It was stinking hot but the wading pools are all closed, many of the city pools are closed for maintenance, the beach sounded like a recipe for heat stroke and inviting ourselves to someone else's pool seemed like too much work.
"Let's use Elizabeth's slip-n-slide!" suggested Matthew. Shortly after we had many small children flinging themselves with abandon across our lawn. It was pretty perfect, even though Matthew eventually got into trouble with the super soaker and was sent indoors to contemplate how to improve his sibling relationships.
Lorianne and Oliver (The Boy!) came for lasagna and cherry cheesecake supper. Elizabeth decided to be twins with Lorianne since she could. Then we all played dutch blitz. Oliver and I lost but we had teammates that proved natural handicaps. Matthew was on Oliver's team; Amelia and Michael were on mine.
I also include a photo of our deck; apparently our deck furniture doubles as fort building supplies. Many, many people have inquired if our gazebo / slide are off limits at the moment for structural reasons and the answer is no, we just have many children who think that it's fun to crawl through an obstacle course to get to said slide.