Benjamin is really getting in to the idea of camping. For several practical reasons, starting with the fact that we have a 10 month old and ending with the fact that our tent is in storage somewhere in Virginia, that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. However, he loves to play “tent”. He climbs under the covers of a bed, or under any available blanket, sheet or towel, puts all of his stuffed animals or other precious toys inside and pretends he’s in a tent. He always has to play tent with someone else — usually his Grandma. This has provided hundreds of hours of enjoyment for Benjamin and various members of his family.
Last night, he and Grandma did one better — Benjamin actually had a sleepover with Grandma on the futon in the living room. Benjamin hasn’t ever had such an intentional sleepover. (There were a few times, as a baby, that I took him to bed with me out of desperation, and then there were the infamous times when we first moved here when he was sleeping on the couch or on a mattress on the floor which probably felt a lot like camping — they did to me, at least.) He absolutely loved it. Apparently, he fell asleep nearly instantly and slept all night. He was so happy to wake up with his Grandma this morning, and he just asked me if he could have a sleepover with his Grandma again tonight (which I’ve vetoed, because I’m not sure how well he really did sleep, as he was a bit out of sorts all day). Later this week, Grandma is going to “camp out” on the air mattress on Benjamin’s floor in his room, too.
I think he’s really enjoying having his Grandma visit, and getting to go “camping”. Other than being outside, and roasting marshmallows, the best part of camping is getting to have a sleepover, anyway. I’m so happy that Grandma is here to visit — I love having her here, and I know how much this means to my boys.