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Camping makes us smile, no matter where we are


I don’t know how it happens that a week can slip away before I realize it. But here it is Saturday morning, almost afternoon, and I still haven’t posted a smile for Trent’s Weekly Smile compilation. If you haven’t read his weekly smile post from Monday yet you should. He has the most beautiful foxglove flowering over there.

So anyway. Katie and I have been sleeping in the tent in our backyard almost every night for the past week. It’s been beautifully cool with clear skies and she loves it, even though some nights I am kind of cold.

Katie here, this is my “I’m going camping!” smile!

She starts prancing around the back door and whining as soon as the sun even begins to think about heading for the horizon. I’m never ready to go to bed that early and sometimes I just ignore her, in which case she’ll sigh in disappointment and go to sleep somewhere else.

Once I’m ready to head to bed I change into several layers of clothing, grab her leash and wake her up. When she sees me dressed in sweats and holding her leash she gets so excited and she happily pulls me across the back lawn to our tent.

Silly girl.

But it’s not just her, I’m pretty happy to be sleeping outside too. She gets me up every morning between 3 and 4:30 and we head back to the house where she settles in to snooze with her dad and I go back out to the tent to finish my own sleeping. Those three hours of early morning sleep are usually my best sleep each night.

Hey mama, are you awake yet? Cause I’d like to go pee please.

Who’d have thought that sleeping in a tent on a narrow sleeping pad would garner a great night of sleep!

Katie and I put the tent away yesterday afternoon in preparation for a few days of bad weather. They predicted 60 mph winds and potential hail. Of course, as usual, the weather people got overly excited and all we got was a little rain. But it is going to be much warmer this week, so we’ll probably stay inside with the air conditioning for a few days. But when we get the tent back out both Katie and I are going to smile!


Me and my tent!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

23 thoughts on “Camping makes us smile, no matter where we are

  1. Neat that you can do that!
    Curious why you put her on a leash in your yard?


  2. I think it’s so delightful that you choose to sleep outside so much!


  3. It is great that you can camp out lie that. I think it is funny that Katie gets so excited to sleep out. Over the 4th my brother is going to visit my parents (on Lake Erie in Ohio). Him and his wife will camp out in my parent’s back yard. I’m assuming it is a Covid thing, but, not 100% sure. I think his son and daughter, who both live in DC, will also camp out when they come up.


  4. Sounds like a great time outside in the tent! And I love Katie’s smile! Sure made me SMILE!! 😀


  5. That is pawsome that Katie sleeps in the tent with you. To hot and humid hear.

    Dog Speed,



  6. Now this post made me smile. What fun! Dogs are always up for a lark, aren’t they?


  7. It’s been really rainy and humid here in Iowa, so I’m hoping some of your cool nights come our way. Enjoy!


  8. What fun to tent camp in your own backyard, Dawn!


  9. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap for 6/22 – 6/28/2020 | Trent's World (the Blog)

  10. I like that you two girls have your time together out in a tent in your backyard, even if one of you needs to go inside before the night is over. Girl talk and snoozing for the win.


  11. I love sleeping outdoors…It has been a long time since I have done that. I do have a tent! Maybe when it is cooler:) Keep having fun!


    • I think I’d like to have a screened porch where I could put up a real bed. Sort of like the sleeping porches people used to have. Then I could sleep out there more nights! I hope you get to sleep outside sometime this summer!


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