Yesterday we held our sort-of annual block party pancake breakfast. In years past we've held this even on July 4th, but due to conflicts with vacations and the local parade, we tried moving it to Labor Day, which turned out to be a great success. We kicked things off at 8am, and people stayed until about 10am. We provide the pancakes and eggs, and ask people to bring something to share. There was lots of yummy breakfast casseroles this year so we didn't even need to cook the eggs.
Another innovation was to invite our "Sister" missionaries to cook. It was their prep-day so they came in casual clothes, but wore their badges. This low key approach resulted in several informational conversations that didn't intimidate the neighbors. Our friends that own fire trucks came by and gave everyone rides around the block, which was a huge hit for kids and adults alike. Allie and Jarom's families were their with much appreciated help, which also contributed to our holiday experience. I guess we had 60 or 70 people attend. We've received at least one thank-you note already, and several offers to get more involved next year.