Tonight is why we had Maison du Rustre built.
When Ian got home, I helped him with his homework, then Kate came home. We worked out some plans for a variety of things regarding school, their rooms, and other things. Erika made a good meal, cost less than $10 to feed the whole family, and Kate Hung out with some neighborhood friends, and I pottered around the house and rode the bike to go get Kate from down the street.  While outside, I saw several neighbors and met a few.
All things tolled, i’d say it was a great evening.
The best part is sitting and working on homework type stuff with my son.
Not everyday is like this, but these are some of the reasons Maison du Rustre was built. And sitting out back and listening to the frogs in the thick sultry air doesn’t hurt.