Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ice Cream Party!


A few months ago, I entered, and won, a contest I found on the internet from Edy's Ice Cream. The grand prize, of which there were 1,500, was a neighborhood ice cream party, including the ice cream, scoops, apron, table cloths, cups, spoons, signs, etc. (all the stuff you'd need). To enter the contest, I had to write a short essay explaining why I thought I and my neighborhood should win. I'm kicking myself right now for not having made a copy, since I had to enter through the company's website. They didn't send a copy back, either, although I may try to contact them for it. The gist of what I said, however, was that we'd recently moved to this neighborhood after purchasing our first house. We wanted to move somewhere safe and somewhere we felt our daughter with Down syndrome could grow up in a close, caring community where people would keep an eye out for her. I mentioned that while we thought we had found just such a place, I wanted the opportunity to show my gratitude and to meet more of the neighbors that we hadn't yet crossed paths with.

The day was absolutely beautiful. You couldn't really ask for more from the weather, and a decent-sized group of our neighbors (as well as my mother and step-father, pictured in the first two photos) turned out for the festivities and sugar-overload. I met a few for the first time, but for the most part, it was people we see at the other gatherings on the street. I do wish that some of the other folks had come out, but maybe one day they will. To me, a neighborhood is a place where everyone knows each other, where children play together. It's kind of funny that only half of the street seems to gather with any regularity, while the other half does its own thing. The street isn't very big--it's comprised of just 5 rows of townhouses (5-8 houses in each row). I live right on the border of the active and the inactive. Maybe this gives me a bit of an advantage and an opportunity to get to know both sides at some point.

I love that there are so many children on our street, and although most of them are considerably older than Samantha, there are still a few little ones that she'll get to know better as they get the chance to grow up together. I'm very happy about that.

Anyway, a BIG thanks to Edy's for the indulgence and a fun time had by all. Now I have to make sure I get back to the gym tomorrow morning to work off the daily dose of leftover ice cream (at least it's the Slow Churned, which is 1/2 the fat and 1/3 fewer calories than regular ice cream) I've been allowing myself every night before bed...

7 comments:

Dawn said...

Wow...that looked like an awesome party. It made me wish I lived in your neighborhood as well.

I never enter those contests because I think I'll never win. Now I'll have to try.

Looks like you had fun.

Renee said...

Congratulations!

I feel the same way about neighborhoods. Because I want to meet my neighbors and get to know them, I helped coordinate a few events in the neighborhood the past two years. I love seeing the neighbors coming out and meeting each other, but like your street, not everyone participates.

Adrienne said...

That's so cool! Congrats on winning!

The Hobby Mommy said...

Looks Like A Wonderful Day!
CONGRATS!

RobMonroe said...

That's really cool, and gives me an idea for next summer's block party on our street. We did one about ten years ago (maybe 15, really) and did another over Labor Day Weekend.

Good job getting folks out of their houses for a good time!

Carol N. said...

Couldn't have happened to a nicer family - bet it was fun to host!

Michelle said...

Now THAT is a fun kind of party to have! How neat that you won! and Sammi is just so beautiful!