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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?