To mark the arrival of fall, and to find an excuse for some friends to gather together, we invited our summer camping friends over for a kids' fun day of cake and hotdogs and play in the park. The rainy weather nixed the last option, but the expansive manse allowed for a full scattering of toys and books.
Eight kids and 12 adults was a good enough ratio to allow for some grown-up conversation and catching-up and childcare. A full complement of casseroles, munchies and desserts kept us well fed. Surprisingly few tears were shed and tantrums thrown (by the kids too) and it was a joy to see everyone before another year passed.