We had Bud's birthday party last night--at the local rope course! Luckily, the rain went both north and south of us (unlike the great storm the night before that dropped 4.75" on us.) The park wasn't crowded, probably because of the threat of rain, and so Bud and his friends got four rounds on the course (instead of the usual three.) Several had never done a rope course before and were nervous to start, but they all had a great time. Bud was grinning ear to ear the whole time. They finally stopped around 8 pm and had lemonade, pizza, and homemade Victoria Sponge Cake (his request) amid all the twinkle lights, chatting and laughing between bites. A very happy 11th birthday party!