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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 9:11 am

Termite tenting is over and done with and last weekend, Mr. Wonderful went up state to visit the grands while I stayed home and unbagged all the food, etc. that had to be bagged up, cleaned four refrigerators, the back patio and moved the birds back to our house from our neighbor’s home. Needless to say, on Sunday evening, I was exhausted! Bottom line...I have decided that I never want to do this in my lifetime as we are too old to do it.

On Sunday, Mr. Wonderful came back from Tampa with four grands. In his infinite wisdom, he has decided to hold a “Papa Camp”. The grands are ages 7, 5, 3 and 1. Yes, the children came without parents. I told my daughter that maybe I’d get another grandchild out of this, but alas I don’t think this is happening. She told me emphatically, “NO.”

So, what was in store for this week? Swimming...

swimming and more swimming. The kids love the pool and due to the inclement weather during the day, we have allowed them late night swims under the moonlight which they think is so special. There is playground time with Papa and special breakfasts as well.

You may not know it but Mr. Wonderful is a very dark-skinned Hispanic. The other day he took the children to Cracker Barrel and as he said, he was quite a spectacle. Just imagine...him with four little ones who 3 are blondies and the littlest one is a redhead (like her Grammy was) and all are very fair skinned. Mr. Wonderful said, “Well at least they call me Papa loudly, so people will know!”

The children had a visit to Chucky Cheese with their Aunts and Papa. It was their first time there and they had a blast. Little eyes wide open and wondering what to do next. Yes, it is germ heaven but hey, every kid must be exposed to it sometime.

Yesterday we had a sleepover with three more grands, so we had seven kiddies for the night. Freeze pops and swimming made the evening.

My mornings start off by fixing the two girls’ hair. Papa has no idea what to do with it so that is the start of my day. The first day as I was getting ready to leave to go to work I told 5-year-old Addy, “Now when Papa goes to dress Whitley (1 yr. old), you go in and pick her clothes because Papa won’t know how to dress her.” Addy laughed but told me she could handle it.

Now, Mr. Wonderful has been very quick to say this is Papa Camp however, I am wondering why every evening when I come home from working all day, I don’t get to sit down until I hit the bed. There are meals to be done, laundry to be washed (how do three kids change clothes so much?) dishes to clean and preparations for the next day. And of course, how can I turn down…” Grammy, please lets go swimming!” Jumping, splashing, kicking, frolicking and “canyonballs” as they say fill the evening.

Saturday evening, I am headed to Plantation to babysit for our son and other daughter who are going to a concert. I will have their 5 kids total however, if the older 3 from Papa Camp want to come along, I guess I will throw them in as well. 8 of the 9 grands and Grammy.

I believe next Sunday the grands will be leaving to go back home. I was thinking about what I will be doing then. One guess.........recuperating! Grammy is going to be tired...very tired. Papa needs to realize it was not just “Papa Camp” but “Papa and Grammy Camp.”

Thinking ahead, I might decide that tenting of our home and Camp with the grands was easy. After this week I am going to start cleaning out the house and getting rid of things in anticipation of downsizing soon. Now the question is...how you choose what to get rid of after almost 30 years in a home...oh boy.

Unfortunately, I am a sentimental soul. Papa and Grammy Camp looks easy

compared to this upcoming gigantic task.

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