Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A Fun Fourth

One thing about life here, our neighbors are much friendlier than the ones we had back in Omaha. We lived in that house a little over 2 years and never learned much more than the names of the people on either side of us and directly across the street. We have met more neighbors in the last month than we did in 2 years. And they are very welcoming and inviting, always encouraging our kids to come play with theirs... We had 2 invites last night for fireworks viewing (the town puts on a big display every year from the neighborhood middle school; we get great views here in our own yards). We wound up at Charles' and Beth's place, where I sampled a great glass of Trader Joe's French Lemonade (can't find a good link to that, or it would be there!).... a nice switch from Country Time!! We actually had to don jackets to sit outside; I never imagined I'd be wearing a jacket on the 4th of July!

Earlier in the day, we walked a few blocks to sit and watch the town parade.... nothing fancy or fantabulous, but the kids enjoyed the free candy. Then we walked to the park where there were game booths for the kids (some free, some 50 cents/1 dollar... the for fee games were usually for a charity). I remembered to put sunblock on the kids, but not me. I have a nice farmer's tan/light sunburn on my right arm, which got most of the sun during the parade viewing.

Yesterday was also a day of accomplishments. First thing in the morning, I was in an industrious mood and reorganized my kitchen pantry. It was in total disarray and it was not very easy to find things. It is now in a logical order, with the various items easy to see and reach. I was also able to get the kitchen counter (island) cleaned off of the various things that had previously had no home. It looks so much better now.

The big accomplishment was that we finally hooked up the DVD/tv/stereo in the family room. This house has a built-in entertainment center with a whole bunch of wires to hook up speakers throughout the house (living/dining room, family room, master bedroom, garage, patio). We lack the know-how of getting everything to work at once, so we settled for just having the family room speakers hooked up. We can now listen to the stereo through speakers in the family room ceiling... Better than that, we can watch movies in the same way; sounds so much like watching in a theater!!

Now I feel like having someone over for dinner....

14 comments:

Jen said...

Trader Joe's is the BEST! They have all kinds of funky food stuffs that you just can't find anywhere else. Glad your new neighbors are being neighborly!

Minerva said...

Wonderful stuff...made me thirsty...!
Thanks for your comments on my blog..
Minerva
oh..and Michele sent me...

Kevin said...

Michele sent me.

So, what's for dinner?

MP said...

Good job on the pantry re-org! I'm doing mine little by little.

MommaK said...

Glad you had a nice 4th. You seem to be settling in well. I know it takes a while. Organization makes life so much easier, doesn't it??

Hope you have a great day. Michele sent me:-)

Mellie Helen said...

Here's a link to Trader Joe's for ya -- no TJ's in Nebraska, right? So you're just discovering the joy of Trader Joe's -- one of my favorite places! So glad you're meeting friendly folk in the neighborhood.

Suzanne said...

oooh oooh oooh...pick me! I'll come to dinner and we can marvel at your fabulous organization! You know how tha t makes me giddy!!!

Geekwif said...

Hello, Michele sent me! Congrats on the household accomplishments. I know how good that feels.

I'm enjoying the site. I'm sure I'll be back.

Claire said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog...pleased you had such a nice July 4th.

Sharon said...

Hey, if Suzanne gets to come to dinner, so do I :-)

Your Fourth of July sounds like it was awesome. I met lots of nice people when I was on the West Coast. I'm glad you are too...

FTS said...

Sounds like you had a busy day!

Thanks for visting my site yesterday via Michele. :)

Lisa said...

Not to change the subject, but that is the best header I have EVER seen... and I've seen plenty.

Cool blog!

Pieces of Me said...

I am here via Michele! I love your blog! I love your saying...cleaning up with growing children is like shoveling while it is snowing! OMG so true TTYL

Easy said...

Trader Joe's just plain ROCKS. I haven't tried the lemonade yet.

Love the saying about cleaning up. It's so true. Ditto for buying anything NICE while the kids are growing up.

Oh, and Michele sent me :-)

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