Summer Camp: Counselors’ Journal 3.1

This entry by Camp Counselor Joel Rochdale
(Many thanks to SummerFalls for writing this. For more by this author, see SummerFalls’ Stories.)

Wow, we had a blast last night! Like Noah’s Ark, everything came to the campfire two by two (hurrah, hurrah!) with two boys in bear hats; two blue aliens; two goofballs and not forgetting me and Cathy Tea, the two counselors! We even were greeted by a few simselves! JRose, Rory, Sarafina and ShannonSimsFan all showed up to join in our lovely fun time of stories, music and friendliness!

SimSelves

Rory thought that she should kick things off with a little bit of music and so she picked up the violin and began to play. Unfortunately, I don’t think she was high enough in the Violin Skill… but her effort outshone that! I don’t think Sarafina agrees with me though. Nevertheless, it was fun hearing music play through our great day together!

Rory

Later on though, Finch suggested that me and Cathy Tea join him for an ensemble performance! I couldn’t turn it down as my guitar practice back in S-GAS had prepared me for this day. I grabbed my guitar from my cabin and Cathy Tea went to grab her violin and with Finch, we produced a lovely performance which both tingled the emotional and the physical parts of a sim. Everyone was feeling so inspired and happy while the music was playing!

Band

Chiyo even felt so inspired, that she hopped off of her seat, walked over to the piano and began to join in the performance. Her contribution helped amplify the effect of the song over everyone, and Chiyo helped the performance in ways that I can’t even describe. She has a special gift of helping people and also knowing exactly what to do in the moment, and I love her for it!

Chiyo

Because of the lovely performance, onezero thought it would be best if we all danced into the night! She managed to turn on the jukebox and switch it to the Alternative Station where onezero then took a few steps back before beginning to dance! Meanwhile, some other guests were warming up next to the campfire and Cathy Tea was painting a lovely picture to commemorate this lovely time.

onezero

After we said goodbye to the simselves, I took onezero inside for some lovely cupcakes. She stared at her cupcake while I took bites out of mine, one by one.

“What’s the true secret to your cupcakes, Joel?” onezero asked me, “Happiness is an ingredient, I know that, but, there has to be something more.”

“There is.” I replied back to her while looking around to see if anyone was there, “With this, you can unlock the true potential of your cupcakes. And you will be the second person to know of this secret.”

I then leant forward and whispered it into onezero’s ear. I’m not relaying top secret information into this journal! No way! All you need to know is, onezero understood exactly what I said, and she took a sip of her orange juice soon after.

Cupcakes

In the morning, onezero offered to make the cupcakes for breakfast, and it tasted exactly how I predicted it to be! Exactly. Like. Mine. Everyone was obviously shocked and asked onezero how she did it, but she didn’t tell anyone. onezero can be trusted with the Cupcake Secret. And I also hope she passes it down to any potential people she sees worthy.

Meanwhile, Penelope was having a great time dancing to the music, while Chiyo gobbled on what she assumed would be her last cupcake from this camp.

Cupcakes

“The next train is coming at…” I heard River say as I walked past him. He’s been such a wonderful kid to be around and he’s so interesting too! I hope that I’ll be able to see him in the future because, I think he’ll grow up into a fine man and lead life quite well!

River

In the kitchen, Finch was wondering why Chiyo was doing her homework even though they never had school during the Summer Camp!

“So, Chiyo. Why exactly, are you doing your homework? Did you forget that there’s no school?” Finch laughed a little but Chiyo shook her head.

“Nope! Homework is SO FUN and I also want to grow up to be as smart as Counselors Cathy Tea and Joel! I’m going to do it!” Chiyo giggled with glee and resumed to do her homework. Smart Kid. Cool Kids do Homework.

Finch

This session has greatly taught me, Cathy Tea and the kids about their own freedom and also how their imaginations can expand to even the darkest of corners and bring light to their world. I always say that I love the kids who come to our camp, but something about these kids makes me feel special on the inside, and it’s something that can’t be ignored. And, as the third session came to a close. Finch and onezero started to lead the best dance of all dances.

River

Everyone began to join in a few seconds later, with the Session 3 Camp Dance! Cathy Tea was even chanting chants for everyone to sing while we danced!

