Great American Backyard Campout Photos!

Recently, we pledged to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout organized by the National Wildlife Federation. I set up the tent and our little camping area Friday while my husband was at work. Whenever we have gone “real” camping, I have been limited to what we could fit in our Jeep so I could never get our campsites as pretty as I would like them. At home, that wasn’t an issue so I could make it as fun, glam, and bohemian as I wanted. 🙂

We actually had so much fun that we ended up camping in the back on two different weekends! We may leave this “campground” set up for the rest of the summer. 🙂 This was E’s first experience camping and he loved it! We can’t wait to bring him camping to a real campsite.

We live on a hill and have no privacy from our neighbors above us. To give us a bit of seclusion, I hung curtains around our pergola.

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Hand soap, lotion and lantern.
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Old fashioned hand washing station (E loved this!).
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Mason jar water glasses for each of us.
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Drinking water with fresh mint.
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We used E’s train table as our picnic table.
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Our dogs joined in on the fun.
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We roasted smores. We came to the decision that I am the smore making master. My husband thought his would win since he has been camping more, but I grew up going to beach bonfires every summer. 😉
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Stella loved sleeping in the tent!
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E loves his little books, and stashed lots of them in the pockets inside the tent. As soon as he woke up, he started grabbing books for story time. 🙂
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Backyard Campout for Wildlife!

This is something my husband and I have been talking about doing anyway with our little guy, and now we have the perfect reason! We can’t wait to show E his first camping experience, right in our own backyard. The best part…$2 will be donated to save wildlife for every person that participates!

I can’t wait to share pictures of E’s first “camping trip”! 🙂

Our New Home – The Before Pictures of the Front and Back Yards

Here are some true “before” shots of our front and back yard.  These were taken just a couple of days before we moved in.  Since we are on a hill, our front and backyard have different areas that I call the upstairs yard and downstairs yards.  We have a large side yard area (where our greenhouse is located at the moment), and that is the “downstairs back yard”, even though it technically reaches all the way to the front.  I will post updated pics soon!  A lot has changed in just a few weeks.

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