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Don’t rain on my parade…

September 2, 2008

It did.

This was definitely a Labor Day to remember. 

As always, we went to Grandma and Poppa’s house for the big Labor Day hometown celebration and parade.  A huge storm was forecast for this weekend, and luckily I checked the weather in advance–there have been a few times when we’ve gone out of town bringing shorts, Tshirts and sandals for hot weather, only to have the weather change overnight leaving us wishing we had brought raincoats, long pants, sweatshirts, and coats instead.  

After eating a semi-warm dinner Sunday night in semi-darkness (the power went off and stayed off in the middle of reheating leftovers for dinner) we drove down to Grandma’s.  A was rather disappointed that due to lightning, we couldn’t put up the tent and sleep out in the backyard.  A great way to kick off our study of weather, I thought.

Monday dawned rather wet, but with a bit of blue sky:

We got in some nature study as we watched bluejays hunting for worms in Grandma’s backyard.

Lovely day for a parade, don’t you think?

Armed with blankets, coats, umbrellas (including a huge blue one we bought in New York City once because no matter where I go on vacation, it always rains), and a towel to wipe the rainwater off the chairs we set out on the parade route Sunday night, we were ready.  Here the boys demonstrate sitting in the wagon with a quilt over their heads while A holds up an umbrella. 

It was alternately sprinkling and sunny as the clouds shifted across the sky throughout the morning and as the parade began. 

Then it rained.  My grandma and grandpa, aunt, and uncle took refuge in their car conveniently parked right across the street.

Then it poured.  C and D huddled under the big umbrella with me as the rain came down sideways.

Then it hailed.  My dad and DH were completely soaked on one side from standing with theirs backs to the rain.  Still we sat there.  We laughed a lot.  I’m not sure why.  But I’ve never seen a parade move so fast!  Of course we were sitting at the beginning of the parade route and I don’t know if it got called off at some point or what.  We got lots of wet and sticky candy thrown to us though, probably because we were just about the only people left on the sidelines. 

We felt sorry for the queens in their gowns being blown by the wind and rain.  The smart ones brought jackets with them.  The smarter ones opted out of the gowns and wore long pants and coats with their crowns.  The smartest ones crawled down under the old-fashioned car on their float and waved to us from there.

And we stuck it out to the end.  Why?  I really have no idea.  I’m usually one to take shelter from weather like that.  I guess we must be die-hard parade goers, at least for this parade.  I think I’ve only missed it once.  I like the small hometown parades.  And C was so happy to see John Deere tractors, even in the rain.  A was less than thrilled, poor kid, he looks forward to this “candy parade” all summer long.

We had an extra set of dry clothes awaiting us at Grandma’s house and we had a nice hot lunch while the storm blew over and the sun came out.  By 2:30 p.m. it looked like this:

(same mountain as in the first picture)

Then we went to the community theater production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which we all enjoyed despite D asking every 10 minutes, “Is this the end?  Is it over yet?”

And eventually I’ll warm up.  I’m still freezing.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2008 10:34 pm

    Wow….those are awesome pictures of the mountains and the clouds.

    That is cool that y’all stuck it out….the kids will never forget that parade….. 🙂

  2. September 2, 2008 11:34 pm

    You guys are stalwarts! They pictures are so telling (and beautiful). I loved reading how the queens and princesses got smarter as the weather got wetter.

    Yep, that’s one they’ll remember.

  3. September 3, 2008 2:46 am

    Way to tough it out! Me? I would have never driven out to begin with. 🙂 But I am a wimp that way. I got cold just reading about your day.

    Patricia in WA
    Happy WW!

  4. September 3, 2008 7:53 am

    This will be one holiday everyone remembers.

    I’m so impressed you guys stuck it out! I’d have never even left the house. lol!

  5. September 3, 2008 9:21 am

    Love the cloud and kid pictures! I love clouds almost as much as mountains.

  6. September 3, 2008 3:33 pm

    are you sure it was labor day you were talking about and not some other later-in-the-fall holiday? i remember now that my very first weekend at byu we had thunder and lightening storms all weekend.
    here, we won’t see rain for two more months at least. we spent labor day in the pool (sorry.)

  7. September 3, 2008 7:31 pm

    Love the photos! The one of the kids is precious.

  8. September 4, 2008 1:23 pm

    Are you kidding me- it is the sign of the times! We haven’t been above 80 degrees in 6 months and now that it is fall we are having summer and you are having winter! Beautiful Photos !

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