Started off with Culinary Corner fresh fruit popsicles, constructed and some deconstructed, while tiny little fingers helped themselves to a snack. Of course the project was peppered with “Abigail … no. This is not to eat!” resulting in high-pitched screams from a not yet 2-year-old. It wouldn’t be Camp Nana without a little drama. Max takes some time to scoot a little bench over to the refrigerator, climbs and stands atop and checks out the progress of the fruit pops.
Designated screen time followed with Chuggington. Maxwell watches intently while Abby watches, then colors in her coloring book, then gets a book, watches another minute and retreats to the bookshelf to read. Nana has time to regroup!
We move on to Artist Avenue and begin our top secret project for Father’s Day. Final project will be published after Father’s Day. Let’s just say it involved a lot of paper and glue and washcloths and paper towels. Max says he is exhausted when we finish. Kid can’t hang with Nana.
The kids make their way to the camp table (their outdoor picnic table with a big umbrella moved to the inside of the house for June and July Camp time) for some quiet coloring time while Nana prepares lunch of pb&j (Smuckers crustless), salad, a few chips, strawberries and milk. Max completed his lunch in record time while Abby strays from the table and has to be coaxed back, Max reminds her that he is learning pre-K rules and in pre-K, if you leave the table, you are done with the lunch. Abby looks up at him, grabs a chip and leaves the table and then Nana picks her up and places her back on the bench. Max heaves a heavy sigh, realizing his advice has gone unheeded.
After lunch clean-up, we journey to Imagination Station where we are going to write our very own storybook. Nana’s contributions are in black type, Maxwell’s in green type and Abby’s in pink.
ONCE UPON A TIME, IT WAS ABOUT A LITTLE LION STUCK IN THE WOODS. AND THE LITTLE LION WAS NO-NO. AFTER THAT, A GORILLA HELPED HIM FIND HIS WAS HOME.AND HE WAS DONE. AND HE SAID "I AM NOT GOING TO HUNT WITH YOU.I AM GOING TO HUNT BY MYSELF". AND THEN A DIFFERENT GORILLA HELPED HIM FIND HIS WAY HOME AND HE SAID "MOMMY DADDY" WHEN HE SAW THEM. SO HE SLEEPS WHEN HE GETS HOME. NIGHT NIGHT. ~ the end.
Abby naps while Maxwell indulges in a bit of well deserved Zoodles on my phone. Zoodles time expires, so Max and I play SNAP – a card game where, despite my quick instincts, they cannot compare to Maxwell’s unique interpretation of the rules. As a result, I lose 26 to 14. Hanging my head in shame, I gather up what is left of my dignity and go outdoors to fill up the swimming pool. When Abby awakens, we are off to Wet & Wonderful Water Play. For an hour, giggles and splashes and blowing bubbles fill the air. Best noise ever. Nothing like toddler giggles to make you realize what is really important in life.
This is where I am meant to be. In this home. In these circumstances. Right here with my jeans now soaked from splashes and my heart so filled with the love of these two toddlers. It was a good Camp Nana day. A very good day indeed.
P.S. As promised, here is the Father’s Day gift Max and Abby made for their daddy. Abby was quite good at tearing up the papers and Max excelled at gluing, sticking on the letters, and writing his name!