Ah, yes. Ready to try camping for reals.
We had a the gear and it took most of the morning to get it packed into the car. All well and good since we couldn't check in to the campsite until mid-afternoon. We had a plan in place to meet Dave's sister and her family for a pre-camping picnic, and off we went.
When we got to the park, we realized not only wasn't there power, neither of us had cell service either. Off the grid!
The rest of the day sort of a blur. We got to our campsite with the family - and they stayed. My niece, proved a valuable asset, as the three big kids ran around the nearby clearing. My brother-in-law proved his worth as well, helping Dave pitch the tent and gathering firewood and starting the fire. He even went above and beyond - when Claire started to feel feverish, he picked up motrin for her, when he was out getting provisions for a dinner picnic.
Finally they left, and the sun was going down. I got dinner cleaned up (Sausages, hotdogs and broccoli with roasted marshmallows for dessert.) and we got ready to sleep.
Right before we went to bed, we all gathered under a gap in the trees - gazing up at the night sky. It was a beautiful moment.
Amazingly, Claire went right to sleep. When she's tired, she just rolls over and closes her eyes and she's off to dreamland. Ben took a few rounds of Twinkle Twinkle for him to settle down. And there we were - sleeping in the woods.
The next day, my inlaws came for a picnic and to help us break up the campsite.
All in all. We had fun. In fact, we're planning to do it again soon.