Sunday, November 9, 2008
Backyard Camping and Mountain Hiking
We went camping with our boys this weekend. We decided for lots of different reasons (shingles, lack of vacation days, uncertainty of whether the boys would like camping, pregnancy, etc...) to camp in our own backyard. I set up the tent by myself before Chad got home from work. I am not sure who was more surprised, Chad or me.
We had a blast eating outside playing hide-and-go-seek with glow sticks, and jumping on the trampoline in the dark. We read stories and sang songs with our flashlights in the tent, then tucked in our two littlest campers who gladly crawled into the tent and giggled together for about an hour before falling asleep. It was so much fun! It was hard to capture pictures of our fun in the dark.
The best part was having our whole house at our disposal. I went inside and popped popcorn and made hot chocolate for a snack, since we can't have open fires inside the city limits. And I was able to use a real bathroom. (Andrew thought it was really cool that he didn't have to come inside to use the bathroom).
In the morning we got dressed and drove up to Hanging Rock for some hiking. (Our backyard did have some limitations). The boys had a great time running up and down the trails, climbing rocks, and playing in the waterfall. The scenery was beautiful.
When we returned home and took down the tent, Andrew was in a word....devastated. He fell upon the ground with real tears streaming down his cheeks. "Mommy, why does Daddy have to take down our tent? I don't want him to. I want to sleep in the tent forever. " In his prayers last night he asked Heavenly Father to let him sleep outside in a tent. I would say from his reaction, our first camp-out was a success and now we are ready to take the "show on the road" and camp somewhere a little further from home next time.