We had a wonderful weekend. Our friends came to visit, and we had a wonderful time hanging out with them. We went out, to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, and then to see Kingsley Flood in concert. It was a great meal and an awesome show and just an overall good time.
On Sunday, we went apple-picking. One of our favorite Fall activities, although I must admit that the poison ivy crawling up the base of every apple tree did add a little more stress than usual. I was happy to oblige the boys' desires to use the poles to pick apples from the higher branches. We came home with many pounds of tasty apples and promptly made a pie. We finished it that night, so now I need to line up some other apple recipes. Cinnamon-apple crumb cake, apple tart, applesauce... Aaron's eating two or three a day, though, so I think we'll go through them pretty quickly.
On Monday, we played a little baseball in the morning, and then after our friends had to leave, we enjoyed an afternoon walk through a wildlife sanctuary. It was a gorgeous day.
Monday was Columbus Day here in the U.S., so it was a long weekend for us. It actually felt like it, too. Speaking of Columbus Day...it is such a strange holiday. I've always viewed it as just an extra day in the Fall for us to get out and see the pretty trees - this weekend is almost always the peak of foliage season. But now I have kids. Aaron wanted to know what it was all about, so I explained who Christopher Columbus was; but then I also added that there were native people who lived in the Americas long before he arrived. So it's really odd that he would have a holiday, and it still seems strange that they teach the story of Columbus in the same way. I'll be happy when Aaron's old enough to read some Howard Zinn.
I love that it's already Tuesday, even though my weeks are filled with days to be enjoyed, not to be survived. It's still nice to have a short week every now and then. It feels like the pace is downshifted just a bit. I started out the short week by attending a breakfast and coffee get-together with a group of mothers from Nathan's preschool. As expected, it was a nice time, and I think I actually remembered everyone's names. Yay! The new Pearl Jam and The Head and the Heart and The Avett Brothers albums are all out today, so I have a lot to listen to as I get started on the housecleaning. Off I go...