Archives for June 2009

Our Backyard Campout (that wasn’t)

If you’ve taken a minute to read the Simple Kids About page, you’ll note that I have promised to always be honest and authentic with you, the Simple Kids readers.  Before I share our Great American Backyard Campout experience with you, I have to confess that we are not a camping family.  All of us love the outdoors, and I’ll happily hike and swim and explore and experience nature with you anytime, but when nighttime rolls around – well, I prefer to indulge in the creature comforts of air conditioning and a soft, warm bed.

Now having said that, I had prepared myself to be open to anything to celebrate the Backyard Campout.  We borrowed  a tent from friends, rounded up the bug repellent, and prepared for an adventure.


There was a lot of initial enthusiasm on the part of both girls . . .



but eventually the novelty wore off and the call of other backyard projects proved more enticing than hanging out in the stuffy tent.  (Saturday happened to be one of the hottest days of the year so far, and even the hours of late evening and dusk were uncomfortably hot.)

There were leaves to collect


and adventures to pursue.


Eventually, the girls wanted to go back inside, and I was thankful that I was not attached to any expectations or outcomes.  They are only four and not-quite-two, and we have lots of summer nights ahead of us to see the backyard campout through to sunrise.  Just another exercise in letting go and going with the flow . . .

I am so looking forward to hearing about your campout! Did you roast marshmallows or tell stories around a campfire? Did anyone play music or make up new games? Did the camping out last all the way through the night, or are you planning to try again? Leave a comment or post a link to your own backyard campout experience!