Saturday dawned bright and sunny which was wonderful as it was the day of our 7th Annual Apple Picking Sleepover Party!
Rebecca and Victoria were only 1 and 2 respectively when we started this annual tradition of going apple picking together and then having a sleepover at Auntie Cathy's place. This is a fun day and the girls often begin asking about when the next one will arrive as early as January! Being that apples are in season September and October it can be a long time waiting for this party to arrive!
We started our afternoon with lunch at McDonald's and then headed to a farm just outside of town. We've picked apples and strawberries at this farm for as long as I can remember. We met my brother Dave and his son Noah there and they joined us for the festivities for the 2nd year in a row.
After jumping and leaping all the way from the car it was time to board the wagon for the short drive back to the orchard. There was lots of laughter and excitement as we were jostled about on the wagon through the fields.
We started our journey in the Empire section of the orchard. Mmmm..mmm! As we were a little later this year we had to walk further up the rows of trees to find some with apples but soon enough we found them. This picture on the right is an annual picture of the girls walking through the orchard together. Each year it's fun to compare it to the last to see how they've grown and once again they grew taller this year. How did that happen?
The girls did really well picking apples this year! Normally they grow tired of picking after 2 or 3 apples but this year I had to stop them when our bags were getting full. Now, full to us means only about 20 apples in each bag but that's ok. No sense having more than we can eat.
After a successful trip to the orchard we took the tractor back to the entrance where the kids enjoyed jumping in a hay pile, playing in the playground and petting the animals in the petting zoo.
Once again it was a successful visit to the orchards and the beginning of a great party. More about that in another post. After all, the night was young and the party had just begun!