Monday, October 25, 2010

A Day at Arbor Day Farm

On Sunday, Scott and I took the kids to visit Arbor Day Farm down in Nebraska City.  Let me tell you, I love this place.  They've got apples, they've got pumpkins, they've got hiking, they've got fun and interesting things for the kids to do.  They even have ginormous fuzzy caterpillars!


Isn't that thing freaky???  It was HUUUUUUUUUGE, and frankly, a little terrifying.  I almost ran back to the car but decided I shouldn't abandon the children.  They might have been eaten.

After the caterpillar near-attack, we did a little walking amongst the trails.  Don't my kids just look like trouble here?  In a super-cute evil villain kind of way?


Next, we climbed up to the top of a tall treehouse, where Ashley proceeded to pose with all she's got. 


I think I need to spend a little less time primping her for the camera and work more on Owen's "say cheese!" face.

At the end of the walking trails there is this little natural playground kids loooooved it.  Almost as much as the fuzzy caterpillar.  There was a xylophone thingy that they could have played with all day.  And it made nature-ish twinkly sounds so it wasn't even annoying!  I wish I had one of these in my backyard.


Then we were off to pick some apples.


Now let me tell you, it is slim pickings if you wait until the end of October to go pick apples.  I have no idea what kind of apples we ended up with, but they were the dregs of apple society, that's for sure.


The kids were slipping and sliding on apples the whole time we were picking.  It was like an episode of Preschooler Wipeout.   So we decided to call it a day.  But not before passing by the vineyards, where Ashley modeled some additional poses and Aidan...well, I don't know what Aidan was doing.


Did I mention that this place also has a winery?!?!  And a gorgeous hotel right across the street?  Hmmmm....a weekend away with my Scotty sans kids might be just what the doctor ordered.  Although who am I kidding.  We all know that I'm doomed to never vacation again.

But even though I didn't get any wine, I did get apple pie.  And I got to take some arty pictures.


And, even better than that, I was rewarded for providing a fun-filled family day with only *one* crabby child!  That's a record, people!


At least he sat on the pumpkin.  We can't have everything, can we.


Anonymous said...

Smiling at the camera....I don't think that exist until you reach at least age five! I love the last pic despite one grumpy kid!

Kmama said...

I love that last picture, with the frown. When we went to the cider mill/pumpkin patch, there were a ton of huge, hairy caterpillars too.

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Liz said...

the very first photo of all 3 of them...I LOVE each of their facial expressions! All goofily sweet!

wonderchris said...

Ashley is the pose queen!! Love it.

What will they be for Halloween? Looking forward to those pics for sure!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures!!! Looks like a fun and beautiful place to hang out (with or without kids haha)

Jen said...

Love all the photos what a cool place. And of course, it'd be better without kids at the winery. ;)

Katherine said...

What a cute place. It looks like a great family outing. And those poses! Darling (and hysterical.)

Anonymous said...

That Owen looks like he means business!

Brandy@YDK said...

those pictures are just great. they do look like pure trouble in that first one.

Helene said...

Love all the pictures!!! They look so mischievous in that first one!!

None of the pumpkin patches out here have apple picking...bummer!