“One, two, three, four!” Cathy Tea shouted.

“One, two, three, four!” The kids and I repeated.

“Camp is the best!”

“Camp is the best!”

“With lots of fun times, cupcakes and friends!”

“With lots of fun times, cupcakes and friends!”

Dance

“And let’s hope that all the children make it home safely so that we don’t have to worry about them!”

“And let’s hope that all the– what?”

This session has truly been very enjoyable, and I can’t wait for the next one!

Summer Camp: Sweet Cupcakes

Penelope’s story by her Simmer raerei; Joel’s story by his Simmer SummerFalls – Thank you, contributors!

Penelope’s Story

Penelope

Penelope: A long time ago there was a little boy who loved to learn. His family were farmers and very poor, but they saved a lot of money and sent him away to school in the city.

Penelope

Penelope: The boy worked very hard there. It wasn’t easy, he missed his family and he was hungry all the time because he could only afford half the food the other kids got. But he got through it and went on to become a famous scientist.

Penelope

Penelope: If I could, I would go back in time and give that little boy a cupcake filled with happiness. That way he wouldn’t be as hungry and he would know that somewhere in the distant future there’s a little girl made of pixels who wanted him to be happy because he’d made her happy.

Penelope

Joel’s Story

Cathy Tea

Joel: There was once a woman named Cathy Tea who had discovered the wonder of cupcakes, but had never actually tasted one before. So, on her walks through Newcrest, she came across the Cupcake Wizard by the name of Joel Rochdale, who was aware of Cathy Tea’s desire for cupcakes.

Joel

Joel: As a present, he gifted Cathy Tea with her own cupcake machine which when he said “Make, Cupcake Machine, Make.”, it made a lot of cupcakes until he then said “Stop, Cupcake Machine, Stop.”, which it then ceased to operate.

Joel

Joel: Cathy Tea thanked the Cupcake Wizard, took her machine and left.

Cathy Tea took the Cupcake Machine back to the Summer Camp, where all of the children were over the moon by how many cupcakes that they could have.

River

Joel: It was really an infinite supply!

Finch

Chiyo

Joel: However, when Cathy Tea went out to a Counsellor’s Meeting with the Cupcake Wizard, a girl with the name… Chiyo Ikeda went up to the Cupcake Machine and said, “Make, Cupcake Machine, Make!” and the Cupcake Machine started to bake and bake!

Chiyo

Joel: After the children had filled their bellies up with cupcakes, they wanted to cease the Cupcake Machine’s baking, but none of them knew the words to make it stop!

onezero

Joel: So, it went on cooking and cooking, filling the entire camp of Cupcakes and eventually travelling in and through the Gallery into everyone’s hard drives!

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Joel: It was as if the Cupcake Machine wanted to satisfy all sim hunger forever, which would be good for the players, but it would be hard to see us because of the Cupcakes in the way!

Cupcakes

Joel: However, just before the last Hard Drive was touched by cupcakes, Cathy Tea returned to the camp grounds and shouted “Stop, Cupcake Machine, Stop!” and it ceased to bake. But, anyone who wanted to make their way around the world would have to eat their way around… I guess this made good business for the gyms in each hard drive, right? And that’s the story, of the Sweet Cupcakes that took over the SimNation.

onezero

Summer Camp: Breakfast at the Museum

Field trip logue – entry by JR; Destination: Ewan Tesla Gallery and Studio by Shannon SimsFan
(Many thanks to SummerFalls for writing this. For more by this author, see SummerFalls’ Stories.)

Cathy Tea looked at everyone and said, “Kids, today we’re going to have breakfast at the museum! But it will be a little while before we do, and looking at art burns lots of calories, so eat up your cupcakes first!”

CT

“Really? Everyone eat up your cupcakes quickly so we can go see amazing things!” Free-Jon announced as everyone ate up their cupcakes quickly. The eagerness grew on the faces as the time it took them to eat their cupcakes decreased significantly.

Meanwhile, I managed to sneak me and Simon some extra treats before leaving. I admit, I have some slight favouritism to Simon due to him coming from the same player as JRose, but I still do love the kids all the same!

