Friday, July 31, 2015

Nana Cousin Camp 2015 KNIGHT Edition

Our most recent Nana Cousin Camp
had a KNIGHT theme.
Using the water bottles I had 
on hand, I printed
the labels from HERE.
Since they weren't really Soda
or Cola, we added
Crystal Light On the Go
Drink Packets but
they were really MAGIC
powders in case you wanted to know.

We had an object lesson about
the Armor of God.  You can find it
It would have been even
more impressive if the peeled
orange had sunk to the
bottom like it was supposed to.
I don't think any of the kids
realized that Nana kept
manually pushing it down.   

They then made Knights out of
food.  These pictures pretty
much capture each grandchild's
Find Knight Food
Directions HERE.  

They each made their own shield.

And of course the highlight
of the day was the jousting.
Feel free to skip some of these
video clips.  I am posting
them for posterity (or to
embarrass them when they
are older.)

As always, we had a fun
Nana Cousin Camp!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Nana Cousin Camp 2015--Planting a Rainbow Edition

Our theme this week was Planting a Rainbow.

The books we used were


 In the interest of being real,
this experiment was somewhat of 
a Pinterest FAIL!

One of our snacks was
rainbow jello suggested by Caleb.
This was one of the successes
of the evening.

For the project explained below,
we needed several colors of
live flowers.  The first
FAIL issue probably started
when thrifty Nana decided
that "day old" flowers found at
the back of the store would work
just fine.  WRONG!
The idea was to put a sheet of
clear contact paper on a window,
sticky side out.  We had one for
each grandchild.  They were to take
the flowers (which by this time were
falling apart at a rapid rate)
and attach them to the sticky
side to make a BEAUTIFUL
rainbow garden.
You will see what it REALLY
looked like later in this post.

Pasta boiled in food coloring
(which the children
politely turned down after
taking a few bites)

It looks pretty, but.......

Fruit cabobs (Kelly's suggestion)
which actually were a great success.
No sword fights happened
during camp because I
was on hand as soon
as the fruit was devoured
to throw the swords, I
mean skewers, away.

The look of "Hmmmm"
on David's face summed up
the meal.

Good try Nana.

Cora doesn't have
quite the discriminating taste
as the boys so
she actually liked
most of the rainbow colored

Does this face say it all?

They did actually enjoy the
craft activity a lot.
Just not the way it was intended.
Note all the flower petals on the
window sill.

Interesting is a good word for it.

Most of the flower petals
ended up on the floor.
Thank goodness Ducca
was being proactive or
most of the petals would have gone
down the AC vents which in Colorado
are on the floor (yes, right underneath
the window where the contact
paper was placed.)

Caleb said, "I think I'll just
draw a rainbow."
Smart young man.
The highlight of the
evening came when Cora
learned the fine art of
And, oh, yes, highlight #2
was the wonderful rainbow
Sour Heads that David 
had suggested for the party.

Every activity that you do with
your grandchildren does not have
to be a WIN! because even
when you have a FAIL, it is fun
being together.

Ducca and I still heard the following
as they were going out the door
with their parents.

When is the next
Nana Cousin Camp?

And now they are also
asking, "What is the theme?"
because they like to make

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nana Cousin Camp 2015--Archeology Edition

I have to thank my friend,
Lynn Leaming, for this great
Nana Cousin Camp Idea.

The idea was to freeze layers
of water with artifacts
inside and then let the kids
discover the items by 
being archeologists.  

Click HERE to see
website with the idea.
Here is Aaron working away.
The green tub is the archeological dig.
The basket is where you collect your artifacts.
The cup contains warm water for
softening the ice along with a
paint brush for careful removal of
the artifacts.  
Working away but stopping
for a photo shoot.
Cute archeologists.
The little archeologists were hard at work.
The boys (surprise, surprise) soon
discovered that it took less patience
to throw the blocks of ice down on
the sidewalk and break them up
to find the artifacts.
Cora, however, was extremely patient
and used her paintbrush to unearth
the artifacts.

The quick method yielded
quick artifact results.
So many great finds.

We also learned that Bible archeologists
work to scientifically prove the
authenticity of Bible Stories.
Interestingly enough,
scientists believe that they
have possibly found the tombs
of the Bible characters
Caleb (one of the spies of the
Promised Land), Aaron
(Moses brother), and King
David.  Caleb, Aaron,
and David thought that this
was especially interesting.

Unfortunately, there
were no Cora Bible stories.
Our snack was Sand with
buried artifacts.
To make the sand,
finely grind up Golden
Oreos and bury "artifacts".
I used Jelly Beans (jewels), but
the web site I used suggested
Fun Sized Mounds (mummy),
Rolos (canopic jars)
and gummy worms (snakes).

We had a GREAT time
being archeologists.
You can see Ducca
in the background.
Thank you Mrs. Lynn for the
wonderful idea.  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nana Cousin Camp 2015--Movie Night Edition

This is the first summer that our
grandchildren have really been big
enough to all sit for a Movie Night and it
was such a fun night.
They loved the book, even though
it has a Christmas theme.
And, oh my goodness, if you have never seen
this movie, or haven't seen it in a while,
it is such a treat.  Kelly remembers that when
we had out of town company once when she was little
we decided to have movie night and watch this.
She was not at all interested.
According to her (and I don't remember this)
I told her that she didn't have
to watch anything more
than the first several minutes.
At that point I told her,
she was welcome to
leave and do her own thing.
Of course, she was hooked.
You cannot have movie night without popcorn.
These are giant, Texas Sized bags.  The boys
got popcorn and Cora had mini marshmallows
in hers.  
Of course, you have to have a ticket
to be admitted.
I usually just tell the parents when
Nana Cousin Camp will be or at
the most send an email invitation.
This time, I made a printed invitation
and it was a huge hit.  Kelly said that
David went to the refrigerator
and read it over and over and over.

He informed me on the phone
a few days prior to Movie Night
that he was having trouble
sleeping because he was so excited.  
You might wonder about the sheets covering
the furniture.  Well, we did have buttered popcorn
which makes greasy fingers, and we were
sitting on good furniture.
This is not this Nana's first rodeo!
Caleb and Aaron brought
their PJ's and stuffed animals.
Great idea!
Everyone was enthralled with the movie, including
little Cora, who I had thought might not last long.
She did abandon the movie
for a while in the middle to have
Decca read her some of
her favorite books.
That was possibly Ducca's
favorite part of the evening.

Before the movie started,
there was an oldie Donald Duck cartoon.
I wish I had gotten a shot of the
Swiss Family Robinson movie itself, but
I was too engrossed in the film to remember.
Another shot of the movie goers.

What I couldn't capture in pictures:
CORA:  Where's the tiger? Where's the tiger?
AARON:When are the pirates going to come?
CALEB:  Huge belly laughs every time the youngest son
outwitted the tiger, the pirates, etc.
CALEB:  Eyes closed in disgust at the kissing scenes.
DAVID:  The snake is the scary part, guys!
(He was the only one who had seen it before)
DAVID:  Picking out a Marco's Pizza shirt
on his own to wear because he knew I was ordering
Pizza from our favorite Pizza Restaurant.
ALL THREE BOYS:  Jumping up and down
as The Swiss Family Robinson outwitted
the pirates and then asking me to
replay that scene so that they
cold reenact it.  (Lots of jumping
around and yelling was involved.) 

Oh, and lest I forget, the menu was:
Root Beer Floats
Popcorn (and Marshmallows)
Nana believes in healthy snacks. :)

Ducca and I had a delightful
Friday night at the movies
with four of our favorites.
Hope you enjoyed your weekend as well.