built most of our camp with the lumber that we cleared
off the land. Because of all the hard work we have
all put into this camp it has a very special meaning
to all of us.
Every year we try to pick a project to improve or
maintain the camp and every one that can works to
help get the project completed before the end of summer.
This year we decided we really needed more room. Our
family has grown from the eight of us we used to be.
All the girls have spouses now, so they have doubled
and are twelve now, and they all have children, so
we now have twenty-four grandchildren and five great
Our project for this year was to take down the camp
that we have grown to love and cherish, and have a
new camp built that will be closer to big enough for
all of us. This fall we took the camp down, and we
are having a new camp built this fall. Next summer
we will all be very busy working to get the inside
finished. We will also have a nice big bunkhouse.
So we wouldn't lose everything that a lot of our best
memories are of, we decided to save the porch and
make that into a bunkhouse.
It is the most peaceful, relaxing place in the world
to be. We also enjoy seeing all of the wildlife we
get to see up here. There is all kinds of different
birds that we don't see at home, every once in a while
we can hear a bear off in the distance, ducks and
geese come right up to the dock so the little ones
can feed them. Our favorite is the Loon. They can
be seen and heard many times through out the day and
evening. Their call is such a beautiful thing to listen
to. We also enjoy walking in the woods and seeing
all the beautiful wildflowers.
most precious of my memories is all of our children
and grandchildren make it a point to be at camp every
summer for the fourth of July. I often wonder if we
didn't have this very special place if we would ever
see all of our children and their families all at the
same time. Maybe we would, but I like to think that
it is our "Little Bit of Heaven" that makes
Ten years ago, our nephew, Floyd, decided it would be
fun to have a "Wingding" at camp and invite
the whole family. This is a really big family, Bob also
came from a family of six, and we are all very busy
with our own lives and families, and don't get to see
each other as often as we would like to. He felt that
by doing a special thing maybe most of us would make
it a point to be there. He had no idea what he was getting
himself into! So he mailed everyone in the family an
invitation to be at camp for the fourth of July weekend
and said he would do all the cooking for every one and
gave a menu no one wanted to miss. Steak, lobster, steamers,
salads, strawberry shortcake, jambalaya for
dinner Saturday night, eggs benedict for Sunday morning
breakfast. Needless to say, almost everyone showed up.
He did such a great job we all decided it should be
something we did every year. So began our annual "Wingding".
A great big thank you to Floyd and Bec for all the time,
effort, and energy they put into this very special weekend
that everyone in the family looks forward to every year.
Without them it wouldn't happen.
Over the years it has changed a little, and we have
added many things to make it more fun every year. The
menu has grown and now includes, shrimp, teriyaki chicken,
pork cooked Floyd's special way, hamburgers and hot
dogs for the little ones, and corn on the cob. Floyd
still prepares everything, but he does need a little
help getting everything cooked now, so his brother's
or uncles pitch in and help. The family has grown so
much that there is usually at least 75 of us there every
year with all of us feeling we never want to miss it.
It sounds like we spend the whole weekend eating, but
we do have activities to stay busy and burn off some
of the food so we can eat more. There are volley ball
games, baseball games, our own version of golf, badminton,
fishing, swimming, boating, the kids love tubing behind
the boat. This year Floyd got a new boat, so now we
have added water skiing. Lots of visiting and catching
up on how everyone in the family is doing and what they
have been doing over the last year. The kids also enjoy
walking between the camps on the rocks, looking for
frogs, pollywogs, snakes, and whatever other critters
they can find. The guys enjoy challenging one another
at cribbage, trying for that 29 hand, and let me tell
you, there is a couple of them that will get one (you
know who you are!!) one of these days.
spend Saturday evening sitting around a campfire, this
is when the kids enjoy making somores, and we have a
beautiful display of fireworks over the water. A big
thank you to Rich and Mike for making sure every year
we have a better display then the year before. Before
we know it, it is Sunday after breakfast, and the time
when all the good things must come to an end for another
year and everyone has to head home. But we all have
more wonderful memories, the kids know one another a
little better, and we all have something to look forward
to. Our "Wingding", next summer.