we've become "scooter obsessed" around here and "pleeeeeease momma, please" is constantly coming from the mouths of our kids. so last night i was talked into a super speedy bath so we had more time to scoot up and down the drive.
i knew we were headed to an apple orchard but holy moly -- i was not prepared for THIS!
first the setting was breath taking. to get to the orchard we had to wind our way to the top of a mountain and then to find a venue that caters to children and charges next to nothing; it was like a dream come true. fresh air, friendly faces and trees exploding with apples just waiting to be picked. so that's what we did. we picked, we ate, we ate and we picked. at the end of the day we had oodles of apples, 11 tired kiddos and 4 exhausted mommas.
i can hardly wait for our return trip in 2009. Dad! Are you there? I think you would love this. Maybe you can join us next year.
if you ask me it's high time we all think about how we can spend a bit less, save a bit more and recycle when ever possible.
some of you may have hread me rave about Amazing Savings, one of our local stores. if there is nothing you must have and are prepared to check expiration dates this is the place for you. all local and organic products and all are offered at amazing savings... huh!
so here you have it. above is what i got for eleven bucks! not bad if i do say so myself.
just one of the many sunflowers that we stumbled upon along the way
kate and heather trying to find the boys
a good luck charm finds kate
trey trying his best to pick up the biggest pumpkin he could find
plenty of room for the boys to run
miles catching a ride from daddy don (a.k.a .dr. luscious)
again, what a difference a year can make. last year heather and i both recall sweating and having to carry one or more of our children as we made our way through the corn maze. but not this year. everyone including miles practically ran through the whole thing. probably the biggest difference this year was the number of trivia questions we all got wrong! did you know apples originated in Asia and not WNC? good thing the kids could run ahead and make us all aware of the dead ends... saving us old folks a few extra steps.
following our afternoon at the farm we gathered at our house for one of pete's infamous feasts. grilled salmon, kale, roasted potatoes, cucumber and tomato salad and fresh baked bread. all of which we picked up a the farmers market earlier that day (with the exception of the beer bread i made). as heather said "KUDOS to the chef!"