I've had some pictures on my computer ready to blog for a year from Grammie Camp last year.
Somehow China got in the way of finishing that up.
So I figure now is just as good a time as ever to sing praises to my dear mother, who puts lots of work into this each year.
She decided long ago that since we all live all over creation, she wanted to utilize the time she got at Bear Lake to actively build the grandkids.
So she sets aside an evening with each "group" while we're at the lake each year to tell them about their ancestors and share her love of art and music and scriptures. This little plan for last year will give a little snippet of an idea how awesome she is:
They have learned to adore art as they've painted and learned about the masters from my mother. They have learned all about beautiful music and famous composers. I swear they know more than I do about our ancestors. And every time anyone reads or quotes Helaman 5:12 every grandkid in the Eyre clan perks up and smiles really big. They know that thing like nobody's business because of Grammie Camp.
Here are some pictures from last year:
(Max missed out on everything Bear Lake last year since he was in China for his internship.)
They learned so much about my Grandma who was a school teacher for many years in that area.
Many more details about last year on my mom's blog HERE.
This year was pretty great too. I don't know how this mom of mine keeps up so well with all 27 grandkids but they all know they are pretty adored by her and I love that.
Here's "group 1" heading out on their little camp. They had to divide into two nights to accommodate for all the comings and goings at the lake after the reunion this year.
The other "groups" of Grandkids had some pretty great camps this year too. My brother Josh helped with the little kids again...taught them all about stars and constellations late at night and also helped them with their rockets my mom decided to do with all of them this year.
My favorite thing they did this year was "Grammie's Classical Music Challenge."
She sent them each a classical playlist well before Bear Lake and challenged them to memorize the names and composers of each for prizes during Grammie camp.
Oh my word did these kids ever take that challenge to heart! It was amazing how they could whip out all that information as they listened. I learned a ton too as we practiced during some of our drives.
She did this with all the "groups" but I only have pictures of the girls since Lucy wasn't feeling too well and I went up to check on her.
Here are some of the answer sheets for the musical challenge:
There was a little sick bug going around at the lake this year...happened to hit Lu the night they slept over and her cousin the next morning:
...where they talked over more ancestor stories. Here's our ancestor tree the grandkids helped paint a few years back (this is the second edition of the family tree...we helped paint one when we were little too that got a little worn out after all those years).
Luckily Eli was around to help set them off (Josh had left by this time).
HERE and HERE and HERE and also HERE...and probably a whole slew of other places too. My Dad did a few meetings with the kids as well that I never got pictures of, so sad, but he is so very in tune with each of these kids as well and I am in love with "Grandfather's Secrets" that are such incredible words of wisdom for them to live by.
I never want to take the fact that I have these parents of mine for granted. I am so incredibly grateful for how they deliberately parented us, and that they have found such an awesome balance with how they deliberately grandparent all these grandkids who can feel their love so wholly.
Every once in a while, out of the blue, Lucy asks if she can call Grammie. Just because she loves her. That, my friends, is far from an ordinary thing with Lucy. She's felt that love so overwhelmingly and unconditionally from that Grammie of hers, she just has to give part of it back.
Thanks Mom! Love you forever!