imageOne of the things I love most about Midwest summers is how people gather in backyards around a grill, fire or lawn game. Whether it’s throwing bags, playing some whiffle ball, making s’mores, or watching some 80’s movie in the backyard; these are those precious sacred moments to redeem fun and truly connect with your kids and neighbors.

On Memorial Day some neighborhood families gathered for a little grill out, fire and one epic game of whiffle ball (parents vs. kids). As we were heading home, I kept replaying to myself the conversations that were shared and the fun that was had over burgers and America’s favorite plastic pastime. And it all began with a simple invitation.

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, what if this summer you could create moments of deep fun and connection with those who live in your neighborhood.¬†Every Friday I’ll be posting ways to gather friends around a grill, or at a park, amazing lawn games, and other bizarre DIY ideas to make this summer one incredible invitation to fun.

What about for you? What is one of your favorite summer activities? I’d love to learn from you…