Saturday, August 16, 2014

Backyard camping

Last summer we decided we didn't want to go anywhere for the 4th of July weekend, so we had some friends over for a BBQ and backyard camp. It was a total hit, and we had requests for a repeat this year. I wasn't sure if we would be able to fit one in, given the craziness of the summer, but we made it happen! Year #2 was a hit as well, so there will most likely be a year #3 too! 

The weather was iffy. Thunderstorms off and on all day. It wasn't very warm. I was sad. And a bit panicked. We had quite a few people coming, and while our house COULD accommodate them, it would be pretty tight quarters. Thankfully it cleared up just as the party was getting started! We BBQed, the kids played, and the adults socialized. When it got dark, we put on a movie outside (we borrowed a friend's projector, and now it's on the "want" list!). It was FUN. (Sadly I didn't have time to take any pictures! The only 2 I have are from John's phone!)

The fun finally died down around 1:00 am (I'm getting way too old for that!), but it started again at about 7:00 am with pancakes and bacon (and bacon pancakes), plus lots of coffee for the adults. 
John's pride and joy: bacon pancakes!

John, the boys, and I managed to get the house cleaned up pretty quickly, so we headed out for a bike ride to downtown Coeur d'Alene. We are at one of our favorite downtown spots and played at the park.

Needless to say, the boys were EXHAUSTED this evening and as of 7:00, all 3 were in bed, and I'm hanging out with John and Ender in the backyard. It's a beautiful evening!

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