Wednesday, September 5, 2012

scenes from a weekend // labor day

We live on a good street. 

It's the kind of street where people look out for one another. Neighbors drop in to check on sick children, pass plates across the fence during late night bbqs, offer rides and coordinate carpools. Gladly lend eggs or whatever ingredients might be missing from the fridge during those last minute recipes we tend to come across mid week. They scold and encourage our children when the need it, teach them different things than they know at home. They host sleep overs and holiday parties. Pumpkin carve outs and Valentine bake dates. On weeknights, when the weather is warm and the sun sits low we all sit out on the curb and watch the kids play ball or chase each other around the culdesac on their scooters. Leon routinely professes his love to the tiny blond across the street, driving a pink monster truck with an attitude bigger than any four year old I've known, while Arlo challenges all the boys to race and Rex wrestles every gosh darn every dog on the block. 

It's a good street. Full of all kinds of people. From all kinds of places who genuinely care about the people they live alongside. And we are very lucky because of it. 

As tradition goes, every Labor Day we throw a big block party. Jumpers, music, food, beer pong and snow cones. This year we invited the Bovee's to join us for the party. It was a nice night. Full of laughter and chaos. Another successful gathering rooted in that old school "let's get stuff together for the kids" mentality. 

A simple notion that seems sadly lost on too many streets these days, wouldn't you say?




Hope your holiday was nice too.

11 comments:

  1. Long time fan of your page, with the amazing shots of childhood and everyday simplicity, it's really magical. I just love this posting, I live in a area where the neighbors are too busy to say hello. I only can wish I too will find a "good street" with supportive neighbors too.
    Warm wishes.

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  2. Great pictures- I'm glad to know places like this actually exist! I've lived in rural areas and cities, but never really a true suburb and maybe that's why I miss out on that kind of neighborhood hospitality... or maybe it's just the chilly East Coast temperament ;)

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  3. wow, that's really nice miss earworm :) I'm never that confident in my photos so it's great to read a complement like yours. Thank you for stopping in and making my day. If you were my neighbor I'd invite you over for dinner on a weekly basis :)

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  4. that's it, Im moving in.

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  5. seriously rad hood! i love the line for the lemonade stand (?) and is that a bounce house? DANG those kids were stoked! this is how labor day should definitely be spent.

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  6. Very fun! Looks like the perfect afternoon :)

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  7. such a fun weekend! thanks for having us! :*

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  8. the description of Leon falling in love with the tiny blond is so lovely.

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  9. Gorgeous pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Yes! Your description of your street sounds so similar to what we've got goin' on over here on our street :) There have been a couple of neighbor gatherings for us lately too and it's been a nice way to end the summer. There's even talk of getting a block party together in early October.

    Yup, there's beauty in them thar burbs, there is. If you live on a good street, that is ;)

    I too feel very fortunate that we do and I love the way you find that beauty in the burbs and celebrate it through your blog.

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  11. lovely children.
    positive people.
    wonderful shots!

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