Saturday, July 26, 2014

7 down, 3 to go.

(Quick jaunt home to shoot a wedding--and celebrate my birthday!)

I can't believe it's been 7 weeks that we've been gone and working on the east coast.  Some days it feels like we just got here, other days it feels like we've been here for an eternity.  Camp life has its ups and downs, but I think the feeling is mutual between James and I--we'd like to be home now!  I think if there's anything I've learned from this opportunity it's that I don't like being away from our "home base" for very long!  I miss my family, my bed, my shower, my cat!  I miss eating what I want when I want it, and being in control of my environment.  I don't like feeling like a prisoner--all the way out here with no car or means of transportation, always having to beg to borrow someone's car just to get some fresh coffee.  But now that I'm done ranting, I will say camp has had some great highlights.  We have thoroughly enjoyed the new little cohort we have formed with the other staff living here and I know it will be hard to say goodbye when most of them leave next weekend.  Besides making loads of new friends I think it has also been a great chance to evolve as a person as I have noticed some things about myself maturing more and more as the summer progresses.  I have definitely flexed my "confrontation muscle" a bit more than I'm comfortable with, as well as practicing humility and kindness in the face of adversity and pain.  Our marriage has taken on a different form while working here, in front of children and on display for everyone to see.  My OCD tendencies have been put to the test and my "survival skills" have been honed.  And it has been nice to be more or less unplugged!  While we still have our phones (and internet access in the office), it's been nice to put the phones down for most of the day, and to enjoy the great outdoors.  I even have my first tan line!  It's small, but it's there, hiding behind my watch band!

This coming week is the last week of campers, then we are here for one week of "post-camp" before heading on to New York for our anniversary trip.  My brain feels like it's about to explode with all the photos I'm shooting and editing--last time I checked I'm up to 12,000 for the summer so far!  (And at the same time, hurrying to edit the photos from the 4th of July wedding that I shot a few weeks ago!)  But I can't complain, it's work that I LOVE doing, and I wouldn't trade it for any other role here.

Like I said, we're are getting ready for our trip to the Big Apple, so I'll definitely have to post after that, when we're back home safe and sound.  Until next time!