On Welcoming Newbies to the Neighborhood!

I had to laugh. I got our mail the other day and I pulled this out:

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It’s a little packet of sorts from P&G – a kind of “welcome to the neighborhood.”

I laughed because we’ve lived in the neighborhood for over a year now!

Nevertheless, it was full of fun goodies!

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I mean, you can’t beat that, right?!

It got me thinking about when we first moved to the neighborhood. We didn’t know anyone, so we did something a little unconventional. Well, my husband would say that I did something a little unconventional, because HE thought I was crazy! HA!

I baked cookies and took them to the neighbors.

I know, it sounds silly, because the neighbors are supposed to do that kind of thing for NEW people who move into the “hood”, not the other way around, right? Well, I’ve never been totally conventional.

It was a big hit! If you want to see more about that, check out this blog post I did on it: Hello, New Neighbors!  (Oh yeah, this blog post is complete with free printable tags and everything!)

And can I just say that we have awesome relationships with all of our neighbors now? We really do! In fact, it’s not uncommon for it to take me 30 minutes to go check the mail, or my hubby 30 minutes to take the trash out, because we’ve run into a neighbor who wants to stop and chat! And hey, if you’ve gotta live by them, you might as well be friends with them!

Now we’re not the newbies anymore, and I am totally the “Hi, I’m Kristen, and I baked you this pie! Welcome to the neighborhood!” type! I’ve gotta admit, I don’t want any of our neighbors to move, but if they do, I’m gonna be all over it when the new ones arrive!

What about you? Do you have neighbors? How do you keep a good relationship with them?