This weekend, Kim, the kids and I went to visit our friends Peter and Jody, who own The Old School Records in Forest Park, Illinois. They were participating in a sidewalk sale/street fair that Forest Park holds every year.
I rode the "Berry-Go-Round" with Adam and Mel (I am the "Designated Goes-On-Carnival-Rides-With-The-Kids" Parent) and bought the kids Italian Ices (okay, I had one too). This was not without its reward: Kim shelled out three bucks to get me this awesome Elvis candle.
The Candle King wasn't the only new resident who made his debut this weekend. Last fall, I helped my landlord unload our other new resident from his van. All 300+ pounds of him (he's made of cast concrete). We had to wait for the yard renovations to be finished-- we wanted to move him only once-- and so he's been stored in the garage since last fall. He ended up having to be moved twice, though; my landlord moved him to his final home, but "Uncle Ho," as he has been dubbed, got tanked up on sake and fell over into the garden the night after he was installed. Adam and I helped my landlord pick him up and put him in a more secure spot.
I'm looking forward to both new residents joining us for cocktails in our new backyard this summer.