Well, we did it. We took the whole family camping - and not just to our backyard. To the forest. The first camp-out of the season is a little scary because we just don't know quite what to expect from our kids - particularly Lucy and her sleeping. But I'll get to that later. This will be a long post - most likely wordy and definitely lots of pictures:
Well about 20 minutes later we hear Lucy crying. We don't think Emmy did anything. . . but who knows? As Ben and I were trying to figure out what we should do (Do we go and hold her? Do we let her cry it out for a few minutes???), Emmy started singing to her. Cute, silly, made-up songs. Emmy kept this singing up for 10-15 minutes. Lucy had totally quieted down and was listening. It was pretty much the cutest darn thing you ever heard from two sisters. That Emmy can be truly amazing. Well after all the singing, the girls got goofy. I had no idea what exactly was going on, but there was lots of laughing. It was adorable to listen to - and we didn't want to wreck their fun.
We had wanted to keep the boys up to show them the stars. But they were getting scared. . . and were begging to go to bed. We kept putting them off until I just finally gave in, said we might as well all go in the tent for a bit (since everyone was awake), then come back out in 20 or so minutes to check out the stars. So we all got PJs on and went to the tent. Much to Emmy's and Lucy's delight I am sure. And Lucy provided the entertainment - we just all sat in our sleeping bags watching her and playing the "hug me" game. It went something like this, "If you hug me (one of the kids) then I'll sing you a song." Although Miles' wasn't to sing a song, it was to recite a poem. And recite he did. And hug 'n hug 'n hug Lucy did. Totally cute. We went to check out the stars, but the boys were pretty scared. So it didn't last too long. We got back in the tent and had strict orders of "Silence!" Poor little Lucy cried - "Daddy hold you me," (meaning, Daddy hold me), also she cried, "I can't see" (after hearing Miles say that once). "I can't see" almost made me burst out laughing it was just so sweet and cute. She finally fell quiet and then must have fallen asleep. She slept well and soundly until about 6:15 - I then picked her up and held her (she was so cuddly and still sleepy!) until everyone else got up - around 7. 7! A record for our family for camping. It was definitely due to the late-night partying that was happening in our tent.
The kids all came up here with me and we used our water-filter and filled up our water-bottles. It was pretty great drinking cool, mountain spring water - for free.
So there it is, our first camp-out. It started out with a lot of cranky kids (I didn't mention that, but they sure were. . .) but ended pretty sweetly.