Friday, July 20, 2012

Vote for . . . Advent Angels/Camp Gram!

I have been sharing the ideas of five ladies - two grandmas and three moms - who shared what they do to build relationships, create memories and establish traditions with their grandchildren/children. I'm asking you to vote for the idea you like the best - the one you'd like to try with your grandchildren/children. So, yesterday I shared about TiF's "Summer Camping Tradition" and today I want to write about Elaine's "Advent Angels/Camp Gram" . . . I'll be sharing about the others each day for the next two days! (I'm taking them in the order they were submitted to me)

Elaine McAllister is a grandma who 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!"  

So . . . if planning a special time for your grandchildren to make decorations for Christmas and camp out in "indoor tents" in the family room is something your family might enjoy, you might like to develop your own "camp gram" tradition! If you do, what activities would you do with your grandchildren/children? If Elaine's Advent Angels/Camp Gram sounds like something you would like to try with your grandchildren/children, then be sure to vote for her on the poll which you will find here on the blog on the right side of the page!

Tomorrow I'll write about Nicci DiFlumeri's parade photo tradition!

6 comments:

  1. I was asked to come and take pictures to capture special moments and preserve the memories of Camp Gram. I'm not related and didn't know any of the kids before, but I spent 2 days with them. We all had a GREAT time! The two Grandmas had made wonderful preperations and the whole event went really well. (Well, there was one craft that didn't turn out like the test piece but they turned it into something a little different and the kids had fun with that too.) I did this as a friend. They said I got wonderful pictures, --- but they created the circumstance that produced the pictures!!!

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    1. And, you did a WONDERFUL job, dear friend!
      -- Just one of the Grandmas!

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  2. Elaine McAllisterJuly 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Lynda...our 'first ever' Camp Gram was last weekend. WOW....what a weekend it was. We Grandmas (and Grandpas) had a GREAT time and I think the kids did, too -- ages 3, 3, 6, 7, & 8. Having a friend come capture the priceless moments was an added blessing. When we've done Advent Angels we've had 'staged' pics, but we have some PRICELESS pics of spontaneous moments now. The nature hike was one of the highlights...and the twilight boat ride with the grandpas...and finding an 'abandoned' turtle shell....and doing hobo dinners...and sleeping in the cool indoor tents lined up wall to wall...and learning about the 'sticky white oozing stuff' from the prickly pear cactus being what Indians used for war paint....and doing leaf rubbings....and making bird feeders...and playing Red Rover....and reading books...and, and, and! It was all great fun and we'll be doing this again next year I'm QUITE SURE!!!!!

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  3. Wish I had 2 sets of parents to act as grandparents for my daughter.....life just doesnt always go as planned....small family=big love for our daughter

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    1. Elaine mcallisterJuly 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Wish you did too. try to enlist the help of a grandmother-type neighbor or lady from your church. i hope you find someone to adopt your daughter.

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