Monday, June 23, 2014

Nana Summer Day Camp #3--Trip to the New 21st Century Library and Beyond

Our neighborhood library
closed 3 weeks ago
and reopened in a new location
that had taken 2 years to build.
It is billed as a 21st Century
Library and is very cool!
Today I took the grandchildren.
It was my 3rd day to be at the
library since it opened 3 days ago.  
The children's area had a dress-up
center which was right up Aaron's alley.

David loved the train center.

Both little guys enjoyed the animal center.
Caleb enjoyed this magnetic counting maze.
There is a wonderful reading area where there is a BEAUTIFUL
 view of the mountains.

Not pictured:
The exciting ride in the elevator
The ice cream treats in the Her Story Cafe.
The actual checking out of books.

When we got home, they enjoyed
one of their favorite activities--drawing.

At the end of the day, we joined
their parents (and Cora) for
some ice cream at a CS
Downtown Ice cream parlor,
Josh and John's.

Aunt Mandy and Cora enjoying
some snuggling and giggling time.

Can't think of anyplace I'd rather be than
hanging out with our sweet family.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pantry Reorganization

Let me take you on a tour of
my very unorganized pantry.
Now, I am an organized kind of 
person, but this pantry defied

I am quite embarrassed
to be showing you this, but
just you wait!
Yes, there were even things on the floor.

And stacked willy nilly
all the way to the top where
no one could reach.
But yesterday I emptied it out!!!

Wait for it!!!!!
And Neil, from
Home Storage Remedies
worked his magic.
Each of the pull-out drawers
holds 80 pounds of
The two top pull-out shelves make it
easy to reach those hard to reach
items and to see them
at a glance.

And I think this is my absolute
favorite--the pull-out can shelves.

I am in organization heaven,
and thoroughly enjoying
my late Christmas present.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014!

It seems to me as if on Mother's Day,
Sunday sermons extoll mothers
and all their good qualities.
On Father's Day, we hear preachers 
telling fathers how 
they can improve
 their fathering.

In my experience, 
I have known many
who love their children
as passionately
as those of us who are mothers.

Let me introduce you to just 
a few that I am most familiar
Robert Leon Gibson
David's dad
Bill Aven
my Daddy

David Gibson
AKA as Ducca

Lynn Aven
my brother

Fili Hinojosa
our nephew-in-law
and the newest father in the family

Randy Taylor
my brother-in-law

another of Ducca
with his sweet Cora

Adrian Rollett
our son-in-law
Jeremy Gibson
our son

another of Adrian

Terry Aven
my brother

Michael Van Loenen
our nephew-in-law

Another of Jeremy

Not pictured but equally
good fathers in our family:
Chris Bailey, Vann Evans,
Andrew Evans, &
John David Burke.

I am so blessed to
have these Godly
men in my life.

Happy Father's Day!  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Nana's Summer Day Camp 2014--Art Camp

Everything is ready for the second day of
Nana's Summer Day Camp 2014.
We are going to do art projects at this camp.
This is Cora's first Day Camp.
She loved it.  She loves being
with all the "big" cousins.

The first project was coloring on a shower
curtain with permanent markers.
Not the greatest success.  I bought
a shower curtain at Dollar Tree,
and I got what I paid for.  It was very thin
and flimsy.  But they had fun with the process.  
Cora loves coloring.  
I can remember making crafts from
popcicle sticks when I was a kid.
I think my mom saved REAL popsicle sticks
for this.  Now you can buy them in bulk
at Dollar Tree and even in pretty colors.
This purchase was much better than
the shower curtain.
I wish I had taken pictures
of the finished products.
Caleb and AK made very
impressive towers.  They
called them the Twin Towers.
Sweet Aaron made
a special popsicle stick
airplane for his cousin
David in David's favorite
Anna Kate, our next door neighbor,
was part of the fun again.  Love that girl!

