Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Festival & a Special girl.....

Our neighborhood Halloween festival was a smashing success. As I told you, I've volunteered to be the Social activities person in our neighborhood, so I took on the job of organizing a Halloween festival this year. We haven't done anything in the last couple of years, so I think folks were ready to have some fun & get out with the neighbors. Some of you remember that I tried to do a dessert social back in the spring with my immediate neighbors that didn't go so well, but this neighborhood-wide event was well received. One of the adults pulled this trailer loaded with hay & children. They were having a ball! The guy with the afro wig in front is my neighbor, Grant, who helps me garden & you may remember from my newspaper article back in the spring.
I called the local fire chief and asked him to bring out the big truck for our parade & they were happy to do so. They led a little parade down the street into a cul-de-sac, where we all gathered for pizza and dessert. This is a little Wonder Woman riding in her daddy's corvette.
This lady was watching the parade from her driveway & her 2 sweet dogs were enjoying themselves too. I had to take a pic of the dachsund with the witch's hat.
We lined them all up for a costume contest. It was hard to get them all still enough to take a pic. And we decided that this little guy was the winner of a $20 bill. Look at his face...priceless! He was a robot & just as cute as can be, right down to the tin foil on his shoes. He had a muffin tin on the backside.

So, it was a fun afternoon in the neighborhood. I think everyone enjoyed themselves!

And on to other news:
We officially have a lawyer in the family! My niece, Lauren, passed the Georgia bar exam last week with flying colors. Can you say proud! We are all so happy for her and so very proud of all her efforts in getting that law degree. She's a smart gal and will do very well with her career.

Four years ago, Lauren & I went on a cruise together. Just the 2 of us. We had such a great time and I will treasure that trip forever. We made sure the photographer took lots of pics of us so we'd have a lot to choose from at the end of the week. He did take a lot & we ended up buying all of them. Those ship photographers really do take some nice shots. This was one of them.

Happy Halloween & don't let the goblins get you! We'll be passing out candy tonight to all the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood. Have fun, ya'll.

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Sandi McBride said...

The kids are cute, the dogs a wee bit cuter maybe? Nah, it's even stevens on cuteness. Congrats on Lauren. Every family should have a Lawyer, a Doctor and a Cop in the family. An Indian Chief would be cool for casino visits, too. Looks like a good time was had by all, lol

Tammy518 said...

Happy Halloween to you too! The Halloween Festival sounds like loads of fun.

Congrats to Lauren! That's so great. You two ladies really look glamorous!

Jacki said...

Beautiful ladies!! Good for your niece, she should be proud of herself!


the feathered nest said...

The kids are sooo adorable! The dogs too! I'm glad you had such great participation. It looked like a fun event witht he fire truck and everything. What are you planning for Christmas?

Congrats to your neice, Lauren. Way to go. It's nice to have a lawyer in the family - very handy. You two look stunning in the pic!


linda t said...

Oh my gosh, that little boy that won is the cutest ever! What a precious pic!
You amaze me Rhoda! Great job on the Halloween Festival! Looks like fun for all!
You and your niece look so lovely.

Abbie said...

Those cute kids having so much fun!
Good Job organizing this!
You and your nice look so nice together. Congratulations!

Jen said...

You planned a great neighborhood festival. Such a wonderful idea! Congrats to your neice. That is a big accomplishment and you have every reason to be proud! Have a great Halloween!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your neice... mine just passed in Louisiana. Your neighborhood party looks fun.

OldBagNewTricks said...

Such a darling Costume Jamboree. And a parade to boot. Nice going.

And Congratulations to Lauren -- that is a wonderful accomplishment.


PAT said...

Cute neighborhood festival!

Congrats to Lauren!


Rosemary said...

Hi Rhoda,
Happy Halloween! Your festival looked like so much fun. Good Job!!
Congrats to your niece. My new son inlaw passed the first try too, so I know how amazing that is for her.
She is one smart girl.
Have a spooky day!

joan said...

Looks like a great time was had by all! And congrats to your neice for achieving her goal!

justabeachkat said...

Happy Halloween!

The neighborhood festival sounds like alot of fun. We used to do that too when our kids were little. Great job!

Congrats to Lauren. Great photo of you two.

