To say that I'm thankful for our neighborhood is a huge understatement. When we purchased our new house last spring, we had hopes and dreams of fun neighbors. Neighbors who were around our age, perhaps with children near the ages of our own, and neighbors where Craig fit in well among the guys and I fit in well among the girls. Slowly, but surely, we met a few and then a few turned into a handful and that handful turned in to a whole group of neighbors. Our neighbors have exceeded our expectations and we are thankful every day for this tight knit group!! The girls and I get together every Monday for a whole lot of randomness (The Bachelor, adult coloring, an attempt at knitting) but mostly just for the wine and girl/mom talk. And the guys--jealous of our weekly social outings--have partaken in an occasional poker/beer/football guys' night. There have also been plenty of family gatherings, birthday parties, backyard picnics, trick of treating, baseball/football watch parties, and a fantasy football draft and I've loved every moment. Seriously, we chose the best. neighborhood. ever.
Anyway, I mentioned awhile back that the neighbor guys all pitched in and rented a lift to aide in hanging Christmas lights. It was one of the coldest weekends this year (and when I say cold, I really mean 40 degrees--it's been a warm fall/winter so far!), but because they were drinking beer, I don't even think they minded!
As if it hadn't already been a fun weekend of watching this lift roll from driveway to driveway, at 4pm we decided to have a "lighting ceremony" a mere two hours later!! We all got together on Sunday evening for pizza and then headed out to walk from house to house for the grand flip of each switch! We pulled wagons, bundled up in blankets, and carried our adult beverages along the way!
We even decided to surprise Vanessa and family (who were unable to join us) and showed up on their front porch--Christmas carols and alll!
By far, one of my favorite neighborhood memories to date. There has been talk of making this a yearly thing and I sure hope we follow through with that plan!