New Favorite Pastime
Summer or not, we have fallen in love with our fire pit! Last fall, I bought an outdoor fire pit to be used in the back yard at family gatherings. I had hoped to start using it when it was cold but as life happens, we didn’t break it out until just a couple of weeks ago.
Quickly, my children set up the back patio to be used after our family dinners and it’s become the favorite gathering spot. Also every evening we head outside as the sun fades to enjoy the fire and fellowship. The younger crew are assigned setting up the patio chairs while the older guys get the pit started. At some point in the evening, we usually have to drag over the patio swing as a neighbor or two wander down to visit.
What I appreciate is the time spent with family that is slow and relaxed. Like most families, we run full speed most of the time. Our evening gatherings around our new fire pit have become special to all of us. Most evenings, the adults will settle in and enjoy the fire and the company, while the kids will play games or watch for lightning bugs. I love hearing the laughter of the kids playing while listening to how our older children spent their day.
No fire pit would be worth it’s space if it didn’t allow for awesome marshmallow treats! I now keep a basket with marshmallows, chocolate candy bars and graham crackers in the pantry. My crew has become professionals at making Smore’s. The more unique the better! Last week we were treated to peanut butter, banana Smore’s that were out of this world!
I can’t think of a better way to end to a busy day then with my kids and grandkids. I know I will treasure these memories and I hope they will as well. Who would have thought a simple outdoor fire pit would end up being a family gathering place?
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