I absolutely loved being a counselor this past summer at Sierra Vista. I have found irreplaceable relationships with fellow counselors as well as the chance to mentor and pour love into campers who have taught me lessons of patience, kindness, acceptance, and trust. Prior to my experience at Vista, I did not know that a job could be this fulfilling. I did not know a job could teach me so many lessons about myself and about life all while having a blast. Camp has taught me to live in the moment, to act young and to be goofy while I can. At camp, I feel comfortable and at peace even with my unfixed hair and clothes that may not always match. This summer I was pushed out of my comfort zone more than I even believed was possible. I have established an ability to lead with a confidence I did not know existed inside of me because of camp. I have been thrown into situations that would usually stress me out or make me uncomfortable; yet, I has the time of my life doing each of those things. Camp helped teach me how to be open, honest, and vulnerable. At camp, I feel free to unapologetically be myself and know that I will be loved and cherished for each of my quirks. I believe that camp has helped push me towards reaching my full potential and for that I am grateful.
Wondering what the 2019 Summer looked like? You’re in luck! The Summer Newsletter is filled with tribe officers, term winners, and the ever-growing Earlibird list of campers who have already secured their spot for next Summer! If you (or your kids/grandkids) aren’t on the list yet, give us a call! We’ve love to have them join us in 2020!! Just click on the link below. 🙂
Nov 5th – San Antonio – Big’z Burgers – 6:00-8:00pm
Nov 6th – Dallas – The MacMahon’s – 6:30-8:00pm
Nov 7th – North Austin – Main Event – 6:00-7:30pm
Nov 10th – South Austin – Jester King Brewery – 3:00-5:00pm
Nov 12th – Cypress – The Gavin’s – 6:30-8:00pm
Nov 13th – Houston – The Petersen’s – 6:30-8:00pm
Nov 14th – Harlingen – The Burn’s – 6:30-8:00pm
Nov 17th – Vista Camps – 3:00-6:00pm
Nov 19th – Midland – The Popino’s – 6:00-7:30pm
Addresses and details will be sent via e-mail closer to the party. Check our Facebook page for the Yearbook Party Event near you and invite your friends!
Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday. It’s the one time of the year when everyone on my mom’s side of the family drives in from all over Texas to spend three days eating, laughing, playing games, putting together the million piece puzzel and retelling stories of Thanksgiving memories from the last 50 years. Hearing old stories from the generations above me’s childhood is one of the best parts of us all getting together. I never met my mom’s parents (they died before I was born) but I honestly feel like I know them from all of the stories I’ve heard. Talking about my hilarious great-grandma “Grandace” always has us laughing until our sides hurt. She was such a character and we could write a book filled with the crazy things she said and did up until the day she passed. We used to catch horned-toads in her back yard in Midland and dig for rolly-polies in her flowerbeds.
At Thanksgiving, we cook the same recipes that our moms had growing up. My Aunt Becky makes her famous homemade dinner rolls and my mom makes her amazing brisket (that I’ve never been able to recreate even though I follow her exact instructions). We eat the same meal every single year and I wouldn’t change a thing. If you left out one side-dish or one dessert, people would notice and it would throw the whole day off. HA!! Not really, but we would definitely notice. Our parents have now passed on some of the special recipes to our generation. My cousin Crystal makes my mom’s delicious twice-baked potatoes (a labor of love) and her sister Bonnie makes ALL the pies. They are amazing and she makes sure to do an extra buttermilk pie because that is, after all, my favorite. I’m actually not in charge of any of the food items yet.. not sure what that means, but I’m not complaining.
After we’ve all stuffed ourselves to the brim, the little kids run around outside making their own sacred memories while their parents huddle around the puzzle in the dining room laughing at all of our “adulting is hard” stories. The grandparents watch their own children taking over some of the cooking and cleaning roles, I’m sure contemplating how fast time has flown. Every year seems to bring a new season of life for everyone and I love watching it all unfold. One of my favorite traditions is getting up early to make hot-chocolate for the little kids. I can’t sleep in when I’m with family because I’m too afraid I’ll miss a memory. My niece Ryan will even remind her momma to get hot-chocolate at the store when she knows I’ll be in town, because she knows that’s something we always do when I’m here. I love it! It’s such a little thing, making hot-chocolate for all the kids, but it has become a tradition and they’ll always remember that about Aunt Sara. Does your family have anything like that? If not, it is SO easy to start. These are the memories that the kids will look back on and reminisce when it’s their season of life at the dining room table putting together the million-piece puzzle and their own kids are running around outside.
There are so many other things I love about Thanksgiving, but I can hear kids running around upstairs laughing and I’m super curious to see what they are up to. So, enjoy your special day with family, eat SO much sweet potato casserole (my fave side dish) and try to stay awake for the Dallas Cowboy’s game, which is another of our traditions. After that, we’ll unpack the fridge of all the left-overs and start the grazing period. HA!!! Love you all, sweet Vista Family! I hope this is a Thanksgiving that fills your heart, your belly, and your memory journal.
Lots of Vista Love,
Sara Carter Kendrick
Please join us and bring a friend to the Yearbook Party nearest you! We’ll have food and fellowship and reminisce Summer 2018 with our amazing Vista Family! If you can’t make it to a party, we will mail the books to you by Christmas. Can’t wait to see everyone!!
October 16th – San Antonio – Big’z Pizza
October 17th – North Austin (Leander) – Home of the Carters
October 21st – South Austin – Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza
October 23rd – Houston (Cypress) – Home of the Gavins
October 24th – Houston – Home of the Loefflers
October 25th – Dallas (Colleyville) – Home of the Botts
November 13 – Midland – Home of the Rogers
Yearbook Party at Vista Camps to be announced.