I gave my new-ish tent a test pitch in the pouring rain last night, because it's been far too long since I've been camping and I couldn't stand it any more.
This is only the second time I've used this tent, a sad situation that obviously must be remedied by many camping trips with Emma this summer. I've never had it out in the rain, so this was a good chance to see if it leaks. I also used my new down sleeping bag for the first time, so I was a little nervous about the rain. Wet down is fairly useless.
When I got up at 7am the temp was about 36 according to my little thermometer and there was some ice on the grass, but I woke up cozy, toasty, and dry!
So yes, it was just a tent in the yard and wasn't really camping. But... I was outside and got to fall asleep listening to the rain on the tent roof, and the wind, and the creek.
It was the best night's sleep I've had in a while- I slept 10 hours!