Sat. we went to Charlottesville to our favorite apple orchard. It has really changed since we were last there. There were hundreds of people there and they even had a live band playing. We used to go and there would only be a couple of other families. We always buy breakfast there. They make these incredible apple cider doughnuts. They used to make them right in front of us, but now we have to wait in line and they already have them all bagged up and ready to hand out. I guess the word has gotten out about this place. We still had a great time though. We brought along a good friend of ours, Steve. He's a college student that goes to our church. We all had a great time!
Then we went to Staunton to the American Frontier Culture Museum. They were having a big Oktoberfest celebration. We walked around for a couple of hours. The children loved seeing all the animals. Jackson even got to feed a pig! Jackson and Katie both loved chasing the chickens around and feeding the ducks on the pond. All we had to feed them was potato chips which the ducks weren't that interested in. I thought ducks ate anything! Guess not!
Yesterday our church hosted an intercongregational psalm sing. We had lots of visitor and got to meet several families from other local churches. It was a great time of fellowship! We were actually at church for almost 10 hours! Our children took a short nap during one of the services but surprisingly did pretty well and held up nicely for most of the day. There aren't many little girls Katie's age at our church but with the visitors she got to make some new friends. There was a little girl who carried around a dolly that Katie was immediately attracted too. Katie carrries her dolly everywhere too, so they must have been kindred spirits! There were 4 or 5 girls including Katie who were playing well together...and that was neat to see since Katie is usually around a bunch of boys all the time. One little girl asked me if she could take Katie outside to play and promised to watch her carefully. I asked her how old she was and she said, "I'm 5, but I'm very responsible." It was very cute...but not quite old enough for babysitting. ;-)
Today was a holiday so we had Andrew home with us. I wish I could say that it was a real vacation day but we just ran errands, did lawnwork, cleaned house and took care of kids all day. But it was still great to have him home.
Tomorrow I'm having a little luncheon here at the house. A few of my friends with small children are coming over to play and visit. I think it'll be fun!!
Here's some pictures from our daytrip on Sat....