My favorite part of the past year we call "Nana's Summer Camp". We had all 5 grandchildren stay with us (no parents) for almost 3 weeks this summer. It was exhausting, but wonderful, fun, exciting. At least I had a wonderful, fun time. . . the kids seemed to enjoy themselves, I hope they did and took away fantastic memories of their Summer Camp with Nana (and Papa, when he wasn't working).
We drove down to Sikeston, MO on June 23rd to pick the Vollmer kids up. Alex, age 14, although we celebrated his 15th birthday while he was with us. Kaitlyn, just turned 13, and Joshua, just turned 10.
Nick and Marti delivered the Castle girls on the 24th, Ehlana 12, and Lilli 10.
These kids only get to see each other about once a year and yet you'd think they were best friends, they all got along so well. I was very relieved about that, LOL, as you never know. . . 5 kids from 10-15, 2 boys, 3 girls. . . it could go either way. They lived up to my hopes and expectations and except for occasional spats got along fabulously.
As a permanent memory for me and for their parents, we made handprint stepping stones. Each family made one with their prints for their parents and all 5 made the one for me to keep. I managed to get their names imprinted into the one they made for me. They were all reinforced with wire mesh in the center, so hopefully will hold up fairly well. They sure were heavy.
We saw 2 movies (Papa was able to join us for these as well as meals out and a dessert treat): The Return of Nemo one with Dory as well as The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). They were both great, at least I really enjoyed them. I had never read the BFG, and was quite happy with the movie, enough so that I purchased the book to read.
their great grandfather, as it happens to be his birthday and he celebrated 88 years this year.