I LOVE being an aunt! I think that I have the most adorable nieces and nephews. Ever. On both sides of my family! I convinced my brother and sister in law to let me have the most valuable part of their family for a weekend. Little did I know that it was the first time spending the night at someone else’s house. I think that everyone (including mom) had a good experience with their first sleepover.
I had really high hopes of photographing every little detail and fun we did. Let me say, there is a big difference in entertaining kids for an hour or two and entertaining them for a weekend! Craig had to work a ten hour shift on Saturday and we missed him for most of the fun. We played lots and lots and lots. I was originally thinking I would have more of my nieces and nephews come for ‘Camp Aunt Belinda & Uncle Craig’. It ended up working up a little better to just take one family of kiddos for a weekend and have another family come another weekend.
First, I decided that it would be fun to have a pirate party. I decorated with balloons, a pirate pennant and clues for a treasure hunt. We watched ‘Peter Pan‘ our first night and then had a giant sleepover in the living room with everyone. I don’t have night lights, so I bought necklace glow sticks for everyone to wear and put a little trail to the bathroom and kitchen. Now I REALLY wish I would’ve photographed this! It was hilarious to see us all in our bracelets, headbands and sleeping bag zipper pulls that glowed. For the first half hour we dueled with glow stick swords and giggled. It was fun!
Saturday we decorated pirate cupcakes and treasure chests to put our loot into, went on a treasure hunt, made homemade hooks, popped cannonballs (aka balloons with gold dollars and other goodies inside them) and went to a movie. I think the best treasure everyone found was playing our X-Box Kinect where your body is the remote. When my brother and sister in law came to pick everyone up, they even played and had fun! I wish that Craig would’ve been able to join us for more of the weekend.
Being an aunt is great!