My sister stopped by for a surprise visit this weekend, since she was in the neighborhood (as in, Ohio, twelve hours away). We're having the BEST time.
We started by visiting our friends the Ferences and picking pears from their aged pear tree. It's overgrown so most of the pears just fall on the ground. We have plans for these pears!!!
Thanks Bill, Joyce, and Will for letting us pick pears!
After pear picking, we headed up to Shelton, CT for apple picking at the Beardsley Cider Mill. Pierce was a pro. In fact, we picked about 30 lbs of apples.
Let's not talk about the abuse of the child labor laws here. They're smiling!
After a fabulous drive to West Hartford - which afforded us a picturesque view of the fall foliage - we visited the Noah Webster House. We posed for a picture in the classroom.
And here's a shout out to Dave Peterson our lively and entertaining tour guide at the Noah Webster House.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. No pictures were allowed inside the actual house - but we snapped this one in the classroom before entering. I love the kids who get in the spirit. Inside the four-room house, we saw how the family lived, slept, and worked. I especially loved the demonstration of the fabric making - from flax to wool, shearing, carding, spinning and weaving.
Lest you think that was enough activity for one day, we stopped at the Pez Visitor Center on our way home. We spent about a half hour enjoying thing center - learning about Pez, seeing the collections, and of course, buying some wonderful candy. Mmm.
Such fun. Who doesn't like a visit to a candy factory? They even gave out free samples. Seriously.
I hope you're not tired yet, because there's still work to do. We had to do something with those 30 lbs of apples. The kiddos helped me clean, core and slice the apples into very thing slices. Conor enjoyed this part the best. Why? Knives!
We managed to fill all the shelves of the dehydrator with some of our bounty of the day. Most of the remaining apples went into an oversized pot to cook for making applesauce and apple butter.
And in our spare time, the kiddos did homework and made some potholders.
Because when you're at Aunt Jennifer's house, it's Go! Go! Go!
What a fun day we all had.