Thursday, September 9, 2010

Labor Day Tradition

For the past 4 years we have spent Labor Day weekend at rented house in NH with my Dad and Sandy and my brother, Paul's, family. It's become one of my favorite things about summer. We stay in the house of friends' of my Dad and Sandy. It's a great house with an open floor plan and a terrific screened in porch not too far from New Found Lake.

It's a very low key weekend. We play games, read, eat, watch a little TV, sit by the lake, walk the dogs around the block and we usually make one excursion to explore the area.

This year we visited a gorgeous little waterfall on a stream that ran through the woods. It was nature at its best. The kids had a great time climbing up the side of the waterfall and rockhopping back and forth across the stream. The adults enjoyed it too. And so did Rosey. Everyone was in their glory.

Of course, the trip always ends with a Labor Day visit to Shackett's Ice Cream stand for free ice cream. Shackett's begins giving away their ice cream at 11:00 am and continues until it's all gone. This year we got there early and had our pick of flavors. I got pistachio, which they had run out of last year.

But the best part of the weekend was that Katie was able to come with us. Fortunately, the college she attends is not too far out of the way. We picked her up on Friday night (after her job at the Dining Hall ended at 8:30 pm. Ugh!) and had to drop her off fairly early on Monday so that she could take a swim test for the crew team. Crew? Can you believe it? The girl never ceases to amaze me.

Anyway, it was so great to be able to see Katie only one week after dropping her off at college. She was full of excitement and enthusiasm as we drove to the house. She is enjoying all aspects of college and is very comfortable there. She really feels as though she made the right decision in choosing that school. What a relief! It was great to spend those three days with her, but saying goodbye the second time was not as easy I had thought it would be. It was actually a little bit harder than the first time around. We all held it together, but it was definitely a little wistful. The good news is that Family Weekend is at the end of the month. Apparently, we are going to be able to make this separation slowly. No complaints here.

Here are a few favorite photos from our trip:


Katherine said...

What a great house! That porch is amazing. What a great way to spend the holiday. It makes me want to get away. Especially if free ice cream is involved.

nan said...

Great photos, Pam. It looks like my kind of weekend - beautiful place and happy faces! How nice that Katie could be there with you. Keep those traditions going as long as you can.

LindyLouMac said...

A great family weekend and the best bit you got to spend time with Katie. :)

Together We Save said...

Looks like lots of relaxing fun!

Anita said...

It looks like a lovely weekend!! I love the pictures of the family, and again, so happy to hear Katie is doing well.
Each time i think about the girls going away next year I get nervous and excited......eeeeek.

Sandy said...

These weekends just get better in my opinion! Although I could have lived without the part where Rosey nearly went over the end of the outcropping of rocks. Still makes me nauseous to remember those few seconds.

Other than that, it was a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Wow, glad you guys had so much fun !
Sure Wendy didn't pay you to write that stuff? : )

Zibilee said...

Oh my, the area you were in is just gorgeous! The pictures were just beautiful. I can imagine that it was probably really hard for you to let your daughter go a second time around, but it's good that you will be seeing her again so soon. They really do grow up so fast, and leave us wondering where those little ones have gone. This was a great post. Thanks for sharing!

Gamma Sharon said...

Beautiful place and beautiful pictures! So happy you all got to be together so soon after Katie started college.
We use to rent cabins up in Big Bear in CA when the girls were younger... best time ever!


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