Almost every month my extended family on my mom's side gets together at my grandparents' house to celebrate recent (or upcoming) birthdays and anniversaries. Yesterday was the party for August people. The backyard was the most comfortable place to be, as they don't have AC... yet. It was gorgeous in the shade, and my grandpa keeps his lawn golf-course nice. We had sandwiches and cake and ice cream (or sherbet, which was a nice change of pace), and Lucy somehow managed to leave with a big white stuffed monkey that used to belong to my aunt.