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Survived, Exhausted but alive. Had a great time entertaining the grand kids. They arrived around 4 pm Friday. We built a large fire. Then set up the tent for a camp out. Fed the fish at the pond then spent a little quality trigger time on the air rifles knocking over empty soda cans. Diana finally gets home and the girls head for the house. There were complaints of lack of food. By now the fire had reduced to a good bed coals sutable for roasting hot dogs and the roasting started. While they were working hard to keep the franks out of the coals, a small pit for the surprise desert was dug. I had wrapped in foil 6 good  size sweet potatoes. Lined the pit with coals to preheat the ground then headed to the house for beans, hotdogs and Birthday cake. After eating the pit is preheated. So back out to the fire pit to cook the yams. Re fired the pit, laid out the wrapped sweet potatoes then covered with coals and capped with a layer of dirt. Next how to kill an hour. ?? Hiking! Load the boys with 10# packs and I took my 40# Off we of on a 1 1/2 mile trek. Along the way we had close encounters with a pack of coyotes crossing the pasture, Wild coons and Killer Rabbits (Monty Python) Big Grin The boys may have nightmares in the nights to come. Arrival time perfect for retrieving the yams. Sweet butter and what a bedtime snack. Smile
Having been told that the kids would not go to sleep without their mommy. The evening activity's had been planned with care. Back to the tent. Re-stoke the fire. It is a cool 45F, everyone in the sack and was out by 10:00.
Around 4 am the sleeping bags, even with quilts, began to fail in keeping out the cold. Actually we made it longer than I expected. To the house to finish the night in a warm bed. Today started with waffles, 4 wheeling and kite flying.
 This has to be one of the best Birthday's ever for me. Sorry for the long tale but after many (especially my daughter) telling me how the night would not end well. Yet not a single kid had any injuries, or even whined. I consider it a great success. Thank you OT for your suggestions and support. Excellent
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Sounds like a good time Happy Birthday Happy Birthday
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I'm glad you had fun....


I got tired just reading this.  When you said 40# sack, I rolled a cigarette.....and poured another cup of coffee.  I am never going to walk around ON PURPOSE lugging 40 pounds unless the enemy is approaching driving armored tanks....   
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

Survived, Exhausted but alive. Had a great time entertaining the grand kids. They arrived around 4 pm Friday. We built a large fire. Then set up the tent for a camp out. Fed the fish at the pond then spent a little quality trigger time on the air rifles knocking over empty soda cans. Diana finally gets home and the girls head for the house. There were complaints of lack of food. By now the fire had reduced to a good bed coals sutable for roasting hot dogs and the roasting started. While they were working hard to keep the franks out of the coals, a small pit for the surprise desert was dug. I had wrapped in foil 6 good  size sweet potatoes. Lined the pit with coals to preheat the ground then headed to the house for beans, hotdogs and Birthday cake. After eating the pit is preheated. So back out to the fire pit to cook the yams. Re fired the pit, laid out the wrapped sweet potatoes then covered with coals and capped with a layer of dirt. Next how to kill an hour. ?? Hiking! Load the boys with 10# packs and I took my 40# Off we of on a 1 1/2 mile trek. Along the way we had close encounters with a pack of coyotes crossing the pasture, Wild coons and Killer Rabbits (Monty Python) Big Grin The boys may have nightmares in the nights to come. Arrival time perfect for retrieving the yams. Sweet butter and what a bedtime snack. Smile
Having been told that the kids would not go to sleep without their mommy. The evening activity's had been planned with care. Back to the tent. Re-stoke the fire. It is a cool 45F, everyone in the sack and was out by 10:00.
Around 4 am the sleeping bags, even with quilts, began to fail in keeping out the cold. Actually we made it longer than I expected. To the house to finish the night in a warm bed. Today started with waffles, 4 wheeling and kite flying.
 This has to be one of the best Birthday's ever for me. Sorry for the long tale but after many (especially my daughter) telling me how the night would not end well. Yet not a single kid had any injuries, or even whined. I consider it a great success. Thank you OT for your suggestions and support. Excellent


This is pure outstandingness! Grandkids are a blessing and delight... even if they wear your butt out!!! Excellent


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Originally posted by bugsNbows bugsNbows wrote:

Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

Survived, Exhausted but alive. Had a great time entertaining the grand kids. They arrived around 4 pm Friday. We built a large fire. Then set up the tent for a camp out. Fed the fish at the pond then spent a little quality trigger time on the air rifles knocking over empty soda cans. Diana finally gets home and the girls head for the house. There were complaints of lack of food. By now the fire had reduced to a good bed coals sutable for roasting hot dogs and the roasting started. While they were working hard to keep the franks out of the coals, a small pit for the surprise desert was dug. I had wrapped in foil 6 good  size sweet potatoes. Lined the pit with coals to preheat the ground then headed to the house for beans, hotdogs and Birthday cake. After eating the pit is preheated. So back out to the fire pit to cook the yams. Re fired the pit, laid out the wrapped sweet potatoes then covered with coals and capped with a layer of dirt. Next how to kill an hour. ?? Hiking! Load the boys with 10# packs and I took my 40# Off we of on a 1 1/2 mile trek. Along the way we had close encounters with a pack of coyotes crossing the pasture, Wild coons and Killer Rabbits (Monty Python) Big Grin The boys may have nightmares in the nights to come. Arrival time perfect for retrieving the yams. Sweet butter and what a bedtime snack. Smile
Having been told that the kids would not go to sleep without their mommy. The evening activity's had been planned with care. Back to the tent. Re-stoke the fire. It is a cool 45F, everyone in the sack and was out by 10:00.
Around 4 am the sleeping bags, even with quilts, began to fail in keeping out the cold. Actually we made it longer than I expected. To the house to finish the night in a warm bed. Today started with waffles, 4 wheeling and kite flying.
 This has to be one of the best Birthday's ever for me. Sorry for the long tale but after many (especially my daughter) telling me how the night would not end well. Yet not a single kid had any injuries, or even whined. I consider it a great success. Thank you OT for your suggestions and support. Excellent


This is pure outstandingness! Grandkids are a blessing and delight... even if they wear your butt out!!! Excellent


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That is some awesome memories for you and them for years to come, outstanding...
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Dam'n Lile...
I would love to be your grand child..
You are a great grandpa.This Much
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Too late Claus,Ed is you grand-Pa so live with it Big Smile
 
Nice story Lile,I love being around the little ones ,takes me back to when my kids were young.Time sure does fly by.
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Originally posted by stickbow46 stickbow46 wrote:

Too late Claus,Ed is you grand-Pa so live with it Big Smile
 
Nice story Lile,I love being around the little ones ,takes me back to when my kids were young.Time sure does fly by.

There are 2 great grandsons that were not here, It seems weird to have the oldest great grandson that is just a little over a year younger than the youngest granddaughter.
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Great story.

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Absolutely outstanding Lile!!! Excellent Excellent  Excellent 
 
Being in my own little world and busier than usual, I never made the connection between your B-day and the grandkids sleepover.  Congratulations on being so proactive with them.  I'm sure everyone will remember the time they camped out at their bestest grandpops.  Excellent  Excellent  Excellent
 
Extremely well done, sir!!!!  I have to wonder...what were the women thinking?!?!?  They were sure the sleepover was going to be a disaster and yet were perfectly happy to dump them on you and run....on your Birthday!!!  Sounds like a some sort of retalitory action is required.... Cool
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Originally posted by budperm budperm wrote:

Extremely well done, sir!!!!  I have to wonder...what were the women thinking?!?!?  They were sure the sleepover was going to be a disaster and yet were perfectly happy to dump them on you and run....on your Birthday!!!  Sounds like a some sort of retalitory action is required.... Cool

  More of a preemptive first strike that backfired. This is just the beginning. This is because of the Grand Canyon trip with Colby coming up in January.
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Good stuff, Lile! Sounds like a good time was had by all! Some of my best childhood memories are of the "simple stuff," hanging out with my grandfather at his farm, eating sandwiches and ice cold watermelon under the shade tree down by the creek, and riding on the tractor.
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That was great LileExcellent
I guess it beat my idea of tying them to a tree.
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He made some life long memories for eveyone there!  How can you ever beat that for a PRESENT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!!! Excellent
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

That was great LileExcellent
I guess it beat my idea of tying them to a tree.

I bought 100' of new braided nylon rope to use if needed as a backup plan. You had a good idea. Big Smile
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Great story, Lile. 

Reading your cooking commentary, reminded me of the FABULOUS food you cooked for us at Ted's camp. It was outta this world!   
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It is beginning to look as if I spoke to soon.  When the grand kids came over the youngest grandaughter was with a cold. Well She shared, Both my wife and I are coughing our heads off. Wife is about 2 days ahead of me. (I hope) It had not hit me so bad till today. I hate head colds.
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The little boogers are all carriers!!!! Cool
 
 
Hope your household recovers quickly!!!!
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Lynn : I typed that in first but it sounded as if I was being negative to The GKs. So I deleted it. I love them all and had a great time. More fun than any other time because this was the first time without the parents. There dad is very restrictive. They got to take risk and tempt boundaries. Like walking around the dock on the outside of the hand rail. Sure the boys could have gotten wet if they fell. So what. They started it and I made them finish . No climbing over the rail half way around. they had to finish all the way on the outside. And they did it. Love
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Trouble Maker!!!!  They will be challenging and complaining to their dad for weeks! Excellent
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