Monday, July 20, 2015

Cousin Camp 2015

This weekend we hosted the 6th annual Cousin Camp at our home. We had 10 out of 21 cousins together with Grandma Mary, Aunt Emily, and Aunt Jen.  It was a 24 hour whirlwind of noisy laughter and memory making fun.

Upon arrival on Friday night, we cooked hot dogs and s'mores outside over the fire pit.

We headed to the pool for an evening swim.

When the pool closed, we headed back to make our camp t-shirts.

While waiting for their turns to make a shirt, the cousins played Heads Up and with a Magic 8 Ball.

The 8 oldest cousins at camp pulled out sleeping bags and attempted to go to sleep.  Two hours later, around 11pm, they were all finally asleep.

Bright and early the next morning, we woke up, ate breakfast, and headed outside for group pictures. The pictures proved challenging for a couple of our youngest who had gotten very little sleep.  But thanks to the amazing Mia, we actually managed to capture multiple pictures where everyone was looking and smiling.  A feat I could never have accomplished!

After our attempts at formal shots, we played some fun cooperative games.  First we played Simon Says in a circle with everyone holding hands.

Then the kids played a game against the parents called Lion, Tiger, Mouse, which is similar to Rock, Paper, Scissors.

We finished the games by having the kids work together to line up in different orders.  We tried alphabetically, by height, by age, by birthday month, and by hair length.

After an hour in the South Carolina morning sun, we were ready to head back to the pool, where we spent the rest of the morning and ate a pizza lunch there, too.  The kids had a great time making this slow-mo video.

It wouldn't be Cousin Camp without messy backyard fun.  This year's mess included silly string, water balloons, and a painted slip and slide.

The kiddos came inside after that for a new tradition that we added this year...a Cousins' Service Project.  We decorated wrapping paper for Bright Blessings.  When we were there last month, the director mentioned that they were out of kid decorated wrapping paper. I offered to have our kids do a roll at Cousins Camp and she gave us the paper.  It was the perfect quiet activity to enjoy together after being outside all morning.

An ice cream sundae bar has become our traditional afternoon snack for Cousins Camp.

We ended the weekend with a Cousins Bingo game.  The squares were the names of all 21 cousins, Grandma, Grandpa, and Fergus.  Then we drew out pictures of each person and had the kids cover the name of the person.  We gave out movie theater candy as prizes.

We had a wonderful weekend and packed as much fun as possible into our brief time together.  Thank you Jen, Emily, and Mary for helping make this event a tradition each year.  My kids love spending time with their cousins and with each of you.  I love you!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was so much fun to look at with Alex and Evin!