“You make amazing cookies!” Simon cheered as he devoured each cookie whole. He’s an awesome eater.

Joel

Afterwards, Free-Jon came into the room and we all started to chatter with each other. Free-Jon was excited to see all of the wonderful things in the museum while Simon was looking forward to having breakfast at the museum while looking at all the awesome things.

Fiona

Everyone hopped out of the Summer Camp and we walked across the street to the museum! Everyone was shocked to see how close it was, but nevertheless, we all marched onwards to the museum.

“Woah! It’s so huuuuuuge!” Sasha remarked as we walked along.

“Yeah, but it needs to be huge to hold all of the art in!” Simon replied as we continued walking along.

Kids

“Let’s see who can get there first!” I said as we all ran to the museum. I was about to be first when Simon’s arm went through my leg! Now, players may think this is a glitch but to us it’s… a little painful, but no worries! I’m sure Simon didn’t mean it.

“I’m going to win!” Simon shouted as he ran into the museum.

Joel

I won haha! Although, when I walked in, I’m not sure if this is what I would have expected. There was no artwork, or no sculptures but there were pictures. I would’ve been fine with anything but wedding pictures? I’m not sure how the kids will react to these… oh boy.

Joel

“HEY!” A familiar voice shouts from behind me, but she couldn’t possibly be her-, “JOEL!”

JRose? She walks up to me and Simon with a concerned expression on her face, although I’m not sure how Simon will react around her. Does he know who she is?

“Hi funny lady!” Simon said to JRose. I guess not.

“What’s… this?” JRose asks while looking at all of the pictures.

Simon

“WELL… we wanted to give the kids some taste of life so we took them to a museum which turned out to be a wedding photo studio! Isn’t it awesome?” I laughed while Cathy Tea also tried to help ease the tension.

“Yeah. I think our little campers will greatly benefit from learning about weddings!” Cathy Tea mentioned but JRose was continuing to look scornfully at the pictures.

“But, I’m worried. What if he becomes you-know-what too early?” JRose asked and I reassured her that it would be okay, because look at Free-Jon, he’s doing excellently well!

Simon

Speaking of Free-Jon he was busy looking at all of the bridal photos and I wondered what he was thinking about.

Free

“They all look so pretty.” Free-Jon said as he stared at the photos along with the man that I met back at the gardens! It’s a small world.

Free

I soon observed Free-Jon out at the gnome garden watching and talking to the gnomes.

“Hey, Mr. Gnome. Do you think I’d be allowed to ever travel through the gallery at will? Or even the time space thingy? That would be awesome!”

Meanwhile, JRose was watching Free-Jon and she came to the conclusion that maybe Simon being game aware early might not be a bad thing at all, but she wants to be the one to tell him.

Free

I also saw Sasha come out of the museum feeling really inspired! That kid knows how to summon inspiration when she wants it.

Sasha

I took Sasha to one painting that was painted by Ewan Tesla, she stared at it and observed it carefully.

“The colours and the feelings, this painting is alive!” Sasha cheered as she looked back at me, but I was looking up to CathyTea the player, since it’s strange that SummerFalls isn’t there now but someone else. Although, S-GAS prepared me for that.

Sasha

Meanwhile, I could hear a few women gathering downstairs along with Fiona and Emelia in between the women.

“OOH! I could have coral lace down my gown with a bit of frills at the bottom.” One woman said, in green while the other two women shook their heads.

“Let’s be careful here.” The woman in blue said, while Fiona and Emelia looked at each other. I wonder if they were scared that they’d end up like this some day.

Fiona

Obviously, Cathy Tea was working on the whole reason we came here, breakfast! She began whipping up a nice Breakfast Scramble for us all to eat!

Cathy Tea

Me, Sasha and Free-Jon sat at the sofas while eating our breakfast scramble, which was so tasty! We couldn’t even speak because we were too busy devouring the plate, we even went back for seconds!

Breakfast

Simon went out afterwards to play with the gnomes, and a Townie kid soon appeared but left minutes later without one part of conversation!

Simon

“There’s a naked gnome here… I just know it!” Fiona assured her suspicions as she looked around the flowers and greenery, looking for the naked gnome that she thought that was here. And, it was!

