Last night was National Night Out--a great opportunity for neighborhoods to get together, get to know each other, have some fun, eat good food and do whatever fun activities they might come up with. It would have been a lot of fun...if our neighborhood had done it. It doesn't help that four of the houses that surround us right now are empty (plus half a rental duplex). And if we had lived here longer than a month and a half (and if Beth hadn't had class the last three weeks and the boys and I hadn't been gone as well), we may have considered hosting something. We want to get to know our neighbors.
Instead, Beth had planned a get together with a guy from her class who wanted to meet our family and have us meet his wife as well. It didn't end up happening because of something in their schedule. We ended up going with our plan anyway--picnicking at Lake Harriet and taking in their nightly concert. It's somewhat between our place and where Beth works, so she met us there when she got off her shift.
So, the boys swam a little, we had a lovely picnic consisting of a lot of veggies from the Farmer's Market and we sat and listened to local artist Brianna Lane (backed up by a fiddler and a washboard player) sing some bluegrass/"Americana". It was a lovely evening. Sometimes your National Night Out needs to be with your family and a few hundred strangers (though most of the time I advocate for hanging out and getting to know your neighbors).