I busted out the decorations that will grace the mantel for the remainder of the summer...
...before throwing together Chris's favorite pasta salad and heading to Jana's for Darren's birthday celebration, where we spent the afternoon and evening dining on hamburgers, drinking wine, and reminiscing about all the summer days that we spent in their yard with the kids. Darren, Kaley, and the Cub specifically remembered swinging through the trees, making s'mores over the firepit, catching tadpoles in the ditch, stargazing at meteors as they streaked across the summer night sky, and picking berries from Granny's raspberry thicket.
These are awesome memories for them to have, and, it made Jana and I tear up a little. But, just a little. I can think of far worse ways to spend the day.
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