Friday, July 25, 2014

Cousin Campout

It's no secret that Aunt Katie and Uncle Tom love to camp. My sweet baby in the belly has already been on 2 camping trips and will go on his third this week. We hope to raise a little outdoors boy, but I guess we will see. My nieces and nephews are intrigued by the camping but none of my siblings are really "into that" as you might say. Tom and I decided it would be fun to take them camping. After further consideration we decided maybe just in the backyard is good for now! After Dane's adorable Superhero party I went home to prepare for the overnight. 
The kids in the superhero capes at Dane's birthday party
Superheroes on the move!
One of my favorite cousin pictures ever
Luckily Tom arrived home from his work trip just in time to help me set up the tent. We got out our biggest tent that we have only used when the kids have slept over. They sat and watched us set it up and were so excited when they could finally get inside.

All of these kids were there for a bit but only four stayed the night in the tent
First, we roasted our dinner on the campfire. The kids had so much fun roasting their own hot dog to eat. After dinner we roasted marshmallows for s'mores. It was a mess but they loved it!

After some very messy s'mores we all went over to the park to play. When it was almost dark we returned to the house for sparklers. The kids each did one and loved it!

After sparklers we watched a movie in the tent. We didn't get to finish the movie cause they were all so tired. Dane was out in no time!

Reese and Joe had to leave but Dane, Claire, Delaney and Trey were able to spend the night. Delaney and Trey were a great help with the younger kids. I woke up at 5:45 to the birds chirping and just knew the kids would be up any minute. Boy, was I wrong! They all slept until 7:30. It was great. When they woke up we finished the movie from the night before and had pancakes on the deck. It was a successful sleepover so hopefully next time we can REALLY campout!

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