Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cousins Camp 2012

 On our way to cousins camp!!  We hold cousins camp every year for all the kiddos in our family, it has been a long standing tradition that has kept me busy for the last few years.  We load up and head out to Medina Tx where my family owns several hundred acres in the amazing Hill Country!  

The views from our ranch house are spectacular and it is one of the most peaceful places around.  

 The first activity we did was tye dye our cousins camp t-shirts designed this year by our cousin Chaz!  LOVE IT!!

 Then we had lunch and loaded up the kiddos to take them to the medina river for some swim time to cool off.  Thats one thing about camp thats a must, it gets REAL hot in texas so the kiddos need it for sure.  

 The next morning i was up before all the kiddos, and this is what i woke up to.  I busted out a good book and read for a while before the chaos consumed me :)

 The beautiful sunrise over the hills

 The next adventure was riding around the ranch in the truck!  The kiddos always love doing this.  My dad took us out on the land and told the kids the history of our ranch land.

 We even ran into a pack of red stag on our drive

 Momma baby and big buck daddy!

When we got to the tip top of the hill we took a pic with al the kiddos.

 And on our way down we found a TON of fossils in an area the rain had carved out on the side of the road.  Amazing!!

 On friday evening the week of camp we always do what we like to call "Fear Factor"  where we make the kids eat gross stuff or do some sort of obstacle course to earn money.  My dad and I always have a blast coming up with stuff for them to do to make their stomachs turn.  This year the list even included:

Dried minnows and dried squid.  FOR REALS!! 


 "WELL ya see here you's got's to eat this jacked up crap, earn points for everything you eat, then you can stick your hand in dog puke (wet dog food), cow snot (green food coloring, cornstarch, and water),  pig intestines (long water ballons with oil) or goat balls (grapes with oil)  to find a plastic egg with money in it."  

I even stuck my hand in just to see how it all felt.  It was gross, and believable.  The kids faces were priceless!  

Logan was NOT having it, he threw a WALL eyed fit about participating! Here he is about to smack the phone from my hand cause i caught him pouting! HA! Hey if you wanna earn the money you got to eat the crap!  

 Muzik you wanna eat some deer poop too?? 

  (it was really chocolate covered raisins but we didnt tell them that)

Here is annie eating a minnow (which was REALLY a minnow) 

 Heres annie throwing UP the minnow :)

After the food section of "Fear Factor" we really wanted to adhere to the good ole Adams family tradition of scaring the BUJESUS out of the Adams family kids.  And you see there is this old legend about the donkey lady that has been told for ages....even when i was a wee lad.  So of course ALL week long we had been hyping this story UP and they were TERRIFIED of the ole the deal was they had to walk ALLLL the way around the ranch house to earn some extra points to be able to stick their hands in the egg buckets.  If they made it around the house without running or screaming they would earn 3 points.  And thats when the Donkey Lady made her appearance. 

 Oh yes we did!!  

 We held all the kids inside while each kid walked around so they wouldnt know what they were in for and it was HILARITY!!  I was soo proud of my little man, he walked all the way around and didnt even scream but when he got to me poor thing was shaking like a LEAF!!

The kids had an AMAZING time, and to top it off all my brothers came up and we sat around jamming together and making memories!! All in all it was a VERY good time!!  Cant wait till next year!!