Fiona

Meanwhile, me and Emelia spent some time together looking at the various paintings that were in another part of the museum.

Emelia

“Do you think people ever had freedom to do what they wanted while painting these, Joel?” Emelia asked me, and I had to think about it.

“I think they did. They were allowed to do anything they wanted to, because they were determined to achieve their own personal goals.” I answered, and Emelia looked up at me.

“Then, why are kids sometimes never given that freedom?” Emelia asked another question before turning back to face the paintings.

Emelia

Later on, Sasha decided to do the dishes because she didn’t like the dirty atmosphere that was being created by the other people inside the museum. (Namely, the bridal women from earlier.)

“Dirtiness be gone!” Sasha chanted as she washed the plates. How cute!

Sasha

Emelia and Free-Jon returned to looking at the bridal pictures, and the two of them looked so sweet.

Emelia

“I wonder how my wedding will be one day…” Emelia wondered and Free-Jon laughed.

“You’re getting married to me of course!” Free-Jon giggled and Emelia looked over at the pictures.

Emelia

“In your dreams!” Emelia and Free-Jon laughed, but you could definitely tell that they are sweet together. Plus, they’re already thinking about their future! The both of them are so amazing.

emelia

Cathy Tea rounded us all up and took us home before we got Stendhal’s Syndrome (which is actually a real thing that I only just discovered!), everyone had then decided to express their inspiration that they gathered from the museum in different ways.

“Oh Mr. Dinosaur do tell us more!” Fiona expressed her inspiration through a conversation with Mr. Dinosaur.

Fiona

Simon picked up the mystery novel that I recommended to him and started reading it! He became inspired to read, and that’s everything I could have asked for!

“How amazing!” Simon smiled as he turned the page.

Simon

Sasha was inspired to play a video game, which I like because people can express themselves and their inspiration in many different ways.

“I’m almost on Level 25!” Sasha cheered.

Sasha

Free-Jon played a word game to deepen his vocabulary!

“Ooh, so bears are mammals? M-A-M-M-A-L-S.” Free-Jon giggled as he was learning.

Free

Cathy Tea started to paint a picture of something unknown. I’m guessing that Cathy Tea will try and paint something with deeper meaning, because she is always amazing like that and I’m lucky to have her as a best friend.

Cathy Tea

Me and Emelia? We danced our inspiration to the next level!

Emelia and Joel

Overall, everyone got to enjoy the magical powers of inspirational art and it brought us all together in a magical circle of friendship. I love it.

Summer Camp: To the Library!

Field trip logue – entry by JR
(Many thanks to SummerFalls for writing this. For more by this author, see SummerFalls’ Stories.)

When it became time for me to take the kids to the library, I was so excited! These kids will be able to enjoy the wonders of reading while being under careful supervision, which explains why my face was looking so serious during the trip. The kids were excited as well as they marched into the library.

“Hey! Do you think they’ll be a book based on me in there?” Arabella wondered as we all marched forward while Corey was trying to have a peek through the window.

“I think they have my favourite book in there! Yay!” Corey celebrated.

Joel

All the kids were so awesome as well. They marched in a straight line right into the library.

“Everyone follow me! The library is this way!” Free-Jon instructed as the kids walked in.

Library

Everyone ran inside and started to pick their own books! Corey spent the longest time at the bookshelf as he was trying to find the book that he saw earlier on the shelf, but he was having no luck. Zerxes picked up a mystery novel which looked a bit too old for him. So, I picked up the same book to see if it was appropriate for a child, even though SummerFalls probably reads books that are too old for him.

Joel

Minutes later, Corey had finally found the book he was looking for! Arabella also made her way over to Corey as soon as he found the book.

“Hey Corey, can I have that book? I REALLY want to read it.” Arabella pleaded, and Corey turned to her.

“I’m sorry, but you can’t.” Corey replied, smiling at Arabella. Good for him!

Arabella

Everyone then started to travel to their own reading spaces! Free-Jon was already pages deep within his book while Corey was just about to find a really good space. Arabella had yet to find a book, but I know she’ll find one!

“Gee-Whiz! I can’t wait to get into this book!” Corey excitingly said as he walked to his reading place.

