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Memorial Day weekend the three boys in the Sherrill household went camping in the back yard. The boys are 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 and can be trusted around fire (wow—I’m not sure I’m there yet!).
The boy’s got to extend their bedtime as the sun was still up. Adam got to sleep on a crib mattress (we should all be so lucky to have a mattress when camping!) and Mark & I each had an inflatable camping pad and fleece sleeping bag. We built a camp fire in our fire pit and roasted marshmallows. The swings where right there, so we had everything we needed! We had nice weather, with the evening getting cool enough to make our blankets and sleeping bags just right. Each of the boys woke up one time in the night (one for fireworks, the other disoriented), but went right back to sleep.
Jenny got to pretend that we were far away, and I appreciated having replacement batteries for my reading light within walking distance.
For our first time experimenting with backyard camping, it went very well! My brother reminded me that we did the same thing growing up (I seem to remember a much smaller tent) and we slept under the walnut tree (which was a danger in itself!) in the thick, green, smells like attic sleeping bags.
Here’s a YouTube video putting up the tent, getting ready for bed, and drinking hot chocolate the next morning.
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