Sunday, November 28, 2010

Neighborhood Decorating Party

The day after Thanksgiving our street has an annual decorating party.  The guys all get on the roof to hang lights and the kids have a blast playing and hanging out with one another.  When we all bought these homes (brand new) seven years ago we had no idea who our neighbors would be.  We have been neighbors for seven years and each year the friendships and deorations have gotten better!  We are so blessed to be part of a wonderful street with the BEST possible neighbors!  It truly is PRICELESS!!

The first Christmas we made matching candy cane signs for the yard, then came the white lights in the top of the street trees, then the red, white and green rope lights around the base of the street trees and then we began decorating the center island tree and last year we began stringing lights between two houses across the street from eachother to welcome people onto our street...each year it just gets to be a better display! 

To be honest, Ryan is the biggest contributor...he LOVES to hang lights!  Some people do not realize that about him, but we call him Mr. Griswald.  There are some conditions though...the display must be classy...greenery, ribbons, red/white/green lights.  NO blowups, elfs, etc (he does not mind them on other peoples yard, just not on his)!

Here are some of the kiddos playing in the driveway...yes they manage to pull out every toy from every garage to keep busy!

 Meredith and Griffin eating a sandwich on the ladder!

 This year Ryan was able to enlist the help of Madalyn.  She was a bit scared on the roof, but did a fantastic job!  She learned how to change the fuses, find the "one bulb" that is out and fix it, and attach the lights to the house with clips (as not to ruin the paint job with staples).

 While I was inside decorating a ring came at my doorbell.  When I opened it I found a few of Santa's helpers on my porch singing "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer".  They organized it all by themselves.  It made my day!!!!

 Madalyn might have just found herself a winter job!

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