You might remember that I mentioned a couple of posts back that we would be taking a field trip with our home schooling support group to an apple orchard to pick apples. Well, unfortunately we were unable to take the trip with the group because our landlord informed us that he had scheduled someone to come out and replace our boiler that very day. We were all very disappointed but the kiddos found comfort in knowing that we would still be going as a family. Turns out the man who was going to replace the boiler canceled last minute (the morning of) so we missed the outing for nothing. =( On a brighter note, we were able to go yesterday as a family and had a wonderful time.
Demarest Farm is found in Hillsdale, NJ which is about 20 miles to the north of us. It is a neat place. I have to say though, if you're looking for a peaceful day out in the country, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city....do not come here. Lol! It was soooo crowded! Long lines for everything...to find a parking spot, to get the tickets, for the hayride to and from the orchard. But... even though it wasn't exactly a quiet day out in the country, it was definitely interesting and entertaining. There is lots of ethnic diversity here and there were so many different kinds of people. Made for some great people watching. :) The kids loved it. The orchard was amazing. I'd never been to one. Row after row of apple trees. Thousands of apples everywhere... on the trees, all over the ground, in bags, baskets, and buckets. There were yellow ones, green ones, red ones, with darker and lighter shades of each. Some were huge, others tiny. Some were past their time and others not yet ready to be picked. The air smelled of fermented fruit and there were bumble bees everywhere. We had lots of fun. We came home with two bags full of apples so we'll be having lots of apple around here. Let's see.....there's apple pie, apple sauce, apple juice. I'm even using apples on display for decorative purposes. =)
Overall, it was a great day. As she was dosing off to sleep last night, L.M. said in a groggy voice, "Mommy, I love apple piting." Gotta say that her comment made all the looking for parking, standing in line, and chaos of the day worth it.
One last thing before I leave you. As many of you know, my grandmas are moving over here. They will be living with me (yipee!) so Isaac and I have been hard at work fixing up their room to make it cozy and inviting. They arrive this Wednesday. Stay tuned, because when we have completed the project, I will be sharing pictures of the finished product with you.
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