With the holidays behind us, I can now turn my focus to Camp Grandma 2020! The hard part is done. The venue is booked and all our children have the week blocked off on their calendars. Now it’s time for the fun stuff.
Our immediate family consists of 8 adults and 7 grandchildren. With all of us together for a week, getting everyone fed and keeping kids happily occupied are my main objectives. Since my husband and all our sons are great cooks, the meal planning seems to happen pretty seamlessly. No one has ever gone hungry at Camp Grandma.
I am most in my element when planning activities and crafts for the grandkids. This is their week with their cousins, their aunts and uncles and of course, their grandparents and I while I want the main emphasis to be on that experience, I like to have some planned activities. They look forward to these activities as much as I do and it’s a special part of their Camp Grandma experience.
We have done many projects over the years including making terrariums, building steppingstones on the beach, and making items from clay.
I’ve begun my research for activities for this year. We’ll have 37 acres to run and play on, so I’m putting together a “field day”, keeping the emphasis on fun and not competitiveness. I have my work cut out for me there and if anybody has any ideas, I’d love to hear them.
My grandkids all like to work in the kitchen, so there will be some culinary fun. As research, I’ve been watching episodes of Kids Baking Championship, partially to remind myself of how much kids are capable of without my hovering! Again, my goal is to morph this into a fun experience and not a competition. I’ve ordered up some cake decorating tools – tips and bags – and I’m going to enlist the help of my daughters-in-law in teaching a cake decorating class and maybe making some macaroons.
One of the days I’m going to have the grandkids help me decorate the pool house and make and serve appetizers for a little pre-dinner party for their parents. I did something similar a couple years ago when we had a dance party. I went to a party store and bought a slew of decorations off their clearance table. Nothing matched – there was no theme – but they were all fun and festive.
I am all too aware of the passing of time. At the first Camp Grandma in 2012, Henry and Eli were running around in swim diapers and this year they will be 10. Mr. Smith and I know there will come a day that Camp Grandma won’t be feasible and we’ll have to figure out another way to get everyone together. But not this year! This year it’s on.
C’est la vie.