Block Party

We had our block party this weekend … I’m trying to do the math in my head and I think this is the third/fouth one that we’ve attended.

It’s actually a ton of fun. See I live on a pretty wide street in Evanston, so the city gives us barricades and we block off each side of the street (even though it’s a one way street, west-bound). With the street barricaded the kids ages (2 – 14) can ride their bikes, scooters, big wheels, skateboards up and down the street unencumbered.

The fire department brings one of it’s smaller pumper trucks and the kids get to climb all over it. Push buttons, talk on the megaphone and then get pummeled with water that the engine shoots down the block. And then, not to be outdone the police department brings one of it’s squad cars so that the kids can do the same thing – I didn’t like that Mr. I enjoyed sitting in the back of the prowler.

I did the smartest thing ever by pulling out my skateboard. At first, I thought, “Oh this is dumb.” But actually it was an efficient way to keep up with Mr. I on his trike up and down the street and it also was quite fun to pull the board out and skate again. My neighbor from across the street pulled out his longboard which is a carving machine … quite tempting.

We went to the farmers market that morning and purchased 2 pints of blueberries, 2 pints of strawberries, 2 pints of peaches, a watermelon, 2 pints of grape tomatoes, a bunch of mint and a bunch of basil. Here’s what we produced:

* Summer Fruit Salad + Mint/Simple Syrup Vinegrette
* Caprese Salad on a Stick
* Rice Krispie Treats

The fruit salad was a big hit. The “vinegrette” is quite amazing on it’s own, and the fruit combination was divine since it offered a great sweet, tart, soft, crunch combination. Caprese salad on a stick is a genius idea unto itself, especially with super ripe/fresh tomatoes and basil. Rice Krispie treats are always good.

The way I measure your success at a block party is how full your containers are when you take them home. Ours were empty, and people were talking about the fruit salad a lot.

I think I consumed the most beers since the beach house … I’m a sucker for that Summer Shandy.

Mr. I was so pooped out, he woke up @ 8 AM and then took a 3 hour nap the day after which is unheard of. Overall great fun, and yeah while I live in the suburbs it’s nice to have all these kids around for my kid.

Comments 4

  1. theffer wrote:

    I saw the neighbors kid motoring down the street on a wooden two wheeler with no pedals yesterday. Kids maybe 3 years old – walks better than talks, eats anything he can find on the ground, and might be transitioning to a no diaper world.

    Anyway, he was sitting on the seat and pushing himself along at a very good clip. Kept his balance and everything. Kids going to end up being the next Lance Armstrong because he’s probably only a couple of months away from riding a regular bike.

    Posted 27 Jul 2009 at 7:25 am
  2. Vince wrote:

    That sounds like fun Terry, and perfect weather too! Nothing like a big party to wear out the kid. We took Henry to the pool at PJ’s building and he slept for 12.5 hrs that night!

    Posted 27 Jul 2009 at 8:48 am
  3. tpepp wrote:

    went to the Taste of Lincoln and Wicker Park fest in the same day. i TOO was pooped and took naps like an infant on sunday. :)

    currently playing Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii…it’s awesome.

    bone & numar, are you guys online? let’s race some Mario Kart!

    Posted 27 Jul 2009 at 10:27 am
  4. von wrote:

    And then, not to be outdone the police department brings one of it’s squad cars so that the kids can do the same thing – I didn’t like that Mr. I enjoyed sitting in the back of the prowler.

    May as well get him used to it …..

    That Summer Shandy stuff is dangerously good, and so refreshing. Although I always forget the name and call it “Slim Shady” or somesuch.

    Posted 27 Jul 2009 at 12:16 pm