Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I took Sean and Danielle to the meeting for the first time in a looong time. Because it had been so long I had to reteach Danielle how to act during a meeting (staying next to me, playing quietly, whispering if she needed to say anything). Sean is at the prime age that is difficult to have at the meetings, so I was wrestling with him quite a bit. It'll get easier the more I go...just need to stick with it.
Shortly after we got home Pat and Alex pulled in the driveway. They'd gone to my sister's house and picked up the 4 girls and brought them home. It was time to go apple picking! Liz had mentioned taking Sean and I blew her off saying he didn't need to go. Thinking about it more though I decided it would be nice if he went. As they climbed into the van I yelled to Pat....can you take Sean and he agreed!
Drew got home from work in time to go so Pat picked him and Allison up. I guess they also picked up Cory (Michelle's boyfriend) on the way through the village....so 15 kids with no parents. Weatherwise it was a perfect day to go!
Tom had no clue that I had shipped Sean off because he was taking a nap. That is until I came into the bedroom and announced we were TOTALLY alone! (first time that's happened in probably 1.5yrs!) I think we were having "fun" before they even pulled out of the driveway. LOL
After we cuddled and snoozed I announced we had to get up and get on with our date....it was rooster butchering time! Tom offed the roosters while I plucked and cleaned them. I still haven't decided which one of us has the worst job. We managed to take care of 6 of them before night overtook us. We finished just in time because the van pulled into the driveway as I was washing off the last one. I couldn't imagine doing that icky job with Sean underfoot!
Everyone was starving when the came in. I made a huge pot of broccoli soup. You can tell I haven't made the soup in a while because everyone was excited about it. It's one of my quick meals during the winter and they can get bored with it, but not now. Now it was a yummy feast!
The whole group
back row... Luke, Cory, Michelle, Val
middle row... Pat, Liz holding Sean, Carrie, Alex holding Danielle, Allison, Drew
front row... Jake, Eileen, Olivia
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Who needs a ladder when you have a Lukey?
Pat being bad...climbing in the tree
Sean says...This day gets a thumbs up!
Danielle says...Is this how you do it?
Val, Allison and Michelle
Olivia, Alex, Danielle and Eileen
Carrie and Olivia
Pat! King of the apples!!!