we had a lovely time sitting outside and trying to pretend the weather wasn't humid. the kids had a blast and our swing got lots of use by everyone.
the guys set up our ping pong table in the grass and played for hours. i think we were quite the spectacle for our neighbors driving by--every single car that passed slowed down to gawk at 20+ people all hanging out in our front yard.
and i realized yesterday that i had finally had a lifelong desire granted--for as long as i can remember, the one thing i always wanted was to have a home that i love to come home to, a place where my kids would feel rooted and happy, and a place where people could come and enjoy and feel at home themselves. yesterday, three different people made the comment to me that our house felt really homey, and that means a lot to me.