Last week I got a rare and somewhat impromptu adult night to myself! I went to our FREE community summer concert in the park with our neighbor and dear friend (and T’s “auntie”) while the boys stayed home and did their own thing. Little did I know just what things they’d be up to while I was out.
Yes, C and T camped overnight together in the backyard! They’ve camped in the living room before, but never outdoors! This was T’s first camping trip, and I call it a trip because C made quite an effort to replicate a real campground experience right in our own backyard (literally!).
I guess T had been asking Dad about building a fire on the ground outside not even days before this all came to pass, and C had been brainstorming how he could safely do this without burning down the house. Thankfully C had some large foil trays from Costco, good quality wood to burn, newspaper thanks to our free weekly paper delivery that morning (thanks, Grunion Gazette!), and some olive oil for C to put on the paper so it could burn slowly to start the fire. Don’t worry, RMT’ers, the fire-starting experience also gave C a great opportunity to talk to T about fire safety (notice the hose right close by) and how only adults are in charge of the campfire – or any fire for that matter!
And it isn’t a camping overnight without cooking dinner over the campfire, which is exactly what the boys did! They made hot dogs and corn on the cobs for dinner, along with marshmallows for dessert of course. T really liked the marshmallows (of course). I am so glad I picked up those long wooden skewers on a whim from a recent shopping trip (can’t for the life of me remember where I got them though, sorry!).
After dinner and extinguishing the fire, the boys turned in around sundown, with stories and toys in the tent. They also lasted outside all night long until 7 a.m. straight up, all despite reports from C of just how noisy our neighborhood is until about 1 a.m. and then from 4:30 a.m. on (yeah, not the best sleep of C’s life but I guess T was zonked, and because C is the great dad that he is, he wearily followed through).
So while my night was not as milestone-worthy nor as event-filled as the boys’ was, I did get a fantastic evening filled with adult conversation with all kinds of friends from my neighborhood whom I just happened to run into out at the show. The best part about said conversations: I was never once interrupted by a child or husband (it’s the little things, RMT’ers!). It also was the Long Beach Municipal Band’s “Let Us Entertain You” concert, which featured all sorts of music from various movies and T.V. shows throughout the decades (very fun!). Oh, and my picnic dinner was delicious, including the bottle of wine minus one half-glass that I enjoyed throughout the evening, too. And to round out the evening, I returned home to two sound sleepers outdoors and a bed all to myself all night long (oh yeah!). To say that I enjoyed my night off “work” would be a severe understatement. Thanks again, boys, and so glad you had a blast, too!
For those wanting to catch the last of the FREE concerts put on by the Long Beach Municipal Band this summer, it’s not too late! The last three shows are TONIGHT Wednesday August 1 at Los Cerritos Park; Thursday August 2 at Marine Stadium (shows stage on the green near the entrance to the parking lot off Appian Way, same spot as the Wednesday Farmers’ Market); and Friday at El Dorado Park (free area). All shows begin at 6:30, but it’s advisable to show up a little early to get a nice amount of picnic space to enjoy the show. These concerts are fun for the whole family, a date night, or a friends’ night out! This week’s theme is “Latin Fantasy.”