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More education!!!

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More education!!!

One of the interesting things we learned in education was the meaning of the phrase:  “Ting mama de hua” and we learned a song to go with the phrase!  It means “Listen to your mother”.  Karen Ward and the Emperor emphasized the importance of this concept, and we hope that it lives on in the memories of the pre-teens and teens forever! We finished the dance night with lots of enthusiasm, and now are all visiting and playing games in the “Lilac Room”, where we have been meeting for games all week.  More campers have joined us, and we are busy catching up.  It is so wonderful to see everyone and to hear the happy and loud chatter!...

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DAY 5 CHINESE FAMILY CAMP!

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DAY 5 CHINESE FAMILY CAMP!

Last night the teen girls watched the horror movie “case 39”, we were up pretty late so it was really hard to get up this morning. Most of the teens arrived during the middle of pre-teen/teen education, missing all of breakfast and morning sing. For pre-teen/teen Ed, uncle Nelson was the emperor of the day. He taught us all about the dynasty his emperor lived in. Close after, grandma flora taught us about Chinese characters and calligraphy. We then got some hard core practice for the kingkalympics tomorrow! For lunch we had sloppy joes and hot dogs, afterwards we wrapped jiao dza(dumplings) for 3hrs! After wrapping 500 jiao dzas the teen girls went to Madelyn and meredith’s house to fry and boil them. we missed dinner becuase we were cooking jioa dza for 4hrs straight. When we got back to the hotel, we decided we should take a much needed dip in the pool. During the evening the camp had the choice of watching “the karate kid” movie, or whatching a concert consisting of music from the 50’s and 60’s. Later on, we had late night snack whis was the jiao dza we made,cantaloupe, and watermelon(yummy)! So that’s pretty much it for the day! I’m really sad to see that camp is almost over with only 2 days...

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Miss Breakfast, Stay up til 2am…tradition.

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Miss Breakfast, Stay up til 2am…tradition.

Today seemed extremely long, but totally worth it. It began with my sister and I waking up at 10:30, oops. I guess when you stay up late watching a horror movie going over why everything happened. However, our sleep was much needed because it was THE DAY to make jiao dze (jow-dza) aka potstickers aka dumplings aka the best midnight snack ever. All of the little kids helped mix and wrap and when we were finally done, my dad, sister, Krissy, Andrea, and Abby went all the way back to our house to cook them all. After four hours of tedious labor frying and boiling, they were finally complete. We missed dinner, but when we arrived back at the hotel, we were all ready to go swimming. Our swimming time was short lived because my sister brother dad and I went to the show at the round barn theater which consisted of music from the 50s and 60s. The most entertaining part was watching the grandparents dance because our lack of knowledge from that time period. Finally, we came back to everyone playing games such as Mah Jong or just carrying on their own conversations while eating potstickers. This year of camp has really been different without the older “teens”! We miss them all! Now going to play the traditional DUTCH BLITZ!!! peace...

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Calligraphy – not just for old folks

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Calligraphy – not just for old folks

A tip if you are ever planning on portraying a Chinese emperor: make sure your facial hair is firmly attached to your face prior to appearing in public! We did more calligraphy today than we’ve done in the previous 10 years of Chinese Family Camp – perhaps more!  We started with a lecture about Chinese calligraphy from Grandma Flora Lee, and, in addition, received a ROUSING pep talk about  Planning – Thinking – Acting as a way to be successful in calligraphy and life. Who knew putting an inkbrush to paper had such lessons? The kids worked on tracing the characters from the still hipTang dynasty poem: “Thoughts on a Moonlit Night” by Li Bai. At lunch, the kids experimented with a dessert creation (probably recreated from the Sui Dynasty) of two chocolate chip cookies sandwiching a layer of chocolate pudding.  Camp Director Wang was awarded two of these delicacies and pronounced them “pretty good!” In respect for the ridiculous high heat, Uncle Joe Lee cancelled the kickball game. Instead, we competed in the field of culinary sports by making pot-stickers. Roughly 500 of them. It was a hit – many campers made a variety of shapes and sizes of pot stickers, some of which may actually survive the ritual boiling in an edible form. This is Allen Yang, signing...

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Wednesday Highlights

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Wednesday Highlights

 I can’t believe we did so many great activities all on one day! We started off with a fun lesson about Chinese history. Uncle Greg Louie dressed up like an emperor and played the role of emperor Taizu of the Song dynasty. He told us about how he became emperor and how he left his throne. Uncles dressed up as emperors is a good way to learn the Chinese history. Bowling was fun as usual and it is a great way to have family fun time. I did my personal best rolling 2 strikes in a row followed by a spare. I had a really good time. This year’s scavenger hunt was different from the others – we had to figure out some pretty odd things. Finding the number and ages of the new camper family (the Chow’s from Michigan/Texas/California), and finding the home province of each grandparent – especially when some of the grandparents were not willing to tell! The previous years’ hunts mostly involved finding household items. The campfire was conveniently located outside the restaurant, and the high heat of the fire drove off the few mosquitos that were still able to fly in the tropical heat of inner Indiana.There were enough marshmallows and Hershey’s chocolate to feed the whole camp twice over, and everyone was running pretty hot already, so the hotel brought out some water and some of the uncles brought out ice cubes and bottled water. It is a fantastic tradition that should continue for another century. -Eric...

