Hello friends. I am back after taking a little break to host my annual Cousin Camp. If you don’t know what Cousin Camp is, you can read about it in the post from last year.
Cousin Camp is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It is exhausting, but so much fun. This year I had seven children, ages 3 to 10 at my house from Wednesday through Saturday; actually they were here until Sunday afternoon because most of the parents ( who are my children,nieces,and nephews) came on Sunday for a family reunion and took their kids home with them when they left….except for two, who will be here for two more weeks. 🙂
How can I describe this experience to you? It is full of love and laughter, and crafts and games, water balloons, and field trips. It is full of chicken nuggets and peanut butter sandwiches…not one vegetable crosses anyone’s lips, unless you count the tomatoes in the spaghetti sauce. It is noisy, it is messy. Kids get homesick sometimes. There are little spats here and there. Paint is spilled. Juice is spilled. Cereal is spilled. We have “pool baths” and popcorn picnics.
Kids dress themselves, and the only requirement is that you have to wear shoes if we leave the house.
The theme this year was Animal Kingdom, so I thought it would be a good idea to go to the zoo one day. Here is what that entailed:
- Had to hire a college student to help drive since my car will no longer hold all the kids
- Left later than we planned, because we could not find everyone’s shoes, even though they were all supposed to be in a pile by the door
- Got stuck in a super heavy traffic, which made the less-than-one-hour drive almost a two-hour drive
- Got stopped by the longest, slowest train ever after we got off the interstate
- Could not find a place to park when we got there
- Finally figured out there was another parking lot a few blocks away, with a “shortcut” to the zoo
- Every day-camper in the city was at the zoo
- Every mom with multiple children was at the zoo
- One child wet her pants on the way down….I had not packed any changes of clothing
- One child had a nose bleed as soon as we got there, and had to sit in first-aid for twenty minutes
- The child with the wet pants was tricked into wearing a clean “pull-up” which was actually a diaper from the gift shop
- Everyone was starving, so I spent $80 on hot dogs and french fries
- The starving children ate about $5 worth of food and the rest went in the trash
- It was 98 degrees in the shade
- We split into 3 groups, and I had the youngest kids, so I let them ride the carousel (@$3 a pop) since there were only two of them
- They ratted me out and told everyone else as soon as they saw them, so I shelled out another $15 for a 2-minute carousel ride
- Kids did not notice any problems and had a great time 🙂
After going to the zoo, we used my extensive Beanie Baby collection from back in the day to classify animals, and later play zookeeper:
You will notice that I got smart and had all the activities in the basement. Oh yes, and all the meals too. Easy to hose down!
Besides zoo day, we had museum day, and a day of crafts and games, plus 2 other half days, so you can see why I need a 6 day nap.
My featured photo looks nothing like what I looked like this week, but don’t want to scare you with what I really looked like. My helper did take one picture of me, but I looked like a 90 year old bag lady who hadn’t showered for days, so you will not be seeing that on on the internet. HAHA
Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back soon with more of my usual fashion experimenting.