are relieved things went, and continue to go, so well! Charlotte is cool and sweet and doesn’t seem to be intimated by Lucy’s overt displays of affection. She seems to be equally excited to be friends! So, Yay!
Mark made buttermilk pancakes – “How bad could that be”
Then they played dress up.
Then they danced “on stage” to (big surprise): “Call Me Maybe”
All the photos are a bit dark because we had a surprise rainy day downpour – in September!?
Then they watched some Little Mermaid. They play this at school together, even though Laurel hill is supposedly no characters. ;)
We had such a wonderful time at Renee and Mikes! They happen to live in my dream house – it’s cool, they’re just saving it for me.
The kids still love each other. Well, the moms do, and the kids are happy.
It was so good to see everyone on a beautiful sunshine-y day.
(here are my iPhone snapshots – all of them complete afterthoughts, or back ups to the better cameras in attendance.)
Carlo and Dave surprised Mark at Suppenkuche, one of our favorite restaurants. It was SO awesome of those guys to rally – I know Mark was off the charts happy. The double surprise was perfect. We drank beer and marveled that Dave had never been there before. If you go, all you need to know is this: Jägerschnitzel. (in Champignonsoße mit Spätzle und grünem Salat – Translation: Sauteed Porkloin in Mushroom Sauce served with Spätzle & Green Salad)