Corey

The only kid who didn’t pick up a book was Emelia, who had fallen asleep as soon as she walked through the door. I guess travelling through a time warp space thingy can really have that effect on you! Note to self: Only travel through a time warp space thingy when necessary.

Emelia

Of course, I had to dive into a novel myself! I picked up a really amazing mystery novel about a group of friends who run a detective agency and go around solving a crime about who stole the Golden Freezer Bunny Statue from the Royal Museum! It’s a real page turner.

Joel

Zerxes also seemed to choose the same book as me, I think he’s enjoying it as well seeing the expression on his face.

Zerxes

Arabella chose to read a guitar book, which certainly explains her knack for the spotlight. I can see her performing well in the future!

“Ah, so I have to use these strings? Okay!” Arabella cheered.

Arabella

I’m not sure what book Corey was reading, but I think he had the best pick of today from what I heard him read!

“The man walked over to me, as he took the magical wand out of my hand and he said, ‘You are a Sorcerer.'” Corey read and I instantly thought how exciting that book must be to read!

Corey

Free-Jon was doing his homework! Normally, I wouldn’t allow this during an important reading session but since Free-Jon was persistent on getting his homework done, I couldn’t refuse!

Free-Jon

At sunset, I thought it would be a good idea if I went out by the river and grilled up some amazing veggie burgers! Luckily, there was a grill near some beautiful scenery, so I grilled them up right there and then!

Joel

I accidentally stole the book from the library to read, but I think they won’t mind since the police don’t know I exist in this world! Yes, I am a HUGE bookworm and that’s something to be celebrated! SummerFalls once told me this quote;

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

– George R.R Martin

I love that quote because it basically defines a reader perfectly, someone who witnesses the accounts of many people’s lives! Enough of that for now though, the sky was getting darker.

Joel

I guess I wasn’t the only one on the book-stealing trend! Just kidding! The library gave the kids the books as a donation to the summer camp! How sweet of them. Corey and Free were the first to march out, Free was feeling confident after completing his homework while Corey was very happy due to him being able to take his favourite book with him.

“I hope Mommy will read this book with me when we get home!” Corey smiled as he walked to the picnic area.

Corey

Arabella, Emelia and Zerxes followed out soon afterwards. I think everyone was able to enjoy the benefits of having a library in town, may it be for sleeping or for reading!

Arabella

Corey managed to catch up with me with the biggest smile on his face. He ran up with his book in one hand and patted me on the shoulder with the other.

“Hey Joel! Thanks for taking us to the library today, it was mega awesome to read new stories!” Corey cheered as he began to open his book and read. Corey will be one of the sims who live a thousand lives before he dies. That’ll be great for a legacy family, wouldn’t it?

Corey

“These burgers are awesome, Mr. Cupcake!” Free-Jon complimented as he ate huge bites out of the burger. Arabella was busy telling me the story that she had made up from reading the guitar book back at the library.

“A girl named Arabella decided that she wanted to learn the guitar, but not with just any old guitar. She wanted a guitar that was forged from the creation of time itself. The Guitar of Ages. And then…” Arabella managed to tell everyone her amazing story and at the end, everyone applauded.

“That was a very good story, Arabella.” Zerxes said while clapping, I’m proud that he’s becoming more involved with us.

Picnic

Emelia told me that she wasn’t hungry before heading back into the library by herself. I feel that coming through the time space portal thingy and turning back into a child has really had some affect on her. Although, I believe that it’s her traits from her Young Adulthood are being present prematurely in her Childhood self.

Emelia

It soon became too dark and the kids and I started to depart back to go back to camp!

“I’ll lead the marching! One! Two! One! Two!” Corey cheered as we all walked back to the campsite.

Corey

Today, I feel that everyone had a chance to delve into another world, may it be through a book or through a dream. I’m proud of these kids and I hope they retain their hobby for reading and creating things in the future!

Summer Camp: Counselors’ Journal – 1.1

This entry by Camp Counselor Joel Rochdale
(Many thanks to SummerFalls for writing this. For more by this author, see SummerFalls’ Stories.)

