Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Grandma "Contest" - Advent Angels/Camp Gram

I had another reader - who hasn't left her name yet (please let me know your name) - who shared what she does to build relationships, create memories and establish traditions with her granddaughters. She said, "My sis-in-law and I have held a special event for the past three years, which we call Advent Angels, with our three oldest granddaughters (now 6, 7, & 8). We invited them right before Christmas for the day (but the last two years we've had sleepovers!) to do crafts, a birthday party for Jesus, read books, watch a movie, and frost cookies. With (now) nine grandkids between us, we had to expand our thinking.....so this summer, we're introducing CAMP GRAM and we're including the Grandpas. We're adding two 3-year-old grandsons to the three girls, and having five little ones for two days and one night -- Camp Gram. We'll make bird houses and bird feeders and decorate garden stepping stones. We'll have s'mores by the fire pit. We'll have stories and movies. We've made 'indoor tents' for each child, and will line them up (they've been asked to bring a sleeping bag and pillow) in the family room when it's "Lights Out". We'll feed (and catch) the fish in our lake. We'll make hobo supper (each one choosing pre-cooked meat chunks and prepped vegetables to put into their own aluminum foil pouch to be put on the grill). For breakfast, it's omelets in a baggie (each one choosing prepped veggies and/or pre-cooked meat to put into a baggie with one or two eggs, then to SQUISH it before dropping it into boiling water to cook). We're going on a 'field trip' to a nearby game preserve, taking a hike, going on a scavenger hunt w/binoculars and magnifying glasses, and having a picnic lunch before the 'finale' -- a potluck BBQ to which we're inviting the parents and younger siblings. We'll swim, fish, boat, cook s'mores, etc. with everyone before we send them all to their own homes, and collapse -- four tired grandparents -- at the conclusion of yet another GRAND TIME with our GRAND KIDS! We love it!" 

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