a friday in hersheypark & thoughts on adolescence

Last week I met my sister and brother-in-law (for a short time) as well as my sister-in-law and her friend up at Hersheypark. It was a nice day in a string of not-so-nice days so we had to take advantage of what we thought would be a not-so-busy day. Being that it was work day prior to Memorial Day. We couldn't have been more incorrect in that sentiment. 

We learned from a security guard that there were 221 school buses full of kids there that day. Now I'm not a math wiz, but I did a quick google and figured since they were middle school/high school aged kids each bus would have approximately 48 kids (how accurate is my googling Steph?) and well carry the two that's something like 10,608 pre-teens and teens wandering around Hersheypark. Right. You can imagine my dismay. All of those hormones! All the short shorts with pockets hanging out the front! All the midriff revealing shirts! All the teenage angst! Seeing all the adolescents in bulk made me seriously terrified for my future. Why why why does adolescence need to be a thing? Can't we just skip that whole part of it? Or can I maybe just have really kind, responsible, rule followers for my teens? Ones that will not be afraid to stand out if means doing the right thing. And please for the love of God do not be boy crazy Letteria. I could ramble on and on for my fears of my future but I'll spare you all. 

Thankfully on this day my children are all still quite small and enjoy being with their mamas and are content in going on rides like the Granny Bugs and are absolutely clueless as to the ridiculousness of the teens running around them half dressed (I don't even care that I sound old. I'm a different generation, I get it. Bermuda shorts will make a come back, right?)... We hit up some of the kid's favorite rides, tried to avoid a few tantrums along the way, and got to witness the massive Tidal Force wave a few times.

As always thanks for the photos Ash!



  1. Teenagers.. I can't even imagine. Girl x2.. I'm nervous!
    My neighbors daughter is 16 and she couldn't be a more perfect child! Straight A's, the only freshman on varsity lacrosse team- you name it, it's her. So- I know it can happen lol!
    And don't even get me started on the shorts teen girls wear these days lol.. 'These days'.. So old!

  2. The people you see at Hershey! Haha. Yes, let's try to enjoy them while they're young and clueless. :) so excited to see how Syd does on the rides. I can imagine her looking very unimpressed by it all lol

  3. omg i just love hershey. but all those teens NO thank you. ugh. i agree everyone should skip past that phase. also that photo of david and letty all excited in the splash zone is amazing

    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. so precious! I love how Dom is so into it. And the splash zone looks amazing. I wouldn't even recognize Hershey it's been so very many years since I was able to go. Teenage angst. Oh the teens. Oh the short shorts and I agree with you bermudas should totally make a come back and teens if they must exist should at least lose their speaking privileges for a while or something! LOL! Blake is 19 and just becoming tolerable again. I say in jest. I love my child but the teen years nearly did me in.

  5. this is confusing to me. those kids were allowed to wear midriff revealing clothing even though they came through school??? that's heinous!

  6. I have to admit I own (and love) a pair of short jean shorts with the pockets sticking out BUT I did not own them until my late 20's...and would NOT be ok with Mia wearing them as a teen or exposed midriff for that matter!


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