We had our first party on the amazing deck that was my husband’s vision and came to reality with the help of a hard-working and talented crew of people who I am so glad came into our lives. We celebrated my husband’s 68th birthday and our youngest son’s 21st birthday with long-time friends and new friends alike. There was an abundance of lasagna and chicken marsala (it’s been a little while since I cooked for 50 people). The adults and kids alike enjoyed the new swing set and people were standing in line for their turn. The ponds were alive with salamanders and children young and old had so much fun trying to catch them. The evening ended at the fire pit toasting marshmallows and making s’mores while listening to the frogs and the seals make their music. It couldn’t have been a more perfect evening in the Pacific Northwest.