I think we are ready to tackle camping with our bunch. To ease into things, we camped the first night in the backyard. We wanted to test out our equipment while solutions were close at hand.Sleeping bags? Excellent - at least for playing in. Katie actually fell asleep first. Max ran around the tent like a nut until after 11 pm. He finally fell asleep after he found a book to hold on to.
Neighbor's barking dog? My personal favorite. Sleeping in the backyard showed me how noisy our neighborhood actually is, and got me itching to actually get out to the woods. We can always throw the kids in a lake if they get too dirty, right? And if it's quieter maybe they'll fall asleep before midnight next time.