There have been some shenanigans around here, ever since our real-life Dora adventure. Ella will often only answer to Dora and she addresses Adam as Diego, me as Isa and Harrison as Benny the Bull - all Dora characters if you're unfamiliar with the show. Nice.
Adam hooked her up with a rope, some binoculars (toilet paper rolls), a phone (an old walkie talkie), Boots (a stuffed monkey with purple socks), a map (an old map we found ) and a baby jaguar (a stuffed lion), and he put them all in her backpack. She has had many adventures since.
Including an adventure in the rain - she loves to wear her rubber boots!
Adam set up the tent earlier in the week - Ella and I kind of helped, but mostly I video-taped while Ella got into mischief preventing Adam from a quick set-up. Ella has been using the tent as an outdoor playroom for most of the week.
|Yes - that is the disgusting Conky puppet from the Trailer Park Boys - I've banned it from the house, so Adam gave it to the kids for a 'outdoor toy'|
|Including some play pizza and a carrot|
The most valuable tool for her was her very own flashlight. Ella got to use this little flashlight and Adam had a bigger one. Of course, she is also sporting her lovely Dora nightgown for this overnight adventure.
Adam dusted off the old air mattress and filled it up with air. Since the kids have been born, we haven't been camping us much as we used to...next summer we really will make more of an effort!
Ella waited very patiently for Adam to bring the air mattress and the sleeping bags into the tent. At this point, it was about 8 pm - slightly past her bedtime. I think she was ready to get into bed.
But first - there was some playing with the flashlights...
...and of course a few bedtime stories.
Adam also brought the laptop out for a little Netflix action - you know, to create a genuine camping experience :-|
Here she is snug in her sleeping bag. Little does she know, there will be a couple more nights of camping fun to come soon enough!
Thanks for reading :D