The weather forecast was bleak. We sipped our coffees while watching the rain pour down, hemming and hawing over whether or not to cancel. I went on Facebook and boldly declared that we would carry on as planned. We anticipated that there'd be a smaller turnout and it certainly looked that way at first. The rain did stop but it was chilly, windy, and the skies were grey. A few families who'd planned on camping out in our field decided to stay home (understandably). But in the end people came anyway - in fact, the next day I went over my list of invitees and counted 73 people - 13 more than last year (this time adults outnumbered kids) and we had such a blast! There was the requisite soccer-game-that-never-ends, hide and seek in the woods (apparently someone got lost...but then found), a huge variety of salads and goodies brought by guests, new faces came and connections made, and overall fun. Thanks to everyone who came, and a special shout out to Sonya and Doug who provided lyrics for our campfire songs, Eric for his musical abilities (and patience), and Ker, Kathleen, Danny, and Dan for singing along with me into the wee hours of the night.
I can't take credit for any of these photos: