On the way to the orchard I asked them to tell me everything they remember about apples, orchards and the growing trees. They knew apples grew on trees, that the apples started out as flowers. They knew the red apples had green spots from whenever a leaf covered the skin blocking out the sun. They knew the trees need soil, rain and sun to grow. We talked about how they make cider by pressing the apples. Mostly they talked about the stuff we can make with apples... pie, applesauce, strudel, crisp but they really only like to eat apples. They seem to especially like to eat them while we're picking the apples. However, today there were quite a few bees around and that made Alec panic and throw his half- eaten apple. Then he started crying because he was scared. Ian pouted because he didn't want to go to the orchard at all. He would rather stay home and go swimming. So while it wasn't the idyllic trip I pictured we did still have some fun. We quickly filled up our bags with fresh Mac's and Gala apples. Alec went up on my husbands shoulder to pick some of the bigger, redder apples from the top of the trees. We bought some cider and a few pieces of peanut butter and chocolate fudge for the boys. That certainly cheered them all up!
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