Here is our tent all set up and waiting for us.
We played a comical family game of kickball. Comical because the children couldn't remember having ever played before and kept mixing up the rules with soccer. Andrew didn't want to touch the ball with his hands. Ryan wanted to keep kicking the ball after the initial kick. Molly wanted to pick up the bases. As you can see, eventually we got the hang of it. Kind of.
After the difficulty with kickball, we decided to stay with a game we all knew the rules to. Hide and seek!
We moved next to jumping on the trampoline. Then we laid down on the trampoline and watched the sunset together, listening to the sounds of the crickets, birds, and neighborhood dogs.
Of course we made S'mores once it got dark. How can you have a camp out without them?
We put on our jammies and read stories and sang songs together until the boys fell asleep.
I'd like to say that Molly fell asleep soon after, but that would not be truthful. Our neighbors were having a party and played loud heavy metal music until after 11pm. Molly danced and sang along with the music.
In the morning, the kids crawled in our sleeping bags for snuggles, before we had hot cocoa and breakfast. We laid there and listened to the animals outside. Andrew was very excited because we heard an owl.
Later the kids helped take down the tent, and were happy and helpful, despite the fact that they wanted to sleep outside FOREVER!
I knew this month would be challenging. April is such a busy month for our family. I was afraid that with all we had going on, I would be tempted to justify turning on the tv instead of going outside to play on exceptionally busy days.
Thank you for joining me in this journey, for taking this challenge with our family. I appreciate your support and enthusiasm. I hope that you have been able to spend more time outside than you usually do, even if you were not able to make it out everyday. I hope that you have been able to get some fun ideas from others who have posted. I hope you have been blessed to create happy memories with your loved ones outside.
***If you have participated in the challenge, please comment and let me know how you did. It is okay if you did not make it every day. I know sometimes weather or illness make it impossible to get outside. I just want to hear from you if you tried and want to know what the experience has meant to you and your family. All those who comment will be entered into a drawing for the $30 amazon card. I will draw on Monday. (If you signed up at the very beginning and shared it on your facebook pages and blogs, you will also receive entries for those)!
***There is now a linky up for anyone who would like to share any outside fun they have had this month! All those who link up will be eligible for another entry.