I started a Summer Bucket list this and I'm determined to do everything on it, unlike last year. One thing on the list was to do a Backyard Campout. At first I thought we'd do it on the Great American Backyard Campout date of June 23rd, but it's Rich's cousin's Graduation Open House, so we picked the first free night and then stuck to it! :-)
The kids and I read a few stories as Rich had fallen asleep in a chair by the campfire. When we were done and the kids and I were just laying there trying to sleep, Blake spoke up and said "I had a really fun day!" Even though our campout had only been a few hours, those hours as a family made his day and that felt really good to hear. :-)
By 7:00 am or so, we were all awake. The kids and I got everything all packed back up while Rich had some running to do. We had some pancakes and omelets for breakfast in the house before having to leave for a birthday we had that day.
We all had a GREAT time, except for Rich being a little tired after a long week at work. We're looking forward to doing it again though this summer on a night where Rich hasn't had to work and maybe plan meals a little better, so they're a little more substantial AND they're all cooked over the campfire! :-) Rich and I actually enjoyed backyard camping better than going to a campground...something about having the comfort of home right there really made it nice! ;-)