Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Labor Day and Back to....

The kids were begging to go the local apple orchard on Monday, which we thought was a good idea.
It is September after all.
Sadly, there will be no pick-your-own at this orchard this year due to tropical storm Irene. Apparently so many apples were knocked off the trees that they don't have enough left to pick.

So we just ate some. The ones in this barrel were free samples. Yum....

One of the kids wanted to know if I made this corn.
I know I'm not a great cook, but my corn does not look like this.

A kind lady offered to take this pic. Too bad it's so blurry.

Jake...my little man has the most sparkly eyes.

After we bought the apples, they wanted to play on the rock wall. This isn't a good angle to see it, but there is a rock wall there that is about a foot high.

Follow the leader...

Let's race!

Where do I put my apple when I'm done?

Another forced-by-mamarazzi group shot

My man. I love him.

Giving the kids a few pointers about pumping water 'back in the day.'

And this is where you tie your horse.

We could have really used one of these last week.

And now we bid a sad farewell to summer. Why can't winter fly by as fast?

Tonight, these were lined up again in the kitchen.

Taylor started school today but everyone else starts tomorrow.
That's right.
All nine of them.

No one is staying home with mom tomorrow.
The three little kids are starting school tomorrow as well, and they are VERY excited.

I've been trying not to think about it. My babies are going off to school.
But I was sad.

Until today.
It was raining. They were fighting. And hormonal. And grouchy. More tears were shed in the first 45 minutes of the day than were shed all last month.

And then I started to be less sad about them going to school.
A lot less sad.

And maybe even a tiny bit happy.

But I'm sure when the house falls silent except for the sound of the dog licking places that shouldn't be licked, I will miss the kids very much.

Yes. I'm sure I will.


trustandobey said...

Wow, the house to yourself??? How often does THAT happen for you??? Enjoy the peace and quiet and the dog.
ps-Fall in New England....I'm so jealous!

Lori said...

Whatever will you do with yourself during the days? I don't even know what that's like. Please tell me all about it...oh, please tell me!

Definitely build yourself an outhouse for the next power-outage.

Knit some sweaters for your upcoming New England winter.

And make apple pies.

I will think of more things for you. I will email a list. Don't you worry.

Sharon said...

Love the pics! They are all growing SO fast. Enjoy your alone time...I know I do.

sara said...

I think you will be sad for all of a five minutes and then you will be doing the happy dance!!

Oracle said...

Itz fun to spend quality time with people you love.

Nice pics

Kristin Ferguson said...

I'm salivating thinking about apple orchards in New England!!!

I have a feeling you'll be at the kids' schools quite a bit this year. You can take the kids away from the Mom but you can't always keep the Mom away from the kids! ;0

Ally said...

Looks like all is well :) I have been lost in action for awhile. I know you will be happy to see their smiling faces returning after a long day at school. I too have a empty house. It is nice I won't lie but I am guessing after a few day I will be wanting some them home :)

Ruby Mae said...

So...........how did it go with just you and GOD and the dog????? Different, right? I LOVE your pictures and all the smiling children. So sorry to here that Irene ruined the apple crop for those folks.

Kim K. said...

I'll be anxious to hear about all your kiddos and their first day of school. I can't imagine the silence in your house. Knock on wood, we've had 2 good days of school so far.