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Indoor Block party?

The street we live on is finally complete. We decided this was a good reason to celebrate. A few of us got together and tried to coordinate a weekend date in Oct to have our first block party. This was back in September, and the best we could do was this weekend. So we planned our first block party for yesterday. It was all planned out. We were going to block off the cul-de-sac, drag out tables, chairs, the grill and fun things for the kids to do.  Yeah well I guess no one consulted with mother nature. Starting Friday night we had rain on and off all weekend. Finally Richard and I decided we would just move the party into our house.

Friday night we began the process of company cleaning the house. You know that feeling of everything that is always out and about needs to actually be put away in the right places. We began in the basement and worked our way upstairs. It felt good to get everything cleaned and know I didn’t have to clean during the week. This also forced the boys to help clean beyond their basic cleaning. Ok they still didn’t do it willingly, but it was done.

Saturday I sent out a message saying that we would make a final decision on Sunday, but that we could move it into our house if needed. We kept putting it off, but finally gave in and said… ok inside it goes. Right after we sent out that message, the sun came out. I felt like mother nature was messing with my head. We also decided that since it was wet and only in the 40s that even with sun…. inside was better.

The party was planned for 3:30pm. Around 3:29 the skies opened up and I felt better about the change in plans!

There are 6 houses on our street (4 in the cul-de-sac and 2 on the straight part of our street). Everyone showed up! It was nice to get everyone together. The people in the house next to us, the last to be completed, were able to meet the rest of the neighbors. We had a 13 month old, an almost 3 year old, a 4 year old (it was actually his birthday), Colby, Blake and another 6th grader, a middle schooler and a high schooler. This was a decent mix of kids. The children are all boys except the one high schooler is a girl. The kids were down in the basement. They had red zone on the tv and were playing on the PS4. Colby set up a hot wheels track and got out the monster trucks for the little boys.

The adults hung out in the kitchen and chatted. The groups were pretty fluid and no one seemed to be left out of the conversations. Each family brought food and there was a lot of food and drinks consumed and leftover.

We already scheduled our next get together. Another family offered their house this time and we picked the date while everyone was together. We hope to do this every couple of months, especially through the winter!

So while it didn’t turn out like we originally planned it was a lot of fun and worth it.

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November 22 – friends

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As I think of the things and people I am grateful for the thoughts flood to me in memories. I think of the people who were part of my past, people who I considered friends at the time. I look back and see how we each grew and moved on in different directions.

I’ve found over the years that I tend to have people come into my life for time frames. There typically isn’t some big falling out, just a moving on. I have a few people who I have reconnected with via Facebook and still consider my friend, but long distance friendships are very different than face to face ones.

Over the years I’ve tried to determine why I don’t have those long term friendships that others talk about. Those friends who you spend time with over the years and make sure to see on a regular basis. I never quite put my finger on the why of the moving on of many of these friendships, but it is just is…

One thing most of these people probably know is that I’m still there for them. If you find a place in my heart, you are there until you do something to annoy me, and then even then I’d help you if I could. Many of these people are now what I think of as Christmas card friends. You know what I mean? Those people who you reconnect with on a semi-yearly basis if that. But, you look forward to hearing from them and seeing that life is still treating them well.

So today I’m thankful for the friends I have now, and those who were my friends in the past. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the love you have shown me and my family. And just know… I’m here for you.