It was my second trip to Oak Glen with the girls. The year before a friend of mine and someone she knew and our kids all took a trip out there. I had never been before and it was a fun first trip. But this time it was a little different. The group, Tapestry of the Heart, planned the field trip, which was a tour of Riley's Apple Farm. We are not, formally, members of the group since I figured I couldn't go to much since I'm still working, but after the trip, I think I'll put in and join. I have one very good friend in the group and a friend from elementary school that I'm so glad to have gotten reconnected with through the group. It'll be good to have the support, even if I can't be at much and maybe things will change next year. Who knows.
Anyway, the tour began with music, which is always fun. One of the things that really stuck with me is when the musician was talking to the kids he said, "so long ago, kids didn't have ipads and game systems and tvs. In order to have fun, you made your own music. So, we don't have any of that today, right? But is anyone here not entertained?" So. True. I want the girls to be able to have fun, play and entertain themselves without all that. Not to say we never let them play with these things. There is a time for everything. But it's not often. Imagination, creativity and communication with others is so, so important. And stinking fun, too.
Next stop was cider making. Ashlyn was getting tired so we did a lot of babywearing at this point. It was pretty funny to her Claire describe the cider making process to Christian the next day. "Um, I pick up apple, I put it in 'nare, I waited in line, I went potty. Yup. Halfway through cider making, she decided she had to go potty. So we took the trek up the hill to the bathrooms. Apparently, this was a very important part of the process.