Yep, pretty lucky grandkids, right?
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:
She fills them with stories of people who’s blood runs through their veins. They know all about their Great Grandma (her mom), who’s grave they visit each year.
They visited the house my Great Grandma built with her husband…
…They also visited my Mom’s cousin who had all kinds of journals and scrapbooks to show them, and even did some yodeling for them 🙂
They learned so much about my Grandma who was a school teacher for many years in that area.
She passed away shortly after Dave and I got married and was such an incredible lady. So grateful my kids know so much about her even though they never got to actually meet her.
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.
They went out to eat,
…and saw this year’s rendition of “Bandito” (a great play they put on every year on the other side of the lake in Pickleville (yes, it’s really called Pickleville…love it!)
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.
She combined these two groups this year and these girls all had so much fun.
Oh how I love that those names and composers have now become part of their vocabulary. Thank you Mom!!
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:
Poor girl! Luckily it was quick-lived and everyone was fine in time for breakfast.
…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).
Then it was off to shoot off the rockets each group had made.
Oh boy these kids were pretty excited!
Luckily Eli was around to help set them off (Josh had left by this time).
More about Grammie camp and Grandfather’s Secrets 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!