It was fun to meet a few more of the neighbors who live a little further down the road. Lucy met a new friend named Stephanie who is just a few weeks older than her.
Another neighbor (and member of our church) has a tradition of making sushi on conference weekend and brought us some (a lot!) and even Maryanne gobbled some of them down.
These are across the street neighbors who came to play. Look at the coloring of these two babies.
And I might as well give a shout out to this neighbor - who is my BNF (Best Neighbor Forever) ... regardless of where we live. It's Amanda. She is having a birthday in a couple days so it seems fitting to just say ---- she is just a really great person and I love her. She is a patient, devoted and playful mom -- she is one of the best moms I know. She makes me homemade jam, she lets my kids hang out at her house all day, she encourages me to work out with her, she lets me swim in her pool all summer, she rocks at video games (thus a hero of Luke's), she is mother to Josh who is adored by all and wife to Drew who is hilarious and cool. She's funny and loving and wonderful. Wouldn't you want her to be your neighbor too?
And shoot - now that I am really just writing about neighbors instead of just posting a few random pictures, I have to say that the WALKERS are basically the glue of the entire neighborhood and if it weren't for them, we wouldn't know all these wonderful people. I mean, they invited us to a barbeque literally minutes after our moving truck pulled into our driveway 5 years ago. So, we were hot and tired and minutes later swimming in their pool and eating their awesome food. And they've been inviting and hosting us ever since. Any time I post about a neighborhood party, I'm sure they are hosting. So, they are featured here, here, here, here and here.
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Well, hurray for neighbors! And the best kind of neighbors? Are the family kind.