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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Hello, hello! Once again, Swistle has sent so many of you my way, and I'm so grateful for her support and for the kind words left by all of you. Really, you guys. Thank you so much.

I'm hoping a few of you will decide to stick around- have a seat! Would you like a scone? Can you imagine it if we were really all together? We'd pass around the sharpie so we could all fill in the "hello my name is" name tag, and we'd laugh- at first nervously but eventually naturally. We'd go around and introduce ourselves and talk a little about our lives or kids or whatever. We could even have wine! Or floofy frozen drinks!

I have to warn you though, the conversation might end up being about vibrators, since that seems to be the favorite topic whenever I'm with an all-girl group these days. Hopefully that won't make any of you uncomfortable.

I can tell you what I wouldn't do, if we were really together: I wouldn't pass around a photo album and force you to look at pictures of my kids. Why do I do this in my virtual living room then? I have no idea. I guess I'm hoping that some pritty pritty pictures of the apple orchard we visited this past weekend will be a nice place holder until I can muster up some content beyond Sob, I want a baby!

So anyway. Apple Orchard! (The one we visited 25 minutes after David wanted to "discuss" the baby thing. Ahem. His timing? Is impeccable!)


We've been to this orchard before- without the kids- to buy some apples from their little store, and we loved it then. They sell apples (well, DUH), freshly made apple donuts, hot cider, cheese, strudel, frozen desserts like pies, and various other yums.

However, it turns out that the grounds are even cuter than the store. How we never knew this before is beyond me!

Some of the orchards in our area are very over-commercialized. Also? Overcrowded. This place was so quaint- a pond, roses everywhere, a sweet little outside eating area covered in grape vines that were heavy with grapes, and little benches everywhere. It was truly lovely.



They had a pick-your-own area, where we did indeed pick our own apples. We filled our bag in about 3 minutes flat. And then we just wandered through the trees, letting the kids run and fantasizing about what it would be like to grow up on an apple orchard.

We went with our friends- Beautiful Neighbor and her family- and our girls had a great time together.

It was such a gorgeous fall day at such a gorgeous place. I definitely want to go back often. Though, I was a little sad the whole time we were there, the weight of the conflict with David heavy on my heart. It's not that I didn't have a good time- I really did. And I really hope that future visits don't bring back those same heavy-hearted feelings.

12 comments:

Shelly Overlook said...

Absolutely lovely! You need to go back again when the mood is different.

Jess said...

It is lovely. And I hope the heavy-hearted feelings do not become a permanent fixture, there or anywhere.

Sarah said...

That is gorgeous. Which orchard is that? We've given up going to Afton Apple, which is near where we live in Minnesota, and I'm in the market for a new one! This one looks perfect.

Shoeaddict said...

I SO wish I could find an apple orchard near me. I don't think they have one but I"m searching...

Marie Green said...

Sarah, it's called Fireside, near Northfield, MN. Probably too far for you?

d e v a n said...

Gorgeous pictures! It looks lovely.

Sarah said...

No, actually! My parents live in Hampton, so Northfield is actually very close to them. We are down there to visit regularly. My orthodontist was in Northfield when I was younger.

Thanks for the tip!

Maggie said...

MMMM fresh apple donuts...

We went apple picking every year when I was a kid and since I moved 3,000 miles away from where I grew up, I've yet to locate a nice not overly commercialized or overcrowded orchard to take my kids to and do the same. Bummer

Am so glad you have found that place!

Erin said...

Big hugs to you, my friend. I sure do love you.

We've had Very Serious Conversations on our way to some annual family fun place, too. And I hate having heavy-hearted associations with those places. But they do fade over time. We ride a mini-train every year which is SUPER fun, but I always associate it with a very painful health issue I had post-Emmett's birth. Too embarassing to write about, but I always associate it with the mini-train.

Hotch Potchery said...

I wouldn't mind talking about vibrators OR looking at pictures. I like both of those things. I am about 5 years displaced of NEEDING a baby---my kids were 16 and 14 at the time and the Mr. was an adamant no, no way. I was very upset (my friends still talk about it occasionally).

For me, right now, I am loving my empty nest and lots of time with the Mr. ---now he tells me he wasn't willing to put another person ahead of US. Could your husband be thinking that way?

Amanda said...

Okay, so I came over from Swistle becuase I was expecting some horrible disease or baby loss... what a relief to see it is just another lady (like myself) pineing about for another child. Let me add a little spice to it when I tell you that I am currently pregnant and current arguing with my husband b/c I want a third child. PERIOD. I am getting the same b/s excuses from my DH and truthfully that combined with the pregnancy hormones creates a whole new type of rage. I wish you the best and that your silly silly husband (and mine)realize how very real the yearning for another child actually is.

StephLove said...

What a lovely orchard. I'd say it looked like you all had a good time, except I suppose you would have enjoyed it more under other circumstances. I'm sorry to hear you are hurting so much. I hope it gets better soon, one way or the other.