Sunday, July 29, 2012

Three Weeks At Nana Camp

Two little girls and one big ocean.

My grandchildren stayed with me for three weeks this summer, the first time they've visited my house for an extended period.  I loved every minute, even hearing "Nana, Nana, Nana" every two minutes with demands for juice, or a snack, or a play dough carton opened, or one more book read.  My son threatened to record their voices and make it my ring tone.  He knows I respond instantly to their cries.

While they were here our whole world revolved around them and they basked in the attention.  We had a long list of activities we wanted to do with them, but we didn't get to half of them. 

Practice camping and fishing in the backyard.

They camped in the mountains and both caught their first fish, after first practice camping and learning to cast a fishing line in our backyard. 

Hunter's first fish.  What?  You can't see it?  Look in her hand.

Megan's first fish.

They swam in the local pool, in our hot tub, and in the Pacific Ocean. 

The last day of swimming lessons.

We spent a glorious three days in the RV at the Oregon coast. They dug in the sand, touched anemones and starfish, and made smores over a campfire.

On the road in the RV

Hunter made friends with a family of Old Believers
Searching for starfish.

Megan at Newport
Lot's of interesting things on the beach.  Nana is still finding them in the washing machine.
A contrast of cultures

Most of all they enjoyed playing in the backyard, digging in the dirt, and harvesting the garden.

Hunter digging potatoes in the garden with Grandpa Paul.
Where's Hunter?
Oh, there she is!

So many precious moments.  We're still laughing at some of the things they did and said.  Our vocabulary is forever changed.

One day Hunter was cuddling with me as we read a book.  She poked at my neck and said "Nana, you're squishy." 

After a moment she asks "Nana, why do you have lines?" 
I explained that people get lines when they get older.  Later I see her showing her arm to her sister and proudly pointing out lines at her elbow.  "See, Megan, I'm getting older.  See these lines." 

She celebrated her fifth birthday while she was with us.  She's got a lot of years ahead to accumulate lines.

Last night the spouse and I were watching the Olympics.  Matt Lauer and a female news personality were recapping the day's events.  The spouse says "Boy, she sure got squishy."  Yep, our vocabulary is permanently changed.


  1. The lovely pleasures of grandparents! I had my teenage grandchild and a friend for three weeks, visiting colleges, other relatives, and enjoying shopping, cooking and staying up late

  2. Hey, this is great, I thought we'd lost you. Glad to know you were just being a grandmother.

  3. Oh, what fun you must have had. Did you ever hear "Nana Kin I" I threatened to change my name from Granny to Granny Kin I!!! Cherish the memories, and make plans for the next visit, you are making precious memories that they will talk about for a long time... Its a two way street. Enjoy your peace and quiet for a little while.

  4. Dry run camping and fishing. Great try out for such young ones.

  5. First of all, let me just say that your granddaughters are beautiful. They are at the perfect age. It sounds like the time together with you and the grandchildren was just wonderful. Thanks for sharing the photos and the stories. It is good to see you back in blog land!

  6. Fabulous recounting of your memorable time together!

  7. What a special time for you.These special memories will stay with you forever.

  8. Such precious little girls, all in pink most of the time, I noticed. They are adorable. I am envious of your time with them, Nana! That would make a GREAT ringtone! :-)

  9. So cute! It sounds like a fantastic and memorable two weeks. We just returned from two weeks up in the mountains with one of our grand kids.

  10. That is really a relaxing day you had. It also seems that you have lots of fun.

  11. This made my heart squishy. Loved it. What beautiful gifts. Thanks for sharing!


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