Not long after I was a SAHM once again, HomemadeDady and I took the younger three kids out to an orchard to go fruit picking. Needless to say it was an experience!
Our first stop was raspberry picking. We found golden raspberries, black raspberries and red raspberries. We had BabyM in the stroller enjoying some sunshine while HD and I each took one of the boys. Each boy had their own bucket as well. The red raspberries were the hardest despite being the most plentiful because we had to lift the branches off the ground to find the good clusters of berries.
My kids are also afraid of anything that moves that isn’t human. They screamed and hid behind me at all the little bugs, crickets, grasshoppers, caterpillars and bees. The black raspberries were easier since they were up off the ground but by the time we reached the backs the boys were ready to move on and made sure to let us know! They both had pretty full baskets of raspberries so we packed everyone up and moved on to the apples.
The apples were difficult because so many had fallen off the trees and attracted all the fruit bees the kids weren’t willing to stay in the orchard for more than a minute or two. So HD picked a couple apples and we posed LittleM and PirateM for apple picking pictures and off we went, into a giant mud puddle. Thankfully we were able to get out fairly easily.
On the way home we stopped at our favorite Hawaiian restaurant for lunch and got smoothies from Tropical Smoothie. Since my anxiety was still pretty high there were many ways this trip could have gone sour but thankfully everyone had a good time and we got some really good berries!