I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I wasn’t too psyched about camping out in our backyard this weekend for the Great American Backyard Campout.
I would have preferred to have been camping somewhere secluded with excellent views and no distractions. However, our summers are dictated by the wildland fire season and we simply have to make the most of the time we have. Mtn Papa was working late yesterday so instead of bailing, we decided to embrace the opportunity. Nothing happens when you wait around for the perfect situation to come together. Nothing.
And while we are being honest…. I figured this Mama would be MUCH too tempted to sneak back in her bed when the going got rough (AKA Mr. Horrible Sleeper not sleeping.)
It went much better than I expected.
|Ready to head out to the backyard|
The boys busted our their LEGO headlamps, we roasted S’mores with the neighbors, played in the sand and water and stayed up much too late checking out the stars.
|Sleeping well in the tent|
I forgot how much I love sleeping outside, how much I love the fresh breeze of night air. Despite the fact that we were just in our back yard, it was fun being in the tent on our own mini adventure.
I thought a lot about how it’s so easy to get caught up in the BIG adventures. It’s SO easy to forget how even just nights like this past one mean so much to the kids, to our family. While we certainly want to make more memories as a family doing the “big stuff”, the little stuff is ok too. Plus, it’s great practice!
I want to know! Did you camp out this weekend? Did you head out of town or stay in your own back yard? How did it go? As always, feel free to share photos on our Facebook page and leave comments here!