Summer in Honeycomb Valley!! All the HV kids and teens had been looking forward to this summer very much. Though some more than others. For six teens and two kids, summer 04 meant summercamp! And they couldn’t wait!
Nathan & Nick
Nathan and Nick Cook were the first to take off. They were going to spend a large part of summer in Sandy Valley at Les Cabanes Perchées, the kids’ summercamp.
Lucy, Jacob and Kyra went with them to the busstation to see them off.
Lucy did tell Nathan to behave himself. She knows how wild and enthusiastic her ADHD boy can get!
Pete the busdriver promised to keep an eye on them during the long trip and the boys promised to call mum as soon as they arrived! Bye boys, have a great time!!
(You can read all about the fun the twins had, here, on Sandy’s non-blog!)
A few days later, Lucy and Jacob were back at the busstation with Kyra. This time they were not alone though! Many of HV’s parents and siblings were there to see off their teens to Camp Windiwell in Appaloosa Plains. Sophie, Ruby and Jeffrey were particularly excited. Since they had already been to Camp Windiwell last year, they had quite a good idea of the amount of fun they were going to have. For Holly, Kyra and Logan it was the first time. While excited, they were also a bit nervous.
Time to say goodbye to parents, siblings and dogs!
After a very long drive, the teens arrived at Camp Windiwell. On the bus they had already met the other teens who would be staying at camp as well. Jérémy and Benjamin joined them from Sandy Valley and Seth and Ofelia had come all the way from Bimlico.
The teens dropped off their luggage in their cabins and got a bit more acquainted with their cabin mates.
Ummm… Jérémy… That’s not your cabin…
Jérémy didn’t waste any time… umm.. getting re-acquainted with Sophie! These two had already met in March when Sophie spent a month in Sandy Valley as an exchange student. Sophie sure hadn’t forgotten Jérémy yet and it seems he still remembered her as well!
Meanwhile Ofelia was badmouthing Sophie to Ruby… *facepalm*
Side note: At summercamp, my simmies (and those visiting) get as much freedom as possible. Because the household is big, it’s impossible for me to constantly control everyone. Besides this, I also enjoy seeing what they come up with themselves. I have the romance setting in MC set on true when I’m at Windiwell, which means the teens can flirt, kiss and start romances as they please. I do keep an eye on their wishes. If one teens rolls a wish to kiss another, but this other one doesn’t have such wishes, I don’t do anything about it. If the other one does, I might direct them a bit more towards each other. But in general, I try to give them as much autonomy as I can with regards to social interactions and the like.
After everyone had had a chance to get settled in a bit, the group was called together for a campmeeting.
Camp counselors Don and Kylie were of course present again as well (both with more hair than last year) and they told the group everything they expected of them during these next few weeks.
Groupphoto time! This year’s Camp Windiwell group is, from left to right:
Ofelia Parker, Ruby Murray, Holly Clark, Logan Harvey, Kyra Cook, Sophie Wilson
Jérémy Demazières, Jeffrey Abbott, Benjamin Evard
After the groupphoto, the teens were free to explore the camp as they pleased. Seth decided to instead explore his chances with Sophie…
Two hours at Windiwell and Sophie had already had two different guys flirting with her! This was looking to be quite a different camp experience than she had last year!
Meanwhile Jérémy was getting to know Ofelia better…
Despite it being nice outside, the indoor activities drew the most attention from the teens.
Seth prefered to be outside though and played ping pong with Kylie.
Unfortunately, Kylie was forced to cut their game short to prepare dinner.
Mac and Cheese! It might be basic, but the kids enjoyed it nonetheless.
All the kids drew lots to make up a schedule for kitchen duty and Kyra and Ben were up first.
Meanwhile Ofelia was making fun of Sophie again. Ofelia really doesn’t seem to like Sophie much… Kylie gave her a look, which didn’t seem to make much difference.
After all the dishes were done and everyone had put on warm sweaters and cardigans (there was quite a chill in the air), they went off into the woods for a nightwalk.
Sophie and Jérémy wandered off together very quickly… What are you up to, kids…?
To get the full “scary” experience, Kylie told a ghost story.
This is what Jérémy and Sophie were up to! Aww, that’s quite cute actually!
They joined the group again after a while to have a bonfire (yes, a bonfire in the woods, it was in an open area 😉 )
They chatted, sang songs and had a good time.
Back at the camp it was time to get ready for the first night.
The next morning, everyone was up in time for breakfast.
Maybe Seth had realised Sophie was more interested in Jérémy, or maybe he just didn’t like her as much after all, either way, he had given up on flirting with Sophie and had moved on to Holly!
Little Holly clearly isn’t very little anymore, cause she immediately flirted back!
After breakfast, the group headed off on their first outing. To the ranch! Holly and Kyra in particular were very excited!
However, the ranch had a surprise for Benjamin as well, because look who he ran into! Annie! His big sister! Annie was staying with her friend Sophie Mimet who also lives in Appaloosa Plains and Annie being a horselover it made sense she would be at the ranch. Still though, it was a surprise for Benjamin to run into his sister so far away from home.
Kyra and Holly of course wanted to ride! Kyra even managed to make her horse jump an obstacle! She’s DEFINITELY going to tell aunt Susie and Luke about that!
Camp Windiwell was off to a great start!
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