Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekend Wanderings: September 9-10

The National Folk Festival was held this weekend in Greensboro, NC.
Ella likes to give us a hard time about how we don't let her in on our plans until right before it's time to go somewhere.  This time was no exception.  Unfortunately for her, we don't really make plans until it's time to go.  Fortunately for us, she's generally a good sport about it.

Sophie was a little less than enthusiastic about the festival. 

After some excellent Mariachi music (and a pimento cheese smothered corndog, hold the pimento cheese) she decided the festival wasn't so bad after all. 
Also, there was this most excellent vampire bat puppet that she could spend her money on.  So that was a plus.

Isaac was there for the buses.
Saturday we watched Sophie almost make 4 goals at her soccer game. 
Ella participated in a mud run.

The rest of us ate candy... unicorn books...

...and practiced gymnastics... Historic downtown Wake Forest
We ended the day dancing at the Old Murphy School in Durham.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Short Tribute to September in Vermont

Please allow me to indulge in some nostalgia and melancholy for a moment.  I am missing Vermont.

September is my favorite month, and is the most magical month in Vermont.  The days are still warm enough to enjoy favorite summer activities, but the crispness in the morning air and the first touches of color on the leaves promise a spectacular autumn just around the corner.  The new school year begins, but the state fair is still in town.  People begin decorating their porches with mums and pumpkins, while planning to squeeze in one last weekend trip to the beach.  "U-pick" signs appear on street corners directing cars to nearby apple orchards and pumpkin patches.  Maple creamee stands start to close up for the season, and fresh apple cider and cider donuts become a diet staple.  Of course no September is complete without a few trips to the Farm for breakfast at the Inn, and the harvest festival. This is how I always want to remember Vermont.  Oh, how I miss September in Vermont...and these little girls!