I'm not exactly the "funnest" mom on the block. When it comes to special outings and little extras I just don't do very well. I enjoy spending time with the kids, but the days are full of meals, dishes, laundry, schoolwork, diaper changes, and discipline. Of course, they are also full of cuddles, laughs, funny things the little guys say, and interesting conversations with the older crew.
In an attempt to be fun and spontaneous, I planned a little escapade for last weekend. Claude was out at a 50K, camping overnight in the little van so as not to miss an early morning start. I thought, why not take the kids camping while he was away?
Before you start thinking that I'm some kind of super mom, just check out our campsite.
Our very large toy room (soon to be occasional guest room) seemed like the perfect spot for our 9 person tent. Of course, it had to actually fit.
Which it did. Perfectly.
We started our campout with a rousing game of Memory.
The kids were bouncing off the walls (literally...if they could defy gravity they would have been up and down and all around the walls and ceiling). The excitement was extreme, and they didn't even know that we were sleeping in the tent. They were wired from a day of merely playing in the tent.
I went for easy, camping kind of food - hot dogs and frozen peas (still frozen) served in coffee filters.
*Note: Coffee filters are my new favorite way to serve everything from hot dogs and sandwiches, to popcorn and pickles. Try them. They are awesome. Cheap. Compact in the trash. No washing necessary.
Next we enjoyed S'mores, which I made in the oven. Half a marshmallow, two pieces of chocolate, and a two graham cracker halves. The kids each had about three, but even with that their sugar intake was significantly less than if we had used full marshmallows and twice as much chocolate.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed them.
Here are a few of the messy faces.
While the older three kiddos watched "Milo and Otis" (which, by the way, scared Abby immensely), I sat upstairs to monitor the little guys. They did well, but boy did they blow a lot of raspberries before they finally conked out. My lips were tingly and then numb just listening to them!
And then, before I knew it, everyone was sound asleep. One was even snoring. One claimed to have stayed awake the whole night. :)
And then Rachel woke up three times in the night.
And then she cuddled with me on my mattress and we slept for a while. And then she woke up, walked all over the tent, and brought things to drop on my head. And then she toddled down the stairs with me at 5am because I finally caved and decided to give her a bottle of milk.
We slept beautifully after that. :)
And then the morning came and with it the metldowns and grumpy attitudes I had feared. Saturday was a bit rough and I was so glad when Claude walked through the door!
We had fun. Made some memories. And learned some rules about tent dwelling. Now that we've had a practice run maybe we'll attempt a "real" camping trip!