Halloween Hugs To You!

Terri and Bob said...

Love the winner's costume, its that type of creativity that makes halloween so fun!

I love the cruise photos of you two, so gorgeous!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I like Thing 1 and Thing 2!
Congrats to your pretty neice!

Julie said...

What a great neighborhood party! Our farm is so far out in the country we have never had trick or treaters.

ValleyGirl said...

Aahaha, I LOVE the little Dr. Seuss characters "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" in that group shot!!!! Those are awesome little costumes! Looks like a lot of fun; your neighbours are lucky to have a great event planner like you living among them!

Wanda said...

And a good time was had by all!

Congratulations to your niece. I know a lot of hard work went into those years.

Betty said...

Sounds like a fun time....the child-
ren are the robot....

Mr. Rogers would be so happy with the neighborhood..

Congratulations to Lauren.....Betty

melissa @ the inspired room said...

You did an excellent job with your neighborhood bash! And that kid, his face just says it all, what a cutie!

Congrats to your niece, what an achievement!


Cottage Contessa said...

Congratulations to your neice! The neighbourhood party looks like a smashing success! Happy Halloween!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Diane said...

Hi Rhoda. The carnival looks like it was a load of fun. Congrats on your neice's passing the bar. Diane

Nunnie's Attic said...

Your neighborhood sounds like such fun. I wish we had something like that around here. We're so boring and reclusive. I hate it. Can I come live with you??

Congratulations to your niece for passing the bar! Quite an accomplishment. You should be so proud!


Sandy said...

Hi Rhoda! It sounds like a blast in your neighborhood yesterday! I'm glad you took on the role as "social chair" person - ha ha. Your weather is so much milder than ours!
Your niece is lucky to have an auntie like you! I have an aunt that I am very very close to in St. Louis, and she is one of my biggest Balcony Girls in my life :)
Happy Nov. 1!

Mary said...

Sounds like a fun neighborhood party! That little robot is priceless. :) Congrats to Lauren -- bar exams are crazy hard. Beautiful picture of the two of you!

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Goodness, so much to comment on! Congrats to your daughter. You look just lovely in that photo. The robot boy was SO cute (my son will be so jealous when he sees it). AND, congrats on your festival! Whew! ~A :-)

Alice said...

Two very lovely ladies in the cruise ship photo. Congratulations to Lauren on passing the bar.

Esther Sunday said...

Oh, honey - you are making run for my makeup bag here in the Northwest- you southern ladies are beautiful!!!!!

Lynne said...

The kids all look so cute! And congrats to Lauren. You both look great.

daisy cottage said...

Oh Rhoda your Halloween Festival looks like it was just wonderful! Your neighborhood is SO lucky that you chose it for your new B'ham home! How fun! And congrats to your beautiful AND smart niece, Lauren! What an accomplishment! Your cruise together must have been so special.. I'm sure she feels the same way!

The Decorated House said...

Congrats to Lauren! It probably doesn't seem like the time flew by to her like it does to us who have been watching along with her.

Your Halloween Festival looks like it was so much fun and a great success. I'm sure they all appreciated all your hard work.

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

I just love neighborhood gatherings like that. I'm so glad yours was a success.

Congrats to your niece!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Rhoda- what a wonderful way to get a neighborhood together! The parade was adorable and I love the little robot winner!

Congrats to Lauren! That picture shows the beauty in both of you!

Vonda said...

Oh Rhoda, I know you must be so doggone proud of y'all look beautiful on that cruise ship. She is a blessed girl to have an awesome Aunt like you, Rhoda! Love ya -V

Karin said...

Rhoda, You are just amazing! I bet everyone is thrilled to have you as a neighbor. Your Halloween festivities look like SO much fun! I'm inspired to do the same next year. We're moving in next week, so I've got time to organize. Thanks for sharing!

Nathan's Uncle said...

Lauren, I am SOOOOO proud of you!

For those of you who don't know, I am Lauren's second cousin (probably once removed), and although there is a generation's age difference and a 600 mile distance between us, we have always had a special friendship over the years. Up 'til now, I think I had achieved the highest level of education in the family with a master's degree, but now Lauren has passed us all up, and I couldn't be any prouder.