Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Block Party

I think it is safe to say that the thing I will miss most about our neighborhood are the impromptu block parties in front of our house. It usually starts with Max and Aida playing out front. Then Kate and Beth, with her big cup of tea, find their way over. Eventually Noah leads Marianne or James to the party as he has memorized the way. Then one by one other kids in the neighborhood out with their parents see us and stop to join in the fun. The block parties tend to include sidewalk chalk, bubbles, races, the sprinkler, Popsicles, fighting over toys and otherwise having a great time. Here are a few photos from Saturday.




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7 comments:

Aly said...

It makes me sad to think of Max losing all these great little playmates. We enjoy a similar phenomenon in our little neighborhood and its one of the things we love best about where we live.

Kristin Mulrooney said...

I am going to miss this most of all too. I love it when I am in the kitchen and I hear Aida running full throttle to the front window after hearing Max,somehow ( do kids hear frequencies adults don't) outside and calling out to me "Mom, Max is outside playing can I go out with him PLEASE!". These will be among our most cherished memories of our time with you all. I am glad we got one more time together this afternoon!

Beth, Chris & Kate said...

Oh my gosh - that video was hilarious - so Kate! We're going to miss ya'll so much, but the Ellis family tradition of the 4th of July parade around the pond will live on!

Kristin Mulrooney said...

Kristin, here is an email I received today from my father after he read your 'Block Party' blog. I wanted to share it with you...

Dear Kristin,

It was fun to read through Kristin's blog and learn about the block parties. I enjoyed her comments very much.

Yesterday I printed out the photo of Aida and Max. Looking at it has caused me to reflect a little on friendships. Each of us is blessed with many friendships throughout our lives. Those friendships give us life, and they raise our spirits during difficult times. But often, the most special of those sweet friendships is the first one.

Love,

Dad

P.S. Greet Kristin for me and tell her how moved I was with her beautiful writing.

xóchitl said...

ahhhhh. i had something to say about your post and then i read kristin mulrooney's comment from her dad and i just lost it. that's so sweet. that will be difficult to leave.
i do know a little about the ellises though. you'll make great lifelong friends wherever you go. you always have and that's what i absolutely adore about you.

sterlingandbrandi said...

This so does not surprise me that this happens to you. Baby version of scrabble on the front lawn in spring.

Mar said...

alas, the "block" will miss the party that is the Ellis fam.