We 'unofficially' kicked off our summer Memorial Day weekend with a neighborhood camping trip. (I say 'unofficially' because the kids don't get out of school until the second week of June.)
We are very fortunate to live close to a big lake with several State Park campgrounds. That makes it nice in case we forget something or decide we'd rather shower at home without bugs and fungi - or in my case, come home at night with the baby while the boys (and Tim) became one with nature.
It was very refreshing to see kids ranging in age from one to 12 hanging out with each other with no TV, video games, texting, computers, etc. They entertained themselves from sun-up to sun down with fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, and the like. And never once did I hear anyone say they wished they had one of the aforementioned gadgets. (I plan to continue that them throughout the summer.)
Here are a few highlights in pictures: