Each spring our American Heritage Girl troop goes camping. Our family missed it last year because Anne suffered a minor concussion just before the trip. It was Anne who was most excited to go this year. We knew several weeks ago that it wasn't likely the trip would go forward, but, much to Anne's disappointment, the trip was officially cancelled this week.
So what do you do when you have a disappointed six-year-old and campgrounds everywhere are closed. Oh, and there just happens to be a pandemic and you aren't suppose to leave your house. Simple. You camp in your backyard.
With the weather warming up a little and the rain stopping, I decided to pull out our tent from its basement storage spot. As I began to set it up, I realized I hadn't taken into account the wind. It is tricky to set up a large tent by yourself amidst large gusts of wind. Actually, I set up the tent fairly easily, but I thought I was going to be picked up into the air when I tried to secure the rainfly. I am happy to say I remained on the ground and the tent eventually was habitable.
Anne and Clare filled the tent with our air mattresses and of course chose the best air mattresses for themselves, which led to a fight with Meg. There have been a lot of fights since social isolation began. They haven't all been just among the girls. I'm pretty sure at least one of my children have told me they hate me every day since since this all began. We managed to find a solution to the air mattress dilemma. After all, going out an buying another air mattress was not an option.
To enhance our camping experience, we cooked hamburgers on the grill for dinner. As soon as dinner was over, we moved in to the tent. I pulled out my book, while the girls played bean boozled. If you don't know what this horrible game is, it simply requires a mix of good jelly beans and really, really nasty jelly beans. According to my girls' rules, each contestant blindly chooses a bean and must keep it in their mouth for at least five seconds. You now understand why I didn't participate in this game.
With our book read, we settled down to resting on our beds and eating popcorn out of brown paper bags. Meg and I read. Anne and Clare played on tablets for awhile. We were just about to fall asleep, when Anne announced she was cold and wanted to go inside. And therein lies the best reason to camp in your backyard. We all just headed inside and slept in our own comfortable beds.
We do hope to make it through the night outside at some point. Anne is reevaluating her pajama choice and bedding so she can be warmer in the future. I have told the girls that we need to wait for a night when there is no possibility of rain. We don't want to set ourselves up for failure.
We ended up using the tent the following morning. Anne and Clare decided to do their schoolwork in the tent. We are keeping the tent up for now so the girls can use it for another fun space during this time we are in our home.