I don't know what it is like for you all but around here a house without a Wii, a swimming pool (the non-blow-up kind) and/or cable television is a house not often visited by the neighborhood kids. For a variety of reasons I won't go into (my alloted blogging time is too limited and precious for tangents), we have zero of the above and thus my own children have often lamented the fact that, "Nobody ever wants to come over – it's too b-o-r-i-n-g!" While I am hardly sympathetic to many of their complaints (most of them involving chores, which they feel are cruel, unnecessary and hazardous to their health), this one seemed to me a tad more legitimate. The older they get (Elijah is turning 11?!), the more I long for the type of home where my kids and their friends feel welcome and safe. Maybe I'm being over protective, but I would much rather have them around me than out in the ambiguous "there." I still have plenty of moments where the noise and bickering make me feel certain I will soon EXPLODE, but over all I have been pleasantly surprised (gosh, that sounds horrible : ) ) by how much I truly enjoy their company.