If you've ever visited this blog the first week of September, then you know that every year I post a slight variation on the same Labor Day weekend update: heading up to the White Mountains with Andy's parents. So chime in if you know this one:
Did we stop at the outlet mall on the way up and buy everything that was on sale? We did.
Did we go to Chutters and scoop up all of the penny candy, leaving none for the rest of you? We did.
Did we eat all of the pancakes and bacon at Polly's Pancake Parlor? We did.
Did we go to the Lancaster Fair? You bet we did, and that means that we:
- went on all the rides (although I learned my lesson last year and stuck to the Ferris wheel)
- got conned by carnies into playing rigged games with crappy prizes
- spent the kids' college fund on the "coin pusher" quarters machine (maybe change "we" to "I" for this one)
- oohed and aahed at the magnificent draft horses, learned the differences between dairy and beef cattle, and patted tiny baby goats
- saw prize-winning pumpkins and zucchinis and pies and jams and quilts in the 4H barn
- explored all the RVs and imagined taking a vacation in one (Julie and I are particularly captivated by the clever and efficient use of space, and are able to fool ourselves into believing that we would not all kill each other after one day in such close quarters)
- ate all manner of junk food, including but not limited to corn dogs, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, cheese steak, pizza, pulled pork, ribs, French fries, fried dough, deep-fried Twinkies, deep-fried Oreos, and Robillard's apple crisp (which is NOT junk, and is something we talk about, droolingly, for 364 days each year, although this year Andy opted instead for a deep-fried coconut cream pie, causing Steph to shout, "Shun the nonbeliever!" and Julie to practically spit, "You make me SICK!")
And then last night we came home from all that fun, did laundry, and went to bed early, because today is the first day of school! Pete started HIGH SCHOOL and Julie started MIDDLE SCHOOL! Steph is still home, because upperclassmen have a late start today to allow the frosh to get used to the place for a few hours.
I hope everyone out there in Internet-land had a great end of the summer! (I know that some of you in other parts of the country have been in school so long already that you're practically ready for midterms, but here Labor Day weekend always marks the end of summer and start of school.)