Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back

Today we went apple picking.

As luck would have it, we hit Quinn Farm on the last day of the apple picking season. Empire was the apple du jour. But were they ever hard to find. Luckily Hannah's daddy is pretty tall and he was able to pick apples off of the tallest branches.

Quinn Farm really is one of the friendliest places for kids. We started off our adventure in the barn with a visit to the sheep, turkeys, pigs (with newborn piglets) and a giant horse. Then we climbed aboard a tractor ride and made our way out to the orchard. And then we rounded off the afternoon with a stop at the pumpkin patch in preparation for Halloween.

We made the same trip about a year ago and its amazing to see the differences between a 6 month old and an 18 month old. My main memory of last year's adventure is Hannah bawling the entire tractor ride home wanting to eat. A bumpy wagon wasn't quite my ideal place to nurse. But on today's trip she was having an absolute ball. And rather than sitting in the apples she helped out by placing all of our pickings into the bag.

What a difference a year can make!

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