Once Ben came home from work, everyone got their camp gear on, we set up the tent (one that Ben's mom and dad used to use), lit up the grill and put out the tree trunks and logs (all brought over by my BFF), pulled out the hotdogs and buns, laid out the blankets, grabbed some sleeping bags, and was ready to celebrate our Bravey turning 4 with a backyard "Camp Out"!
We all just had fun relaxing outside (okay, I did stress a little as I was getting things ready and may have been a bit short with Ben). Ben got some bubbles and flashlights for the girls to play with, we roasted hot dogs, made smores, sang "Happy Birthday", gave Brave some presents, and everything was fine and dandy. I think it was just what our four year old wanted!
Since we were camping out, I wanted a smores-ish cake and came across a recipe for this Chocolate-Graham Cracker Refrigerator Cake. It was pretty yummilicious and so easy to make! It doesn't really taste like smores, but it did its job nonetheless and as long as the birthday girl loves it, well that is good enough for me.
I must disclose that I had no intention of camping outside at all. This giant belly of mine makes me use the restroom so often, that I wasn't going to sleep outside. No siree. I need easy access to the bathroom. Soul wasn't going to sleep outside either because she doesn't know how to sleep with us and only knows how to sleep in her crib. We were the wimps and slept inside.
Ben and the big girls really did go to sleep outside. I bid them goodnight around 10:30, but True and Brave were already zonked in the tent when Ben went to bed. They started the night outside, but they came in the house around 2 in the morning because Ben had a crick in has neck (which took a week to resolve) and our neighbor's dog's barking kept them from sleeping anyway, so in the house they went! Oh well... we tried.
Our Brave is a special girl and we wanted to make sure to give her a special fourth birthday! We thank God for giving her to us and are so blessed by her constant sweet and loving spirit. We love you Bravey!!!