Thanksgiving weekend 2014, and we are in the thick of the best and the worst of the season.
The latter is the germs that come with cold weather and the return to school, with lots of time spent indoors with other germy humans. Andrew and Ella both had throat infections the second week of September which kept them out of school for three days. This week everyone came down with a virus, with all three kids running fevers and various other symptoms. Peter and Ella recovered quickly, but Andrew was sick all week and is just now starting to feel better. The fever is mostly gone, replaced by an unendingly running nose. It's a good thing we buy Kleenex boxes in bulk.
After being cooped up at home nearly all week, it was nice to get out for a family outing today. We made a short trip to the local fruit farm to pick some apples. I'd originally hoped to go apple picking a little earlier in the season, but weather, illnesses, and other activities all conspired to delay us. This is pretty much the end of the season for apples, with literally slim pickings on the trees. But on the bright side it wasn't very crowded and there were no wasps!
Peter was a bit cranky and Andrew tired quickly, but we had fun nevertheless. The kids each picked a mini pumpkin to take home as well, and Andrew was very pleased that we bought a big jug of apple cider.
On the way home we took a little detour to Starbucks so Dave and I could indulge in Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Mmmm... such a nice treat on a very nice day.
Peter tried to lift up one side of this split tree:
Ella telling me she got two apples with the picking stick:
(Apple trees are the best for climbing...)
Andrew spots his apple, gets his apple, checks his apple, likes his apple.
Ella was so excited for school to start this fall. She thought it was really unfair that she couldn't start at the same time as Andrew and instead had to wait an entire "two more sleeps" before her first day!
Well, her turn finally came and she was very happy heading off for the first day of Senior Kindergarten on Thursday morning. So far she's a little girl after my own heart, loving school.
Before we biked to school, Ella was more than happy to pose for her own set of "First day of school" photos! (Wearing the outfit & accessories that she had picked out on Monday evening...)
Ella was fast and confident on her bike heading off to school. (She learned to ride without training wheels this past summer!) It was an exceptionally beautiful Septebmer morning, the heat and humidity of Tuesday erased by a storm the night before. How lucky we are to be able to enjoy these moments, walking healthy children to school under peaceful sunny skies.
I actually got to see Ella briefly duing her first day when I returned to school to drop off her & Andrew's water bottles which I'd forgetten to pack in the excitement of the morning. As Peter and I walked down the hall to slip the bottle into her cubby, Ella's class filed out of their classroom, on their way to a morning bathroom break. Ella gave a big smile that was both shy and proud when she saw us, and happily carried on marching in line with her class. Peter made a move at first like he wanted to run to her and give her a hug, but she was quite happy where she was. On our way out we passed her class again on their way back, and Ella gave us another huge grin.
At the end of the day Ella was full of smiles and energy, playing with friends in the playground before we headed home. I may be a little sad that summer is over and another school year is starting, but Ella is perfectly happy! :-)