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Our Epic Family Adventure + Drazil Kids Tea Giveaway

by Christine@TheAums on August 19, 2013 · 12 comments

Last week was one heck of an epic week for my family. We were out the door every day by 8:30 a.m, fed, dressed, and teeth brushed, rushing our sons to their separate camps, complete with snacks, water, sunscreen, camera and whatever else they needed for the day. In case you didn’t know, this is insanely impressive and practically unheard of in homeschooling land.

What was epic was the amount of growth I witnessed in my sons, right before my eyes. Not the physical kind, but the kind where you just know what they’re experiencing is making a permanent mark in their lives, searing memories into their brains, adding inches upon inches to the measuring stick of maturity, independence and self-confidence.

My boys are used to doing most everything together. They are only seventeen months apart, so I am usually able to enroll them both in the same class and age group. This summer, however, my youngest was a few months shy of 8, while my oldest had already turned 9. Outrigger Canoe camp was for kids ages 8-12, so my oldest participated solo, and wouldn’t you know it…every kid in the class was enrolled with their sibling! Oh well, next summer we can look forward to both of them paddling out.

Outrigger Canoe Camp
My youngest son likes having his big brother around, even if it’s just to annoy his pants off. I knew he was bummed to not be in canoe camp, so I made up for it by enrolling him in Lego camp…I think they threw “engineering” in the title to make it seem like it was more than three hours of playing with legos. This was the perfect distraction, as he spent the week indulging in his love of Legos while making new friends.

Lego Skyscraper

Each day, we heard their separate reports. One saw jelly fish, sea otters and sea lions; the other built Lego skyscrapers, a working merry-go-round, and robot walkers. Both were equally excited to share their very different adventures with each other. On Friday, Outrigger Canoe Camp ended with a family potluck which was the perfect way to celebrate a week of growth and being on time every morning.

I brought pita chips and hummus, PB&J sandwiches, Caesar salad, and to drink…wait for it…Drazil Kids Tea (cue the imaginary Drazil tea jingle). I was sent a case of four different flavors and waiting for the perfect moment to try these babies out. And what’s more perfect than a blazing hot day at the beach with a tired, hungry crew of paddlers? That morning they paddled their farthest- to a place called Seal Rock that sits among a kelp forest.

Drazil Kids Tea

I’m so glad I brought the tea because there were no other drinks for kids or adults. In fact, I felt like a one-woman potluck show. They had been sitting in ice all morning, so they were especially thirst-quenching and here’s the lowdown: everyone liked it, even me, and I’m a plain water girl. They look like traditional juice boxes, so the grown ups didn’t touch them at first, but once they heard it was tea they dug in, too. Drazil tea is a blend of herbal teas infused with fruit juices. They are caffeine-free but they come with all the anti-oxidants and other benefits of drinking tea.

DrazilKidsTea

The front of the box says “Kids tea,” but one of the grown ups suggested they change it to “All ages tea.” My oldest son said, “It doesn’t even taste like tea. It tastes like juice.” They are the cutest little boxes, and easy to puncture with a straw, unlike the Capri Sun-type packaging which drives me nuts. There’s also a lizard gracing the box, which might give you a hint where the name “drazil” comes from…think lizard spelled backwards.

If you live in Northern California, yay! Drazil Kids Tea is available at a store near you. If not, they are also available on Amazon.  You can enter to win a 32 pack for your family- perhaps for school lunches- by following the instructions in the widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was invited and compensated by Drazil Kids Tea to participate in a Drazil Kids Tea Adventure…woohoo! My sponsored posts are few and far between so rest assured the goods have to be a perfect fit for my family’s lifestyle. All experiences and opinions are my own.

Did your kids participate in any camps this summer?

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Angel Tsunami August 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Love it!

My kids are juice box kids! If it is actually something palatable for me as well, *I* love it!

Insert *MY* Drazil tea jingle…

“Drazil tea, Drazil tea not just for kids!
In a box, requires no lids!

Quench your thirst with a Drazil Tea!
One for you and one for me!”

Yup. Jingle writer is my missed calling.

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Christine@TheAums August 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Darn! I should’ve added a make up your own jingle option on rafflecopter. This is catchy.

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Janice August 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

How fun and exciting for your boys this summer! Being separate for the first must’ve been a challenge at first, but I think they coped very well. I’m sure they will always remember the summer of canoes and legos!

And that tea sure sounds yummy. My kids always want to “try” mommy and daddy’s tea, but it’s got caffeine so we satisfy them by letting them have a sip or a spoonful. No more than that or else we’ll have kids who won’t sleep through nap or bedtime! LOL. But if the drazil teas are caffeine-free, I’d love to try them!
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Christine@TheAums August 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I really want to make a scrap book of this summer…I need to channel your creativity, Janice!

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Laura August 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Ha! I wish I could separate my kids for a week! Next year it’s going to be back to back camps for these two… or maybe MMA so they can duke it out with style…

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Christine@TheAums August 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm

You may be on to something there…

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christine August 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Dang, my kids went to camp, but nothing that cool! Soccer camp, boy scout camp, and CYO camp. Although, my oldest did go to the National Boy Scout Jamboree for 10 days. THAT was an adventure.
It is so exciting to see our kids grow and mature right before our eyes. Sometimes I think they may actually mature enough to move out someday. It’s usually a brief thought. :)

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Christine@TheAums August 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

It’s also exciting to watch other families and their kids grow. That’s why I like reading blogs like yours so much. Those shared glimpses inspire, comfort, and add more meaning to this parenting journey.

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Kim@Co-Pilot Mom August 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

My oldest did a camp and both of my boys did swimming lessons this summer. We have a canoe camp nearby that looks like a lot of fun – I am thinking it might be a possibility next summer. :)
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Christine@TheAums August 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

This was our first summer really experiencing camps, and that outrigger canoe one made a positive impact on our entire family. I bet the canoe camp is fun.

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Vera K August 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

My son did lacrosse camp!

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Christine@TheAums August 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Very cool. That’s one I haven’t heard of.

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