We didn’t have enough kids around, so we invited more.Another brother came and brought his 4 kids
for this.Of course we started with the
flag ceremony and just 5 songs. Here we are singing 'Alice the Camel'
quick knife safety for my brother’s kids and away to the woods we go!
Here are the activities:
·Stump pull -- you stand on small stumps and pull your partner off his using a rope... or for team, you stand on a big stump and pull the other team off... these big stumps came clear from Texas.
·Fire building -- the kids used flint and steel to light the cotton ball, then added the tender, kindling and on to the big wood.
·Camp fire lunch
·Knife throwing -- Yes, you read that right! They had rules for all these activities...
·Ax throwing -- Everyone still has all body parts!
·BB gun shooting -- no one lost an eye!
The Colter Run is: the kids were divided into teams, with
three on each team- one to shoot the BB gun, one to throw the ax and one to
throw the knife.These were a distance
apart, so there was also running involved.You got points for speed, accuracy and had to do it safely.They loved this, then divided themselves into
other teams, and ran it again. We need a photographer-- Kate left and no one took pics...
Sometime thru it all, Bigfoot was sighted in the woods.
It was great, but most of the kids took off
to kill him with their walking sticks!
One ran back to the adults, saying, ‘I almost peed my pants’.
The untold story is that my oldest grand kid
has a gorilla suit and she turned around and saw him, and knew he wasn’t down
in the woods, so she was getting out of
We were up at Kim’s house and drove up in time to milk
goats. Jocie the kid milked Joc the
Goat.Yes, the goat is named after
Then on to the flag ceremony- they
had to put up a temporary flag pole for camp.
Then the singing.On down to the woods to get some walking sticks.
My brother was in charge of finding these,
and came across a whole bunch that he cut.Back up to the house to sit in the yard and whittle. Everyone got matched up with the right size stick to whittle. And go over the rules-- the blood circle.
The kids LOVED being turned loose with the
knives and whittling.They were very
safe with their blood circle—you can’t get within their arm reach when they
have a knife.Even with a 1 year old
toddling thru, they were very safe.They
wanted to whittle the whole morning, so we got way behind.
We had lunch with the lunch committee cooking hamburgers,
pork and beans, and green beans on the buddy burners.They produce quite the fire!
The hamburgers were declared ‘better than
daddy’s on the grill’. I can’t believe that I let my children cook on these
with not much supervision when they were younger.There was a lot of flame, and putting them
out wasn’t easy.We were going to cook
pie crust sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on the buddy burners for snack, but ran
out of time.We cooked it in the oven.
We then went down to collect water samples to filter.
Pond, stream and spring.We looked in microscopes to see which was
cleanest and then made water filters out of 2 liter bottles.
After filtering the water with the filters that we made out of a 2 litre bottle, rocks, sand activated charcoal and a coffee filter, then using
chlorine bleach to purify the water, some of the kids drank it.They are all alive and well.
We painted our picture frames, and ran out of time for the
Dream Catchers, God’s Eyes and pony beads. We were also going to make some kind
of bee house.
I don’t even know if we took down the flag. We're supposed to be looking tough...
Bonus pic!! Here is #lydibug wearing her shirt... representing on the west coast!
Once again in Feb, we started planning Day Camp—and by
planning, I mean making a list of what would be fun to do this year.We start in Feb, because we work the polls,
and Feb is a low turnout election, so we have all day to think and list in
between voters.We start by listing the
popular things from last year, trying to think up a sewing project, and
thinking of a theme.We couldn’t come up
with a theme, but wanted to do a preparedness type of camp.My g-kids ages range from 13 to 1 and my
sisters from 11 to 1.I have 9 and she
has 5.Last year all mine came, but this
year only those that lived near were able to come.So we had a total of 9 kids from 13 to 1.
Kim came up with the theme—“Into the Woods”, because we were
going to play in her woods.She has
acreage with a creek running thru and all kinds of fun.Goats and chickens, also.
My brother was going to come up for July 4th—he
usually does, and brings his snake, Xena, so he was put in charge of one
day.He had participated in ‘Mountain
Man’ with his Boy Scouts.
So on Monday, we started at my house with the flag ceremony
camp songs—and it takes a long time for each kid to choose a song.Even the non-readers have to flip the pages
and look over each selection.And the
more verses, the better. Even those too cool for school can't help singing!
Then, on to
decorating the shirts.Kim’s daughter-
in- law helped designed the logo and her daughter cut it out on the
silhouette.On the back, we painted tree
trunks and made leaves out of hand prints and finger prints.
While they dried, we started our rip-cord
bracelets.The kids loved making
Then lunch by the lunch committee,
english muffin pizzas and veggie sticks.Each day, there is a flag ceremony committee and lunch committee.They rotate around, so everyone gets a chance
After lunch, we made the buddy burners and hobo stoves.
The burners are
made up of rolling up strips of cardboard, putting them tight in tuna cans and
pouring melted paraffin wax over the cardboard.Do this outside, so the over pour of wax isn’t in the house.Then Tom, my brother, cut the big cans with
an opening in the bottom a little larger than the tuna can, and we put some
vents at the top with a triangle punch can opener.You need to save the tuna can lids—you use them to put out the
fire.The wax needs to go over night to
Then, onto knife safety and
whittling.We used the Cub Scout books
for this, and practiced on Ivory soap.I
think the soap is much more unsafe than using twigs and would not recommend
it.SAFETY HINT: The five year old
thought he could really man a knife by himself and kept trying to sneak off to
play with the knife on his own.
For the afternoon snack we brought back a crowd pleaser…POOP
ON ICE!!The lunch committee cooked the
No-Bakes and dished up the ice cream.YUMMY!
Somehow, we made can stilts and dream catchers.Really the dream catchers aren’t finished,
but we ran out of time.Then quick
singing and flag ceremony and they all go home!
fallen of the face of the earth… I came to a halt in blogging, waiting for pics
from Addie’s baptism dress.She got
baptized over a year ago… She wanted something with see thru sleeves and a full
skirt.The fabric went on sale and we
took her to choose her own fabric.She
chose the see thru and the plain white then started acting like a fool and
chose a pretty melon for the sash and none for a peek-a-boo ruffle.When she got home and realized that she
really wanted red sash and a red peek-a-boo ruffle.Back to the store for the red…I made up the pattern from different pics,
her ideas and different patterns.
wanted a lace up back, and I have finally gotten how to do them easily.In the center back, cut a wedge away—wider
than where the zipper goes.Make loops
out of satin cording, I ended out putting a loop in every inch.Then you need a triangle shaped liner that I
just sew snaps on the top to hold it in.
While doing this, I had to make up a collar.She HATES the collar, but the dress screamed
out for one.The collar gets many
compliments.She doesn’t care.I also love the sleeves.She got baptized in Sept and they were just
perfect.All the little girls love the
ruffled petticoat.And it helps the
dress have a good twirl.
I had to add
this pic—Addie and her cousin, Emmy played a song for her baptism.. Addie wore
her mom’s baptism dress, which by the way had see thru fabric.
the insanity of the American Girl doll dress!With the
lace up back and collar.That tiny
collar is the most time consuming…At
least the doll seems to like the collar.The doll has a lace up back, I promise, but I have no pic of it…
up back looks fabulous, but is a real pain to always have to lace up to put the
dress on.Think about if you had to lace
up your shoes every time you put them on… something to remember.