Sunday, September 23, 2007
I love the fall
It's my favourite time of year. I just wish it would get here and stay for a while.
We've been experiencing some really hot days; today it's a sweaty 31 deg. C out there - OUCH! And in the mornings, it's cold enough to wear a jacket. So I'm running around with my head cut off in the mornings getting the Boy's lunch and about 3 outfit selections for him, so that he doesn't freeze in the morning and then sweat to death by the mid-afternoon.
On Sunday, though, the weather was beautiful, and although on the warm side, we felt it necessary to do a fall activity. Like picking apples at the apple farm, going for a wagon ride, fun, family, farm stuff. We were all raring to go, with the exception of my Boy Wonder. You'd think we were taking him to the dentist to get some teeth pulled out. I've been told that some kids go through this stage where all they want to do is stay home. I'm hoping this stage exits real soon, as it is getting so tiresome. The Girlie was super excited, as she's up to most things these days. Much like her big brother used to be before he hit pre-pre-teen mopey phase.
When I was growing up, my parents didn't have much, but they did spend what extra they had on lessons and the like for us. That didn't leave much time for what I think are the traditional Canadian "family" activities. Nothing against my folks, they did a wonderful job raising us into well-rounded, responsible adults and fairly decent human beings; but I always vowed that if and when I had kids, I would spend family time with them. Structured activities such as lessons are still part of the picture, of course, but the unstructured family time is just as important. So the family was going to Applewood Farm, and we were going to have a blast together, dammit!
It was, as I expected, PACKED! But Ian had no problems finding parking (he's got the parking fairy over his shoulder, unlike me who usually has to circle a half-dozen times before finding a spot about 10 blocks away from any entrance). After some fun time running along the hay:
We got into the thick of the orchard and did some serious apple picking:
And then took a fun wagon ride around the pumpkin patches.
But seriously, it was way too hot for pumpkins. We'll pick those up the next trip.