for once. difficult child has been playing with friends all day long. They have been playing outside and inside. Not too loudly or obnoxiously at all. A little while ago husband and I were reading inside, easy child was playing with our dog, and we could hear the kids playing outside-it was so nice...while it lasted. As I am typing this we told difficult child his friends had to go home at 7:00 (had told him earlier). Now he is getting all grouchy and rude. It really was nice-we were able to get things done and, get in a good nap, because he wasn't demanding 100% attention. They played together for about 8 hours today-I hope there are more days like this to come.