Sunday, July 13, 2014

Amma and Buppa's Excellent Summer Camp: 2014 Round 1

We've had six days of round one of Amma and Buppa's Excellent Summer Camp and are now on a three week hiatus until we once more step into the breech. Beware: I am posting even more photos than usual today. Oh, stop that sighing. I mean it. I hear ya, Tex.

Day 1: The kids began their third annual summer swim lessons. I decided to wait until further on to start taking swimming photos, and the rest of the day was rainy, so for once, I have no pictures.Sorry about that; it won't happen again. lol

Day 2: It was a hot, muggy day. Somewhat stupidly, I suggested that we take a walk in the woodsy area on the other side of the river. Said woodsy area is quite swampy. Hmm ... hot + muggy + swampy + trees = very mosquito-y. Silly Buppa.

The kids found this big branch. I don't know where they thought they were taking it,
but they were made to leave it behind in the woods. Sorry kids.
Day 3: This was a very hot day, and we thought we would use the neighbour's pool since we have an open invitation every year. But the dog was out and nice neighbour wasn't home, so we ended up at the beach and water park down by the river.

Although there are lifeguards, I also sat on guard: first on the sand (left) and later on a chair.
That's Danica standing in the pink bathing suit holding seaweed ... or river weed.
Note the geese passing by.

You have previosuly seen my gif of the kids under the water buckets.
Here, Danica walks through the adjacent sprinkler area.

Day 4: This was our day to visit the Country Depot to see if the chicks were in that day. Later, we did the river walk in Almonte and had a picnic lunch by the river.

Yes, there were chicks ...
... and there were riding tractors. Vroom.
We walked by the river ...

... climbed a tree

... and ate a picnic lunch on the Preacher's Bench [sic].

Day 5: This was quite a day, featuring a trip to the Mill of Kintail. It started with a picnic lunch,included some brave forging of the Indian River, and ended in the cemetery.

After lunch butterflies were hunted with enthusiasm ...

... and one was caught ... and released ... of course.

Then it was time to play in the river. After a little hesitation, they got right into it,
and got totally soaked in the process.
It's rocky with a current but so shallow that we weren't overly worried.

Danica took it in her head that she wanted to visit a cemetery,
so that's what we did on the way home from the mill.

Day 6: Phew! Almost there, folks. We visited the library in the morning, had lunch at the chip truck, and went swimming in the pool in the afternoon. It was a good final day to a good six days of summer camp. Now, what the heck will we do with them next round?

After the library, the kids played war.

Waiting for our order to arrive at the chip truck.

Fun in the pool.

Was Buppa hot or cold? Well, he started out cold after swimming, so he grabbed a sunny spot on a partially cloudy day. Then, the sun came out, and he actually used the towels as a shield from the hot rays and not for the cold.

After three years of needing to be in the pool with them, I could actually get out after awhile and sit and watch because they have progressed so well. Frankly, the fact that they no longer need me is a bit sad-making. But just a bit.


TexWisGirl said...

love your monk imitation at the end. :) the river would have been my favorite part. you definitely provided them with variety.

Jackie said...

You are the BEST Buppa. I'm not sure who has the most fun when you and your Grands are together: you or them. I would guess that it is an absolute toss up.
Splendid time spent with your sweet blessings from God.
I am so happy that you have each other. Love is Grand. (No pun intended.)

Mara said...

Oh my, your excellent summer camp sounds fantastic! Can I come as well?

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Great summer camp and isn't it nice that now they can be on their own with watchful eyes, of course. And must admit they are growing up right in front of all of us, but of course we are not aging in the process.

Lady Lilith said...

Love the shots. Looks like your summer is going great. Your kids look like they are having the time of their lives.

Donna said...

Awww...wait 'til they no longer need you to "summer camp"...may I suggest you start thinking about what kind of dog you'd like...Hahaaaa
Love all the photos! Looks like they're worn out and glad you found a way to ward off the Sun...Hahaa

Shammickite said...

Summer camp with grandies is always fun. I'll be having Callum for a couple of weekends so will have to think up some super summer things to do.

EG CameraGirl said...

So, how do I sign up to be your grandkid for a week?

Hena Tayeb said...

what a wonderful time you guys are having.. you are so lucky to be able to spend so much time with your grandkids.. and they with you. cherish every moment.

Hena Tayeb said...

what a wonderful time you guys are having.. you are so lucky to be able to spend so much time with your grandkids.. and they with you. cherish every moment.

Lorna Cunningham-Rushton said...

Your creative way with grandchildren is wonderful, for them and I hope for you. And the fact that it is all recorded is something wonderful for them, your friends and family.

Good going.

Regenia said...

It appears they were 6 wonderful days!