Monday, July 10, 2017

Cousin Camp 2017

This past Friday we held our 3rd Annual Cousin Camp! This has become a summer highlight and something we look forward to each and every year! We love to be together and make memories that will last a lifetime!
We began Cousin Camp a bit different this year. I thought it would be fun for us to find a place to do a service project together. I ended up getting in touch with the gentleman that runs the food pantry at our church and he was so excited to put our cousin crew to work!
We helped Mr. Charlie clear out the pantry and get things organized. Then we divided the kids up and each cousin had a station to work.
We ended up filling over one hundred bags full of food to help feed the people in and around our community!
It was the perfect service project for us to do and I loved that every cousin (biggest to littlest) could participate! It was my most favorite part of camp!
After we finished up at the food pantry, we headed to Mimi's for a picnic lunch! We filled our bellies and then got ready for some CrAzY FuN!
We started this year's game time with the tricky lifesaver challenge...
Each player placed a toothpick in their mouth and had to pass their lifesaver down the line of cousins!
After all of the lifesavers were eaten up, each cousin got a Fruit by the Foot. On the whistle, each player raced to open their wrapper and eat their treat without using their hands:)
Then we moved things to the "Big Backyard"!
We pulled out the parachute for a bit...
And then did a few relay races with watermelons...

Then things got a little bit messy!!!
Each cousin had to try and open a banana...using only their feet!
And everyone always loves getting Mimi and Grandma in on the action!
This year everyone got a few spoonfuls of chocolate pudding to either catapult or paint on Mimi and Grandma! 
They are such good sports and the kids think this is THE BEST EVER!
We finished up game time with a few water games...
 Each cousin had a t-shirt frozen and then had to race to thaw it out anyway they could and be the first to put it on! I think Brooklyn might have been the winner for this game!
The grand finale was SO MUCH FUN!
The cousins weren't quite sure why we had a kiddie pool filled with water...until we brought out LIVE minnows and dumped them in it!
It was boys vs. girls as they raced to catch as many as they could with their hands!
This game was so much fun, and while the minnow count was close, I think the boys pulled out the WIN!
We finished up camp with a favorite summer treat of ours...
and some refreshing pool time...

My kids are lucky to have MANY cousins! We are so thankful that some of them live close by and that we can have a full day of summer fun together!
We hope that more cousins will be added throughout the years and that Cousin Camp will be a tradition that we can celebrate for many summers to come!

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