We had our first tent camping (well any real camping) for my Brownie Troop this weekend.
This was a jam packed weekend so I have to admit I wasn’t too thrilled at this being in the mix.
However once we actually got there that all changed.
MB was so excited as we packed our bags and put together our mess kits.
We arrived and setup camp…the older girls had set up a couple tents for us so it wasn’t to hard to get settled though seeing the campsite was on gravel was a little unnerving.
After 30min of card games the girls were called over by their middle and high school PAs to begin the activities. Now for the next 5 hours us moms sat in the shade and marveled that the girls never came back over to see us, there were no arguments, no issues. We joined them for cooking eclairs- wow impressive what you can make on an open fire :P….and got little glimpses of them learning knife safety, how to pitch a tent, cooking, swap making, etc.
After 5 hours they came back to camp for about 30-45 min before dinner…the girls all went into their tents/shades and played UNO.
Then it was time for Tacos in a bag. Not a single complaint about food….group think we decided :). One girl said it was the best thing she had in 3 years…which of course I passed on to her mom the next morning.
Dinner, clean-up then time for campfire songs…the giggles and laughter was infectious. Smores sealed up the night and you can’t do anything to screw that up. Back to bed and with the normal noise and settling down we settled in for the night.
At some point across the tent MB exclaimed “mommy I love you”….which I took for thank you for a wonderful day and for being the one closest to the tent opening. I had to laugh when I saw the girls had set up my sleeping bag…sweet or strategy for positioning. I dread the day when she thinks saying I love you where everyone can hear is not cool…I relish it now!!!
I have no clue how much sleep I actually got…but at one point MB woke up and was cold and I told her to come get in the sleeping bag with me…seriously I couldn’t think of anything better than being snuggled in close with that sweet thing. She swears she didn’t sleep but I can attest to the fact that she was zonked out for the rest of the night minus when I leaned on her hair….our other tent mate had to get dressed warmer in the middle of the night which I had prepared for and then it was sunrise and the night was over.
We of course had to race home to quickly shower and become presentable for the soccer end of year party. Fun to see all the smiling faces and I loved that MB just wanted to dribble the ball around- she really does have a love for the game.
While the moms talked my little one came over to show me something on the jungle gym…I have to say it was sweet to walk across the grass and have her show me how she could climb to the top – so proud and quite happy to have her mommy there to share it with. I spent the next 15min with the girls on the swing set loving that just as much as sitting with the moms…never forgot that watching from afar sometimes is just not the same.
This weekend was totally her weekend — everything on the agenda was hers and actually sitting back and watching her might have been the best thing I needed tooo.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!