At the beginning of October my dad and I went apple picking again so we could make apple cider with the family. My dad found a new orchard for us to glean from. It was great! The two of us gleaned 30 buckets of apples (5 gallon buckets) in 1 1/2 hours. We only picked up the windfalls (the ones on the ground) since those are free and perfect for making apple cider. At first it didn't look like many apples were on the ground but as we started picking them up we were surprised at how fast we were filling our buckets. In past years it has taken the two of us 4-5 hours to pick about 25-28 buckets.
The kids didn't want to come this year and stayed with grandma. Next year I plan on taking them because it was a nice orchard we were at and they can easily pick up apples off the ground. Besides, if they want to keep drinking the apple cider we make I'm going to start making them work harder!
The weekend before we gathered apples, the kids and I spent a day at my parent's house. They ran around and played while I helped a little bit with painting the trim on my parents house. We also walked down to my parents garden to pick out some huge pumpkins! Layla and Malakai discovered that there were still some ripe raspberries so they stopped for a snack.
Each kid picked out their own pumpkin. Sanaa and Malakai looked for the largest pumpkins they could find. Layla went with the most round pumpkin she could find. There were still 4 or 5 large pumpkins still in my parents garden after we picked our 3.
As I was painting trim, I checked on the kids and found all three of them "fishing" in my parents little fountain/pond. They had made their own fishing poles from sticks and long pieces of grass. These kids are constantly coming up with creative ways to play. I keep telling the girls I'll take them fishing, but I think next summer we'll definitely have to do that.
As we left, Malakai insisted on carrying my purse. He even put it on the same way I wear it. It doesn't look too bad on him! It's a little long, but at least it's blue.