First Time Campers

Cast of Characters…

Me:  a childhood camper with fond memories.

The Husband: a reluctant camper with (who knew?) a fear that bears will invade our campsite and I will send him out of the tent to fend them off, lest they try to eat one of our children.

The kids: “Yay, a tent!”

Our friends, the Java Family:  with a total of one family camping experience under their belts, but JavaMom and JavaDad are also childhood campers.

We gathered equipment and set off for the camp site.  It wasn’t easy, but we arrived there by…

…exiting my back door. Yes, we camped in the back yard.  I highly recommend this because, if say, your five year old wakes up at the crack of dawn barking orders about how she wants her breakfast and she wants it now, you can send her to her actual room, inside the house, to either go back to sleep or adjust her attitude.  It’s her choice, really.

But, anyway, did I mention that JavaMom and I set up our own tents?  All by ourselves? Without the husbands? We are so awesome.  We tried to convince our seven-year-old sons to help us but one of them faked an injury or something and they disappeared into the house. Nevermind. We set up the tents anyway. And also a fire pit.

Later, The Husband and JavaDad appeared and did manly things like make fire.  They also made cocktails, inflated air mattresses and helped the kids catch fireflies.

We made s’mores and  took the kids on a nighttime walk through the neighborhood with camping lanterns, then made shadow puppets with flashlights on the side of the house.  Finally, the kids mostly asked if they could please go to bed, it’s very late, and we are exhausted.

In the morning, I learned that birds are very, very loud at a very inappropriate hour. So I stumbled into the house and made coffee.  The dads went off to work, which left JavaMom and I to “break camp”.

We declare it an overall success.  Now on to the next level of camping:  camping at an actual campground, but it must have bathrooms.  Or possibly my sister’s back yard. I’m not sure which.

Linking up with…

Beneath the Rowan Tree

Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Yay! Way to go, Creekside Campers! Props to you and Java Mom for your mad tent pitching skills! ;) Glad to hear that your backyard adventure was a success!

  2. YAY, that’s great! I warned you about those freaking birds though ;-)

  3. What a great camping day. We are planning an overnight soon too.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  4. I miss camping! We’re SO busy this summer (and our money has been going to SO many repairs) that I’m not sure if we will get camping this summer! We have a tent AND a pop-up camper! In previous years, we’ve camped for weeks…or every weekend for 6-8 weeks. FUN STUFF! We LOVE camping! Stopping in from THMJ!

  5. I am woman! Hear me roar!

    Great post!

    My husband and our “homeschool neighbors” are camping out tonight in our hs neighbor’s backyard! We are hoping to go camping in the mountains later this summer, but thought this would be a good trial run to see how the kids do!

  6. We are going to try backyard camping either tonight or next weekend. Today at a yard sale we found an LL Bean 10×14 tent for $25 and I’m excited to try it out! I am the reluctant camper in our family, but I’d really like to get over that. We figure that just for one night, we’ll let the kids stay up as late as they want–play in the sandbox, jump on the trampoline, swing and run around the yard. And maybe cook something on the grill for dinner. I think it’ll be fun! My husband will be putting the tent together though :-)

  7. Sounds like fun! Great job with those tents! I have the tent picked out, but it’s just sitting in my online shopping cart right now. None of us have ever been tent camping before, so we’re planning lots of trial runs in our back yard, my mom’s back yard, and anywhere else we can sneak into. :) It’s just awfully hot and buggy down here this time of year, and I’m wondering if I’d be better off waiting until the fall.

  8. This is my kind of camping! Thanks for the inspiration, and smile producing post!

  9. We did some backyard camping last summer too. My husband gave up at some point in the middle of the night and went into the house to sleep! He left me in the tent with the two little girls (at the time 1.5 and 3 years old!). At least I know when we are out on the mountain he can’t ditch me in the middle of the night.
    Sounds like you guys had a great time. Thanks for linking up.

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