Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Campy dining room!

Yay! Cousins Camp is finally here!

"Tumberg Cousins Camp" that is.
My dining/living room is ready for a great big family camping get-together. I made the table as big as it would go, re-arranged the furniture a bit to maximize seating, dug out some of my mini Christmas trees and declared myself ready for my family to come!
Ohh, I can hardly wait for "Cousins Camp" to begin.
A few treats and few fake trees... you know, to add a little more ambiance.
Oh, and the serene lake scene painting by my sister is perfection for our dream of a summer camp.
Yep, I'm using those paper pinwheels again - just grabbed some kraft paper avery labels and made some cute little "cousins camp pinwheels".
I used these buckets for the 4th of July - now I think I'll use them for everything I can possibly think of. They're so stinkin' cute! And they're filled with rocks, how perfectly camp-like is that?
I set up another side table with a vintage cooler, plaid tablecloth (thrift store find) and a couple more trees. It's feeling pretty campy in here.
Oh, and s'mores - lot's of supplies for s'mores!
One more cute little bucket with pretty river rocks and a pinwheel.
I think that's about all the set up I did in the house...
Oh wait- I did this too.
On my breakfast table - I made room for legos, legos and more legos. I learned this one a few years ago at my son's 10th birthday party. I just left legos on the spare table and at various times, various kids would make their way to my little "LEGOLAND" and they would sit and create quietly. 15 kids will soon be at my house. 2 are mine. They range in age from 6 months to 12 years and only 4 of them are girls - legos are a must in times like these!

Camp signage here.

More camp-like details to come...

Monday, September 9, 2013

"Cousins Camp" prep...

A couple of weeks ago my parents and one of my sisters and her family came from Minnesota to Washington to visit me and my other 3 sisters and our families. Realizing that we would have 15 of my parents 16 grand kids all in one state - my sisters and I decided to throw a little "cousins camp".
Here's a little of my prep...
Elena and I thought it would be fun to make one of those "MASH" signs for our little camp. And while we were cleaning up the shed, we found a stack of what must be some sort of landscape marker and well, they were perfect - they already had an arrow cut into them, all we had to do was grab some paint!
And... ta-dah! We made our very own campground sign!
We took a few liberties with our "camp". Never mind that the "pool" is a little blue kiddie pool and the "petting zoo" is in the direction of the duck house and rabbit cage... and the "dirt" sign... well, there was no exaggeration needed there!
We pointed the "playground" to the school playground, the "fishin hole" towards our pond, the "walker ranch" to our neighbors house, which by the way - anytime you call there, you'll hear: "Walker Ranch!", so it was quite fitting. And the one at the very top, is the approximate direction to my parents farm in Minnesota - a mere 1,537 miles away.

This was a super fun, not necessary addition to our little "cousins camp" plans... I'm not sure many people even noticed it, perhaps because the only pole I could find already in the ground was on the edge of our property, but nevertheless - Elena and I had a blast making this, we giggled and giggled as we painted signs of our exaggerated campground.

More "cousins camp" to come...