My G loves astronomy so we frequently check the Sky Watching calendars to see what interesting things might be seen in our own backyard. We hosted a Super Moon Lunar Eclipse party back in the fall, and it was such a blast we decided to make it a habit. Happily, on the first weekend of our summer break, Mars would be at it’s closest rotation to the earth and visible to the naked eye. We decided to throw a big Mars Viewing Party with lots of food, a telescope, and bubbles and glow sticks for the kids. We invited friends, neighbors, family and all total about 72 people dined on our back lawn that night. Justin spent his evenings that week planning and prepping the menu. We dined on brisket, and pulled pork sandwiches, kettle chips, Sweet Basil Salad, watermelon, my Mother-in-laws amazing baked beans, and every family brought a plate of cookies to share for dessert. As the night descended and I stood on the porch looking out at all the faces talking and laugh, children chasing each other across the lawn with bubbles and glow sticks; I couldn’t help but think what a beautiful group of people we have surrounding our little family. Little girls dangling their feet off the back porch, the warm hugs, the women who stood with me in my kitchen and laughed as we ushered food in and out of the kitchen…what a gift, what a precious gift.