Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Two of the same hike

One last post from New Hampshire.

One of the best parts of Fall in New England is the changing of the leaves and the best way to see that is to hike up a mountain!

We hiked up Mount Kearsarge for the second time this year.  I went back and looked at pictures from our hike two years ago to compare.  The kids have grown so much!

Our family has grown too!

Little miss Jami wasn't even a blip on the radar last time!

I am so thankful for this family of mine!

Even though they all teased me mercilessly about being to afraid to go to the very top for the second time!  But seriously, look at them...they are practically standing on the edge of the world!  

Friday, October 4, 2013

The leaf quotes

"I've never see these yellow leaves before!"

The last time we were in New Hampshire for the changing of the leaves, John was only two so as far as  his memory is concerned, he hasn't ever seen yellow leaves.  
Or orange.  Or red.

The leaves have been a source of endless fascination for him.

Even the girls, who do remember our previous Fall trips, love to examine the leaves!

"This is so great!  We are doing a job but we are also having so much FUN!"

Because when you only have to do it once a year as opposed to every Saturday, raking leaves is fun!
My brother-in-law on the other hand would rather have an unmedicated root canal, than spend a morning raking leaves!
"Let's jump in together!"

And hey, you can't roll around in a huge pile of leaves if you don't rake them up first!

"A pile of leaves was never safe with those sisters around."  -David McPhail, author of Sisters

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Apples: Picking to Pie!

One of our favorite Fall activities is apple picking!
I was joking with Brad when we arrived at the apple orchard, that anytime you see an apple tree in a children's book or drawing, the trees are always tall and majestic.  When in reality, apple trees are like overgrown bushes!
It's like a Napolean complex for trees.
But we don't mind because these overgrown bushes are just the right size for climbing!

Even Jami was able to pick an apple or two. 
Which she immediately ate right down to the core!

When we got home we pulled out the all in one peeler/corer/slicer that my sweet sister gave to me.

Check out this bad boy in action!  
We peeled, cored and sliced 5 apples in under 5 minutes!

Here are my beautifully prepared apples just waiting for my yummy crumb topping!
And no I don't have a picture of the finished pie...that bad boy was also done in under 5 minutes!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's Fall, Y'all!

Ok, so I know it has technically been fall for over a week now but when you consider that it doesn't feel like Fall until after Thanksgiving in Florida, I'm actually two months early with this post. 

We arrived in New Hampshire Monday night and woke up Tuesday morning to yard full of beautiful leaves!

The trip up here was quite an adventure!  
After almost missing our connection and and arriving home without our luggage the last time we made this trip we decided that a nonstop was non-negotiable!  

Unfortunately that meant leaving Tampa at dinnertime and getting to New Hampshire well past bedtime.  Most of our kids think it is super fun to stay up late, but Jami...well, she took great personal offense at the neglecting of her bedtime routine.  

And since she has recently developed that really fun, ear piercing habit of screaming when she is unhappy, the rest of our flight mates found her lack of sleep offensive as well!

It's just a phase, right?  Somebody please tell me the screaming will eventually STOP!!

The flight wasn't all bad though.
Emma Jane found a friend.

After the first hour, Emma Jane realized that mommy was way to busy with trying to amuse Jami to do anything fun or interesting like read a book or discuss whatever topic happened to be on her mind at that moment, so she struck up a conversation with the woman sitting on her other side.

And she proceeded to talk this woman's ear off for the next two and a half hours!  After giving her a detailed description of both of our homes, she told her all about homeschooling, Classical Conversations, her sister's dyslexia, American Heritage Girls, Jesus, gymnastics and her dream of being an Olympic gymnast someday, the woes of being a middle child, and to top it off: a full twenty-five minute discussion about the ins and outs of speaking sign language!  And then, because she was clearly an angel in disguise, that sweet, patient woman, gave Emma Jane a dollar and showed her how to make an origami boat out of a one dollar bill!

If Jami hadn't been pulling my hair and shrieking in my ear at that exact moment, I probably would have kissed the kind stranger for being so nice to my daughter. 

Mercifully, the flight ended and we made it home!

We have big plans to squeeze as much New England into the next 5 days as we can! 
First on the agenda:

Apple Picking!

Stay tuned.