Henry got to camp overnight with Grandma and Grandpa last weekend.
We joined them for the night for fire-cooked pizzas and s’mores.
Before building the fire, a giant stack of firewood was begging to be played with.
Henry and I began to build a sculpture.
(Mostly assembled by myself, with Henry’s assistance.)
Balancing the firewood to get it to stay took great care.
Finding the right place to set a piece up against, so the others didn’t fall, did as well.
Henry didn’t slow down with any frustrations,
he kept adding to the firewood sculpture as best he could.
Once we were ready to start the fire,
(when Grandpa was finished reading the newspaper)
Henry took each piece of paper and crumbled it up into a ball.
Then threw it into the firepit.
He thoroughly enjoyed doing this over and over.
Grandpa showed Henry the proper technique to start a fire.
Stacking the smaller pieces of firewood in a pyramid.
Henry paid close attention.
The fire cooked pizzas were better than I remember them and the s’mores were delicious!
Though Henry preferred an uncooked marshmallow.
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