Sunday, September 29, 2013

Apple picking

Last week the girls and I went apple picking at Hartland Orchards in Markham, VA. It's about an hour west on the 66. 

It was a beautiful and perfect day to be outside. The apple orchard is up on a hill and when Macy saw how high we were she exclaimed, "mom, this is amazing!"

I packed Anna up in the Ergo which she semi liked. I think she wanted to be able to pick apples too. Once I gave her a baby apple she enjoyed gnawing on it. 

Macy really loves to run now so she really enjoyed all the open space of the orchard rows. She ran up and down the rows and enlisted her friend Grant for a little. 

Macy had a good time helping me find the right apple trees and picking the low hanging apples. I love this pose she did with the apple. She does that in normal conversation too. 

After filling our 1/2 bushel bag I had the kids get together for pictures. 

Macy was so cute and wanted to hold her friends hand. We have Grant, Macy, and Halle.

We needed the babies to be in the picture too so we added Anna and Callie.

Macy is hilarious when she wants to pose for pictures. I have to take advantage of it because many times she won't look at the camera at all. I think this picture shows how much she loves her friends!

Sweet Anna enjoying an apple.

After apples we romped around a pumpkin patch Macy was begging to see. Her and Halle ran all around the pumpkins occasionally tripping on the vines. After her fall Macy would get up and say, "I'm ok. I'm wearing pants."

And Anna thought the pumpkins were fun to ride.

Here is our huge bag of apples and the little pumpkin Macy picked out. We had a fun and beautiful day!

Macy is so cute

Macy is always doing cute things like this. Oftentimes I will look down to see a stuffed animal with a water dish. She is so thoughtful! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

My kid free visit to Colorado

I had never been to Colorado before so when Stacie had her baby I knew I had to visit. Nothing brings visitors like new babies. 

My flight left at 6 a.m. Friday September 20th. I was really glad I didn't have any children with me! I had one layover in Chicago so I enjoyed a peaceful breakfast in a sit down restaurant. Ja was sorry I had a layover and I told him not to worry- I was enjoying it!

I arrived in Denver at 11 a.m. I rented a car and drove off to Arvada to see Stacie, Randy, and little Volcom. I felt so independent  that morning. I drove myself to the airport, flew on a plane by MYSELF, and rented my first car.

Stacie and Randy have such a cute house and of course little Volcom is adorable. We hung out that afternoon and went to a consignment store for kids. That place is a gold mine! I really wish we had one close to us in Virginia.

I got to visit with Lily, Ryan, and Tiffany as well. Bonus! They were down visiting Jeff's parents and stopped by quickly so I could see the kids. Lily seemed like she sort of remembered me and Ryan wasn't sure about me at all. I was able to sneak a picture with Lily. 

Friday night we met Tiffany and Jeff for dinner at Texas Roadhouse. I had never been before and it was delicious. I was reminded how easy newborn babies are because Volcom sat in his carseat the entire dinner. After Randy showed me Widespread's very impressive warehouse that his brother designed. It made me want to work there! There is a skatepark on the second level with a disco ball too.

Saturday Randy watched the baby so Stacie, Tiffany, Jeff, and I could go see the movie Austenland. It was a lower budget film and only played in select theaters. Another bonus- is was playing in Westminster! The movie was very funny and I greatly enjoyed it. Almost as much as the book.

Randy then drove us through the town of Golden and then to Boulder. With all the recent floods that hit that area hard I was interested in seeing it. And because I've heard a lot of good things about Boulder. We hit the downtown area and it was very cute and fun. We enjoyed some ice cream and a juggling street performer. 

I was impressed with Boulder's city hall. Isn't it beautiful?

I couldn't have asked for better weather that weekend. It was sunny and beautiful. No one would have guessed there was major flooding only a few days before. 

I had to take lots of pictures of sweet Volcom. Babies are so precious and perfect. Especially when they are sleeping.

I was very grateful Ja was able to juggle, work, kids, and magic shows so I could enjoy this trip. I got home at midnight Sunday night so he had them for 3 full days.

This was the girls Sunday night. When Ja sent me this picture I really missed them but could tell they were happy.