Our neighborhood “Rock the Block” party was this weekend and despite above normal temperatures we still managed to have a lot fun with a better turn out than last year. This event is only made possible by the many people who work so hard to plan and organize and donate to the cause. It takes a village to pull this off and I’m grateful for it each and every year – it makes for a strong neighborhood community.
As soon as we arrived, the kids found their friends and made their way through the activities. The streets were blocked off and the food and activities were probably less than the length of one football field and yet I can count on one hand how many times I saw Hunter throughout the night. He found his friends and they parked it at the inflatable wrestling pit. When I needed him, I knew exactly where to find him.
Our good friend is a balloon artist and he was busy the entire night. The line was longer for his balloon animals than for the rock wall.
The Candy Cannon is a favorite in our neighborhood. It shoots candy high in the air and kids scramble as if it were a piñata. Its quite the sight. I love Hallie’s reaction in the next two pictures – excited and confident she’s going to catch some and then fearful it’s going to hurt when it hits her.
We ate. We danced. We had popcorn. And snowcones. We played minute-to-win-it games where I proudly brought home a title. We admired old cars on display. We watched kids play. We took silly photos. We enjoyed old friends. We made new friends. We were reminded of why this particular neighborhood spoke so clearly to us when we were searching for a home – it’s where we were meant to be, where we fit, where we’re growing.