This evening we had a family picnic with all of the family on my mom's side that lives nearby. And also my brother and his family, since they were in town.
It was a beautiful day - sunny and warm - and everyone in my family is awesome. Fun was had by all. My kids all ended the day sweaty and exhausted and filthy, which is exactly how kids should end a summer day. Ultimate frisbee was played, remote-controlled cars were driven, food was eaten, and babies were cooed over. Most of the adults sat around and talked and laughed for most of the time. I barely saw my kids, except when they were getting their food, the entire night.
In other words? We really ought to do this more often.