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Parties, Shrines to Childhood and The Weekend Poll

This is the weekend of the big, old-fashioned backyard graduation party at our house. Out-of-town visitors, home cooking, badminton, mosquito repellant and the threat of a thunderstorm are all in the plans. The glitziest thing there will be a couple of Mylar balloons.

A houseful, such as we expect, is sort of a stress test for the home. At some point I know I will wish we had a second fridge, another oven and a few more rooms. But once the visitors have said their good-byes, our home will be the right size again--and will feel even more roomy by late August, when both children have decamped to college. Let me know how you handle the rooms your kids leave behind (if only temporarily) in the Weekend Poll.

Weekend reading: In tomorrow's Real Estate section, Terri Rupar has a story looking at some of the perceptions/rules/generalizations about home-buying and -selling that we've heard. Also, Jonathan Starkey tells us what's going on with interest rates, which have been above 5 percent for three weeks in a row, and how buyers are reacting.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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