I have always enjoyed the outdoors, but as fall is setting in and the kids are returning to school most of our budget is going to their supplies. The kids are still in a summer time mind even though thier bodies are sitting in school. When packing up from summer vacation you have probably heard some thing along the lines of ” Can’t this be our new home or do we really have to leave” so instead of arguing with them why not bring some of that fun home. The way I brought the fun home was to set up a camp in our basement.
This started when my niece and nephew spent the night at our house. When you include my son I had an eight, six and three year old to entertain–and get to sleep. After a day of hiking trails, eating trail mix , sitting by a fire pit and stargazing the kids started complaing about the cold so our camping moved indoors. We started to set up for the great camp in, I set up the 4 person pop tent and got the air mattress inflated, while my wife worked getting the kids ready for their adveture. To make sure the full camping feeling was there I started a fire in our wood stove that is in the basement. We even set out our camping chair by the fire along with wood pieces to sit on that would eventually provide warmth for our little campers. This is the one benefit of our basement being unfinished.
The kids then requested hot dogs and smores, so we went old-fashioned and cut sticks from the woodpile. They had a blast! We made sure all the food was put up high so we didn’t have to worry about bears there was a roaming beagle on the prowl. Soon, it was time for camp fire stories. The fun kind as the kids were still kind of young and I found out the eight year old is a bit of a scaredy cat. I’ll admit, it was funny seeing the six year old and the three old teasing the oldest making scarey camping noises. (When they finally settled down we had to leave a hall light on for the “big kid”.) Finally the fire started to die down and the kids dozed off.
What I would suggest as some of you may not want to be as official as we were is just to have fun with it. Even if it means sleeping bags in the floor of a living room with a fire place screensaver the memories will still last a lifetime. My wife said it was the best type of camping no long walks to bathroom, no bugs, and no little ones playing in the ashes from the fire pit. So, no matter what you did this summer; camping, beach, overseas, or mountains you can always live a little bit of it back at home. This doesn’t mean bring a truck load of sand and dump in your basement but, if your really have an urge to the only thing I ask is put it on YouTube so we all can see.