September 26, 2011


I am exhausted. Granted, it's Monday and that's pretty much par for the course but I feel I've got good reason this time. Or, rather, several good reasons.

T-ball. Saturday morning brought Mia's second t-ball game. It's awesome. No one wins, no one looses, everyone gets to bat and gets to keep doing so until they hit something, the last kid batting automatically hits a homer, and there's pretty much the worst fielding you'd see outside a Nationals' game. I'm pretty sure the kids are there only because of the promise of snacks at the end. That and the cool hats. Mia did great, hitting off the coach instead of the tee. Owen got to be the bat boy.

The circus. Earlier in the week we managed to score tickets to the circus for Saturday afternoon. No, this isn't one of the elephant abusing, indentured midget servitude circuses. It's target is young kids and the wildest it gets are jugglers and acrobats. Every year Beth and I say "that was cheesy" to each other afterwards and every year the kids love it. It doesn't hurt that there was plenty of popcorn and cotton candy. (And to the people sitting behind us, I don't really like to judge other people's parenting skills but I saw enough that it was obvious to me that you suck.)

Late dinner out. We took the kids out to dinner after the circus. Sure, it was well past their bed times but we had to eat. We hit the spicy noodle restaurant which is what my kids call a local Burmese place. Oddly, my kids - who are not exactly adventurous eaters - love Burmese food. It's like this place has some exemption from reality when it comes to what they'll eat. We made it home, dumped them in bed and they passed out almost instantly.

Apple picking. Sunday was a gray, misty day but we didn't want our apple picking plans to get derailed. Nearly every year we plan to go apple picking in the fall but we never made it. We did this year. After breakfast we headed to a somewhat-nearby orchard and got three great big buckets of apples. The orchard was run by an old hippie couple, the female member of which was rapidly circling the loony-drain yet despite the odd vibe, we had a great time. We headed to a local town for a great lunch then to the grocery store to get everything we needed for...

Apple pie baking. It was all hands on deck. The kids peeled, Beth cut, Mia cinnamoned, Owen nutmeged. Then the oven did its thing and we ended up with one damn fine apple pie.

Like I said, I'm exhausted. But it was totally worth it.

Posted by Chris at September 26, 2011 8:10 AM

"rapidly circling the looney drain"
I've got to find a way to use this phrase today!

Posted by: Lisa at September 26, 2011 9:32 AM

I'm going to steal that verb when we start our holiday cooking. "Holidays are coming up. Got some nutmegging to do!"

Posted by: J at September 26, 2011 9:55 AM

Having owned a pick your own apple orchard, years ago, I always loved it when families came to pick. We also had a barn full of animals and the kids loved that. I need to make Hubby an apple pie too. He loves them!

Posted by: Maribeth at September 26, 2011 11:06 AM

yummmmm, Apple Pie....yummmmm.

Posted by: cyndy at September 26, 2011 4:09 PM

We went apple picking on Sunday too! The past few years, we've gone too late and there haven't been any good apples left on the trees. We actually got tons of good apples this year.

Posted by: stephanie at September 26, 2011 4:58 PM

Sounds like quite the weekend! I really have to learn how to make a decent pie crust so I can make a pie, too ... another apple tree (we have kind of a small orchard) will be ripe any day now.

Posted by: Heather at September 26, 2011 8:35 PM

What did the couple behind you do? I find myself strangely curious.

Posted by: Anne at September 26, 2011 8:46 PM