Every summer my mom hosts her own version of a week long summer camp for her grandkids. We affectionately call it Nana Camp. And honestly, I think I look forward to it more than the kiddos. In the past, she has planned everything from a car-wash day to museum visits, from daily crafts to weeklong themes, and this year did not disappoint. In July she hosted the event for her crew…here’s the 2012 Grandkids – Will (2), Braden (10), Cole (8), and Clara (6).
We were limited this year in what we could do with the cousins…just simply because they are the majority and getting older so the same things don’t appeal to them that would appeal to Will. Hello…a ten year old doesn’t get a huge thrill from flushing the toilet a million times in a row. I thought I would recap what we all got to do together…but the big kids did some big-kid-adventures that had me drooling (think horseback riding, a laser-tag experience, a Braves game and an archery class among other events).
But let’s start at the beginning…
The entire week got a kick-off with the family at our favorite local attraction – Stone Mountain. We’ve been coming to the park for years and this time we decided to just hit up the laser show. For those of you that have never been here, Stone Mountain is simply put – a giant rock of granite that has a carving in it. It’s the top half of three men on horses. The original plan for the carving was this huge battle scene and it never was completed. At night, there is a laser show – which is when they shine lasers, pictures and scenes on the face of the mountain to music. It’s good ole fashioned family fun. Oh and at the end, there are fireworks. So summertime is not as hot without a visit to the laser show.
This was Will’s first time seeing it. I remember the first time we were here with Braden. He was so little and he cried the entire fireworks display. It was adorable.
Of course, in true laser show fashion, we had to hold the littlest family member. Will hurt his foot moments before we got into the car and we had to hold him the entire time. oye.
In highschool, I came to the laser show to see friends. Some of them worked as glow-stick-sellers. They made good money too. Now we bring our own. Cole became some sort of human light saber.
Oh and did I mention that every one comes and brings chairs and blankets and spreads out on a giant lawn? It’s a huge event. And there are tons of families and tourists. The guys in our family (the grown ones like my boyfriend, brother, dad and brother in law) all decide to make a competition of how many photos they could get of other people taking family photos. Did you get that?
So all these innocent people are posing for a photo and then Jer would go behind the picture taker and take a photo and then the entire family would laugh. I think the winner had something like 40 different families or couples. It was for pride. because obviously that is something to be proud of. At least they stopped photobombing people
The fireworks were really loud. I held Will’s ears. I didn’t have to for the 4th of July fireworks…
More pyrotechnic fun…
And I know that Jer & Will are completely fuzzy but I love this picture…
The first big event we attended with Nana Camp was bowling. Will was really excited about the ‘big balls!’.
I think I told him not to put his hands near the balls about ten times. Then he got his finger pinched. Lesson learned.
He really loves the color green….I would dare say that it’s his favorite color…so of course, he had a green bowling ball.
My mom helped him the first time…I have no idea what she is laughing about but I love that photo. When she laughs, you can’t help but laugh.
The ball was a little heavy so we had to assist him in getting it on the ramp but then after that, he knew just what to do….push, watch and then get a round of high fives.
The boys each had their own style….Cole looked like he was gonna throw himself down the lane. Or let it fly back at us bystanders. Mom & I would flinch every.single.time.
I kinda wish we had a bowling alley in our house. I might need to brainstorm that one…not how we could do it….but how I could convince Jeremy Of course, I would need some beautiful custom wrist guards…just to show how serious I am about getting my bowl on.
Later in the week, we had a swim day. Of course it rained. So while we waited on the weather, the kids watched Kung Fu Panda. We had to remove Will from the group for a couple scary parts for “diaper changes”. I think he was more disappointed about leaving the group than missing any of the movie
It was kinda nice to have a full house. Sometimes I wish we were done with the filling of this house….I really look forward to having a bunch of kids running around. I’m trying not to live in a dream of the future (nothing is guaranteed, right?!) but just the thought makes me happy. Besides…I think Jeremy’s babies are like the cutest thing ever.
Oh and yes, that is cotton candy. I had picked up a random bag of it at the grocery store and just split it up and stuck it on candy sticks. They loved their sweet little kabobs.
We got to participate in a couple more Nana Camp things…so that’s up next. While we wait, wanna chat about summer camp? In Jersey, we did this thing through the school where we got to pick ‘classes’ for a week (or two? Help Mom…I can’t remember) long experience. I distinctly remember knitting, stenciling and field hockey. And yes, I still have my blocks with my stenciled name on it. I also loved girl scout horse camp. Oreo was the name of ‘my’ horse. So what about you? Any space campers? Or sports camp? Or bowling camp complete with your own custom ball?