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Camp Fire in 95 degree weather!!!! Ironic bombfire indeed

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Camp Fire in 95 degree weather!!!! Ironic bombfire indeed

Like our tradition having a camp fire at the end of theday is a good way to go, But when your drenched in sweat 95 degrees out and the humidity killing me all I wanted to do is lay in the lillac room with air conditoning blasting. ThoughI cant say i didnt have fun because it was fun. knowing that even adult have there compeitive side. A good example was one of the things on there list was to find the 7th shortest camper. We had all the younger kids line up by shortest to tallest, after some shuffling and debating we concluded that Qiuhu was indeed the 7th shortest camper. Though I didnt stay for the camp fire but I thought it was a good glimspe of the end of the day. -Abigail...

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11:30 pm in the lilac room

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11:30 pm in the lilac room

Playing trivial pursuit in the Lilac room at 11:30 pm with the rest of the late nighters (mason, eric, bing, uncle allen, uncle mark, auntie v, and auntie karen). The lilac room is new this year, replacing the geranium room. Not as high of a ceiling, but a bigger roof for sure. Today we barely made it through the heat, trudging to and from the barn for meals and using Ideal Beach as a cool down. Joe Lee’s family came today and it was nice to see Meredith and Madelyn and Mason… we’ve doubled our teen population. “It’s the Chinese way to pick the hard way to do something,” words of wisdom from Mark Chow. “Maybe the easy way is to do the hard thing,” says uncle joe lee. Our wisdom is clearly too much to handle right now. peace, love and more....

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It’s Family Camp 2011!

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It’s Family Camp 2011!

The year has flow by and the first full day of Camp for 2011 is now in session. As always, the children have all grown, the adults have gotten older and wiser. We haven’t had a hot Camp for a while – some days in recent memory have been almost chilly – but this year looks to be a hot one. The first walk between the Inn and the Amish Acres complex seems endless, but after a couple of round trips, seems like normal. We have use of a new room in the Inn, the Lilac Room. It’s a really nice multipurpose room and is perfect for the Camp “playflow”. It’s a nice central location, air conditioned, with a view out on the pool in case your children are swimming and you want to check on them periodically. A good place for midnight snacks and congregating, and of course the IT department is in full force there, with improve Internet access this year as well. Hope to post more news as the week progresses, having a good time so far, wish you were here. Pictures are up already – try this: https://picasaweb.google.com/CFCblogs/FamilyCamp2011Day01?authkey=Gv1sRgCOXz8KTcvJHHTQ Let us know if it doesn’t work. — Mark...

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Thanks post camp

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Since being home and thinking about camp, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to make camp a success. Being the sudo teen chaperone, I have been very lucky to experience and develop my relationships with all of the YA/teen kids. Every year, I look forward to the new teens who will be joining us and the reunion with the teens already in the program. I want to compliment the parents and especially the YA/teens themselves, for being so outstanding. The YA/teens have impressed me yearly not only with their creativity but with their fine examples of leadership, kindness and maturity. They have never failed to rise to whatever occasion we have presented them during the week and have done so without question. Since our first time at camp, I have been very pleased my children have felt the same type of connection I felt as a teen and still continue to feel about CFC. I know all parents are proud of their children but sometimes it’s just nice to hear it from someone else. I am very proud of all of the teens and thankful for the opportunity to be near them (seriously, so glad not sharing a hotel room…ha) for the week. They are all wonderful kids and so proud to know them. Kinda sorta teen...

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VERY LAST NIGHT

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VERY LAST NIGHT

I’ve had such a great time at camp this year! I always have a great time, but as I get older, the time spent together seems to have so much more of an impact on my life. I don’t think sir John could have put it any better. It’s fun to see how much and how little the kids have changed each year as well as everyone else. I can now leave tomorrow with a smile on my face, a wrist full of silly bands, and a head full of fun-filled memories. Speaking of silly bands, I have the coolest ones. I love my purple sneaker, green elephant, and tie-dye peace hand! WOOP! Here’s a little re-cap of how my last day went…Madie, Diana, and I stayed up till about 4 o’clock in the boys’ room. I actually fell asleep, but was soon woken up by own snoring. hehe:P Afterwords, we went to our rooms and slept soundly for a short 4 or 5 hours. How typical. We woke up and found that Madie and Diana had already been working vigorously on filling up water balloons to be sure that field day would go perfectly. Which it did, of course. After that, we all showered up and had the wonderful lingering smell of off-brand whipped cream stained in our noses and pores. Yesss. We ate a quick lunch then took a cat nap to prepare us for the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life hands down….ROCKET SCIENCE!! “It’s out of this world!” Pina Colada, Triple Berry, Mint Balooza, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, White Chocolate Raspberry, Martian Malt, Keylime, Death by Chocolate all made with liquid nitrogen!!!! “Ohhh yeahhh,” says the Kool-aid Man, “Ohhh yeahhh.” Last, but not least, we scrambled around trying to come-up with last-minute ideas for our skit just hours before the festival. We are so dang typical! But what a success! Again! Boy, what-a-day. I love Chinese Family Camp! Yes, yes I do! (in the words of Bing) Peace&love Family Campers! Hope you all have a safe trip home and live in total happiness till we meet again for another great week! ~L-Smack the rap...

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