We had 10 extra kids for the night for a total of 13. A cousin camp-out, we call them. Last year we did this about once a week during the summer, but with a baby and a super busy schedule this was our first one of the season and unfortunately it might be the only one we can pull off this year.
We had a grand time.
We walked to the next street over and watched the parade.
They played hours of “capture the flag.”
We enjoyed yummy ice cream floats. Thanks to Lee, we had a great campfire.
I slept in the tent with most of them.
Six boys joined me at 4 am to head to the church to help with a BBQ chicken fundraiser. Lee stayed home with the other 7.
The scene there is always so pastoral. It does my heart good.
I returned home around 8:40 and made sausage and eggs for everyone. The rest of the day included more outdoor games, including the water sprinkler.
As the day got hotter we also threw in a movie and a few video games. Most of them have gone home now. Of the two remaining, one is playing princess dress-up with the younger one and the other is making potions with the older one.
So thankful to help create these memories and to have each one of these great kids as part of our family.
Now for a nap… But wait… the baby needs attention. I wouldn’t trade this beautifully imperfect contented life for the world.