Sandy Points Blog

Follow-up on Broken Bones

dsc04631.jpgOne week after Camille's bone setting surgery, she's recovering nicely. Thanks so much to all who've called and written inquiring about her progress. She came through the general anesthesia very well and for only a second in the recovery had a "Where Are We?" moment.

 Her hot pink cast above the elbow will be on until July 11 (just four days before her 11th birthday) and then she'll get a waterproof, below-the-elbow cast put on for two more weeks. We'll keep you posted, but I'll bet she'll be water-skiing with this new cast. As for now, she's found a way to enjoy the lake with broken bones, bless her heart.

One story that must be retold . . . when her five-year-old friend Nick, who is at the resort this week with his wonderful family, heard Camille had broken her arm, his first response to his mom was, "oh, is she DEAD?"

No, Camille is NOT dead and her broken arm is not much more than a HOT PINK trophy with hospital bills to come. Ugh. 


Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Drive Golf Carts


All day long I had the feeling something BAD was going to happen while watching the kids zip around the resort in our new golf cart. We kept the old cart and offer it to our guests who need a little assistance getting around, however, the girls didn't keep the old rules in place. They are supposed to ask permission to use the cart and NOT use it for joy-riding.

Well joy riding turned into pain riding when a sharp-turn near the lake caused a capsize. Willow, the driver, was fine, and so were two resort kids--thank GOD! But Camille's arm is broken in two spots and on Friday she has to return to the hospital where she was born in order to undergo surgery to set the bent bone. OUCH!

 Do you think they learned their lesson? 


Model Children



Willow and Camille have been earning their keep around Sandy Point Resort so far this season. Not only are they helping out in the shop and running messages--their usual chores--they're also making beds and cleaning bathrooms. For 13 years, I've wondered when this day would arrive.

When we first bought Sandy Point Resort, we didn't have children. I joked about hoping to give birth to a 16 year old boy in order to help out with all the chores. Turns out, teen-aged and adolescent girls are just as helpful. We just had to wait a few years.

At left Willow shows off another of her "skills," as a model for Dream Life Designs Jewelry. Featured is a four-strand turquoise nugget necklace. Available in the online shop. Willow and Camille have both been "model children." If you click on the menu bar where it reads SHOP and go to the jewelry department, you'll see our latest designs and their modeling efforts.


Have a gem of a week.




Aren't They Beautiful?



Katie is Here!

Katie is Here! Katie is Here!
Willow and Camille awoke early this morning, June 25, eagerly anticipating their friend’s visit. They dressed alike in long, denim shorts, and matching sweaters, and braided one another’s hair. Gathering their knitting projects and a DVD or two for the drive to Wausau, they hopped in the backseat of Daddy’s shopping mobile and headed south. Wausau, the home of Sam’s Club, Menard’s and Fleet Farm—the Big Three—is also the half-way point between Sandy Point and Madison.

Katie lives in Madison. She is the oldest of too many siblings to count—all boys—and her family has been vacationing at Sandy Point every summer since she had only two brothers. This year, unfortunately Katie’s family couldn’t make it. Her dad got a new job and a vacation up North wasn’t in the cards.

Breaking this terrible news to my daughters on a winter morning several months back was not easy. Tears rained off their cheeks and into their Cheerios while they insisted I couldn’t possibly understand how important Katie’s week at the resort was to them. (How funny it is when children think their parents haven’t lived long enough to experience a wide variety of disappointments.) For the past several years Katie, Camille, and Willow have been a trio tied at the hip during her time here. They dubbed themselves the “SPR Girls,” and each summer, they write new songs, come up with darling dance routines and creative costumes, and put on a performance for all the resort guests. These are the kind of kid performances that bring a lump to your throat and bumps to your skin because they are so incredibly precious. Each year I wonder how much longer these precious moments will last.

Katie’s going into high school. She’s a beautiful young woman—very polite and very sweet. She doesn’t mind hanging with the younger Willow and much younger Camille. Her mom and I worked together to find a way to get Katie up here for a visit, and we were so grateful that her parents were willing to not only let her come, but also agree to meet us half-way. Of all the friends who come and go each week of each summer in our revolving door lifestyle, she seems to be someone who will be a friend to my girls for life. I know it’ll be a great week with her here. Gee, I wonder where they are?
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