We celebrated the holiday weekend by having a barbecue over our place. We had about 40 of our friends and family come join us. It was great to see everyone.

We really lucked out on the weather too. It was about 85° and sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. We had music blasting, the grill fired up, laughter in the air, everything was perfect.

It was one of those days that makes you really appreciate life. If only every day could have been like that.

We had rented a bounce house for the kids. I know there have been safety concerns are about bounce houses lately, but we felt that it would be worth the risk. We made sure that there was supervision on hand at all times.

One thing that our friend recommended we get ahead of time was a dog playpen. They had used a dog playpen at their BBQ and found it to be an invaluable purchase. The playpen for dogs made sure that the dogs – and everyone else – was safe. This is a main priority. They said that the playpen for dogs also provided a way for the children to pet the dogs without having any chance of hurting the dogs or being bit by the dogs.

In order to make sure that everyone was safe, we purchased a couple of dog playpens. As for the dogs, we set up there dog playpen that we had just bought and let them run amok in there. The reason that we chose to buy some dog playpens was so that the dogs would have the opportunity to play and feel like they were part of the fun without any risk of them hurting the children that were around – or ingesting something that they shouldn’t. The metal dog play pen that we got was incredibly well made and served its purpose. Now we have a nice dog playpen for whenever we want to go traveling or for when we are gone from home for an extended period of time.

They seem to love it because they got to be outside with everyone. I’m sure they would’ve loved to run free, but unfortunately there were children around and we just couldn’t risk it.

Normally get along with children really well, however some the kids are a lot younger and don’t know how to interact with dogs. It was simply not worth the risk.

Our barbecue lasted about 10 hours, which is incredibly long time. However, it was absolutely worth it to see everyone. By the end of the day we were absolutely exhausted. We are probably as tired as the dogs were after the day at the beach the other day. Once the last person left, we went out to the couch and fell right asleep. We thought were to be able to watch an episode of Grey’s anatomy but that sure didn’t work out.

Seriously though, it was such a great day. Continue reading