We took a really nice, short, easy with small kids, camping trip earlier in July. We stayed at the same camp site we always do! It is our favorite!
It is our backyard!
We do most of the same camping things that we would do at a real camp ground. We eat dinner outside, play on the swing set, go for a bike ride, “hike” through our woods and the nature preserve behind us, sleep in a tent, and we make s’mores.
Even our dog joined in on the camping fun!
I love camping in our yard! We know the bathrooms are clean. There is always a warm bed to go to if it starts to rain. There is no drive. No packing. I love that one of us sleeps in the house with the baby since she would never fall asleep in the tent and I don’t think she would really see the fun in the lack of sleep anyways! 🙂
Our tent is pretty small, but it works for us so far! Our last camp out we had my 2 teenage sisters, the 2 older kids and myself sleeping in the tent.
See that pillow on the left? That’s my little corner to sleep in! 🙂
It is a little cramped, but that’s camping!
We always have fun camp outs. Even if I barely get any sleep (I would not recommend sleeping in a tent the week of 4th of July. Fireworks are so loud when you don’t have a real roof over your head!) The kids have fun and they always ask when we will do the next one!
I know it isn’t “real” camping, but this works for us for now! I’m sure that when the kids get a little older and we don’t have to worry about the baby escaping from the tent, we might venture out to a real campground. They haven’t complained about our choice of camp site yet, so it’s good enough for them!
It’s normal at our house.
It is all about spending time with each other and making memories!