04 July, 2014

4th of July 2014

Today it was our traditional Red, White & Blue Breakfast. We've been doing this for the past ten years (give or take a year or two).


Alisa whipped up some great gluten-free pancakes, fresh whipped cream, plus strawberries and blueberries. Yum!



After breakfast we all went off to do our own things until our 4th of July Party was to start. Courtney caught the younger kids goofing around ...




Aunt Nancy, Uncle Doug, Cheryl and Brian showed up at two - and then we were 17! Lots of yummy food and great conversation (but I forgot to take any pictures).

In no time at all, it was fireworks! This was the first time that we saw the fireworks at the Livinston Oval. It was quite a show!



Now it's time for a good night's rest as we head back down to Georgia in the morning. The Allen Tour of New Jersey is almost over. 

Camp VurAllen ... Wrap Up


Today it was Camp VurAllen gift time! 

The kids got their final necklace (with sliding knots, so they could actually take them on and off). 

Their Camp Books filled with pictures and and paper items from Camp (the daily schedules, quests, etc.). 

Plus their "Family" picture frame with a group picture and their own Camp photo book. 

It was so neat to watch them take their time in going through everything and reminiscing over the past week. 



And then it was time to thank the most amazing Camp Dining Hall Director there ever was! She kept us filled with food for breakfast, lunch and dinner; AND numorous snack attacks. Thank you, Alisa!


We presented her with her official camp apron complete with all of our signatures and camp buttons. 

I can't believe that it's over! Until next year. 

01 July, 2014

Camp VurAllen ... Day 6

After a Free Pass for a day off on Saturday (I think the adults enjoyed it more than the kids); Camp VurAllen came back with a bang on Sunday.

Field Games!



First order of excitement for the day, Chayton lost a tooth. It was very wiggly, but it took a kick from the soccer ball to really get it ready to come out.


Then, we eat.

Finally, we play.

The Ringmaster.

Meet the teams:


Ready, set, go!




Balloon Toss time for the children.



Now, for the adults!



Balloon-Between-the-Back Game



There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza. 

The object of the game. Fill up your bucket with water. Run down to the other bucket. Dump your water into that bucket. The first bucket filled up wins. The catch? Oh, yeah ... that bucket you're filling up has holes in it. Bummer.





Last game ... plunger relay.






Now, time to catch up with friends.






Last night of Round-Up!



What are you thankful for:
Okan: Being able to see the Allens again.
Nazeriah: Seeing all my friends. Coming to NJ. Happy we could stay with the Vurals.
Courtney: To be able to sit in this circle.
C: Having fun with everyone.
Ilayda: Family and friends.
Kaija: Friends and Family.
Selda: Camp VurAllen and all the stuff you've done with us.
Melissa: Being with my friends.
Alisa: Family and friends being here together.
Hakan: Being together, happy and healthy; and seeing friends and family.


Camp VurAllen ... Day 5

Percy Jackson Style

Off to Mt. Olympus via the PATH.



We made it all the way into the city before we had to stop. A little something bubbly for some of the GA travelers tummies. Funny how your body gets un-used to this type of traveling. (Plus we were in a hotter car, standing and facing backwards.) Here we are feeling all refreshed and sitting in a nice air conditioned car on the Subway.)


 Next stop? Lunch of course. We found a spot in Central Park at the Columbus Circle entrance. I don't have any photos, because soon it was a bathroom break. So Selda and I headed out to ... FAO Schwartz! As you can imagine, the bathroom break turned into a mini adventure - all the campers came to meet us there.


Of course, we had to stop at the Minions ... and the tigers (for Chayton).


 Magic time!

Then we had to play the big piano. It's changed over the years (used to really look like the piano in the movie Big. But it's still fun!)



Lego time!

 Couldn't pass up a photo op with the Yellow Submarine.


We finally hearded them out. The plan today was to get to the Met and do the Percy Jackson program. Oh well. Another visit. When the toy store calls, you have to obey.

 Greely Square Park

Our little campers were getting a bit low energy. So a stop at Broadway Bites at Greely Square Park was just the thing. Organic beef hot dogs for everyone!


Then what we have been waiting for all week - heading up to Mt. Olympus (aka, the 600th floor of the Empire State Building. Wait, you don't think there is one? Non-beliver!)


You need to have your very own golden drachma if you are going to Mt. Olympus. Never know when you might need to send an Iris message.


 In the elevator ... we were a little bummed. We had other mortals in the car with us. So we had to get out at the normal elevator stop.


But, we did get to meet King Kong.


 Great views all around.



Of course, before you get to Mt. Olympus, you need to receive your laurels for completing your quest.



And then ... your very own key to Olympus!


Break time.

Even a trip to Mt. Olympus must come to an end. Time to head home.


Master subway/train riders.



 Round-up!



Silly Thing of the Day
Okan: Courtney
Selda: Me
Chayton: Getting sick on the train
Ilayda: Kaija sleep talking
Kaija: Okan sleep talking
Nazeriah: King Kong (tried to get Ilayda)