On a Friday night...
You're right - it's not a local campground. It's a local ball field. It's also a great place for Mister J's first camping experience. Level ground, no rocks/twigs, and plenty of food and entertainment. He stayed up late and got up early. He was tired when he got home - but he's managed to keep going all day long without a nap!
Mister J and Big J had a fun "just the boys" outing last night, and I have to admit that while I was happy for them to have that time together, I was sad that I wasn't there. You see, this was Mister J's first time camping. And I'm a mostly-stay-at-home mom, so I'm used to being there for all of the firsts. Instead, Big J got to enjoy this milestone. And I'm glad. He works hard so that I can be at home, and he doesn't always get to do the 'firsts.' I think it's important for them to have some time together and to do some special things.
To be honest, Miss M was a little bummed, too. She wants to do everything her big brother does! And have I mentioned that the tent is new? So she and I were both a little, teeny bit envious that the boys got to use it first. We hadn't been able to work out a time to give it a test run in the backyard before the boys used it! That's ok, though. It was damp when they brought it home, so the kids and I set it up this morning to let it dry. And, of course, we all crawled through it a couple of times for fun.
So what did Miss M and I do to occupy our time? Dinner out (Chick-Fil-A, of course), followed by a trip to Target to pick out some new nail polish, and mini-cures when we got home! She also wanted to buy her brother a book since he didn't get to come shopping with us - so sweet! I have to add that she really missed him like crazy last night. While she wasn't very talkative (tired from the first week of school!), when she did talk to me, it was often about Mister J.
So how did this missing-her-boy's-first-camping-experience Mama do? Well, I did get a few phonophotos and text messages to let me know how things were going, so I did fine. And all of those came after Miss M was in bed, when I was really missing my guys (perfect timing, Big J!). But next time, I want to go, too!