Since we moved to Ohio, there had been very few Saturday mornings that Chad didn't have to be away. Even if he didn't have to put in a full day, he usually had to at least round in the morning at the hospital. It just so happened that the week before general conference (this is something we do in our church every six months) Chads attending went on vacation. This meant a pretty light week for Chad as well, and the entire weekend off! With the weather warming up, Chad, as usual, made the most of it. He started preparing the beds for all of the seedlings he had been growing in the baby's room window, and working on the yard. The kiddos had fun playing with (torturing) all of the worms and bugs that they found during this process.
The end of the story is that just a few hours later, the backdoor opened and in walked a very sleepy camping crew! I had fallen asleep on the couch and was a little startled, but when I felt the air from the open door, I knew what had happened. After all of our little people were sleeping in their beds Chad told me of the sad little voices telling him how cold they were. That is the beauty of backyard camping! They kids had all the excitement of sleeping out, but still had clean beds, flushing toilets, and a warm breakfast that I popped in the oven that I made the night before while I wasn't camping!