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Backyard Camping

Welcome to the June Carnival of Natural Parenting: Outdoor fun

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their stories and tips for playing outside with kids. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Backyard camping!

One of my favorite things about summer is taking our indoor activities to the outdoors. Over Memorial Day weekend, my husband put the tent up in our backyard and all three of us (well, four of us including the dog) slept outside. We had so much fun falling asleep to the sound of bugs making noises in the trees. Of course, Gavin had a ton of fun playing in the tent until bedtime. Toddlers and tents just seem to go together. 

Since any routine that we normally have for bedtime was useless, we let Gavin decide when he was ready for bed. We couldn’t believe how easily he fell asleep out there. The outdoors just seem to naturally relax him and ease him into sleep.

Gavin loves grazing while he plays outside.
I will admit that we didn’t stay out there all night. Around 2 a.m., the nearly full moon was high in the sky and shining right into our tent. I found myself sleeping on a rock and Gavin was finding it difficult to go back to sleep after waking (okay, I was moving around everywhere and kept waking him up). My husband and my dog seemed to be sleeping fine, but I decided not to torture myself anymore. The next morning, my husband and I questioned our sanity as we realized that we intentionally deprived ourselves of the sleep that we were already missing. Oh well, it was fun and we had the rest of the weekend to nap.
The next morning, we had “brunch” in the backyard to continue our outdoor experience. There is nothing like farmer’s market veggies on a hot day! Hopefully we’ll have our own veggies from our garden in the next month or so. If you are hoping to start your own garden soon, check out our article about composting. Check back soon for part 2 of Starting a Garden!


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  2. I have been begging Tom to take us camping. I have fond memories of camping, and I want to share them with Kieran. Tom is worried about what you’re describing here though 😉 I like the idea of trying it close to home – you guys were really close! We have a couple of campgrounds within 20 minutes of our house, that’s probably where we will venture out to first. I’m going to have to bring the air mattress though – no rocks for me, thankyouverymuch!

    • Yeah – we did it the easy way this time! This did make me more confident that we could go a little further from home next time.

  3. What great memories you’re creating! And you’re making me hungry for fresh garden produce! For your toddler to develop memories of veggies fresh from the garden is priceless. I still love visiting my parent’s garden in the summer and really miss it when I can’t.

    • I still have memories of eating sugar snap peas from my grandma’s container garden, and I think I try to recreate those memories every summer. The taste of fresh veggies is priceless.

  4. I especially like that you bring up the idea of moving our normal indoor activities outside in the summer. We eat our dinner outside almost every evening in the summer and we often sit outside in the hammock or on a blanket to read books with the kids. I’m also hoping to have a clothesline this summer so even laundry can come outside.
    I remember backyard camping as a girl. I’m sure you are creating lifelong memories for your boy that will make up for a little less sleep here and there!!

    • You are right – the memories are worth it. We started a clothesline last year and we love it! I have a few pictures of my husband hanging the clothes, but he wouldn’t let me post them 🙂 I’ll have to sneak them on here someday.

  5. Oh hooray for backyard camping!!! I remember doing this with my sisters as kids; so fun. Thank you for sharing.

  6. These sorts of experiences are the ones that memories are made of. Good for you for doing something so simple but yet extraordinary. I’m sure your little one will be asking to go camping again this summer.

  7. I love backyard camping! It was always a treat when we did this as kids. Plus, when we were older (not sure how old, I’ll have to ask) Mom and Dad used to let my sister and I camp out in the backyard alone! It was so “grown up” and yet we could run in the house if we wanted to. I think this is the first time I’ve been to your blog – glad to have found you!

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  9. What a delightful post! I’ll look forward to more of your gardening series — excellent. I used to love backyard camping as a girl; I don’t have a backyard anymore, but maybe we can do camping-camping. 🙂 I will say, though, that eating outside makes the food taste that much better. I love it!

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  11. I love this idea, and I plan to camp out very close to home with my older girls as soon as we move and have our first yard! 🙂

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