Yesterday I surprised Katherine and Nathaniel by pulling out a tent and sleeping bags and announcing that dinner, bedtime reading, and sleep would be outside. You don’t get much better than this in Kentucky: 60 degrees for the nighttime low, little humidity and no rain, and nearly bug-free.
The kids played games in the yard while I took over Katherine’s hammock and stole some reading time under Sydney’s fruit trees. Dessert on the front porch consisted of Nutella on graham crackers, with a handful of marshmallows. It was a hit! When I was searching for Nutella in the grocery store, they were out of every size except a big jar . . .
I fully expected the kids to make a dash for the house some time in the night, but they stayed outside all night and said they had had a great time. It probably helps that they were only a few steps away from the chicken coop, so they knew they had company out there.