Nana and Papa’s Camp 2017
Mr. B and I spent the last eight months planning this event that was part family reunion and part summer camp for our grandchildren. It’s a special kind of family reunion that focused on our grandchildren. “Nana and Papa’s Camp” ran August 11th through the 16th. We were blessed to have all four of our children, their spouses or significant other and all nine of grandchildren in attendance. My parents and Mr. B’s mother also joined us. Our grandchildrens’ ages range 18 months to 14 years, so we planned a variety of activities for morning and afternoon, but of course no plan “A” survives first contact, as Mr. B says. He learned the phrase “Siemper Gumby”, which means “Always Flexible”, while in Army National Guard. We approached each day with that in mind. Some activities had to be rescheduled, others dropped all together.
We tried an 8:00 am breakfast time, but it was decided that was too early, so 9 am it was. This was followed by morning activities. Lunch was scheduled for 12:00 noon, but it seldom was eaten then because planned activities usually went over time. We just adjusted times and activities as necessary.
Each afternoon we had Arts and Crafts. These classes were taught by my daughters, daughters in law and oldest granddaughter. We planned Pony Bead Zipper Pulls, Paper Doll Puppets, Duct Tape Wallets, Cupcake Decorating, and Basic Painting and color mixing.
Afternoon temperatures were in the high 80’s, so swimming was a very popular activity.
I had a sign-up sheet for help with the meals. Everyone helped so meal preparation, serving and clean up didn’t fall on any one person.
To help the kids be on their best behavior we had an awards system that included handmade pins.
One parent from each family and myself met for a few minutes either right before or right after dinner to decide what awards were to be given for that day. A simple, short awards ceremony was held after dinner. Awards included: Positive Attitude, Service, Fishing, Random Acts of Kindness, Ecological- an evergreen tree (for picking up trash), Busy Bee, Wise Owl, Early Bird, Snail, this one had a double meaning 1- for going above and beyond and 2-for being slow, a gentle teasing. Others included Marksmanship, Silver and gold stars for a variety of positive behaviors, such as sharing, helping, being a friend, etc.
We ordered tee-shirts (sky blue) and baseball hats that coordinated with the graphic on the tee-shirt (dark blue). Awarded pins were pinned to the front of each hat so the kids could display the pins each had earned. The kids really enjoyed the pins and worked hard to earn each one.
Each day was filled with activities meant to create memories and build stronger relationships with one another. We enjoyed all the benefits Camp Hahobas has to offer. Each day, we played, swam, canoed, fished, prepared meals, cleaned up, visited, took loads of pictures and created precious memories.
A few highlights include:
– Filming a Noodle Family, Campfire Cooking episode: Omelet in a Bag. Staring Noodle Nana (me), on the third day (August 13). Click here to see the “Omelet in a Bag” episode.
A visit to the beach cabin, on the fourth day (August 14) where we had lunch and spent the afternoon. We had our Arts and Crafts Session, a painting lesson, which was taught by daughter Elizabeth. Those who didn’t paint, fished, collected shells, played on the gravelly beach or waded in the cool waters of Hood Canal. It was a relaxed afternoon.
The five days of Nana and Papa’s Camp flew by and all to soon the last day came and we had to say our good byes.
Special thanks go to daughter Jennifer and her family, they stayed and helped clean and close down the areas we had used in the Camp. They also helped clean our house including both bathrooms.
While our children and grandchildren were here, we enjoy their energy, activity and their sound (talking and singing). It is quiet now, too quiet. Even though Nana and Papa’s Camp was a lot of planning and work it was well worth all the effort.
Photos of our Kick Ball Game
Until next time,