Yesterday I think I spent the most peaceful time I've ever had in the company of ten kids. My friend and I met at a nearby lake (and a teeny-tiny beach - this photo encompasses nearly the entire beach area) yesterday afternoon. The lake isn't open for swimiming at this time of the year, but the kids had a wonderful time building sand castles, wading and collecting rocks, etc. The big kids practiced lines from Alice in Wonderland and a little Irish dancing and everyone enjoyed the nearby playset. I think we've discovered a new favorite spot.