We had a wonderful weekend with my dad and stepmom in town. They actually arrived Friday morning and left early today, so they got a full three days with the kiddos (and me, I guess, but mostly the kids… you know how it goes). Thankfully, neither of my kids has yet developed much by way of stranger anxiety. They sometimes get a little clingy if they’re feeling overwhelmed, but they were more than happy to play with their thoroughly adoring grandparents.
Sunday had to be the highlight of the weekend. After Meet the Press (my dad does not miss Meet the Press), we took the kids out for lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant. I swear, that has to be their favorite cuisine. They can’t get enough of refried beans and Mexican rice. And I’ve never seen Daniel put away so much food. He ate a few chips while we waited, then almost an entire cheese-and-onion enchilada and at least half of the pile of black beans and rice. And even though he looked like he was in a bit of a food coma, he still demolished the scoop of ice cream that comes with the kids’ meals. Rebecca did about the same damage on her soft taco plate. It was madness.
After lunch, we hopped in the car and drove out to Shelburne Farm, where M’s company was hosting their annual apple-picking outing. Hooray for fall in New England! It was one of those “attraction” farms with the pony ride and moon bounce and all of that. Most of it, the kids were too young for. But it will be fun to go back again later. And, as it turns out, it was not just the kids’ first time apple picking. It was also the first for my dad and stepmom! It was a perfect, crisp, sunny Fall day. We got our two bags of apples, and I’ll make plenty of yummy things with them. But mostly it was just nice to be out there with the bright colors and fresh air and hot apple cider.
Sad again, of course, when the grandparents had to say goodbye at bedtime last night. Hard to leave when you only see them a few times a year. Yet again, the move to Chicago is pulling me… not that I’m going to even consider putting my house on the market right now. But still, the dream remains.
Anyways, some favorite pictures from our weekend adventures: