Mitch, Micah, Eden and Caleb went camping last night with the YFU exchange students. They went to our favorite group site at Warner Lake County Park. It's pretty rustic--a long walk to pit toilets, no running water, no showers, no electricity. It was also supposed to be pretty cold overnight (low 40s), so I decided I would stay home with the younger kids. I wanted to make the evening fun for them, but at the same time I wanted to work on character training (we have been hitting that pretty hard the past 3 weeks since school started). So I warned them ahead of time that there would be no "screen time". There were some tears (give me a break!) when Mitch and kids pulled away. But we headed to the basement to pick out a board game. We played a round of Sorry! This definitely brought up some "problem" areas of character to work on. I love how a little board game competition can bring out the worst in us (ouch). :) After the game we had a fun supper with very kid-friendly special treats. I bribed the kids with dessert once the table and dishes were cleaned up. Everyone except Obadiah pitched in and helped with clearing the table, doing dishes, and putting toys away. Our dessert choices were cupcakes (left over from Patrick's birthday) or brownies (extras left after I sent some camping). After dessert Zeke and Josh were rewarded with reading some books that we normally don't allow them to read because they don't care well enough for them and pages are falling out. While they reading, I made some dough for sugar cookies for us to cut out this morning. When that was done, it was time for bed. I surprised the boys by asking them if they wanted to "camp out" in our living room. They were excited about that.