Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Pumpkin Farm

After our relatively easy Apple Farm outing, the next weekend we decided to head to the Pumpkin farm for some yes, PUMPKINS!
After finding the perfect pumpkins, and loading them onto the stroller, we fed some goats...

the girls played in a maze...

And Colin played on a tractor!
All in all, a very good day, except for the bloody lip after falling face first on the wagon and the subsequent crying when we had to leave, and the carrying of Erynn on my shoulders while trying to push the stroller through the rut laden dirt parking lot. But we survived and we would do it again!

Somedays are just not good...

Somedays you just can't help but be sad...

Somedays, you just can't help but cry...

And somedays, just keep getting worse...

Colin was having one of "those" days recently...

The Apple Farm

So we originally decided to go to the Apple Farm for pumpkins...I know weird thinking, but I know we went last year or the year before and got pumpkins. So one Sunday, while Tom was working, I decided that a trip to get pumpkins was in order. Once we got there, I discovered that there were no pumpkins, but it was too late! Lydia and Erynn wanted to ride on the wagons and go pick some apples. It took some manuevering since it was just me and 3 children, one of whom could not walk, and a whole orchard of apple trees. But it actually was a lot of fun!

Lydia became an apple farmer!

Erynn and Lydia played on the tractor wheels, the "chicken coop" playground, and the glider swings. Oh and while I was paying for our apples, some little boy had a disagreement with Erynn and bit her! My poor baby had a bruise and teeth marks on her arm for a week. I wasn't too mad because I know that kids are kids, but his mother didn't even reprimand him...things like that I have yet to figure out how to explain to my children.

Erynn and Lydia picked some apples.

And Colin, well he ate many bites of apples that I would give him and emptied out my purse while waiting for a ride back to our car!

I am so glad that I decided to take this on and go. It would have been a very trying day if we would have just stayed home! And I learned that the girls are pretty good at listening when out in public. We just wish that Daddy could have come too!

Friday, October 16, 2009

What were you doing today, 7 years ago?!?

Well, I remember...I was sitting in St Mary's Health Center becoming a mother for the first time. I was scared out of my mind and excited all at the same time. I remember watching an episode of The Amazing Race (I believe that was the time that Zac and Flo won!), I remember trying to make a final decision on her name, and I remember Tom being much more scared than I thought he was going to be. It was a LONG time though...it seemed like, well, 28 hours or so! :) But in the end it was all worth is because
at 11:18pm
on October 16, 2002,
Lydia Kay Donaldson
was born into our family,
Weighing in at 6lbs, 10oz
and measuring 20 inches long

Now look at her...in 1st grade, a reading machine, pretty good at Tae Kwon Do, a wonderful, helpful big sister, and always making jokes! I have always had dreams of having children, but I don't think that I truely knew what I was getting into...none of us do, but Lydia certainly gave me more than I expected! She is wonderful and stubborn and her own person, and I love her for that!

Happy 7th Birthday Lydia!