One of the main things I wanted to do with the girls at Camp Gigi is to get them working with the mind and hands—creativity is key! One thing I’ve noticed is that we all need more creative time, and it’s even more fun if we work with others. My granddaughter and her best friend encouraged each other, and their creativity was flowing freely!
Interestingly enough, they started out trying to make things alike, and then we talked about being an individual. I assured them there was no right or wrong way to create their totes or t-shirts. These projects were distinctly theirs, and that was what made them special!
However, I did purchase some matching iron-ons. I have learned that if you don’t provide some alike items, someone will inevitably feel slighted. So, the composition of their designs is what would make them unique. I loved listening to their giggles and side conversations as they moved their motifs around a million times.
The entire day’s event culminated with a wonderful fashion show—and I loved every moment of it!
The next day was the most interesting day I have had in a long time. The two bright-eyed wonders had planned that this would be the day they would do my hair and makeup. They were giddy, and I was a little…hesitant? As they proceeded to arrange my powders, shadows, and mascara, I realized these girls know more at eight than I knew at 15. One of them asked where the moisturizer was, because apparently, I was in desperate need. From then on, the makeover was in full swing! They made me promise I would wear it all day. Ok, I could do this. Besides, was “no” ever really an option?
With one girl on each side, I watched as these little charmers applied powder and blush. My face was complete (although one side was blushed heavier than the other), and next it was eye makeup time. They instructed me to close my eyes as they swept on eyeshadow, liner, and mascara. WOW! Lipstick next—this was a tag-team effort with one child painting the top lip and the other painting the bottom.
If you ever get the chance to have your makeup done by your granddaughters, take it! This was quite the out-of-body experience, but 8-year-old makeup artists are so much fun!
With their finishing touches on my hair, they declared we were ready for shopping. They told me several times during the day how beautiful I looked. That was truly priceless.