Friday Family Fun: Back yard camp out!

by DaniGirl on August 5, 2011 · 4 comments

in Fun for kiddies, Ottawa Family Fun

I love the idea of camping. Fresh air, change of scenery, the great outdoors, campfires and sleeping under the stars. Unfortunately, I’m a bit of a princess and also love nine hours of sleep. In a bed, not on the ground. And not within arm’s reach of my entire family.

That’s why I really love the idea of a backyard camp out — the less diva-ish members of the family (that is, everybody except me!) can sleep in a tent, but there’s no 500 meter hike to the nasty outdoor loo in the middle of the night, and if it pours the farthest you have to run is across the patio to safety. Also? No bears.

Campout 2

Yesterday was just about the most perfect day imaginable for a camp out. Warm sunny day, cool dry night. We had a camp-ish supper of sausages, salads, and (I swear, I didn’t plan it maliciously!) beans. Then we stoked up the fire pit and had s’mores for dessert. If you don’t have a fire pit in your back yard, you can always do these on the BBQ, too!

Campout 1

The kids couldn’t wait to get their jammies on, and Beloved and I laughed at the steady stream of “mandatory” supplies that migrated into the tent: favourite blankies and pillows and stuffies and comic books and more blankets and more books. One handheld electronic game was intercepted and denied. The kids couldn’t wait to get to bed – should have thought of this years ago!

Campout 3

I listened with half an ear most of the night, expecting to hear the patio door sliding open and little feet seeking softer beds, but they all made it until dawn in the tent. Lucky for me, I was already awake — Willie couldn’t find anyone else to torment at 5 am and had been chasing dust motes across my bed for more than half an hour when the kids tumbled in, boisterous and happy after their night in the tent.

And the best part of backyard camping? You don’t need to re-stoke the fire to have that first, and very necessary, cup of coffee in the morning!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 coffeewithjulie August 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

O.M.Goodness! That picture with all of your boys together is the bestest. Great post!

2 OpenSitter August 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm

@Scholastic Here's a cute read all about a backyard campout – http://bit.ly/p5ikd7 #fridayreads

3 OpenSitter August 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Cute read: Friday backyard camp out – http://j.mp/nVCaGT #parenting #staycation

4 Ron August 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

You have the coolest family bonding together. I hope that we can have just like this camping session in our backyard. I really wanted to have this kind of activity.

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