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Field Trip Friday: Return to Apple Tree Farm

A couple of weekends ago, the kids and Kenny and I returned to our favorite Apple Orchard for their annual Farm Fest. Of course, I wanted to get the kids’ photo in front of the orchard’s sign like I did the previous two years. And, of course, the sign was not there this year. :( But they had some cool decor on the porch to use as a photo backdrop.

Just for reference, here are the group pics from 2011 and 2012:

Riverview 2011 with wm

Poor Jesse didn’t even make it into this one. I had no idea it would become a tradition! I took this pic at the end so I bet he was asleep in the sling. :) Just so he doesn’t get skipped, here is one of my favorite pics of him from that year:

Jesse eating apple 2011 wm

Riverview 2012

Wow. Just wow. What a difference a year makes in the life of a teenager!! They change as quickly as babies!! Here is the shot from this year:

Riverview Orchard 2013

Some of my favorites: :)

Jesse laughing at dad
No idea what was on Jesse’s mind in the hay maze!

John hayride
John Elijah on the hayride.

dadandboys behind the wagon
There was no room on the hayride for Dad and the boys so they walked down to the orchard. You can see them if you look closely.

sophia with apple bag
Sophia wanted to carry the apple bag.

jesse with apple bag
The minute she sat it down, Jesse ran off with it!

abe and kenny apple picking
Abe and Kenny came up with a way to get the high apples!

wes and kenny picking apples
Wesley had to try it, too! Good thing Dad’s been working out!!

jesse picking apple
Just a cute apple picking photo.

mom and kids on hayride
Proof that I was actually there. Thank, Abe. :)

big boys at the apple farm
My handsome young men.

I’m so glad we’re still in New York at apple picking time. We were sad when we thought we might have to leave in August and miss it. In fact, I think we may have to walk down to the orchard this weekend and pick a few more!

Field Trip Friday — Clark Museum in Williamstown, Mass.

It’s been a while since I posted a Field Trip Friday post! I had lots more to tell about the Kentucky trip, but the summer got away from me. Most of you know I started a new blog, Daffodils at Home. I’ve been working very hard on making that blog a part time job and […]

Field Trip Friday — Niagara Falls!

Last week when we set out on our week long adventure to a retreat in Kentucky (and yes, this trip will provide fodder for Field Trip Friday posts for several weeks!), we had no intention of stopping at Niagara Falls. It wasn’t even on our scope. But as we were driving down the road, Kenny […]

Field Trip Friday — 4th of July!

The 4th of July technically fell on a Thursday, but whatever. We were too tired after staying up for fireworks to do anything else on Friday anyway. We had a lazy, relaxed morning and then made a hamburger lunch with baked beans, chips and deviled eggs (deviled egg recipe to follow in day or two!) […]

Happy 4th of July!

Here’s a blast from the past photo to celebrate. This was taken at St. Joseph’s in 2009. Hope you have a happy and safe 4th! I’ll post pics of our 4th tomorrow for Field Trip Friday.

Menu Plan Monday

I haven’t posted Menu Plan Monday in a long time. Lately, though, I’m making more of an effort to streamline the “must dos” in order to squeeze in more “wanna dos”! Having a set menu plan helps so much! It’s crazy how much time I waste on dinner when I have no plan! Without further […]

Field Trip Friday – Minute Man National Historical Park

Wow. I can’t believe it has taken me a month and a half to get all the Massachusetts posts up! What a trip! I promise this is the last one. I’ve been calling this part of the trip the North Bridge, and we did see the North Bridge, but it turns out we were at […]

Summer break is finally here!!

I don’t know if I’m going to stick with the local school schedule next year or not. We get so tired of school going until the 3rd week of June! Of course, we like not starting until after Labor Day… And if I switch it this year we’re going to have a really short summer… […]

Field Trip Friday — Last Day of School

I’ve got one more Massachusetts post to put up, but yesterday was the last day of school so I’m going to blog about that this week. I’ll try to get that last MA post up next week. We had a mad scramble to finish things at the end of the school year. We always have […]

Field Trip Friday — Picnic on Walden Pond

If we’re facebook friends, you’ve already seen a picture or two of our picnic on Walden Pond and maybe caught a little of the excitement I felt at seeing it in person. Seriously, people. WALDEN POND. I’m still giddy! On our way to the pond we made a couple of quick stops for me to […]