Thirty years from now I want my kids to remember stuff like Sunday night. It was Memorial Day weekend and we were finally forecast a night without rain. We decided to make it a camping night.
Our first time ever camping!
We pitched a tent in the backyard.
We bought a very fancy "firepit" for $5 at Walgreens. The charcoal cost $3.50.
While the boys and I went after s'mores necessities (and the firepit we stumbled upon) Bryan ran over to Home Depot for some tiki torches.
Why don't we sit around a fire as a family more often?
The boys tried to put out the lights as bedtime approached.
And the giggling inside the tent was more than I could have imagined.
We no sooner got semi-settled before our next door neighbor let their dog out. As the dog barked at us, we couldn't help but bark back. I hope he's not scarred by it - we thought it was hysterical.
To help us settle down again, Bryan invented a game that involved giving compliments to each other, in alphabetical order. A for Daddy... Daddy is AWESOME! The boys' favorite was Q for Luke... Luke is QUEEN!
As my family drifted off to sleep, I recognized each of their breathing patterns, body twitches and snoring. I was so happy to be there. I was wide awake, so I stayed still and prayed. How could I not? God gave us an incredible evening that I will forever cherish.
Talk about a simple, yet wonderful, staycation.