Earlier this spring, after I failed to organize a promised spring break camp out, we invited our dear friends Justin and Sarah over for a backyard camping expedition. We had so much fun and the kids slept surprisingly well despite the fact that the roosters started crowing at 4:45am. We ended the festivities with a front porch haircut (Justin's) and a lot of great memories but very few photographs (oops- I'm trying to take more photos). So this time around, with C. and M. and family, I remembered to get my camera out.
|Setting up the tents in the backyard|
The kids got tired and went to bed at about 10pm and the adults stayed up talking, knowing our kids were sleeping just a few yards away. It was great. I didn't have to pack the car with sleeping bags or food or pillows or anything. I just dragged a few sleeping bags and a couple of quilts out of the house and we were good to go.
We all slept pretty well despite the fact that the roosters started up at their usual time of about 4:45am. I think maybe C. wanted to strangle Floyd, who is the largest and loudest rooster. We got up and decided another fire was in order so we sat around the fire drinking coffee and eating eggs and homemade sausage (which we conveniently cooked in the kitchen). Not a bad way to start the day!
|"Mama, the sky is moving!"|
The backyard camp out doesn't cost anything and it doesn't require much advance planning or special gear. You need a tent unless you want to sleep under the stars. Sleeping bags are handy but you could just as easily use comforters and blankets from the house. If you have a fire you need a few sticks or logs but those can frequently be had for free (as ours were). The only thing you need to budget for is graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows, because you absolutely cannot have a camp fire without s'mores.