The kids wanted to do backyard camping for a while so this summer we decided it was time to fulfill that wish. Thanks to Pinterest, I found some cool ideas like tacos in a bag, a nature scavenger hunt, and a jug filled with water with a headlamp that makes a great light. We had a fire for s'mores and to keep us warm. It got down to about 51 that night - brrr. (It's funny, if we hit 51 degrees in March we are all wearing shorts and tank tops!)
Anyway, there were bubbles and a short volleyball game. We played Uno at bedtime and then read some stories from Encyclopedia Brown - remember those?! It was cozy...7 people (and a dog) in a 6 person tent...
We lasted until somewhere around 1:30 a.m. I woke up and could not go back to sleep. As much as I love listening to the bugs, I just couldn't fall asleep and it was pretty chilly with only one blanket. Then I heard someone else sit up and then someone else rustled. Most of us went inside for more comfortable accommodations. I assumed Meredith would come in if not then, soon after. When we got up in the morning, we realized both Lyndsay and Meredith made it all night! Wow - they are true campers in my book. But like they said, once everybody left, they had all kinds of blankets and plenty of room. :)
I'm glad we tried it and maybe next year this could become a tradition with Dad!!