I like our neighborhood.
I mean we've had some mishaps (stolen bike, hit and run garage door smashing, the neighbors had a brick thrown through their windshield a few years ago, i'm painting an awesome picture aren't I?!) but on the whole it's been a good place. I feel safe here. I feel like my kids can play outside without me having to watch them like a hawk --- especially now that we have the dog who doesn't even let squirrels come into the yard.
The three houses in a row right here have stair step kids. On one side of us are a 10 and 8 year old, we have a 7 and 3 year old and on the other side is a 2 year old. We've taken the 10 and 8 year old to the park with us a few times and the other day we took them with us while we walked to vote. We always get looks - because, I mean we all sort of look like we could be related. The women say things like wow - you guys are all really close in age aren't you? Makes me laugh.
I like sitting on our front porch in the afternoons, where we get the last of the sunshine. Many days, if the weather is nice, all the kids are out and all of us adults can chat a bit. Summer is especially nice - those long evenings when it's ok if dinner doesn't get thrown together until 7:00.