Saturday, August 28, 2010


It's pretty much my favorite day of the summer.  I look forward to it every year.  We go first thing in the morning and stay until after dark.  Lot's to do and see.  This year we were fortunate to have my brother's wife and their three girls join us.  We started with the parade.  See these happy go lucky parade watchers?  Nothing like a 'slurpee' and parade candy at 9am to jump start your day.
The theme this year was "Fall Harvest".  There were plenty of great floats on display in the parade.  After the parade we hung out in the Village field where there are plenty of vendors, activities and entertainment going on.
Stevie wanted to spend her money HERE.  She's a monkey and loves to climb.  They even had a time challenge.  If she could make it to the top in 25 seconds, she would win $20.  (cost $10 for 2 climbs)  20 seconds earns you $40 and 15 wins you $75.  She did her first climb in 33 seconds. The second she was right on for 25 seconds but fumbled when she reached the top and missed hitting the button that stops her time.
She made a valiant effort and I was proud of her.  After her climbs and lunch, we stepped away from Gilford Old Home Day for an hour or so to cheer Steve on at a Laconai Police Department fundraising game against the Patriot Football team Alumni.
The game had already started by the time we arrived.  I noticed the police department did not have any subs.  At half time I walked down to the bench to say hi to Steve (#55) and jokingly ask if they need another player.  (Steve actually wanted me to play but I wasn't sure if I wanted to miss Old Home Day so I declined)
Thank goodness Stevie was wearing socks and sneakers because the whole team was thrilled that they would be adding another player (sub) to the roster.  I was not really dressed for flag football, but I rolled up my jeans, threw on the sneakers and headed out to the field.
I hadn't played since college...and that was 18 years ago.
These boys were HUGE and seriously fast.  (and quite funny)
It was interesting to say the least considering we had never practiced before playing.
Our awesome captain was literally calling plays on the fly.  He'd draw the play on the front of his shirt and we'd follow his lead.
We only ended up losing by 4 points.  Not bad for a make-shift team.
Here were all the players and cops that couldn't play because they were on duty.   As soon as the game was over we headed back to Gilford to finish up Old Home Day.  We watched dance competitions, participated in egg tosses, pie eating contests, ate lots of food and had fun playing with friends and family.
Stevie was the brave soul to enter the pie eating competition.  The flavor was blueberry topped with lots of whipped cream.  
She dove into that pie like there was no tomorrow.  
She made her Momma PROUD!  Ended up with third place.  Well done Stevie.  LOVE the face.
I didn't see much of Kaleb today.  He was running around with friends ALL.THE.LIVING.LONG.DAY!  And when I say run...I mean ALL.DAY.  (he's top right, pushing some friends on a fun swing)
Along with her cousins, we had some of Kayla's friends hang with us since we had all the good food and even better company.

The night was capped off with BEAUTIFUL fireworks.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.


April said...

What a wonderful day- reminds me of the movies:)

The Kings said...

Oh what a FUN day!!! You are pretty sporty hey! Love that you just roll up your jeans and start playing - so fun!

LL said...

that looks FUN!!
and btw, YOU ROCK...joining in the game. Did their sweat stink too?


Rachael said...

Thanks for a fun day!!

shirlgirl said...

Wow, what a fun day you guys had!! Your sister's family had a fun day at Canobie Lake Park as well. Guess Saturday was the day to enjoy the last days of summer. Glad you all had such a super great time. And congratulations to Stevie for her great rock-climbing efforts. Way to go, Stevie!

Undaunted ~ My Life One Day at a Time said...

I think that Stevie face is a classic and should be hung on the wall. LOL What a fun day. :) Glad you weren't rained out.