Friday, October 12, 2012

Apples, Apples, Apples

Once again, we headed out to Blackman Farms to pick some delicious apples.  We weren't sure if the picking would be any good.  Back in March we had a few weeks of 80 degree weather and April we were freezing with snow.  That did a number on the local crops.  Most orchards lost their entire crops.  Luckily though, we were able to pick enough apples to satisfy ourselves.  We have tons of apple recipes that are begging to be baked, sauce, muffins, pies, and bread.  My mouth is watering just thinking about all that yummy food!

I'm cherishing all of these memories we are lucky enough to make with Annabelle every year.  Sometimes taking all of these pictures, all the same, year after year, seem redundant to me.  But I love watching her grow.  I am lucky.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Last month my niece, Anya, turned five.  She had a bowling birthday party and all the kids were super excited.  Annabelle had only been bowling one other time at a friends birthday party so she knew what to expect.  She has an unconventional way of bowling to say the least.  Even with a six pound ball, the lightest one there is, it's just too heavy for Annabelle.  She's tiny so a bowling ball is quite a weight.  She walks the ball up to the line then sets it on the ground.  Then she sits and pushes the ball with her feet.  Even with the bumpers, her scores aren't all that great but she's having fun and that is all that counts.

I bet you can figure out where I'm going with all this.  Even with her crazy bowling technique, Annabelle ended up getting a strike!  She was so, so excited that she even wrote about it in her journal at school that Monday.  It was so much fun to see her little face all lit up!  Maybe she'll become a fantastic bowler like her dad.  He once bowled a 300, which if you don't know, is a perfect score. 


Her face all excited looks so silly!

Annabelle is the fourth person down, ABL.  See her little X in the 7th frame?