The Ultimate Kanakuk Experince

We did it we went on a family vacation with just the 6 of us ( well sort of….)  First off let me explain what Kanakuk is for those who have no idea.  It is a Christian based summer camp for kids ages 6-18 years old.   They  have several options and length of summer camps.  Paige was invited by one of our good family friends the Grogan’s to try it out with Bella last summer.  She loved it, we loved it for her… and found out as we picked Paige up from K- Kountry  (camp) that they also had a family camp experience.  On a whim we toured the camp site and decided that was something we would like to do as a family the following summer.  Well here we are few days home from the camp experience and let me tell you WE as a FAMILY will never be the same!!!

We loved it! K-Kauai Family Kamp makes you feel loved by God, renews your spirit,  makes you feel like you are in Hawaii in the middle of Branson, and it challenges your current status in life.   They have about 125 college students on staff serving day and night to ensure that we had an amazing experience.  I have never seen a group of hard working students devoted to God and serving others like I did this week.  I know the same holds true for the other Kanakuk camps.  No wonder Paige loved K- Kountry and wanted to go back.  She was encouraged, challenged, and  excited about life’s potential after camp.   WE felt the same after K- Kauai.
Now it’s no vacation ( well unless you don’t do the activities… no fun in that & remember we have triplets  life = work.) In the morning we had devotional/speaker time within our own age groups.  So parents listened to that weeks speaker, Paige had time with her counselors, and the trips went to the little kids room for fun activities. Then we meet up for lunch and off for “High Tide”  time with family which could include doing a Ropes Course, Zip Lining, Tubing, Bluff Jumping, Archery, relaxing at the pool, etc…  I was skeptical about taking the trips and worried about what the meals/ rooms would be like.  The meals were great or I was just starving from going so much.  No really the kitchen staff did an awesome job; they had it hot and ready every meal 3 times a day.  The counselors would sit with the families which made it so much easier for us.  They helped me feed the trips, clean up the crazy mess, and entertain while we finished our meals.

Our speaker for the week was Dan Seaborn! If you have never heard of him that’s not surprising.  In a nut shell he is the Dave Ramsey for Marriage and Family. God works in funny way sometimes.  So few weeks ago I started reading ” Nurturing Great Kids” on my bible app.  Loved it everything seemed very practical.  Few weeks later I see the actual book on Brent’s wish list for amazon. Strange he had no idea I was reading it.  I said hey what do you know about this book?  Brent said Amanda that’s the guy who is speaking at our family camp.  NO WAY!  Dan’s encouraging, gently pushing you to change words will probably be one of the biggest turning points in our marriage and how we raise our kids from here on out.  So I strongly recommend reading his books/ checking out his website  Winning at Home.

The evening time at camp was always bumping.  We had themed party nights, two parent nights and lots of fun.  The trips got to do their first foam party and loved the Birthday Party for the camp.  Here are some fun pictures so please enjoy.

 

Space Night

Space Night

Bluff Jumping she was so brave

Bluff Jumping she was so brave

Kids tree house / mini ropes course

Kids tree house / mini ropes course

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Linc hanging with Hanna the conselor.  She had twin siblings so kind of understood our situation.

Linc hanging with Hanna the conselor. She had twin siblings so kind of understood our situation.

Paige's favorite spot.  One of the pools

Paige’s favorite spot. One of the pools

For extreme sports team night we made shirts

For extreme sports team night we made shirts

Troop Night

Troop Night

Dad teaching some b.ball

Dad teaching some b.ball

Date night ( 1 of our 40 for the year to come)

Date night ( 1 of our 40 for the year to come)

Josie getting her puddle jump on after some rain

Josie getting her puddle jump on after some rain

Linc looking at the schedule in bed one morning

Linc looking at the schedule in bed one morning

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Linc working on his driving skills at the lil kids racecar track

Linc working on his driving skills at the lil kids racecar track

riding the duck it was very hot

riding the duck it was very hot

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They loved this waterfall

They loved this waterfall

jo excited by the balloon drop

jo excited by the balloon drop

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Tractor Museum Linc lost it.

Tractor Museum Linc lost it.

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