Every Tuesday night for the past several weeks, we have had "plans" with our neighbors. Laura even asks "Mom, it's the middle day of school - do we have plans tonight?" I love it! I love the friendship and camaraderie we have found in our new neighborhood. This, this Tuesday night routine, is a huge reason why we moved. Tuesday nights means hamburger or hot dogs on the grill, a potluck of salads, running in sprinklers, and getting covered in melted Popsicle - all on a weeknight!
Yesterday, we weren't supposed to have "plans." The other mom and I hadn't discussed anything, and I thought I'd take my kids to the pool. Well, it was too chilly (!) for the pool, so I asked my friend (!!) if she'd like to bring the kids over for Popsicles after dinner.
"I don't know how soon we can get over there, I have to wait for the husband to bring home buns."
"Well, I have tons of buns but not enough burgers - shall we pool our resources?"
"Yes! Your yard or mine?"
We wound up at our yard, which ended up being a silly choice as I was completely out of propane! So we cooked the burgers inside and made do. It was probably even better that way, adding to the spontaneity of our Tuesday Night BBQ. All seven kids broke down in tired tantrums at the same time, so I helped my friend scoop her kids into the car while Nate wrangled our own kids into the house for bedtime.
I need to go buy more Popsicles and propane. We'll probably have to skip our BBQ next week (my brother is getting married!!!), but I can't wait to start back up again after that. It feels so nice having friends!