Our theme music for the week...
Do you know Psalty? This has always been one of my favs!
Not necessarily super camping related but we made these paper plate frisbees. Top pics are the internet example and bottom pics are our versions:
Then I made a campsite lunch. Ham and cheese tent sandwich, triscuit cucumber trees, triscuit ground and carrot campfire
Then I figured we needed to have roasted hotdogs for dinner, that seemed like a must for the theme and was super easy and convenient since we had VBS this week.
Wed morning our craft was making a sock fishing game. Tutorial found here.
How we did it: We bought a dowel for less than $2 and a pack of 10 magnets for less than $2 at the hardware store. We cut the dowel into thirds, covered it with duct tape and attached yarn. At the end of the yarn I tied a metal hook (although washers would work great as well.) Then happy to find a use for some of those abandoned unmatched socks we took 10 socks, put a magnet in the bottom, stuffed them with newspaper and tied it off with yarn. Then the game. We put all the fish on the table and see who can catch the most fish without only using your pole, no helping with your hands! It was fun! We played it a bunch.
I found this fun game called creature charades online. It was so much fun! We laughed so hard at our attempts to act out these animal antics. What a fun game. I want to play this again sometime!
Thursday's lunch had grape-pretzel-cheese fires. Looks just like a campfire doesn't it!? The Pinterest version was much better than mine but hey, cut me slack, I did this while holding a sleeping newborn! (He does not approve of being set down very often!)
For snack we had trail mix. Now for years Meijers Cranberry Rush trail mix has been one of my favorite snacks ever. While purchasing it at the store I discovered a new gem: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter mix, it is AMAZING!! (Hence the nearly empty bag!) It has toffee covered peanuts in it for heavens sake! Yummy! Thank you Meijers!
This campfire dish is a favorite of mine! And so easy! Loaded Potato King Chicken
Into crockpot: 1 large family pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Add 1 can chicken broth, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 chopped onion, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Cook on high for 4 hours. Bake large baking potatoes (on campfire or in microwave!) Ladle chicken mixture over potato and top with dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of shredded cheese. Seriously this meal is SO yummy!
Friday morning we did a paper plate bear craft. I seriously can't believe how many crafts you can make with paper plates!
Then for an afternoon treat I made bear claw cookies, ummm divine! You make them with brownie mix and add 4 peanuts and a peanut butter cup! We also watched the yogi bear movie to complete the theme.
Then we packed A LOT into the theme that night. Craig got out of work early and was able to help set up for a full night of activities. For dinner we had a campfire and made pizza pies. Super yummy!
Make sure to take time telling camp fire stories and singing songs around the fire. Then we had the kids get the rest of their energy out catching fireflies
And playing flashlight tag...
Then into the tent:
A game of shadow puppets:
And a movie with popcorn and candy. We were supposed to do smores but we had such a lot loaded into the night and were going for a less sticky treat.
It was such a hot muggy night, bless them all four lasted the night in the tent!
Saturday afternoon Craig took the two oldest to a nearby lake for fishing. However he took no pictures. Can't really fault him, the man did sleep in a tent in sweltering heat with three girls and then took them fishing the next day in similar heat. But photographing it for the love of the blog wasn't his top priority so I will add a few throwback fishing pics:
About an hour ago my six year old accused me of "never doing any work" because I am "always just holding a baby". Huh? Looking back over the week that really makes me cringe. Maybe someday I will refresh her memory with these blog entries. You know when she is home with her own houseful of several busy kids who whine and bicker and complain of boredom over the summer. I'll say hey honey look what I did for you one summer, cause you know, I'm so lazy and everything... Hard waiting 20+ years for vindication...Anyways to end on a high note...
Finally our newest fruit of the spirit is Kindness so we read the story of the Good Samaritan and watched a veggietale and discussed how we can show kindness to someone by doing something extra special this week.
Finally because what is the fun of having a cute new baby and not including a picture of him in each blog post so here you go, isn't he adorable, he looks ready to camp in his Hawaiian shirt doesn't he? Love him.
Speaking of camp, next week my Grace is gone at camp! I am panicking. How will I survive without her help!? How will I make it through the week not worrying about how she is doing!? Meanwhile back home our theme will be animals! Should be a ferocious and wildly good time!