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Entries in neighbors (3)

Wednesday
Oct272010

Have You Been Boo-ed Yet for Halloween?

Getting Boo-ed is becoming a neighborhood tradition

Every year around a week before Halloween we get boo-ed. Our doorbell rings when it's dark outside, and we open it to find a package with a ghost and a poem.

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 And this is what what in it (minus the chocolate pumkins which didn't last 2 minutes.

We got boo-ed

We have officially been boo-ed!

Once boo-ed, you place the ghost on your door to let others know that you've already been boo-ed.

The challenge is then to find someone else in the neighborhood who does not have the ghost, and boo them without them knowing who did it.

Apparently the Twofer took it upon themselves to boo some neighbors the other day and we had not yet been boo-ed. I think I saw them drawing a picture of a ghost and getting together a bag of candy. I suppose I now know what they were doing with it.

Though now we have the real thing and we must get together a little Halloween package and pick our victim.

In the past The Mister has taken this very seriously and had the girls dress in all black...

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This year, I think we'll try a different approach so as not to promote, you know, whatever dressing up in black and sneaking around the neighborhood might promote.

I think we'll take a cue from our caroling, ring the doorbell and sing, "You've been boo-ed!

Or not.

For more information and to print out a Boo-ed poem visit http://www.beenbooed.com/.

Does your neighborhood Boo?

Janine

Wednesday
Jul282010

Making S'mores, Making Memories

 

We have a fire pit that I fell in love with for several reasons:

1. I LOVE to make s'mores. Fire to me (whether in the fireplace or camping) means s'mores. I ALWAYS have  I prefer Hershey's Special Dark but The Twofer go for the classic

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on hand and if you think I'm saying that just for this post....feel free to check with The Mister.

2. Sitting around a fire pit on a Friday night means we actually TALK to each other. We tell scary stories, we look for shooting stars, we catch up. And before we know it it's bedtime we have spent quality time with each other and without TV or computers.

3. Fire means gathering. We kicked off the summer with a S'mores party and invited some neighbors over to join us. Everyone brought their drink of choice and a sweatshirt (oh what I wouldn't give for a chilly night!) and we supplied all the s'mores fixings...including wet paper towels for littles sticky fingers.

The girls are already planning the next one!

They still talk about running around the backyard with their friends and their flashlights, chocolate smeared over their faces and goopy marshmallows dripping off their fingers. It's a memory they will cherish.

Just as I cherish the memories we make around that fire pit.

What's your s'mores memory? Head on over to THIS POST and leave a comment for a chance to win some Hershey's swag!

Janine

Disclosure: As part of the S'mores Road Trip to BlogHer I received a round trip ticket on Amtrak to the convention and Hershey branded items. Any views expressed in this post are my own. This post was neigher reviewed nor approved by Hershey prior to posting.

Wednesday
Apr212010

Do you have a village?

Image of village via blackmustard on Flickr

A few weeks ago I had a flat tire and would not be able to make it home in time to get The Twofer from school. I tried to reach The Mister on his cell phone but he didn't answer. So, I called my village of moms and had two offers to help.

My village of moms

My village is made up of the many moms in my neighborhood that have known my children for years either through playgroup, preschool, walking to school, or the pool. We have each others cell phones numbers programmed in. We feel just as comfortable asking for a favor as offering one. We don't keeping tabs but we know what goes around comes around.

What can you do if you don't have a built-in village?

We don't have family around and we only have one close family friend that lives 15 minutes away. If we lived in a smaller neighborhood, or one with older kids I'd have to find some other way to build my village.

One way to do this is through an online site like HiveMoms.com where you can find other moms in your area and join a babysitting co-op or playgroup. A babysitting co-op is much like my village but definitely more coordinated. If you watch someone's children you earn points, and you can trade in those points when you need a sitter. There is a co-op in my neighborhood as well and people have said it saves them hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year!

If you have a blog, HiveMoms is running a contest right now where you can win $250 cash for posting a story that relates to HiveMoms and links back to their site!

I'm curious, who's in your village and how did they get there?

Janine

Disclosure: I have a material connection because I received a cash payment, gift or item of nominal value from a company affiliated with a brand, topic and/or product that is mentioned herein.