July 2006: Because of the security
situation we had
to cancel our planned weekend in the north (where rockets were
falling), and decided instead to have
a family reunion in Hofit over the weekend. As you can see from the
picture there were a lot of us, including cousins Eti and Louis Nickel
and kids - who were "refugees" from the bombing area - and
we pitched a tent in the garden to
take the overflow at night. The reunion was different this time.
Instead of visiting outside attractions and outside activities we had a
"summer camp" at our house In the mornings we had different
activities suitable for all
the age groups, and in the afternoon, games and competitions.
Everyone had a great
time and it was wonderful being together.
Even the little ones enjoyed the water.
GAMES: and COMPETITIONS:
Of couse, as in any decent competitive situation, we awarded points for
achievements in the games and competitions. By an incredible
coincidence, everyone ended up with the same number of points, so there
was a tie between all the contestants.
We started off the morning with a game fitting the situation. In pairs,
the children had to make lists of the 10 things they would choose to
take with them in a suitcase if they had to go into a (bomb) shelter
for a period of time.
The highlight of the weekend was the watermelon eating competitions.
The kids had such a great time that the adults decided they wanted a
competition too. Of course, adults take these things more seriously -
first they had to do "mouth expanding" exercises before getting down to
the serious business.
The sack race
ACTIVITIES: Apart from the games, there were quieter activities as well
activity stations . These included: toy trains, drawing, puzzle
games,computers (Comfy for the younger ones), and watching TV/DVD.
Another activity that proved to be most popular was the face painting.
We pitched a tent in the garden for the kids to sleep in. Everyone
wanted to sleep in the tent, until it was time to actually lie in it in
the dark outside. Neverless, a few hardy kids, and 2 tired
grandparents, did sleep (or almost sleep) there for the night.
But they nicest thing about the whole weekend was that all just
Dani and Gali read their lovely appreciation of the weekend, at
the "closing ceremony".