Backyard Campout

I just love looking at people’s summer bucket lists.  They look so fun and inspiring.  When it comes to keeping one for myself, however… I always hesitate.  Fun or not, a list is a list and sometimes feels like a “to-do” or worse yet, a “must-do.”  For me, summer is all about spontaneous and lack of schedule.  We do indeed have a bucket list, but I try to keep it short and intentional so it remains fun and not stressful.

All that to say, summer is here and our list includes lots of swimming!  Today I actually jumped in the pool, and it felt more refreshing and less like torture; that’s a good sign!  Triscuit was at my feet, which is a bit unusual.  I can’t decide if he is sad that Stray is gone or happy that Stray is gone… but he definitely knows Stray is gone.  Poor Triscuit!

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And, something the kids have been begging to do again since we did it 3 years ago; set-up the tent for a backyard sleepover.  Daniel promised this would be the day, and he kept true to his word, despite being exhausted.

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I have an awesome story about this tent.  It was several years ago, and I was just turning on the radio when I heard, “Be caller 7 now.”  I quickly dialed the number and was in shock to hear, “You’re caller 7.  Congratulations!”  There was just one problem.  I had no idea what I had won!  When they asked, “So, what band are you most excited to see?”  I just said, “Ummm… all of them?”  Turns out, I won tickets to Spirit West Coast, as well as free camping and this awesome tent.  We got to go to the concert for one day, but couldn’t use the campsite.  We never even opened the tent — until now!  (And, it is awesome!)

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We really do have a great backyard for camping.  I am especially in love with our pine trees.  They helped sell me on this house; seriously!

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Little guy didn’t know what was going on:

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In honor of our first official summer campout, Allison requested we eat dinner outside.  (I liked it when she was 3 and into “Fancy Nancy,” and made requests to eat “al fresco.”)  How could I say no — I told her to set the table outside.

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You may notice something -er- rather, someone missing.  Turns out Daniel wasn’t just exhausted.  Poor guy got the stomach flu.  When he wouldn’t come for dinner, I finally hunted him down.  Imagine how bad I felt when inside I was thinking, “What is wrong with him — we are all waiting to eat dinner and he won’t even come!” And then I find him puking in the bathroom.  Yeah, I repented.  On a lighter note, we got to enjoy our own garden green beans!  And the kids ate them all up!   I also tried this Pinterest recipe, which we now refer to as “yummy drummies.”  I only marinated them for an hour, (the recipe calls for 8 hours), but they were still very flavorful.  They’d make a great summer potluck dish!

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I decided to do s’mores inside since I didn’t have Daniel to help with a fire outdoors.  (What — you didn’t think we could camp without s’mores, did you?)  It actually worked out great, since this was the first time the kids did the roasting completely on their own.  They felt very proud!

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It is now 9:30pm and all is quiet.  I am kind of in shock that they actually went to sleep out there.  I guess swimming helps.  Hopefully Daniel remembered to turn off the sprinklers!

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Do you keep a bucket list?


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