Steve has never been a big fan of camping, preferring to stay in the comfort of his own home for sure. However, Brian asked him to join him at their country club for a little father-son time. It was the perfect scenario for Steve...as all he had to do was pitch their tent and pay a small amount of money. The country club did all of the cooking, organized a craft for the kids, provided a kid-friendly movie at dusk, a fire for s'mores and then a pancake breakfast the next morning. To top it off, they had access to the club's restrooms!
We had discussed having our next camping trip very close to home, probably in our backyard, but this opportunity presented itself and worked out perfectly! Brian thought it might be fun for Bennett to go along since all of the other kids were 4-5 years old, but she didn't want to go. In fact, she said something like "I don't want to sleep outside with all of the bugs." We hoped Preston wouldn't be too young, but he did great!
My friend Lauren has triplets (2 girls and a boy), and the girls play great together. She gave her okay with it, and the girls were all excited. They came over late afternoon and they went straight upstairs to get changed into dress-up clothes. We then walked to the park (in their new outfits). After a short time there, we came back and they played in the backyard until dinner was ready.
After dinner, we popped some popcorn and they plopped in front of the TV and watched a barbie movie Bennett chose to rent. It didn't capture their interest long, just long enough to finish the popcorn.
By 8:30 the girls were asking to go to bed, so I set up their sleeping bags and things appeared to be going smoothly. Unfortunately it took a lot of coaxing, a few threats and another 1.5 hours to get them to sleep. By 10:00 PM, the house was quiet.