With about a two hour turn around after the first Grammie Campers returned, we started the main Grammie Camp with Max 12, Elle 11, Ashton 9, and Grace, Isaac and Aniston...all turning 8 this year.
We started, as my mom and dad would have like it...with work! There are always plentiful weeds that need to be pulled at Bear Lake so with a new pair of gloves for each kid, we pulled weeds at the Pavilion, which they actually thought was FUN!
We sang the Grammie Camp Song as we went. The second verse of our Grammie Camp song goes like this: (to the tune of "I Love the Mountain")
I love Grammie Camp
I love the things we do
I love to learn about Ancestors brave and true
I love to WORK and PLAY with my COUSINS too!
Boom do ata, boom de ata, boom de ata, boom de ata
Grammie Camp, Grammie Camp, Grammie Camp, Grammie Camp
They were pretty proud of the finished product in front of the Pavilion!
Next we drove around the lake to the bicycle rental place and were lucky enough to find a 'Bicycle built for SIX"!
I rode on a bike behind. It was actually pretty hard work because there were only for pedalers for six people. A fun memory!
Of course we had to stop and get a hamburger and a famous raspberry shake at LeBeau's! Max and Ana soaked it for all it was worth:
As serendiptiy would have it, we stopped by the Pickleville Playhouse on our way around the lake and they were doing a melodrama that night, complete with villans, heros and heroines. We had an hour to wait before the performance so we read the first part of Grace's book that we brought her from England for her birthday...Paddington Bear. Elle took this picture of our "reading moments" from a a tree above!
The play was one of the funnest things we have ever done! It was absolutely hysterical! We were there with lots of old people on oxygen but the kids and I loved it! The guy who wrote and directed it was also the star...an amazing talent...who kept us laughing for two hours!
We slept at the Lighthouse and enjoyed a scrumptous breakfast which Saydi had sent up to us via Jonah at midnight the night before. We popped it in the oven Wallah!
Of course, Charity joined us (looks as though she has her arm right around Grace huh?
And we then had went on a nature scavenger hunt. These pictures were taken by the kids...mostly Ashton I think. Pretty good huh? Thank goodness for the 'ol Mason Jars...and grasshopper season:
And our friends the lizard:
We reviewed the life of Elizabeth Pedersen Jacobson, who was my great great Grandmother who helped to settle the Bear Lake Valley in Bloomington.
Can't figure out how to turn her around!
She was born and married in Denmark, had six children and joined the church at that point. After their oldest daughter died, they left their beloved homeland for America and tragically lost 4 four little children with the measles on the boat across the ocean. The last died just a they sighted New York City and they carried him on land to be buried. Her last of nine children, Frederick (named after his father) was born in a crude cabin in Bloomington. He grew up to be a successful farmer and "Ready Freddie" is our "battlecry" at Grammie Camp. Just ask one of the kids to explain!
The Uncles and Grandfather dropped by with the horses to add a nice finale to Grammie Camp:
Aniston, our horsewoman!
Another year, another Grammie Camp. How blessed we are!!!