First year, in 2004:
|Maren and her friend Sydnee|
|Daddy helping Maren|
|Maren and her friends Emma and Sydnee, and her new friends |
Garrett and Amanda. How we miss you guys! Also, this was Joshua's first
apple picking adventure. Grandma is holding him in the background.
|helpful big sister|
|Apple picking with friends is more fun. Unfortunately, her friends|
Emma and Sydnee had moved out of town by this time, but we were
lucky to have Garrett and Amanda still around.
Okay, so I don't know for sure if we went in 2007. Christopher had been born in February of this year, and Jason had to be up in Cincinnati for all of July, August, and September. I don't remember if he had labor day off and if we went apple picking or if we spent the day up in Cincinnati with him. So, if anyone (perhaps Grandma? or Aunt Angela?) has pictures from this year that we are in, please pass them on. It may have been we just missed this year.
|One of my favorite apple picking family pictures|
This is the favorite apple picking year to talk about. Nathan had been born 3 days before labor day, and so Jason took the 3 older kids on our traditional apple picking adventure by himself. It looked a bit stormy, but he was hoping it would hold off until they were done. No such luck. It started pouring and thundering. They had to run back to the porch in front of the store and wait out the storm, along with all the other people who were picking that day. The kids did not think this was fun at the time, and were screaming their heads off as it lightninged and thundered overhead. A friend snapped this picture. Jason thought the whole situation was pretty funny. The kids can laugh about it now, but it was a sensitive subject for a year or two, with Maren yelling "It was NOT FUNNY!" every time Jason told the story.
We didn't get a good family picture this year, but there are some cute ones of the kids. It also happened to be Nathan's first birthday, so we had a birthday party for him afterward.
Apparently it was a bit chilly this year.
|We also love eating the fresh apple and peach pies with fresh pressed cider bought from the little store!|
And finally in 2012:
We had a great day of apple picking with family and friends. It was quite wet, as it had rained on and off the whole weekend, but we didn't let it dampen our spirits! (Oh man, I'm hilarious.)
|My big 3 year old!!|
It's hard to believe how big the kids have grown. We love our apple picking tradition!