misadventures at the apple orchard

Ever dread something so much that you didn't want to get out of bed that morning? That was me today.

It was school field trip day. The skies were grey. And the fog was thick. I had flashbacks last year's snowfall. All I wanted to do resume fetal position under the covers.

But I dragged myself out of bed. And off to the country Amara and I went. We drove so far west of our 'burb that the farm we visited serves grocers not located in our town.

The sun came out. And so did a ton of Amara's classmates. Here she is with her two best friends.

After my daughter, Miss Popularity, made another girl cry because there wasn't enough room on the wagon to sit next to Amara, we were off to the pumpkin patch.

Only the pumpkin "patch" wasn't a patch at all. It was an open field littered with small pumpkins the farmers had scattered around. I felt ripped off.

Luckily, the kids didn't notice the white lie thrown at them. They were too busy navigating the hay mazes.

Notice the lack of pictures from the apple orchard? Oh yeah, that would be because apparently the horrendous weather our area has seen in the last few months meant a bad apple crop. So we picked apples not from trees but out of a bin! Some orchard!

But Amara had a fantastic time. Me? I'm exhausted from just watching her. I'm ready for a nap.


  1. At least the pictures are cute!

  2. you guys got ripped off... you need to come to canada where we have real apple picking, real pumpkin patches and hugh corn mazes

  3. You're a good Mom2Amara, Nik! I think I would have stayed in bed. Besides, baby-hog-James here would have already demanded to go before anyone asked him!

  4. Growing up, we never went to a pumpkin patch so when we moved to Central Oregon a few years ago, visiting one is a treat to me as well as the kiddos. I love fall. :)

  5. it's not that I can't spell HUGH is a combination of High and Huge!

  6. Amara is such a big girl now!! I call dibs on the pink ugg vest...please save it for highmaintenancebaby!!

  7. Yeah those pumpkin "patches" are loads of fun huh... Was there a hayride?

  8. I took ricky to the SF famous patch on lawton ave. he didnt know what to make of the hay!!!

  9. I hope those city kids don't grow up thinking that pumpkins just appear in fields and apples grow in bins! You did get ripped off but it also seems like a great day!

    When my oldest was five, his kindergarten class went to the Experimental Farm (in Ottawa, we have a working farm in the heart of the city) and planted pumpkins. Then, we went back in the fall to see the pumpkins!


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