Would it be possible to stand slightly away from people and watch the kids? Pretend to be the caring, indulgent mother that just can't get too far from her snookems while internally you're saying "breathe, just breathe, almost done." (not that you're not a caring, indulgent mother, but you don't strike me as a helicopter mom, either)
I can't wait until I can start pulling baby greens out of my gardens. I keep telling myself that I need to start eating salads, but then I think about buying greens at the store and just can't.
it's a very small yard. really though, i should be fine. i just don't want them to think that i'm being snooty or anything. it's not that i don't want to socialize, sometimes i just need a break.
canio- not a bad idea. he said that he'll be serving MGD, so i could maybe bring hard liquor and mixer ingredients. as long as i can climb back over the fence!
they're very neighborly, nice people, and direct too. our kids have been getting along just great. i'm enjoying getting to know them.
hmmm...that's an idea. or i could just drink a lot and then i'll be super chatty and annoy everyone. meh, i'm not going to worry about it too much.
Better than my neighbors. They have a kid the same age as mine but if they're outside when we go out, they go in...very frustrating because we're sociable folks. We even took cookies over for Christmas, they weren't at home so we left them on the porch with a nice Christmas card. Very strange, indeed.
that's a bummer! we have friendly neighbors, always saying "hi." when we moved in, one neighbor brought us a huge pile of hot, homemade donuts. OMG they were so good! (i brought her something too, maybe it was brownies) that's how i like it, but i don't know how to do this whole "nice neighbor" thing naturally. i'm always worried about being intrusive or something. i'd really like to have a big BBQ this summer, to invite over all the neighbors and get to know them better. it might be fun to coordinate with a few families: multiple backyard block parties at the same time.
Growing up my parent's neighbors just came over to talk or help out with whatever project we had going on. Dad's friends who didn't live on our street stopped by, we were all very social...it was more considered like loafing around or something. Or course, dad has a detached garage/shop kind of thing so it wasn't like they were coming in our house. I miss the friendliness of it all. These people wave when we're pulling in our drive, but I guess the thought of having to talk to us turns them off. The folks that use to live there was a couple our age, no kids (before we had kids too) they were social and came over for ballgames and stuff. Even came over one night when I was working nights because my wife thought she heard someone trying to get in. Guy and his wife came over, both had guns, and searched the house for my wife. In return, they came over and sat in our basement during tornado warnings and stuff. I can't wait to move. The place where we're building has nice folks that I already know and like...plus its out in the country.
growing up, our neighbors hated us (yappy dogs and our yard was always a public nuisance, plus we were loud). my stepdad is the stereotypical guy who just doesn't talk, and my mom is really pessimistic about people and their intentions, so i didn't exactly have healthy role models as far as socialization goes. my dad, otoh, is very gregarious and well-liked but i didn't spend most of my childhood with him.
I know you want to socialize. I was just thinking about using that for a two-minute re-charge. But making more drinks is better- then they won't even notice if you need to step away for a minute
We had very nice neighbors on one side, and on the other side of the road was what we called "The Trolls." There were a couple of kids in the extended family that lived there that we liked, but for the most part- gah. I remember as a kid being told that I needed to remember to knock before I let myself in the nice neighbor's house
A massive BBQ/block party sounds fun! It sounds like you have quite a few neighbors that would participate.