Sometime back in the beginning of summer we talked about going camping with the kids over the Labor Day weekend. Tom had Monday off from work and took Tues and today (Wed) off so that we could take a break and go have some fun.
Well...when it just came down to it, we decided against it. Tom was/is feeling pressure to get our "C of O" (certificate of occupancy) before the end of Sept when our building permit expires. So, he decided to take the time to work on the house. And, honestly, I didn't want to go. As it is I'm not sleeping well. Being almost 11 weeks pregnant I'm getting up 2-3 times a night to pee - the whole kidneys working over-time beginning pregnancy thing. I knew I wouldn't have any fun because I wouldn't be able to sleep.
So, anyway, sorry for the long explanation, we had a camp out in our own back yard. Tues night we had a bonfire and the kids got to eat marshmallows.
Yesterday the kids and I set up the tent about 20 feet from our back door. The kids were so excited about sleeping in it, they crawled in the tent ready to go to bed by 7pm (their bed time is usually between 7:45 and 8pm). I crawled in with them, read them a couple of stories and then lay there until they fell asleep...about an hour and a half later - too many fun things and noises to distract them.
Maybe next year we'll really go camping. Until then, back yard camp outs are really fun and easy.