The time has come around for our Grandma's Slumber Night Party we have every year. This year I think the grandchildren were extra excited to get together since we were not able to have one last year because of Grandpa's illness. For me, it is the highlight of the year. We have different crafts, each one makes their own individual dinner, and then we watch a movie that makes us all laugh. Our theme is always God centered and full of fun!
The craft this year was making Stain Glass Votives. Some tissue paper, glue, a votive holder and a brush are all you'll need - and the variations are endless. Over the years I kept tissue paper from various gifts.
We talked about how the Lord is the light of the world and how he wants us to shine His light so others can see the Lord in them. How wonderful to know that in a world of darkness, we can have the light of life through Jesus Christ, the light of the world!
For our dinner we made Hobo Dinners. Each one made their own. On a sheet of foil, you layer a hamburger patty, half of potato, slice of onion, baby carrots, and season with salt and pepper. Wrap it all up together and put it in the oven for an hour (we cooked the meat on the grill first as not to heat the oven to long). They not only enjoyed making them--they enjoyed eating them.
For dessert, we had Ice Cream Sundays with all the trimmings. We dipped small balloons in melted chocolate to make a chocolate bowl, but they were soft because we didn't let them set up long enough. They looked so funny and as soon as we put the ice cream in them---then they were hard as a rock. I wish I had taken pictures. We talked and laughed so much. We would stop and then start up laughing again. Fun Times for sure.
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.
The highlight of the year for me is when I have our annual “Grandma Slumber Night Party” where all the grandchildren come for a time of making memories. We have individual crafts centers, each one makes their own individual pizza, and then we watch a movie that makes us all laugh. The theme is always God centered and full of fun!
2009 Grandma's Slumber Night Party
"The Apple of God's Eye"
As November was soon coming to an end, and I needed to begin to think about when to have this year's Grandma's Slumber Night Party, and what the theme was going to be. I decided to have it the Tuesday night before the Thanksgiving weekend when all of my grand children were going to be here together. While I was deciding on what the theme was going to be, I couldn't put out of my mind the words in one of my blog post "You Are The Apple of God's Eyes", and it seemed fitting since I still had an abundance of apples. The whole night was all about "Apples".
Instead of making our pizza this year, we started the night off with Sam's pizza and apple cider. As you can see they are so excited and anticipating all the fun we are about to have.
Over the years, I have saved leftovers from various craft projects and put them back in a bag for a special time such as this. I have this huge bag filled with all kinds and colors of yarn, Velcro, and thread, etc. for crafts. One of the crafts was to create a face with these articles on a print out sheet of a big apple. They all turned out so cute and creative as you can see, and the likeness of who they were creating is remarkable. Then I gave them only two magic markers to color a basket of apples and then at the end I gave them a glitter pen that was another color. Can you see how their imaginations ran wild.
One of my favorite things to do when my children were small was to display their crafts or artwork all over the house. After all, we should be their biggest fans and show them how important they are and that this is a reflection of how God feels about them, that they are the "Apple of God's Eye". So that is what I did with my grand children's artwork, I displayed them and took their pictures with them. I have a place that I keep their artwork from past Grandma's Slumber Night Parties and sometimes they just like to go and look through them and see all the different things they have made.
When we finished the crafts, we were ready to make our caramel apples. To make it easier I used Kraft Caramel Bits. You just melt the Kraft Caramel Bits with a few tablespoons of water and dip you apples in and cool before eating. While the caramel was still hot, I let each one decorate and embellish their apple to their liking with M & M's, coconut, chopped pecans, peanuts and butterscotch chips. After they decorated their apple they were happy and eager to watch our movie for the evening.
Children will not remember you for the material things
you provided, but for
the feeling that you cherished them.