Session 1: Entry 1 – JR

Since everyone was arriving soon, I thought it would’ve been best if I made some amazing cupcakes to welcome them to the first session of the summer camp! I’ve already decided to nickname this summer camp, Camp-Kids-R-Fun since that’s what this camp is all about, kids being themselves and being fun!

To go along with the theme, I made Mocha Mint Cupcakes since Cathy Tea told me that these would be the best ones for everyone to eat during the first day, since Mocha Mint gives an amazing first impression. As a result, I cranked up the big cupcake machine and had it make me some amazing, tasty cupcakes!

Joel Rochdale

In the middle of making cupcakes, I quickly ran to the bathroom and that was when all the children started to arrive! I believe their names were Zerxes, Corey and Arabella. I think the three of them could smell my cupcakes when I ran back a few minutes later to resume making them because I saw Zerxes was thinking about them. I think Cathy Tea was right about making Mocha Mint, they seem to be attracting a lot of children to our camp!

I’m so excited to start conversing with all of the kids; they look so fun!

Zerxes Nebula

The three kids soon dispersed out into Camp-Kids-R-Fun, with Arabella and Corey marching right into kitchen while Zerxes went somewhere else. I managed to catch up with Arabella and Corey just as they went into the kitchen. I had to grab some extra flour for the cupcakes. While Cathy Tea was making spaghetti, Corey found himself on the computer while Arabella had placed her left hand on her hip.

“I hate my parents!” Arabella shouted at the top of her voice, “They sent me here even though I never wanted to go! Parents are stupid and they don’t listen to their children. How great is this camp anyway? I bet it’ll be bore-ring!”

“I think it’ll be awesome!” Cathy Tea enthusiastically replied, “There will be cupcakes, cookies, and even camp songs and stories, just you wait and see. I’m beyond excited for them!”

“Really? I’m going to make up a story too!” Arabella smiled as she waltzed to the chair, thinking about her own story to tell at the campfire.

Arabella Acevedo

After Arabella sat down on the chair, she and Cathy Tea shared a few jokes with each other while Free-Jon and Corey also seemed to be making a few jokes here and there as well. I could tell that their relationship bars were increasing, which is an awesome thing to see!

“What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down, Cathy Tea?” Arabella asked, with Cathy Tea shrugging her shoulders soon afterwards. “It gets toad away! Hahaha!”

“What did the duck say when he bought lipstick?” Free-Jon asked Corey while Arabella and Cathy Tea were laughing.

“I’m not sure! What did he say?” Corey replied, excited for the punchline of the joke.

“Put it on my bill!” The boys laughed in unison at the funny joke. All these kids are so sweet, and I can’t wait to witness their amazing stories as well.

Arabella Acevedo

Meanwhile, Corey had been playing on the computer for several hours on Sims Forever. With some handy tips from Free-Jon, Corey was able to complete the Rosebud Achievement! Corey pulled a huge smile at Free-Jon as the achievement music played aloud in the kitchen.

“Woo hoo!” Corey cheered. He really enjoys playing on the computer! I think I see him doing something with video games in his future. Kids really do have a lot of awesome potential.

Corey Pace

Later on, I travelled upstairs to find Zerxes sitting alone at the computer. Now, as a camp counselor, I cannot allow this to happen! I walked over to Zerxes and waved to him, and he waved back.

“Hello Zerxes!” I smiled and he looked up to me.

“Hi, Camp Counselor Joel.” Zerxes politely said, scratching his head a little.

“You can just call me Joel! How come you’re not downstairs with the others?” I asked, before he looked back at the computer and stared into it.

“I am not sure if I will get the funny things they are saying.” Zerxes sighed. I admit, Zerxes has his own individual style but I should at least try to help him sit with the other kids and make some more friends!

Joel Rochdale

“I still don’t get half the funny things people say these days! If it’s funny, it’ll make you laugh and if other people laugh, laughing is contagious and it will infect everyone!” I explained, and he looked up at me.

“Infect? That sounds weird.” Zerxes questioned. Maybe I should reword it.

“Well, if you enjoy being around people, that is fun and things will make you laugh no matter what! Just let it come naturally.” I giggled, and Zerxes looked up at me as I tripped up and fell to the floor. He began to laugh loudly as I stood up.

