It started with an episode of Sesame Street in which Elmo goes camping. Then we saw an episode of Sid the Science Kid, where Sid goes camping in his backyard with his dad and a friend from school. Avery started asking to go camping, and so I started to look at Craig's list for a tent, sleeping bags, etc. We set a weekend in September to go camping and hoped for nice weather. Genevieve had recently gone camping, and she thought I might need another adult. Josh and Jason decided to join us. It was great having so many friends there, and we had a wonderful time. Carolyn and Caleb surprised us! They drove up in the evening and made s'mores with us. Then they returned to the comfort of our home -- Carolyn refuses to camp. But that's okay (for now) because Caleb is too little anyway. In a couple more years . . . we may need to convince her to come along.