Teri is going to take a strip off me if I don't put a blogpost up, so here are some pictures of our weekend.
On Saturday morning, Willow and I headed out to Linvilla Orchards for their Apple Festival. The absolute best thing about Linvilla? Their apple cider donuts! We were meeting our friends, Asami, Gara, Ray, and Ty, at Linvilla and we arrived before them, so Willow and I settled down to munch on some cider donuts and apple cider.
I'm not sure how much of an Apple Festival this was, other than the apples are being harvested and there are lots of them - but we still had a good time. They have a wooden playground for the kids, hayrides, animals to see, and lots of u-pick fruit. I came out of their market with a large bag of Jonathan apples, white/purple/green Japanese eggplant (which we made Mabo Nasu with last night), more rhubarb for me to freeze, and white beets. I've never seen white beets before - I've seen golden ones, though. I'm the only one in this house that will eat them - more for me!
We tried taking pictures of the kids - but it was a comedy of errors trying to get a 7 year old, 4 year old, and 18 month old to all sit still and all look at the camera for the nanosecond needed. Here was the best attempt:
And this is two seconds later:
Ty on one of the wooden playsets - I think this one is the train.
Okay - look at this picture and snicker at me. I know it is manure on the field - but I was just struck by the placement and colours. This was on our hayride through the orchards.
The two little stinkers:
The next day Andrew, Willow, and I took a long drive out Route 30 into Lancaster County to meet our friends, Stefan, Jenny, Soren, and Sam, at Dutch Wonderland. I have to admit that I was apprehensive - it had poured with rain all night and was still coming down Sunday morning. Jenny said they had called the park and was told it was clearing up there, so we got in the car. I have been to Lancaster County before - Andrew's friend Kristin used to live in Red Lion, but it is still a nice drive. For those of you not from this area, Lancaster County is home to large Amish populations. We had told Willow she would see horse and buggies, but of course on our way out there we saw nothing of the sort*.
Here is Willow and her future husband, Soren:
Jenny and Soren on the ski lift behind us. I didn't know this at the time, but they were having a bit o'drama - apparently some bees decided to be friendly while they were on the ride. And she is holding on to him tightly (as I was with Willow) because skinny kids would have no problem at all sliding out of this one!
Willow and I on the carousel. I wasn't happy with the look on my face in this picture and I must have tried taking about 10 more, but it was a fluke to have us lined up like this. All the others have Willow obscured by my hair or I only caught her feet!
The lovely couple again:
Jenny and I figure we should just book a hall now - we will save a lot of money booking it 20 years in advance. It is a good thing I am taking all of these pictures now - think of the photo display we could have at the reception!
(* They were out in force on our way back -we saw horse and buggies at nearly every intersection.)