“Ta-Da!” I gestured as Zerxes continued to laugh. He is one interesting kid.

Joel Rochdale

I left Zerxes afterwards to his own devices before I went outside. I walked past the dollhouse and while they were playing at the doll castle, I overheard Free-Jon and Corey talking.

“Hey, Corey,” said Free-Jon, “I like your color choices! Red hair goes really well with blue skin. That’s so cool.”

Free-Jon

“Well,” replied Corey, “my red hair comes from my mom. And my blue skin comes from my dad. He’s from a different planet.”

Corey Pace

Both boys are so amazing and innocent, it reminds me of myself when I was a child. Well, maybe one day SummerFalls will make me a child for something–one can hope!

“That’s cool,” said Free-Jon, as he looked at the princess doll he was holding. “So little princess. Did you get your purple skin from your dad from another planet and your black hair from your mom the queen?”

Corey Pace

Although the children loved to play with the toys, they kept forgetting to put them away! I didn’t mind picking them up and placing them back in the toy box, since I can think about what stories they made with these toys and what adventures they went on. It’s pretty awesome if you think about it!

Like the llama toy I picked up–I bet that someone used this llama toy in a superhero story and made them save the day! Maybe that’s also a story for another day, and I placed the llama toy back into the box.

Joel Rochdale

When night took over, everyone went to sleep feeling joyful and happy. We had decided that Zerxes, Cathy Tea, Arabella and myself would sleep in the tents! I watched Zerxes walk into his tent with the largest smile on his face, and it made me smile as well.

Zerxes

Meanwhile, Corey fell asleep soon after in an outdoor cot with a peaceful expression on his face. He must be feeling relieved after getting that game achievement today! Free-Jon was right about the blue skin and orange hair, it’s an awesome combination! I wish Corey sweet dreams.

Corey Pace

Next to Corey was Free-Jon, who also was sleeping peacefully. Free-Jon is such an amazing child, he made friends with everyone in this single day, plus he managed to somehow get smiles on everyone’s face. He deserves happiness in his future and all the cupcakes and sweet dreams that he can get.

Children are so pure and full of amazing imaginative things; I’m glad this summer camp is utilizing that.

Free-Jon

I was the first to wake up the next morning, with Arabella following just a couple of minutes after me. Instead of going to freshen up, she decided to tell Mr.Dino a story about dinosaurs! I guess that’s what she dreamed about in her sleep.

“There was once a girl called Arabella who discovered the gateway to a dinosaur world! Excited, she went through the gateway and was amazed at everything she saw. Rare plants, rocks and even creatures beyond anyone’s imagination!” Arabella continued on with her story until everyone woke up. She has a really big imagination!

Arabella

Even though everyone was happy the night before, this morning at breakfast, everyone’s mood was down.

Breakfast

Even Free-Jon was sad! However, I think I knew the source of the problem as Free-Jon continued to stare into the cupcake. I have a feeling everyone is missing their parents and thinking that they can’t contact them!

Free-Jon

“Worry not children!” I said with a huge smile, “You can use your cellphones to call your parents! They must be missing you, right?”

Everyone immediately took out their cellphones and rang their parents. Their mood became happier after a couple of minutes of chatting with their families. I loved to see that.

Phone

“Yes Mom! I’m doing okay. Mr. Cupcake is taking care of me just fine!” Free-Jon said to his mother while Zerxes was very secretive about his conversation, so I couldn’t hear anything from him. I guess he doesn’t want everyone to know that he misses his family a lot! I understand, and I want to become closer with him.

Free-Jon

“Dad, I’m just telling you that I’m doing fine. N-No! There is no need to come down here!” Arabella ordered through the phone.

“I’m having the best time! I can’t wait to tell you all about it when I come back home!” Corey laughed as he spoke with his family, and everyone became instantly happier because of the conversations they had with their families. I should try to contact someone soon as well, since my family is everywhere!

Arabella

After everyone put down their phones, they resumed and finished eating their breakfast. I’m glad that they didn’t put Cathy Tea’s cooking to waste! All these children are so polite, adorable and imaginative, I think we’re going to have a great time at camp!

Arabella

I just know it.