This year (last Monday) we decided to forgo the pork and stick with the more traditional (and easy) burgers & hot dogs. And the doors opened at 10. We had a kiddie pool and James's slide (which we hooked up to the hose for the first time-- fun!) in the yard, and James's trucks on the deck.
The weather was PERFECT and the company was fantastic. James had a blast playing with Sophie (3 1/2), Jack (3), Ava (18 months) and Jolie (19 months). When all the toddlers began turning into pumpkins, everyone headed home for naps, and things were cleared out by 2:30 (which is about when things would be getting started in the past)!
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