David made a cross.
I love hearing my grandchildren
so easily talking about God and Jesus
as they work and play.
Their parents are doing a great job of following
the Biblical example in Deuteronomy 6:
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (

During a break from the artistic
endeavors, Cora found the stove.
Oh, dear!
We started our Summer Reading Chain.
Click here for Pinterest Directions.  
As you might imagine, Nana has quite a collection
of children's books.  Each time the grandchildren
are at our home this summer, we will
add a link to their chain for each
book that we read together.
When they get to 15 books, they
get to choose a book to take home for their
very own.  
We also made Lego Soap.
Click here for Pinterest directions.

This activity was lots of fun and hopefully
will make bath time an adventure.

The Melted Crayon rocks were a hit.
Click here for Pinterest directions.  

Colorado has a plethora of rocks, so
rock activities are always a hit.
The rocks were very hot,
so it was tricky to work with
the crayons and keep little
fingers from getting burned.
Thank goodness, Gannon, Anna Kate's
big brother came over to help me out.  He
assisted with the HOT rocks and with
removing the lego soaps from
the ice cube trays.

Thank you, Gannon.
You are welcome at Nana
Camp anytime.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Nana's Summer Day Camp--2014--Here Comes Summer

I love to write and record the journey
with my grandchildren.  It is my hope
that these blog posts will be
looked back on fondly by 
them and by me in years to come
when they are too old to
participate in activities like 
Nana's Summer Day Camp.
I appreciate that
so many of you comment on
how much fun it looks like I have 
with my grandchildren, but
I do NOT write the posts to brag about
what I do for them.
I have learned to be a grandparent
from some of the BEST--
from my own grandparents, 
from my children's grandparents,
and from my sister-in-law Gail, who
entered this grandparent world before
me and always does such fun things
with her boys that it made me want
to "grow up and be like her".

I am not a very good
spend the night grandmother.
For some reason, I can't sleep when my
grandchildren are here for sleepovers.
So I decided that this summer, we would
have several "Day Camps"
during the sumer of 2014.
This robot snack, from
Pinterest of course,
was a big hit.
Our first Nana Day Camp this summer
was a HERE COMES SUMMER party.
David always played the song
Here Comes Summer by the
Dave Clark Five
loudly through the house at the end
of each school year
for Kelly and Jeremy
 and they loved it.
I knew digging would be involved because that's a
crowd pleaser, so the cupcakes
had dirt (crushed Oreos), worms,
and frogs.
Our good friends, the Morris's,
were in town visiting the young Gibson's,
so Kate got to be part of the celebration.
What a precious little girl she
is growing up to be.
No, we did not include face painting as an
activity, although if Sweetie had been in town,
we might have because that is one of
her specialities.  Aaron had
his face painted the day before, and
alas, the paint was not coming off.  :)  
In Colorado, we have rocks in abundance,
so each of the kids got to choose a rock,
paint it, and then make a rock creature.  
We made a trip to the local park.
You might notice an extra "grandchild".
Anna Kate lives next door to us
and the boys love for her to visit
when they come over.
She is such a fun little girl
and fits right in.
It's also nice to have the
feminine touch with
Kate and AK.
Can't wait till Cora
is old enough to join
in the fun.
I pulled the little guys in the wagon
part of the way, but enlisted the
big kids to help out, especially when we
were going uphill.  You don't
get to be a grandmother without
learning a few tricks.
Kate climbed this
"volcano" which was about 8 feet
off the ground.
It was a little scary
climbing down, but
she was brave.
The kids played with bubble
wands while Nana watched
the USAF Thunderbirds
practice overhead for the
upcoming graduation.
I kept yelling, "Look up, guys,
it's the Thunderbirds!" and
the kids just kept playing.
They weren't as impressed
as I was.
This is definitely a trick I
learned from Aunt Gail.
Ducca buries "jewels" from
the Dollar Store in the ground
and the kids have a
blast digging them up. 
Notice Kate's amazed face.
Another unplanned but very exciting activity
happened when Kate found a worm.  Poor
little thing should have dug just a little deeper
because he was "loved" to death (literally).
The kids made a Worm Habitat
for him.  Can you tell what Caleb
was recently studying in school?

What a fun day!
Can't wait for more
Nana Day Camps coming