It’s been three days since Cousin Camp and I’m still recovering. I’m also pretty sure my parents will think twice before having all six grandkids at their house for an extended period of time. Or anyone in our family for that matter.
It really wasn’t a formal camp – in fact – it was kind of an accident that all six kids ended up at my parent’s house at the same time. An accident that drove even my mother to partake in my “Skip and Go Naked” vodka drink. (but no worries, she didn’t get naked).
However, the four boys did. Got naked SEVERAL times – without the help of vodka. That was one of their favorite games. In fact, I spent several hours picking up discarded clothes and trying to keep the boys at least in their underpants. I mean it was really hot – but STILL.
Another favorite game during “cousin camp” was “find the baby”. This happened when all the adults were trying to wrangle the four boys and we realized no one was watching Baby J. Then it was a race to see who could find her first. In panic mode. Her favorite spot to hide was in the bathroom while unrolling all the toilet paper. Oh yeah – and she can also shut doors. And sit in front of them so you can’t open them.
Other activities at camp included the daily arguing over who played with what super-hero, ninja fighting in mom’s living room by all her antiques, daily trips to the snow cone stand (we filled two punch cards during our stay), and several mixed drinks for the “counselors”.
Oh yeah – we also did a field trip. My best friend lives on a farm outside of my hometown. And she has horses, cows and even a pot-bellied pig. Nicholas was in animal heaven. Mommy was in allergy hell. But all the kids got to feed a calf from a bottle. Other than Baby J who freaked out – everyone thought that was pretty cool. Nicholas is now jockeying for his own pig. I’m thinking that is a great gift for his dad to get him.
Now my favorite activity was “run the kids around the block several times in their pj’s before bed so they would pass out” game. After a sleepless night the night before – -kids up and down all night, Baby J crying, dad’s water heater alarm going off, (seriously, he has an alarm for that. And it is LOUD- I thought the house was going to blow up) and my other insomnia related issues – I decided to try a new approach.
It didn’t go over so well with the kids. But hey, they slept through the night.
My dad’s favorite pastime was the “group time out” when the boys would wake up Baby J from her nap.
No, wait, I take that back. My dad’s favorite activity was helping us pack up the car so we could leave cousin camp. And never come back.
Now I keep a diary of all these things so I can pass along my stories to you. And I keep it in a super cute notebook from MayBooks. I met Mica May earlier this year and she has fabulous stuff – check out her website – (great for gifts too!). And one of you will get one of her adorable notebooks so you too – can keep track of your crazy stories. Or grocery lists, love letters, whatever floats your boat. Just leave me a comment by Wed. June 15th and I’ll draw a winner!