Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mimi Camp Highlights

She had a fishing lesson from Daddy-O and she caught three fish this year.
She baked a pineapple angel food cake all by herself to take to favorite cousins.

She baked and decorated cookies. With LOTS of sprinkles and icing.
She learned how to cut flowers for a table centerpiece. Long stems are the secret.
The cookies and flowers looked so pretty that she decided we should have a party.
Daddy-O was guest of honor at the dinner party.
She painted a mask for his special gift.

We had a girls lunch out one day and stopped by the town fountain to make a wish.
By now she was a expert at cutting flowers.
This time we made vases and delivered them to special friends.
She did a little "basement archeology" to check out the old Happy Meal prizes.
This summer she could use the mixer by herself.
She is a fan of TV cooking shows and has mad kitchen skills for a 6-year-old.
Blueberry Banana Muffins (recipe coming soon)

The photos just are only a few of the things we did. We didn't have much of a formal plan for Mimi Camp this year because of all the coming and going that preceded our week together. This might have worked out even better.

Our cookie baking session evolved into the high point of our camp—a surprise "formal" dinner in the dining room for Daddy-O. (I had only planned to bake cookies.) Tablecloth, fine china, silver tray for the sandwiches, and fresh flowers for a centerpiece. We dressed for dinner and chose Yo-Yo Ma for our music. The menu was ham sandwiches cut in triangles (so they will be fancy,) sliced cucumbers and grapes.

I would have never thought to plan this as an activity. But it was the single best thing of the week. The next morning, Little Sister looked at Daddy-O and told him, "That was the best party last night." She was right. It might have been the best party in the history of parties.


  1. Glad a good time was had by all!

  2. We did, indeed, have a good time.

  3. Be still my heart! Sweetest thing ever. Zinnias are my favorite flower. Promise me you wont ever take down your blog! I get so much enjoyment from it as well as inspiration for when i'm a Grandmother!

  4. Janie, might I suggest making a "grandmother notebook" of some sort. When my own girls were little (pre-Pintrest,) it was my "mother notebook" and it was in a three ring binder. I collected all sorts of magazine articles and newspaper clippings with fun activities and crafts and kid-friendly recipes. I always knew where to go look when I needed something for them to do or make. Now, it's more likely some form of online collecting. I have never been a fan of Pintrest because sometimes the cute things I see just take me to another person's pin, to the previous pin, and it's hard to get back to the original source. I think maybe that has been improved now, but I never developed the habit.

    I still have a fondness for paper copies. I just discovered that a favorite knitting pattern that I have made is "no longer available." It's not online anywhere. Glad I did print it out when I made it. Sometimes online things disappear. The more likely scenario is that I can't remember where I saw it.

    Anyway, create a file of some sort. Use Dropbox, Evernote, etc. When you achieve grandmother status, you'll be ready!

  5. This is a wonderful post Mimi! A very talented young lady you got there. Whau, all that food sounds wonderful! Beautiful zinnias also!

  6. Hi, Angela. We had a wonderful week. She's already asking, "When is Mimi Camp next year?" It won't be long before Baby Girl gets a week. Zinnias are about the only flowers that I can grow. They are perfect for those with "brown thumbs" like me. And the best part is that when cut to put in a vase (or a jar) they will look beautiful for over two weeks. My kind of flower, for sure.


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