Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Camp Quarantine Granddaughter Edition

Eight full days with this dynamo and her parents. Bliss.
Lots of coloring and imaginary play with stuffed animals, dress up, the toy farm, kitchen and or horses. She and papa played for 3 hours straight one morning. They also made pancakes. Our dog was usually supervising.

Hubby helped our son finish a 3rd raised garden bed and start turning a coat closet into a pantry with many shelves. We transplanted lettuce into the container garden and watered plants which led to some water play. Took a couple of walks to see workers digging holes in the street and then to see how they made them back into street again. So many activities that I didn't manage to document them all!

Here are the crafts projects we did.

A Happy Pupday banner out of triangles of construction paper hung on a piece of yarn for our dog’s 11th birthday. Granddaughter wrote the letters herself and decided that both “Ps” belonged on the same piece of paper because they were the same. Then we hung it across a big window and quickly moved on. A few days later we made fudgesicles and gave the dog some carrot while we enjoyed chocolate.

A life size little girl outline to color in. So many giggles getting outlined made it hard to hold still and for an accurate tracing!

A homemade large size matching game to play on the floor. This got played quite a few times with Nana, Papa, Mommy and Dada. We simply used colored printer paper and drew the same thing on 2 sheets for a total of 14 pieces as 10 was too easy.

A neighborhood map of important places to a 3 1/2 year old. Her important places spread to an hour’s drive away to include Grandma’s house and her cousin’s house. Also included were a little fish pond up the street, a park, a fountain in a roundabout, local grocery store, Daddy’s shop in the garage, all the fruit trees she knows about and of course her house. I’m going to try to remember to do this again next summer and see how her mind has changed.

We had a very full week! A walk to a rustic nearby park with a stop on the way home to see a small fishpond that also had dragonflies. Making pancakes with Papa. Picking a small bouquet for Mama and putting it on the breakfast table. 


  1. Sounds like quality time well spend all the way around.

  2. Glad you had a safe trip ... they were lucky to have you!

  3. Ah, so sweet and lovely for you all. You know, I have no recollections of ever playing with my grandparents. I wonder if that's why so many of us now make it a point to play and play and then play with them some more?

  4. I do have memories of time spent with my local grandparents each Sunday from lunch to dinner when small and then anytime on the weekend when older. I can clearly remember sitting in a big recliner with my Grandpa watching Gunsmoke, Sky King, etc. My Grandma taught me to do things. They took me with them on a boating/water skiing vacation when I was about 11 or 12. They are warm and wonderful memories.

  5. Such fun activities with granddaughter. I love that map idea.

  6. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Hard to top time spent with grandkids!

  7. Oh, my gosh...what beautiful memories you made with your granddarling. The banner is adorable. I have wanted to make a full-sized Lucia, too. Thought we could decorate it with glitter and sequins. Had picked up the craft paper at Dollar Tree to do it, then put it back. Not sure when I would see her to make it happen. Will go back to get the paper today to have on hand when the time comes. Glad you were able to help your son and his family with projects around the house. And to enjoy gardening with your little and some water play. I am sure this will be a visit that is long remembered for everyone. Will be thinking of you this week. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

    1. You will get to see her soon I hope and do crafts with her! Isn't she a bit older than my 3 1/2 year old? Glitter and sequins sound perfect.

  8. The map was interesting as she didn't have the concept yet but with questions she identified what she liked in her neighborhood with a long distance excursion to her other Grandma's house at the edge of the map. She did explain it to her parents very clearly.

  9. That sounds like a fabulous visit!

  10. Sounds like the perfect visit. Your granddaughter is a real cutie.

    God bless.


An ordinary week - Thriving Week 24

Nice summer cut Appointments were all completed - dog grooming, haircut, arborist, Pilates.  Simplified and reduced my Amazon subscription o...