Monday, August 23, 2021

Backyard campout!

 We had a fun time with our girlies this weekend. Bob has been wanting to have a sleepover in the tent with them, but our schedules have been crazy!  We had it planned for last week, and then Bob got sick.  Finally it looked like it was going to work this weekend.
Bob had the tent set up.  I went to get them after work.  As we were driving home, it started to sprinkle.  Shortly after we got home this happened.

It was a downpour!  We were afraid being in the tent wasn't going to work.  But shortly after, it stopped raining and the sun came out.

The girls were excited to get some blow up mattresses out there to sleep on.

They tested theirs out and said it was perfect for sleeping.

Running to the house to get more supplies.

Soon it was time to get a fire going.

They were impatient for the fire to die down so we could make smores.

Finally, time to roast marshmallows.

After smores, we put a packet in the fire that made it different colors.  They thought it was pretty cool!

Time for bed!  There was only room for 3, so Grandma stayed inside. (which was fine with me!)

Bob said it didn't take long for them to fall asleep after he turned the lantern off.

When I went to bed, I found Ruby's stuffed toy tucked in by my pillow.  She thought I needed something to keep me company.

The next day, Bob had planned a craft for them in his woodshop.

He had done the prelimary cutting and drilling of wood blocks.

Here they are sanding their wood.  They weren't thrilled with this step!

They liked using tools better!  Here's Ruby blowing the dust off with the air compressor.

And Alaina doing the same.

Alaina using the sanding belt.  Grandpa was right with her to make sure she was safe.  After that, the pieces were assembled with cording, tying knots and fraying some of the cord for a tuft of hair.

Here's Alaina with her little robot.  They drew a heart on it too.

And Ruby with her robot.

Here they are - Ruby's, Bob's and Alaina's!

Then it was time to play outside.

They picked up acorns for "the poor starving squirrels by our house".  They said they don't have acorns for them to eat.  :)

Then it was time for lunch.  I saw this idea of cheese, crackers, meat and tomatoes that they could put on skewers and eat.  They thought it was fun.  We ended with grapes and a chocolate covered strawberry.

It was a fun, fun time!  Happy kids, happy grandparents too!


Debby said...

Oh, how fun for them all. Backyard camping is fun. Love the robot wood crafts! Those will be cherished memories to last a lifetime.

And that snack looks good!

Jenny the Pirate said...

Oooooh a grazing meal! Love those! And I guess my invitation to the camping trip got lost in the mail, haaahaha ... actually I would have been inside with you, with all the comforts of home! But I would have showed up for the s'mores. And those robots! How clever is that!!!! xoxo

Jan said...

That sounds like so much fun!

Ginny Hartzler said...

What fun, and such great memories they will have. You both show them a good time every minute. The robots are so cute! I'm glad the rain stopped.

Hootin Anni said...

So much fun had all the time together was touching to see the toy at your bedside to keep grandma company!!!

You outdid yourself grandpa!!!

Linda said...

What an awesome time! I wanna be adopted to your family, grin.

Changes in the wind said...

What great memories were made for the girls. Loved the little robots and something to take home and keep.

Michelle said...

I love this. We used to camp out in the yard with out kids :) Looks like such a fun weekend and I adore the wood craft.

Susan said...

I am glad the rain stopped so they could enjoy their camp. We did that with your grands too but only the boys slept outside. The girls slept in a tent in the family room. Hubby set up the fire ring too for smores. The next day we made them on the stove. The food snacks look yummy!Yes we are making memories for them.♥

Suemn said...

I bet the girls, you & Bob had a terrific time:) I love the lunch idea too.

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Such nostalgia! I remember how fun back yard camping was as a kiddo. Wonderful memories those girlies will remember forever. And the robots were the absolute cutest!! I just love seeing what you and Bob come up with next for your grandkiddos. PS: My application for adoption into the family is on the way. 😉

Laurel Wood said...

This looks like a fun camp out. So glad the rain stopped. The robots are cute and how fun to enjoy a project with grandpa.

Jeanette said...

What a great weekend you had! So exciting to be sleeping in a tent. I'm with you though, grandma would be happy to sleep in the house!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

What fun memories those sweet girls are going to have...all the fun things they did with you and Bob. Tell Bob, he should give his robot to Cassie.:)

LL Cool Joe said...

You do make time with your grandkids so special. What memories they will have of camping, making robots and chocolate covered strawberries!

Tracy dixon said...

That looked like so much fun. I can't wait to have camp outs with my granddaughters. The little robots are so cute too

Sparky said...

When I was a little tyke in Central Florida, I would pitch a homemade tent behind the house and "camp" there sometimes. I felt like it was such a great adventure. I would have to sleep on a cot or something soft now with an air conditioned tent. I'm so spoiled. *giggle*
Love the little wooden "men"!! How clever. And the food looks scrumptious. I like finger food too. Such fun.
Blessings. xx

Kim said...

You guys should write a book on how to do grandparenting right! Amazing. What lucky, lucky girls!

Joyful said...

This looks like so much fun. I love how your granddaughter made sure you weren't lonely over night. So cute.

Debi said...

Oh, that sounds like a very fun weekend!

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Another fun weekend at the grandparents'. Two very blessed little girls.
The robots are adorable, and I love Ruby's stuffed toy you got to sleep with. So cute.