We are lucky to have beautiful friends with beautiful children who invite us over for picnics and parties. Summer so far has been pretty much perfect, with lots of those things that summer requires: watermelon, salads, flowers, bathing suits, grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, ice cream, raspberries, water, late nights, fireworks, carnivals, friends, you get the idea. It's been great and I'd like it to last forever.

How has summer been for you so far? What are your favorite summer requirements?