Monday, October 1, 2007

"Grandma Camp! September 13 - 27, 2007

Actually, I drove to Michigan on Tuesday, September 11. I wanted to be there before our "grown- up kids" and their 4 month old son (my grandson, don't-cha-know?) left on a two-week trip out of the country.
The Family

Grandma Camp began Thursday, September 13. The first thing M (now 3 3/4 yrs), I (turned 2 years Sept. 11), and I (me) did was to head to Home Depot! We needed a bag of sandbox sand, a bag of sand-mix concrete, and two strong helpers to assist in the loading, purchasing, and unloading! Not only did we find everything we needed, but our two capable helpers were very good-natured and smiled the entire while.

Then we headed for the garden department... can't go to a place like Home Depot without perusing the plants! We found a couple of little "crawl on the ground" sedum for the girls to plant at some point, a medium-sized shepherd's hook and a nice, big bag of enriched dirt! Eureka! We had it made. But, again we needed (and found) able assistance.

Now we had the makings for several projects and activities: 1) sand in their sand table...2) mixing concrete and making stepping stones (with pretty purple rocks), and garden markers - each with a name (their own as well as "Mommy," "Daddy," and "H" - baby brother)...
Before going home, we went to a huge, local shopping center... groceries, clothing, electronics, "you name it, they had it" type stores. We needed a few grocery items. And that's where Grandma discovered two (most likely "antique" if not old) "horses" for children to ride after check-out... approximately 2 minutes' ride for 1 (one) cent! An attraction and a bargain. We made quite a few trips to this store - it was quite nearby - and had many "horsie" rides. :-)Over the next couple of days we drove to a couple of other department stores for such things as playdough tools, bubble-stuff, a sewing center for vinyl fabric to make a cover for the sand table, etc. One of the stores had a small musical carousel... another "hit."Other yard activities included swinging, planting and watering flowers, raking, blowing bubbles...
Additional outdoor activities included playing at a couple of other playground/parks, Grandma pushing the stroller downtown (and running through sprinklers!), going to the airport to watch airplanes and skydivers and sitting in a small airplane!Indoor activities included measuring and making several dishes: pancakes, waffles, Dutch Oven Pancake, corn fritters, 3 kinds of muffins, sugar cookies, apple pie...
having tea...Grandma's Beauty Shop...
The Very Glad Reunion and Group Hug!
(and the end of "Grandma Camp")

Grandma and her girls!I waited until Saturday, Sept. 29 to return home.
I miss everyone already!
But, I also need to make a trip to visit my other family soon...

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