E was so excited to go apple picking. Perhaps too excited, I thought. We had pumped it up so much this week talking about it, pantomiming picking apples off imaginary trees, making our bedtime stories about apple picking that E was literally bouncing off the walls with excitement when it came time go to today. The entire ride to the orchard--including a nasty bout of traffic on 95--she kept saying, "pick apple? pick apple?" to the point that I asked P if maybe she somehow thought we were picking apples at an amusement park or at the beach or that the apples were really chocolate. But, to my utter glee, when we arrived at the orchard and she saw what apple picking is with her own beautiful eyes, she was even more excited.
We rode a tractor to the orchard and E told us that she liked the tractor better than "mama blue car." When we arrived at the orchard, she took off running into the trees and started picking apples (perfect twist and pull technique, I might add) faster than we could get out the Canon. She proceeded to pick "tiny" E apples, throwing one into the bag, and eating another at the same time.
E giggled and laughed and danced to the bluegrass band and ate and had a great time. It was beautiful to take it all in through her eyes, to watch her riding on her Baba's shoulders "up high" to pick the perfect apple, and to share this wonderful fall family tradition with our daughter.
|Yesterday, considerably less fun than today, but at least we only had|
|She would not put down the apple for one second to smile for|
|"Wow, this thing really IS quite delicious!"|
|See a theme here? Every pic she's got an apple |
in her mouth!
|I love you, a bushel and a peck!|
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!
|Riding the tractor that she likes better than my car.|
|Cute under the donut sign, but she did NOT like the cider donuts.|
|Hmmm....which pumpkin do I want to pick?|
|And, my favorite...E was the first person at the orchard to put a|
pin near Liuzhou, Guangxi China!!! Yay!