Afternoon at the orchard.
Today was our homeschool field trip to the local orchard and pumpkin patch.
I’m loving homeschool field trips–we get to pay the school group rate to all kinds of places! We have been looking at The 9 Best Apple Orchards to Visit in the Twin Cities this Fall and are currently saving up to visit one! Today at the pumpkin patch it was $7 for each person over age two and we all got to pick a pumpkin, take a private tour of the apple cider making facility, take a private hay ride to the pumpkin patch, and everyone got to pick their own pumpkin. We also got access to the huge playground and petting zoo, and each person got two apples.
Next week we’re taking a homeschool field trip to the aquarium, where tickets are only $11 instead of the regular $22. We also need to go to the Cincinnati zoo soon, where tickets are only $5 for the school rate. And we can go to local plays during the day with the school group rate also, which is $6 instead of $20.
Today at the apple orchard it was hot and sunny. Go figure. It has been very fall-like lately, until today it was around 80 degrees. I was burning up in the blazing sun lugging around Ada and my camera and giant purse.
Rosie was so excited.
Five is such a fun age. Five year olds are so enthusiastic, and they are able to understand quite a bit of facts which makes things more interesting.
Ada was none too impressed. She is so grumpy these past few days! Two year molars bothering her, maybe? She’s very unlike her usual self.
The first part of the tour was watching a movie about how things work at the orchard.
Then we got to walk through the area where they make apple cider.
This is the part where they wash the apples.
After this we went on a hay ride, except there was no hay involved. It was just a big wagon being pulled by a tractor.
None the less, this was the highlight of the afternoon according to Rosie’s summary of her favorite things she gave me during the car ride home.
I was really curious how many acres we drove through, but the tractor driver only spoke Spanish and I wasn’t about to attempt asking him. He probably didn’t know anyway.
Despite the heat it was a gorgeous October day.
Here we are riding along on the wagon, hairs blowing in the breeze.
See this picture sums up so much. I am exhausted. Rosie is thrilled. Ada is pissed off at the world and standing up to headbutt the camera.
(Side note: Do you see his beautiful green/orange/brown eyes? Kind of difficult to see their full beauty in this snapshot. I want one of my babies to have those eyes so bad! Somehow we keep ending up with blue eyed babies. I was certain Ada would have Tyler’s eyes…)
We got to pick pumpkins off of the vine.
Clearly it was very exciting.
Ada definitely takes after me in some respects. She cheered right up when she found a rotten pumpkin.
She was fascinated with the bug-filled goo inside. We had to drag her away from it.
Tyler dry heaved when she tried to stick her hand in. Rosie had long since run away screaming because…OMG, not bugs and goo!! HORRIBLE!
(Plus Rosie totally knows there is a high likelihood Ada could fling some at her.)
Shut up Tyler. The process of decay is exciting and amazing.
All is well and good in Rosie’s world as long as she is a safe distance from gross rotten pumpkin goo flinging little sisters.
And then, hark! The wagon summons us to another ride, back to the main barn, where the huge playground and petting zoo awaits!
(And lunch too…)
Riding back was just as fun as the initial ride there. Who knew being pulled by a tractor through fields was so exciting?
Attempt at sibling group photo: fail-ish.
Sparkle shoes are essential fall event wear, apparently.
I’m still not used to seeing her in glasses.
They love holding hands.
Ada loved these giant pumpkins. I wish I had a random $30-$40 to waste on one.
You can tell how hot it was, look at Ada’s red face!
The playground had a giant slide, which Ada was too short to ride and Rosie was terrified of. So Tyler rode it by himself over and over.
The playground had such cool wooden things!
Lunch. Fried apple pies, hot dogs, apple cider, and chips…perfectly healthy, right?
That much junk food turns my kids into wild monkeys.
The petting zoo had the most adorable baby pygmy goats.
Our town is working on changing the ordinance to allow mini-farm animals in city limits.
Holy crap you guys.
NIGERIAN DWARF GOATS HERE I COME!
Even Tyler may be persuaded by the sheer sweetness of these things.
This camel, oh my gosh. I wish I could have one of these for a pet.
He was super loving and expressive. He loved being scratched like a dog!
I commanded he say “cheese” and…he did. Instantly. Coincidence?
What an amazing creature. His nostrils seal shut to keep out sand from sand storms. He has beautiful eyelashes, fluffy fur…
Oh and there were tortoises. Ada loves turtles.
Want to know why Tyler is making that face?
I had to make a video. You need the volume turned up to appreciate all 8 seconds I filmed of this.
(Not really kid-safe unless you want to do some explaining.)
I am traumatized by the vocalizations.
I will probably never be the same ever again.
When we got home the girls got wet wash rags and bathed their pumpkins.
I don’t really know why. They really wanted the pumpkins to be clean.
Well actually this picture probably explains why.
You’ve met Rosie right? Particular, careful, little old lady Rosie? Of course she would scrub a pumpkin.
My sweet, sweet baby Ada would rather smack people with a wet towel.
Ah, well…the joys of raising polar opposite sisters…
Bedtime for me, please! This momma is worn out.
Random…let me throw this one in before I go.
Ok. Now I go to bed. (Imagine I said that in a funny foreign accent.)