My boys are very deprived - they have never been camping before. Camping and wheelchairs and a child with special needs just don't seem to mix very well :) That is a good excuse for Aaron anyway as he HATES camping. He is a real 'city boy' and if we go anywhere it has to be somewhere with a flushing toilet, a shower and most importantly at TV and DVD player.
Last year we were walking through Kmart and they had a really good special on a 6 man tent. We thought we would grab one, as you just never know when you will need a tent. Aaron put it up for the boys to play in a couple of weeks ago, but the weather was freezing so they only used it during the day. Since the weather has warmed up during the last week (34 degrees today last time I heard!) I promised Jay and Harri I would sleep in the tent with them in the backyard one night. Last night was it - the weather was perfect for it.
The boys were so excited! They grabbed all their gear including torches, treats, books to read, and their bedtime soft toys and couldn't get down there fast enough.
The boys loved the novelty of reading their books with a torch!
Jay went star gazing or planet spotting when it got dark. Last year they did a unit on the solar system and ever since he has been fascinated with learning about stars and planets.
After telling a few stories (I didn't think scary ones were appropriate, as no doubt Harri and also Jay would start freaking out!), we had fun taking some silly photos.
The boys were great and actually went to sleep before 9.45pm - until Jay's hayfever started playing up! We finally got to sleep and I woke at 3.15am thinking it was about 5.30am as it was a full moon and didn't really get dark all night. When the boys woke at 6.30am Harri goes 'that was sooo much fun last night wasn't it Mum!?'. It was but I don't think I will choose to do it again in a hurry - one night of fun is good enough to last me until next Summer! Aaron's promised them he will sleep with them in the tent another night.