This is what my dream looks like:
photo from http://www.southernliving.com/
Sadly, my reality consists of a concrete slab too small to fit my table for six. We have a lovely view of our neighbors back yard and their big ole storage building just behind our fence. There is no fireplace. My 8 year old has a fear of fire of any kind, even candles, so a fireplace or a firepit is out of the question with him around (I blame Bambi). The kids do romp and play in the yard with the dog, although it seems a lot of our time is spent breaking up arguments between them all. UGH! I guess even the reality isn't so bad. Maybe Hubby and I do need to sneak out on the porch every once in awhile after the kids are in bed. Hmmmm.