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July 4th Backyard Campout (Camp Trip #2)

The ever clever Dave Barry said "It always rains on tents.  Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent."  Oh, ain't that the truth!

This past Independence Day, we camped in the backyard.  With the family.  And the rain.  And the wind. But we still had fun!  Technically, this would be our summer camping trip #2.  This one gets a big thumbs up.

Paper bag luminaries:  Grab some cheap paper lunch bags and various craft supplies like markers, punches and scissors.  Cut, glue, draw, etc. to your liking!  Add 2" of play sand in the bottom of the bag and top with a tea light candle.  Light and enjoy! 

All of our tents were set up around the fire pit. We made paper bag luminaries, t-shirt necklaces and camp signs to hang on our tents.  We did most of our fireworks on the 3rd, however, because we knew that it was going to rain, rain, rain on the evening of the 4th. And rain it did.  That didn't stop most people from lighting off fireworks though.  It seriously sounded like we were in some sort of war zone with all the popping and booming.... it was great fun in the rain.

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it. ~Chinese Proverb 

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