Monday, September 29, 2008

Camping In

Nothing says camping like the smell of smoke, a rock hard bed, mediocre food, and a few bug bites. Luckily, Big K was willing to experience them all solo so that the rest of the family, who stayed home from the ward camp out, could enjoy the one great upside of camping: smores. Of course, we weren't able to make a campfire at home. Trust me, I thought about chopping a few branches off our horse chestnut tree and laying them in a nice log cabin shape in the kids' sand box, stuffing it with newspaper, and building a big roaring bonfire 15 feet away from the back of our junkyard neighbor's house. It would have killed two birds with one stone. Especially if a few sparks accidentally flew into one of the abandoned cars a few feet away. But my killjoy husband nixed that plan. So we had to make due. And let me tell you, just like Tiburon said it would, my electric stove top did a stellar job of making absolutely perfect toasted marshmallows. Behold:




And have you ever seen such a well-dressed, CLEAN, camp-out? Me neither. No flannel or hiking boots in sight. I think we should make this a yearly or even bi-yearly tradition. The "Camp In." Only next year I think we'll get really crazy and sleep in sleeping bags in the playroom. I'm a wild one, I know.





14 comments:

MiaKatia said...

That is my kind of camping!

Karyn said...

sounds like fun. Why not use a fireplace... come to think of it when you gave me the grand tour of your house, I don't remember a fireplace.

Camp-in's are the best. Except I still say sleep in the nice comfy bed.

Jen said...

We have camp-ins all the time. Well modernized ones. we make beds in the game room (or lately make mason a bed in our room, since our bed is so comfy)and watch movies and eat junk food. Its great. Welcome to the Camp-in club!!! :)

Tiburon said...

Well done! Way to roast those marshmallows!

tammy said...

I love not camping.

jennie w. said...

I'm not seeing the graham crackers and chocolate bars. For shame!

Suzie said...

I'm afraid I've turned into this kind of camper. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
I'm just saying..

André said...

I don't know many people that don't like a good camp in. Mason will be happy to hear others do it too and correctly call it a camp in and not a camp out.

Candice said...

I hope you don't mind me linking to you from cjane, I also hope this is the first time I am contacting you, it is hard to keep track! I am trying to let people know about threads of love, a nie project I am starting, check it out at www.quilt4nie.blogspot.com or on her benefit blog. Thanks! Love, Candice

Christie said...

Wow - they look even better than the over-the-campfire real things! How fun!

rachel said...

Definitely how I would prefer to camp. My hubby keeps trying to get us to go...he has all this gear! I keep finding many excuses.

Becky, yep said...

MMMMMM, toasted marshmallows!!

ps, that last picture...YOU'RE CUTE!

Holly said...

Oohhh now I want!!! What a good idea!

alex dumas said...

Amen to Tammy and to Becky. Couldn't have said it better.