We had a backyard campout on a Friday night a few weeks ago. It was going to be beautiful and we just decided to go for it. We took the kids camping last fall for one night and it was okay. A few sweet moments but mostly crazy so we weren't sure what to expect this time around. We figured they need a chance to get used to the whole camping thing and the backyard would be much easier than going somewhere. Especially because we could put Violet to sleep in her crib and then I could join her in the house when the others were going to sleep.
I didn't get any spectacular photos from our experience but I love them anyway. They capture the event perfectly and serve their purpose of preserving memories from our first backyard campout.
Our kids are quite possibly the most excitable kids in the universe. I am not sure how else to put it except that they were complete maniacs. It was so fun surprising them with our plans when Jason got home from work. Their reactions were priceless. We grilled hot dogs for dinner in the backyard and played like crazy until it was time to put Violet to bed. After that, the real fun was supposed to begin (sorry Violet) but it was hard to even talk to the little
maniacs kids because they were all over the place and bouncing from one place to another as if an iv full of straight sugar was running through them.
We filled a cooler with fun snacks like kettle corn, grapes, oranges, and energy bites. They thought this was awesome and wanted to eat it all at once.
We planned a flashlight scavenger hunt that they loved.
We retired to the tent as it got late and began a game of Sorry but we cut it short because it seemed to be never ending.
After the kids and Jason were all tucked into their sleeping bags and blankets, I headed inside to a warm cozy bed because somebody needed to be close to Violet of course.
I was joined by Mia and Avery at different points of the night. Mia randomly woke up crying so Jason brought her to bed with me and Avery got scared at some point and crawled into bed with me.
Tyson hung in there with Daddy and made it all night in his sleeping bag.
In the morning, Violet joined us once again and we enjoyed some Krispy Kremes in the tent.
This last picture pretty much sums up the experience.
Will we do it again? Yes, of course. Because that is what you do with your kids...keep trying, learn from the mistakes, and hope for the best. You just never know what you're going to get. But there is always a moment or two that are worth all the effort and energy you put forth to make it happen.
Also we are a little crazy.