Something I love dearly is hanging out in the driveway with my family. We pull out all the chairs, drink tea and eat watermelon, and talk. We watch the kids play in the grass, we play games.
My niece taught me how to text.
My son and I had a snuggle.
My mom read books to my daughter.
My other niece relaxed and enjoyed the activity.
My guy played swingball. Look at this guy! Whew, I sure do love his forearms.
There are no pictures of my nephew because he spent the afternoon in the pool with his friend. We saw them a couple of times, when they emerged from the water long enough to eat. My sister was there too. She and I played Mancala, and she beat me many times.
There is just something about hanging out in a group like this--it's like communal parenting. It all feels so easy. Sometimes I wish we lived in big family groups like many cultures do. But since we do not, I will savor the times that we gather, I will drink the tea, and I will watch the children play.