A couple of weeks ago, the girls and I experienced our first backyard camp out. Amanda didn’t want to have anything to do with it! But Dad and the girls had a lot of fun.

Because the mosquitoes were horrendous at the time, the girls eagerly watched me erect the tent from behind the sliding glass door to the backyard. Once I had the tent setup, they couldn’t wait to get their sleeping bags, blankets, mattress pads, water bottles, and themselves in the tent.

Once they got in, it was wild… like a padded room! Amanda and I were laying on the main air mattress while the girls were running and laughing and chasing each other around the inside of the tent! We were chuckling at their extreme excitement over propped up, enclosed nylon.

Well, it wasn’t the best night’s sleep for me… a couple of middle of the night trips to the bathroom and a slow leak in my sinking air mattress… but the girls had a blast, was good relational, goofing off time with them as we fell asleep, and a really fun memory.

Now what do I say when they want to do it again?!