Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fairmount Christmas Party

Every year, the Fairmount Neighborhood Association throws a Holiday party for all of its members. It is a chance to end the year in good cheer with neighbors and friends and just have some fun. Fairmount is often knee deep in serious issues where there are nothing but strong opinions being batted around. So, its nice to get together; have a drink, and enjoy each's other's company as friends.  This year was no exception.  
    I often think that I have more fun preparing for party than I do at the actual event. That is especially true for neighborhood events. I love our neighborhood and I think much of my love for Fairmount comes from my neighbors willingness to pitch in and help. Look at these pictures and you will see people helping out, having a good time, often a really good time, and doing it just because someone asked. That attitude builds friendships and makes this all the more fun.  
     So in the Fairmount spirit of doing it yourself, we smoked turkeys. Not only did we smoke turkeys, but because we love to get the word out, we smoked those turkeys right on Magnolia Avenue on a Saturday morning. I must have counted  fifty vehicles that slowed down to watch us work. Another two dozen people stopped and asked us what the heck we were doing. I think the pictures tell the story the best. 

I like to take on the jobs that no one would really want to volunteer for when we do Fairmount activities. I think this picture sums that up nicely.  

The party was great success. Thanks to everyone who helped put it on. It takes a small army of volunteers to  get all the parts together to have a successful event and we are very lucky to have such dedicated volunteers that make it happen. Merry Christmas.

Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Home Tour Video

In case you could not make it this year, check out this video on the Fairmount Home Tour 2012!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pereda Family Pics - 2012

Hi all!  So, as usual, it's been way too long in between posts!  We've had a lot going on - between work, half marathon training in the heat, adopting a third dog and finishing a couple of home projects (in particular - a brick walkway/patio in the backyard).  It's been a fun, busy year so far!  Well - Sean will write more soon, but here are the wonderful photos that my dear friend and running buddy, Kari Crowe, took recently of our family!  It was also the point at which we decided Lily was clearly a member of the family - and doesn't she look happy about it!?!? :)

Enjoy the fun family pics!  I know that we sure do!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

College Ave Party

    College Avenue is a little sad right now. We are losing some dear friends to bigger and better things. Sophie and Jarrod are moving on. They joined a circus. Wait, what was that, oh I'm sorry. They are moving to California. I make that mistake often.

  Seriously, we are all  sad that our friends are moving on, but we know they will always be friends. This also gives us a great excuse to head out west.  So, to show our friend that we will miss them, we had a party. 

 Another good thing that came from this party. I realized that I do not know how to use our camera.  Also, my habit of not announcing that I am about to take a picture does not always get the best result.

  In all seriousness, we will miss our friends. We love our street because we know our neighbors. The shared experience of living on College Avenue is something that will bond us to each other forever. Thank you Jarrod and Sophie for being such good neighbors and such great friends.