The boys have now been in school for a few weeks and they are loving every moment of it! The fact that they love school so much has made it a bit easier on my end. I still miss my best buddies during the morning hours, but seeing their excited faces when I get there for pick up does something to me. Every day, they act like they haven’t seen me in ages, where in reality it was only three hours. They both run into my arms and give me the biggest squeezes as they try to talk over each other, telling me about their day. It really is adorable. Their teachers have said they are doing really well. They are happy, they are listening and they are playing with each other, but making new friends as well. Hearing this makes me so happy about our decisions to send them. It really has been good for all of us. I haven’t been having too much “down time” yet while they are in school because it still feels weird to me. At some point, maybe I will get there, but for now, I am keeping busy. I have completely remodeled and repainted the kids playroom. It was something that I’ve been meaning to do for some time, but never got around to doing (probably because I always had little ones under foot). I am still putting up a few final touches, but I will definitely do a post about it soon since I’ve had a few people ask me about it. I am going to be starting the boys’ bedroom next! Mama is on a roll!
This morning, we went apple picking! It is the perfect family activity for fall and we were so excited to go. When we got dressed this morning, it was in the 70s, so we wore long shirts since it was cool and we’d be surrounded by trees. Bad move. By the time we got up there, Mother Nature forgot it was Fall and it was ninety degrees. Ninety. We were sweaty and gross by the time we got home, but boy did we have a good time! The kids were so excited to be able to pick their own apples. They felt so accomplished doing so and were looking for the best ones. We also did our fair share of sampling the apples. Apples taste even more delicious when you pluck them from the trees yourself. At one point, Jackson couldn’t decide which variety of apple he wanted, so he walked around double-fisting two different kinds of apples! Their faces were full of wonder and amazement. It was definitely a great day. Of course, I snapped a few pictures while we were there. You know me; I’m always trying to capture the moments! While most of our pictures came out typical for us (nobody looking at the camera, tongue out, fingers in the nose, etc.) one of the ones of Taylor came out so beautifully.
It helps that she’s beautiful herself to begin with, but this picture really makes me happy. You can see the happiness in her eyes, as she’s hiding behind her apple, and I just love it. I can’t wait to take these kids apple picking again. Of course, they are already begging to go pumpkin picking, but I told them we needed to wait few weeks for that!
Somehow, our long weekend escaped us and is over too soon, once again. But before we acknowledge that it’s back to school tomorrow, we are ending the weekend on a high note – with homemade apple crisp! The kids are quite excited that they “picked the ingredients for the dessert”. I might have to make it a few more times this season because even though it’s delicious, it doesn’t quite feel the same eating it when it is so hot out!