Monday, August 8, 2011

Camping it up with the JGirls

It was a mixed-weather Sunday. We did have sprinkles, even though had the timing all wrong. We did have thunder. Lots of thunder. More thunder than rain, perhaps, though it did manage to pour a little bit. Every little bit helps!

What are the JGirls to do to cap off the weekend--with no summer school or any obligations on Monday?....

Camp-out in the Family Room!

No, that's not a television evangelist on the screen. That's Bobby Flay from Food Network. One of CJ's favorite shows is "Food Network Star," and Sunday night's show was the "Final 4" episode, leading up to the finale next weekend. Camping, Food Network AND staying up late to watch the whole show?!

She could hardly wait.

Even though she spent her earliest days in front of "Emeril Live," RJ2 is not a big fan of Food Network, nor of most television in general. She prefers to watch kid programs on her computer, "rewinding" as often as necessary to her favorite parts. So, she opted to have "Crazy Hair Day" with her Play-Doh friends...

...who then have to take the bus to school.

We started turning off the lights at 8:30, with the last ones out at 10...

(--after they let Mary Beth Albright go--Boo hoo! But the food writer just couldn't cook well enough to hang in there for the finale. Oh well. I think Food Network General Manager Bob Tuschman should use her as a companion commentator with Kevin Brauch for "Iron Chef America." Yeah, yeah, it's one more star/idol competition show that I wasn't supposed to be watching....)

Shortly after 6:20 a.m.

RJ2 was up first, very quietly whispering to her beanie baby bear, Barbara Manatee. Then came the click of the flashlight and CJ opening the pages of a book. This was followed by my turning on the light and grabbing the....

...which lasted for about five minutes, until RJ2 emerged from the tent with a mission to create pillow structures. The first was a pillow stack at my feet. Then, it was "Fort Mom."

After being pressed by pillows, it was time to press some coffee!

A good night was had by all. (And a dry tent indoors is much more fun to put away than a wet tent outdoors.) Nice job, JGirls!

1 comment:

Kelly Combs said...

Not sure whether to say nice fort mom, or "nice fort, mom." Okay, that doesn't convey as funny as it is in my mind. oh well.

Great "trip"!