at band camp...
Band camp was the best - we had amazing weather and it was a beautiful location only an hour north of the city. The closest town is Sutton, but it's just north of Keswick, on the banks of Lake Simcoe. The camp takes place every year in the 3 days leading up to Thanksgiving at the Salvation Army's Jackson's Point Camp and Conference Centre. The facilities are pretty sweet - there's a big conference centre that's newer-looking with a cafeteria, a great room, and two wings of dorm-style rooms, each with a private bathroom. Then there are a tonne of cabins and lodges and another giant auditorium with another mess hall on the other side. The grounds are lovely - they have a strip of private beach and the fall colours were on full display, with some late, Indian-summer warmth to make the days in t-shirts really pleasant.
The Big Yam was a HUGE hit at Band Camp and he and another baby who showed up had a set during the Talent Show. The other baby was a bit of a dud so the Boobla carried the show and brought the house down with his vocal stylings. It was pretty cute. I've already been instructed by the president of the parent council that we have to come back next year. During the day the kids do sessions with visiting clinicians and then at night they have some free time and activities like bonfires, a dance, etc.
I spent the days with the Big Yam exploring parks and going for walks and we visited our friend C and his family in Orillia - had a DELICIOUS lunch at this place Apple Annie's - if you're ever in town, I highly recommend it - my smoked turkey and cheddar panino was scrumptious.
The kids at band camp were all around well-behaved, kind of nerdy meatballs (this IS band camp after all) and it kind of made me realize how YOUNG high school kids are. They're babies, really. And the intermediate kids are like, zygotes. It also highlighted to me how spectacularly unsuited I am to be a teacher. I have no sympathy for mass amounts of kid-based posturing and the spiraling lunacy that happens when you have that amount of prepubescent hormones teeming together.
Last night we had Momma D over for dinner and I made us steak, sautéed mushrooms, baked acorn squash, and sliced tomatoes (green zebra and this variety called peach tomatoes that I've never had before - they're fuzzy!) with mozzarella cheese cubes and balsamic.
Tonight for pre-dodgeball dinner we had BLT's made with English bacon and roasted garlic-scallion aioli, with sweet potato fries, and broccoli salad.
Tomorrow is my first day back at work...eep!!!